The World’s First Slow Food Travel Destination

Villach region

Natural cuisine is at the heart of Carinthia, Austria. Due to its sunny location and strong agricultural tradition, Carinthian cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients and quality.

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In Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province, two valleys (Gailtal and Lesachtal) have been named the world’s first Slow Food Travel Destination by Slow Food International. The region offers a newly established culinary trail to experience the flavours of Carinthia. The trail, which takes around 3.5 hours to hike, starts with sampling homemade alpine cheese in a Steineckenalm mountain hut, and continues through a range of culinary stops along the way where you can taste scrumptious bread, succulent bacon, or Stockplattlan; a local delicacy filled with jam and poppy seeds.

However, there’s more to the Carinthian valleys than just tasting freshly-made food. You can experience making food for yourself by participating in workshops, where you can learn to bake your own bread, brew your own beer, or make your own cheese. It’s experiences like these that make us appreciate the food we put in our bodies, and the people who make it.

Certified Vegan & Healthfully Herbal

Hochkönig in Salzburgerland is the world’s first certified vegan region. Here, you’ll find a wide range of farms, alpine huts, restaurants, and accommodation providers offering vegan cuisine.

Herbs, too, are an important part of the region’s cuisine. Hochkönig offers an extensive Herbal Hiking Programme, where you can learn all about their properties and flavours by trying food, tea and spirits made from local herbs on a visit to one of 15 herb hill farms. Both adults and children can get involved, and learn about regional products and agriculture.

Hochkönig region
© Dietmar Denger

Exploring Austria

Austria’s mountains and lakes are a perfect playground for anybody looking for a laid-back holiday surrounded by nature, whatever your holiday style.

  • Active holiday: Villach region

The Villach region in Austria’s south might be the perfect combination of crystal-blue lakes and biking trails for all levels of experience.

  • Wilderness exploration: Nockberge Mountains
Nockberge-mountains-in-Carinthia
© Osterreich-Werbung, Michael-Stabentheiner

The wilderness of the Nockberge mountains in Carinthia is nothing short of stunning. One of Austria’s oldest mountain regions, this area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants, which means you might discover a century-old pine tree or encounter chamois and groundhogs on your hikes.

Nestled in the charming resort town of Bad Kleinkirchheim in Carinthia, this family-run 4-star hotel offers both age-old traditions and environmental awareness: You can hire an electric car for your day trip, and the kitchen uses exclusively regional products.

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Find out more about Austria’s mindful approach to life: austria.info/mindfulness