Carinthian cuisine: Do you prefer sweet or savory foods?
The Carinthian cuisine reflects the culinary diversity of the Alps-Adriatic region: seasonal, fresh and down-to-earth, seasoned with that pinch of joie de vivre that also makes southern Austria unique in terms of culinary delights. On a holiday in Carinthia, enjoyment and joie de vivre go through the stomach in the best sense!
Slow Food Carinthia - Travel to the roots of good taste
With the Slow Food Carinthia initiative, the Gail Valley is treading a particularly sustainable path. In the world’s first Slow Food Travel Destination (Gail Valley and Lesach Valley) you can remember old traditions and traditional handicrafts. So you can take a look over the shoulder of local producers on so-called “Slow Food Reisen”. Learn how to bake bread, brew beer or make the famous Carinthian pasta. And taste your homemade ice cream on a Gailtal farm. Your holiday resort Nötsch has been one of the first 10 slow food villages since 2019 and offers its own program for its residents and holiday guests.
Culture and customs
And Carinthia also has a lot on offer for all art and culture lovers: the cultural offerings range from music and theater festivals to visual arts and literature. The Carinthian Summer or the Millstatt Music Weeks are famous far beyond Carinthia’s borders, but also the Klagenfurt City Theater and the theater festival in Porcia Castle in Spittal an der Drau.
Down-to-earth, but no less known: Villach’s church day at the beginning of August, which with around 450,000 visitors from all over the world is considered the largest traditional Austrian festival.
But also in your holiday village Nötsch, the cultural enjoyment is not neglected. Works by Sebastian Isepp, Anton Kolig, Franz Wiegele and Anton Mahringer are exhibited in the Museum of Painters in the Nötscher Kreis. The Nötscher Kreis is still considered one of the most important artist groups in Austria. Or visit the “Alte Schmiede” in Saak and experience a journey through 3,500 years of metal history around the local mountain Dobratsch. And finally, you can immerse yourself in the sparkling world of gemstones in the Mineralien- & Edelsteinmuseum (between Labientschach and Bleiberg-Kreuth). All museums are open from April to October.
Geopark Carnic Alps
If you want to get closer to the history of the creation of the earth, you are in the right direction in the Geopark Carnic Alps. The Carnic region has attracted earth scientists from all over the world since the beginning of the 19th century. In fact, there is no other region in the entire Alpine region in which so many testimonies from ancient times have been preserved. Among them the only petrified forest and the oldest dinosaur tracks in Austria. Or very rare, fossil stones.
In the Geopark Carnic Alps visitor centre (in Dellach in the Gail Valley), a special exhibition on 250 m2 is dedicated to the latest and oldest dinosaur finds in Austria – and all come from the Carnic Alps Geopark. Interactive, with exciting videos, great animations and lots of amazing experiments, the new exhibition is just as suitable for children as it is for their parents.
You can get more information about the various leisure activities on your summer holiday in Carinthia in your Ferienhaus Saak.