The southernmost Austrian province, Carinthia (Kärnten) is known for its forests, mountains and skiing areas, and most of all, its freshwater lakes, which number over 200. The verdant Carinthian countryside makes for agreeable hiking in the summer. Carinthia enjoys a particularly sunny climate, which is hot and Mediterranean-like in the summertime, especially in the lake district. Winters can be cold and harsh, though spring usually comes early.
Klagenfurt is the provincial capital of Carinthia. Klagenfurt is not known for its in-town attractions; it's a sleepy city that is surrounded on its outskirts by 23 castles, and located near several lakes, which are the major attractions in Carinthia.
Klagenfurt is conveniently close to Lake Worther (Worther See), Carinthia's largest lake and one of Austria's top summer resorts. Its exceptionally warm waters have made it a popular destination for bathing and swimming. In the 19th century, the Austrian aristocracy made Worther their summer retreat, and it still retains some of its old glamour; to this day, wealthy Austrians enjoy vacationing at Worther. As a result, it is a very expensive district compared to the rest of Carinthia, with high prices on dining and accommodations.
Carinthia also attracts some winter visitors to its mountain ski resorts, although the skiing conditions here are not the best in Austria. However, Carinthia's ski resorts are far more affordable than those of Tyrol and Land Salzburg.