3 DAYS | TRANSROMANICA Short Trip to Carinthia

Demonic faces at the Western Portal of Millstatt Collegiate Church | Picture: Wikimedia Commons | Johann Jaritz

1st DAY: Visit Millstatt Abbey with its marvellous church and museum with numerous pieces from medieval times and the Romanesque. Afterwards, have a short walk to Lake Millstätter See and have a drink at KAP 4613, a bar floating on the lake. In the afternoon, relax during a boat trip on Lake Millstätter See and walk on the trail of the pilgrim Domitian. In the evening, enjoy a fantastic dinner at “Lindenhof Wirtshaus & Biergarten”, a restaurant to be found in a historical building from the times of the Knights of St. George.

Double column at the Romanesque cloister of Millstatt Abbey | Picture: Wikimedia Commons | Johann Jaritz

2nd DAY: Leave Lake Millstätter See and head for the famous Lake Wörthersee. Take a boat to go to the peninsula of Maria Wörth on the south bank of Lake Wörthersee. The two churches on the peninsula welcome you from afar. The bigger one is a famous sanctuary. Both of them bear impressive testimony to Romanesque art. The hotel “Die Linde” will be a spectacular place for having lunch before visiting the capital of Carinthia, Klagenfurt. In the evening go back to Millstatt, where you can treat yourself to a wellness break in the Kärnten Badehaus, a spa and relaxation area with a swimming pool integrated into the lake.

Maria Wörth Peninsula | Picture: TI Maria Wörth | Franz Habich

3rd DAY: Today, visit the medieval town Friesach. On the way you will pass another Romanesque monument: Gurk Cathedral. Friesach is a small town and it is an impressive reference to former times. Numerous churches and ruins of cloisters are situated in the town and on the surrounding hills. Enjoy the lovely view from Petersburg Castle, where you should visit the museum and the church with the famous statue of Saint Mary (Romanesque art). You shouldn’t miss a visit to Craigher’s, an attractive café in the city centre which produces very high-quality chocolate and where you can watch the chocolate being made. In the afternoon, go to the area a little way outside the city where a medieval castle is being built with authentic methods, working processes and plans. The castlewill not be finished for another 30 years. For dinner you should visit ‘Brauerei Hirt’ in Micheldorf (5 km from Friesach). It’s a private brewery with a restaurant serving delicious regional food and numerous variations of beer.

Friesach from Petersberg Castle | Picture: TRANSROMANICA

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