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An active holiday on and around the service Good, yes that’s fine. Enjoy the fresh air, perceive the landscape with all your senses. Our region Central Carinthia offers a lot of variety and pure nature!
Austria’s most beautiful castle, Burg Hochosterwitz, is also well known in the United States, because this unique building inspired Walt Disney in his design of his Cinderella Castle. Protected by mighty walls and towers, the impressive medieval fortress Hochosterwitz dominates the surrounding landscape from its 150 m high crag. It has never been conquered. Many legends and myths are told even today of the sly and clever castle inhabitants and the cruel events which took place at the foot of the fortress.
If you wish to visit the castle, you can undertake the steady climb through the 14 imposing gates which lead to the summit. Or, if you are in a hurry, you could take the ‘Fürst-Max-Bahn’, a funicular, which will take you up in a minute or so. From the top you have an amazing panorama across the countryside. You can also view the imposing weapon collection in the armoury or enjoy a meal in the castle tavern.
How do you build a castle? This exciting question has found concrete answers in Friesach. To the south of the town, on a rocky outcrop in the woods, a new castle is being built using only traditional crafts and methods. Stone masons chip away at large blocks of stone, the smith tends his fire with manual bellows and a horse drawn wagon delivers the building materials to the site. Two men operate a winch to work the wooden crane so that heavy materials can be lifted to great heights, while stone masons and mortar mixers build the impressive walls of the future tower. You could imagine you have stepped into the scene of a medieval movie, but here the work is actually taking place.
Castle Taggenbrunn, majestically situated above the City of St. Veit and the River Glan, is surrounded by the vineyards of the Riedl family. The winery embraces both modern and traditional methods, and because of its sunny situation, a quality wine is guaranteed. Allow yourself to be spoiled in the restaurant or wine bar, where you can sample further fine vintages.
Beautifully situated among woods and lake, the Jacques Lemans Golfclub St. Veit- Längsee is surrounded by nature. This young but demanding golf course not only challenges its members, but also allows visitors and tourists to prove their mettle. Its central location and accessibility allow for a spontaneous round of golf. Enjoy both the beautiful setting and your round of golf in the heart of Carinthia.
The Roman town on the Magdalensberg is among the largest excavations of the Eastern Alps. Archaeologists have been digging here since 1948. The park encompasses four hectares (approx. 10 British acres) and its ruins demonstrate the extent of the former Roman settlement. You will encounter the famous statue of The Youth of Magdalensberg and many other finds which testify to 2000 years of life on this fascinating site.
You can enquire about bookings for group tours (minimum of 10 people). During the summer months there are also tours available for individual visitors and families. Please ring up to find out about dates and times.
Picnic in the Park
A unique cultural picnic for you, your family and your friends. Order your food basket in advance and choose from either Roman or Carinthian treats. Enjoy an unforgettable day in the surroundings of this fascinating archaeological excavation!
Family Programme – “In the Footsteps of the Romans“
A discovery trail quiz for the whole family and for those who are young at heart. Children and youngsters can explore the archaeological park either alone or with their parents. If you manage to find out the solutions to all the challenges, you can expect to receive a little prize. Discover how merchants, craftsmen and women, soldiers and civil servants lived in this ancient Roman settlement.
Längsee – 10 km
Situated in picturesque landscape, the Längsee is the largest lake for swimming in central Carinthia. With water temperatures of up to 27 C, the Längsee entices visitors to either the private Stifthotel bathing area or the public lido. There you will find refreshing drinks and snacks, as well as a long water slide and other attractions for children. Surrounded by vineyards, castles and the nearby Jacque Lemans Golfclub, you can relax at the lake after an active and exciting day.
Kraiger See, a delightful lake – 20 km
Beautifully nestled into the landscape, this charming lake is ideal for a pitstop on a cycle tour or a break during a hike in the region. Situated to the north of St. Veit an der Glan, the small lake Kraiger See is perfect for enjoying the peaceful setting and re-energizing. Surrounded by several places of interest such as castles and palaces, this lake is a perfect destination for excursions.
Urbansee, lake Urban – 30 km
The pretty lake and town of St. Urban are situated at 745 m above sea level and are immensely popular with families. Besides table tennis tables and a volleyball court, there is also a water trampoline. The large sunbathing lawn is perfect for sun worshippers. During the summer months there are a variety of events for young and old. Here you can regain your equilibrium and recapture your joie-de-vivre.