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Carinthia and Graz Travel Guide

Places To Explore In Carinthia and Graz

When many people think of Austria, they imagine the superb, mountainous terrain of Tirol with its snowy peaks and powdery slopes perfect for skiing and dotted with storybook Alpine chalets clustered around a village church. The cities of Salzburg and Vienna also come to mind. But there is another, less-well-known part of Austria that beckons with its own set of spectacular mountain ranges, abundant

forests, and some of the most gorgeous, glass-clear resort lakes in all Europe. This is the southern province of Carinthia—Kärnten to the Austrians—and Styria with its capital Graz located directly above Italy and Slovenia.

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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