Top things to do in Eastern Carinthia

Top Choice Mediterranean in Wörthersee

Bar Leon

The private 'beach' club of the grand Hotel Schloss Leonstain is open to non-guests and affords a rare glimpse into the genteel summer pleasures of the Austrian well-to-do. Come for breakfast or lunch in the garden,…
Top Choice Italian in St Veit an der Glan

La Torre

This fantastic Italian restaurant is set in one of the towers of the 14th-century town wall. As well as the smart, romantic interior, there’s a beautiful, walled garden and terrace, and an Italian owner who exudes b…
Cultural in Friesach


On the last Saturday in July, electric lights are extinguished and the town is closed off and lit by torches and flares as jesters, princesses and armoured knights stroll around juggling, fire-eating and staging jou…
Museum in Hüttenberg

Heinrich Harrer Museum

Head into this beautiful building to see the huge collection of objects and photographs Heinrich Harrer brought back from his world travels, including years spent in Tibet as the Dalai Lama's tutor in the late 1940s…
Church in Gurk


This small chapel is part of the town's Dom and has unusually well preserved late Romanesque paintings dating from 1263. One side is dedicated to the life of Mary, including the annunciation, the other to the birth …
Cathedral in Gurk


With its harmonious pillared crypt, the Dom (built between 1140 and 1200) is Austria’s foremost church from the Romanesque epoch. Inside you will also find Gothic, baroque and rococo elements. The early-baroque high…
Cafe in Friesach

Cafe Konditorei Craigher

Connoisseurs of chocolate will love dipping into this place – all chocolate is made on the premises. Or come for coffee and cake in the 100-year-old Kaffeehaus.
Castle in Eastern Carinthia

Burg Hochosterwitz

This fairy-tale fortress claims to be the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty and drapes itself around the slopes of a hill, with 14 gate towers on the path up to the final bastion. These were built betwee…
Tower in Wörthersee

Aussichtsturm Pyramidenkogel

On the hill southwest of Maria Wörth is the Pyramidenkogel, a hill topped by a 71-metre tower made of steel with wooden beams spiralling up its exterior. This vertiginous tower has three viewing platforms, two of wh…
Theatre in Friesach

Petersberg Fortress

The site for open-air theatre in summer, where performances range from Shakespeare to Brecht. Obtain details and tickets from the tourist office.