Your holiday in Carinthia
The Alps and the Karawank Mountains, flourishing borderlands with many, many lakes, lively cities and even the ocean: the Hotel Karnerhof is an ideal base for exploring the Alps-Adriatic Region, one of Europe’s most fascinating areas.
Carinthia, Slovenia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia: three countries, three regions, three cultures. Each one unique, yet closely related to the others – in traditions and daily customs, in lifestyle and of course in the art of cooking. In the Dreiländereck, you can hear three different languages and experience three different cultures in a single day; gaze out over an idyllic Alpine lake landscape from a mountaintop in the morning, and savour a cappuccino on the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon. Here you’ll find all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Europe.
The people of the Alps-Adriatic Region: locally-rooted and conscious of tradition, yet also open and welcoming. Busy and lively cities like Ljubljana, Trieste and Udine – all just a stone’s throw away. The southern slopes of the Alps make for a mild climate with plenty of sunshine and a Mediterranean flair – one that extends to the Carinthian cities of Klagenfurt and Villach. Here you can truly experience a border-free Europe: Carinthians often drive to the Italian border town of Tarvis to grab a quick lunch. Italians come to Lake Wörthersee for an evening at the casino.
The cuisine of the region is where you can taste the mingling, varied traces left behind by three different cultures. It’s no wonder that this marriage of southern temperament with Alpine solidity has given birth to such delicious culinary achievements. It’s no accident that Carinthian cheese noodles closely echo Italian ravioli. And that the Carinthian reindling, a cake filled with sugar, raisins, and cinnamon, is known as gubana in Friuli and as pohača in Slovenia. Throughout the region, there’s a great emphasis on traditional methods of preparation, and on the use of fresh, locally-produced ingredients. In wine, Friuli still holds the edge but Carinthia – where documented wine cultivation goes back to the year 888 – and Slovenia are both producing better and better red and white vintages.
It’s only in the last few years that I’ve grown to fully appreciate our proximity to Slovenia and Italy. We love taking day-trips Ljubljana or Udine. A shopping expedition, an aperitif, a wonderful lunch – it’s all so close, yet so completely different!
Austria’s southernmost state -- the home of great literary authors such as Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann and Peter Handke as well as countless other artists – is dotted with lively cities like Klagenfurt and Villach and sophisticated villages such as Velden on Lake Wörther See. There are countless sightseeing attractions, and visitors encounter traditional customs in daily life. More than 200 museums and numerous cultural events also help make Carinthia a hotspot for holiday-makers. From the Karnerhof’s convenient and central location, you can reach all attractions easily and quickly.
Rivers & mountains
The area’s most important river, the Drau, snakes leisurely through the state and onwards into Slovenia and Croatia. Carinthia covers slightly more than 9,500 sq. kilometres, making it Austria’s fifth largest state. The 558,000 local residents enjoy more than 200 lakes and the glorious mountain landscape, day in and day out.
Great cities await you in Italy’s northeast. Trace the steps of James Joyce in the local capital of Trieste. Look forward to the shopping experience of Udine. Always in focus: the local cuisine. Numerous wine estates, the prosecco region, or San Daniele with its famed ham and grappa light off culinary fireworks of a special sort. Easily reached rom the Karnerhof: the Italian border town of Tarvis. Perfect for an espresso or an authentic Italian midday meal. In the immediate vicinity you’ll also find the picturesque Monte Lussari and the cold, green waters of the Laghi di Fusine.
Covering an area of 7,856 sq. kilometres, Friuli stretches from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic. This region of more than 1.2 million residents has a long history that’s heavily influenced by the Roman Empire, the Lombards and the Habsburgs.
The cities of Bled and Laibach surprise visitors with their beautiful and unique images: the island in Lake Bled and the Dragon Bridge. Fast-flowing rivers, emerald green mountain rapids and ravines make the Sočatal valley an ideal spot for water sport enthusiasts. Visitors who want a bit of adventure will find their way to Kranjska Gora. From the Karnerhof, you’re in Slovenia in just a few minutes by car, and you’ll reach the capital city of Ljubljana in just over an hour. Bled is just under 40 minutes away.
Oldest grape vines
Slightly more than 2 million people live in Slovenia, spread over an area of 20,273 sq. kilometres. The country is famous for its picturesque lakes, deep green forests and its landscape of underground caverns in the Karst region, carved out of the chalk by flowing water over millions of years. Good to know: wines from Slovenia are quickly growing in popularity. This fits the country’s history. The oldest grape vine in the world – dating back more than 400 years – can be found in the city of Maribor. Definitely worth sampling: wines from the Karst region.