Spittal an der Drau will make your heart beat faster.... with a sunny ski area (where snow is guaranteed) on the doorstep, the ice-rink nearby, and the cross-country ski trail within easy reach. In addition, there is a new ice sports center (near the swimming center) and cross-country skiing tracks on the outskirts of town. After an active day out you may seek relaxation at the Drautal Perle swimming and sauna center.
In addition, Spittal offers cleared trails for romantic winter walks, a small but charming Christmas market, the traditional "devilish" Krampus parade, and a wide variety of accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets - from stylish hotels in the immediate vicinity of Schloss Porcia to beautifully appointed B&Bs and cozy farmhouses.
Lovers of culture and the arts appreciate the offering at Schloss Porcia, including the award-winning Museum of Local Heritage. Spittal is also known for shopping and dining.
Over the past few years Goldeck has turned into a secret tip among skiers. It offers a number of new ski lifts, including an 8-seater cablecar, and even more slopes. In addition, there is a freeride area covering a total of 50 hectares.
Goldeck Mountain offers wide pistes for skiers of all ages and ambitions, the longest "black" marked slope in the Alps, and stunning views of the Upper Carinthian mountains. Enjoy a (lunch) break at one of the charming mountain restaurants and pubs, and long hours of sunshine.
Located at the heart of Upper Carinthia, the charming town of Spittal an der Drau represents a harmonious blend of long-standing traditions and modern aspects. It is its awareness of history, culture and tradition combined with an easy-going lifestyle and innumerable dining and shopping facilities that makes Spittal a prime destination for tourists.
Take a leisurely walk through the historic town center, past Stadtpark and Schloss Porcia, Spittal's most famous landmark. With its three-storey arcades it ranks among the most precious Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. Built by Gabriel v. Salamanca in 1533, the castle was the seat of the Counts of Porcia for many centuries. Today, the courtyard hosts international cultural events, including the International Choir Competition and the Komödienspiele Porcia theater festival.
The picturesque town of Spittal nestles at the foot of Goldeck Mountain (2,000 m), the famous viewpoint, and in the immediate vicinity of Lake Millstatt, which is famous for its crystal-clear water. Sports and outdoor enthusiasts will have the time of their lives as the region boasts a variety of sports and leisure facilities and activities including walking (way-marked trails), scenic (mountain) roads, cycling along the River Drau or the lakeshore, and mountain biking.