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Geography and Climate

Carinthia is famous for its mountains and lakes. There are 93 mountain peaks that reach beyond 3.000 meters above sea level, including the Großglockner (3.798 m), the Austria's highest mountain (have a look here). The roughly 1.270 lakes have an excellent water quality. Half of Carinthia's total surface is covered with forest. There are many nature-related scenic attractions in Carinthia. These include also the natural thermal water sources in Warmbad-Villach or Bad Kleinkirchheim.

Carinthia has 9,533 square meters surface area. In the West, North and East it borders on East-Tyrol, Salzburg, and Styria, respectively. The border between Carinthia and Slovenia stretches across 170 kilometres of mountaineous terrain. That between Carinthia and Italy extends this Southern border another 109 kilometres. The three countries meet at the Dreiländereck, a mountain close to Arnoldstein.

Carinthia has a Central European temperate climate with four seasons, including hot and moderately wet summers and long harsh winters.  In recent decades winters have been exceptionally arid. The average total amount of yearly sunshine hours in Austria is the highest in Carinthia. (according to this source).


Time zone

Carinthia is in the Central European Time zone (CET) (Mitteleuropäische Zeitzone, MEZ).

Central European Summer Time (CEST/ MESZ) starts the last Sunday of March, whereby clocks are forwarded one hour at 2 a.m., or we may also say, the night is shortened by one hour.

The change to Winter Time/ normal time (CET/ MEZ) takes place on the last Sunday of October, turning clocks back one hour at 3 a.m., making the night one hour longer.