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Carinthia and Graz Travel Guide

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Plan Your Carinthia and Graz Vacation

While lesser-known than the mountainous terrain of Tyrol or the culture-rich cities of Vienna and Salzburg, the southern provinces of Carinthia and Styria with its capital Graz—located directly above Italy and Slovenia and 2½ hours by train from Vienna—beckon visitors with spectacular mountain ranges, abundant forests, and glass-clear lakes.

Art lovers gravitate to such architectural

landmarks as the Romanesque Gurk Cathedral, a host of Baroque town halls, and the medieval fantasy of the 9th-century castle Hochosterwitz. The provinces' summer season is custom tailored for bicycling, fishing, hiking, and water sports.

The area has a rich history and a distinguished musical past, and the sophistication and beauty of Graz may surprise you.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Wörther See. In summer, this area turns into Austria's version of the Hamptons. Pleasure-seekers check into mansions-turned-hotels, boat on the crystalline lake, and party until the wee hours.
  2. Burg Hochosterwitz. Walt Disney drew the inspiration for Snow White from this magnificent castle on top of a mountain. Not even the Turks were able to pass through its 14 gates.
  3. Gurk Cathedral. Supported by 100 marble pillars, the most splendid of all the region's Romanesque churches features the original chair of St. Hemma. When women sit in it, they supposedly have a nice surprise nine months later.
  4. Graz. The UNESCO city of design, a fresh and young creative city, offers an all-year-round cultural program with events for all tastes.
  5. Museum in a Palace. Actually there are four museums—plus the gorgeous Prunkräume (staterooms) in Graz's Schloss Eggenberg, itself a museum piece that sheds light on Austria's past.
  6. Rogner Bad Blumau. A natural spring-water resort, a two-hour train ride northeast of Graz, is designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

When To Go

When to Go to Carthina and Graz

Because of the bulwark of mountains that protect it from the cold winds of the north, the Carinthian and Styrian climate is milder than that...

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