Carinthia is Austria's southernmost region and borders both Italy and Slovenia. It is located in the sunny heart of Europe with more than 1,000 lakes plus spectacular alpine regions and numerous Celtic Roman excavation sites, medieval castles, monasteries and cathedrals.
In the eastern part of Carinthia and more than 1,000 metres above sea level, is one of the region's oldest historical villages, the mountain village of Diex. In the 15th century, the Turks invaded the area with great savagery, thus as protection, local farmers built castellated churches in which they sought sanctuary.
Friesach, Carinthia's oldest city, has retained what must be the true ambience of the Middle Ages, with a fortified princely estate and churches and monasteries that are surrounded by sturdy walls and a moat.
The Maria Saal Open Air Museum is situated in the heart of Carinthia. In this richly cultural and historic area, various traditional farm buildings from all over Carinthia have been reconstructed.
Klagenfurt is the administrative centre of Carinthia, a middle class garden city that does not contain the fine buildings of the aristocracy but has a good helping of southern flair. Due to nearby Lake Worthersee, it is a marvelous summer resort.
The Grossglockner High Alps Road travels through one of the greatest natural landscapes in the world, the Hohe Tauern National Park, a remarkable mountain world in which nature is at its most glorious.