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Carinthia family holidays and breaks

WörtherseeWörthersee© Bildarchiv Wörthersee Tourismus GmbH
Skiing in the regionSkiing in the region© Kärnten Werbung - Gerdl
Lake sceneLake scene© Kärnten Werbung - Gerdl 
MinimundusMinimundus© Kärnten Werbung
SledgingSledging© Bad Kleinkirchheim - Arno Gruber sen
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Timezone GMT +1
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Carinthia (Kärnten), Austria’s sunniest province, is an excellent place for a family holiday. Bordering Slovenia and Italy, it's renowned for its hot summers and bright crisp winters, breathtaking and varied landscape of rugged mountains, gentle hills and around 1270 lakes (200 suitable for bathing) and family-friendly accommodation.

Things to do with kids in Carinthia

Ski, skate and enjoy other winter sports and pursuits including snow-shoe walks. Carinthia has 800km of pistes to suit all abilities, good nursery slopes and lots of English-speaking instructors.  

Take part in watersports including windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing, and take advantage of the great terrain for hiking, cycling and rock-climbing.

As a respite from the exertions of your active family holiday, head for Minimundus on Wörthersee lake, a park with 150 scale models of the world’s most famous buildings. 


Local specialities worth trying on family holidays include delicious homemade cheese pasta, the famous ‘yellow soup’, and sweet Reindling pastry.

When to go to Carinthia

Winter sees plenty of snow in Carinthia. The above-average hours of sunshine mean that conditions are usually very good, which really helps on family holidays with smaller children.

In summer the beautiful crystal-clear warm lakes with their drinking-quality water are naturally heated to 28°C and hence perfect for watersports.

How to get to Carinthia

Several low-cost carriers serve destinations in or handy for Carinthia, including Klagenfurt (the capital), Graz, Salzburg, Trieste in Italy, and Ljubljana in Slovenia.

For information on getting to the region by train, see Man in Seat 61 (


Austria isn't the cheapest destination for a family holidays, but Carinthia's accommodation offers good value for money given the high standards. Book well ahead for the best flight prices.

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