From 35 Euro / pers. / night / DBL/ Breakfast
From 35 Euro / pers. / night / DBL/ Breakfast
Carinthia was an important center of Celtic and Roman culture until the sixth century, upon the arrival of the Slavs, who took control of the alpine part of the southeastern region. The area remained with powerful Slavic influences until the 8th century, when local tribes sought help from the Bavarians in the fight against Avars, a migratory nation arriving from today’s Turkey. The presence of the Bavarian-born population has grown over the coming centuries, leading to the Christianization of the province and an influx of German-speaking colonizers.
Still considered by Slovenians to be the legacy of their national culture, there is no doubt that the glorious heritage has left its mark on Carinthia. The names of many localities end in “ah”, which proves the Slavic origin, as is the case with many of the surnames, with no connection to German. After World War I, the King of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia (which later became Yugoslavia) claimed the southern part of Carinthia, and the Serbian army occupied Klagenfurt and the adjacent rural area.
Carinthia lacks an historic city center capable of competing with Vienna, Salzburg, Graz or Innsbruck, but the provincial capital, Klagenfurt, is a relaxing, simple and modest city that can be a good launch pad to explore the surrounding area. The main quality of the city is its privileged position on the eastern shore of Wörthersee, a popular holiday destination in summer, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The seaside resorts of Velden or Pörtschach are the main attractions, offering in particular water activities and invasions with visitors since June. North of the regional capital is the vast valley of the Gurk and Glan rivers, marking a territory full of archaeological and historical remains.
The ruins of Magdalensberg remind of the Roman and Celtic periods, while the church in the neighboring village, Maria Saal, witnesses the trials of the missionaries sent by the bishops of Salzburg to Christianize the area in the 8th century. There is also the medieval capital St Veit an der Glan, today a prosperous trade fair town, as well as the impressive Hochosterwitz fortress, a 16th-century convent built on the top of a high hill. Further, to the north, but quite accessible from Klagenfurt, is the charming town of Friesach and the important religious center of Gurk, famous for its imposing cathedral in Romanesque style.
Western Carinthia focuses around the second city of the province, Villach, a vibrant and sophisticated place with an exciting historic center. It is an important transport center with good connections to Salzburg, some of the cities of northern Italy and Slovenia, and serves as a starting point for trips to the Ossiachersee shores. Northern Villach has the main road to Salzburg, passing through the town of Spittal an der Drau, a small town that no longer has any connection to any hospital, as the name would say. Spittal, built around the impressive Portia castle, is the starting point for some more popular destinations in the region and the water paradise of Millstättersee, with adjacent localities such as Gmünd.
Both Gmünd and Spittal an der Drau are within easy reach of the Hohe Tauern, Austria’s highest mountain range. Hohe Tauern is divided with the neighboring Länder of Salzburg and Tirol, and if you truly want a genuine skiing holiday experience, you will have to head northwest to the Heiligenblut alpine center, a place shaded by the silhouette of the highest mountain scenery in the country, Grossglockner. The southern slopes of Hohe Tauern are not accessible from Osttirol. Geographically insoluble, this group of mountain peaks is not within easy reach of tourist agents and remains almost unattainable.
Just a stone’s throw from Lake Millstätter in Carinthia and offering a seasonal outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel Kaiser Franz Josef is located in Millstatt.
Each room at Hotel Kaiser Franz Josef will provide you with a balcony, a minibar and a seating area with a bathtub or shower, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Enjoy lake view and mountain views from the room.
Upon request, a special menu can be arranged in the on-site restaurant.
At Hotel Kaiser Franz Josef you will find an infrared cabin, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities at the property include a shared lounge, a ski storage room and a ski rental center.
A range of activities can be practiced in the surrounding area, including cycling and hiking, while diving, kite surfing, swimming and kayaking are also available at the lake. The riding center is 5.6 km away, at Reitstall Lackenbucher. The mini golf course is 4 minutes away, while a golf course is less than 3 km away.
The Bad Kleinkirchheim ski area is a 20-minute drive away, while the excellent Hiking Biospärenpark Nockberg is a 30-minute drive away. Klagenfurt Airport is 60 km away, and Villach can be reached in less than 50 km. Upon request and against payment, the transfer service can be arranged.
Terms of offer
Rates may vary based on availability and travel period (subject to availability at time of booking).
The offer includes
Accommodation in DBL Room
Offer does not include
• Medical insurance
• Optional excursions and entry to sights;
Offer available to the availability at the time of booking.