The capital of Carinthia is Klagenfurt, but an equally important city is Villach – both have strong economic ties and offer many interesting attractions.
Due to the varied landscape, Carinthia has many separate microclimate zones. It has a generally humid continental climate, with hot and moderately humid summers and long, severe winters, and summer rainfall often takes the form of heavy rains and storms, especially in mountainous regions.
The main attractions are concentrated in the two main cities – Klagenfurt and Villach, and in cities with medieval origins such as Friesach and Gmünd. Carinthia has numerous historic monasteries and churches, such as the Romanesque cathedral of Gurk or Maria Saal on the Zollfeld plain, the Abbey of St. Paul, Ossiach, Millstatt and Viktring, as well as castles and palaces: Hochosterwitz, Griffen and Porcia.
Tourists are also attracted by beautiful nature: lakes Wörthersee, Millstätter See, Ossiacher See, Faaker See and many smaller reservoirs, as well as the national parks of the Hohe Tauern and the Nock Mountains. It's also worth coming here in winter – Carinthia has a number of ski resorts, such as Nassfeld near Hermagor, Gerlitzen, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Flattach and Heiligenblut on the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain.