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Bad Eisenkappel is the southernmost town in Austria. The town is characterized by its special offers for hiking in unspoiled nature, as well as mountain climbing in the impressive mountain landscape. Here, you also find the world of the spectacular Obir Dripstone Caves. In 1870, the caves were found by accident when miners were looking for lead and zinc. The municipality comprises around 2.409 inhabitants and it extends the area of 199.12 km².

Zell is located in a high valley of the Karavanke/Karawanken at an altitude of 950 metres. Zell-Pfarre is the main town, where the town hall, the primary school, and the old and the new parish churches can be found. A variety of trails allows each guest to walk through the town of Zell. For climbers, the Koschuta Massif offers numerous challenging tours. Zell has been known as one of the hiking villages of Austria since 2013. The municipality comprises around 615 inhabitants and it extends the area of 75.31 km².

Whether at the Werner Berg Museum, the fountain by Kiki Kogelnik, the Bleiburger Wiesenmarkt fair, at traditional inns, at the adventurous outdoor swimming pool, or the artistic cycle path – the love of art, culture, and sports is noticeably close wherever you go in Bleiburg. Because of the plethora of museums, collections, and cultural monuments, as well as numerous concerts and cultural events, Bleiburg has earned a reputation of a cultural city. The municipality comprises around 4.043 inhabitants and it extends the area of 69.72 km².

Located at the foot of Petzen / Mt. Peca, this market town offers pure nature experiences, a sports park in St. Michael, climbing in the Karavanke/Karawanken (a hiking and climbing Mecca), stories from the past (Historical Traces on Mt. Peca / Petzen), culture and customs, Lake Pirkdorfer, the Petzen / Mt. Peca ski and hiking area, and the cross-country skiing centre at Lake Pirkdorfer. The municipality comprises around 2.116 inhabitants and it extends the area of 54.07 km².

Even the emperor Charles II tasted the Sittersdorfer wine, and the wine has now been gaining its prominence again. Sittersdorf is known for its fly-fishing paradise at the River Vellach. Lake Sonnegger is very popular particularly among families with children because of its beautiful lawn, beach volleyball court, and a children’s playground and waterslide. The Acoustic Lakeside Festival also takes place here. The municipality comprises around 2.021 inhabitants and it extends the area of 44.97 km².

The Municipality of Gallizien is situated away from everyday hustle and bustle at an idyllic place located at the foot of the Hochobir and at the intersection of the Rosental and the Jauntal valleys. Around 1.780 inhabitants live in the still-intact environment today, and the municipality extends the area of 46.8 km². The starting point for the challenging hike on the Hochobir is located directly at the Wildensteiner Wasserfall natural monument, the highest free-falling waterfall in Europe (54 metres).

At the confluence of the Lavant and the Drau rivers, you find the southernmost place of the Lavant Valley. Located at the crossroads of the Lavant Bicycle Route (R 10) and the Drau Bicycle Route (R 1), Lavamünd is a perfect starting point for cycling. With a lake for swimming, as well as an array of climbing, rafting, fishing, and hiking activities in idyllic surroundings, no wish is left unfulfilled. With an altitude of 348 metres, Lavamünd is the lowest point of Carinthia. The municipality comprises around 3.012 inhabitants and it extends the area of 93.78 km².

Globasnitz has a lot to offer to its guests. In addition to cultural diversity, Globasnitz is located in a historically important area in the middle of the Carinthian Jauntal Valley. The ones who embark on the trail of the past can find a unique museum of historical treasures in Globasnitz. 2,000 years ago, the Roman Juenna road station was located here, which gives the Jauntal Valley its name. Numerous archaeological excavations are a testament for the presence of the Celts, Romans, and Slavs in the area but the most well-known is probably the Hemmaberg / the St. Hema Mountain. The municipality comprises around 1.603 inhabitants and it extends the area of 38.43 km².

You can expect great hospitality, special water adventures, as well as a good dose of culture and Had’n (buckwheat) cuisine here. Indulge in Neuhaus, the home place of Had’n (buckwheat). A tip: the Had’n Info Centre with a mill. Fans of culture should visit the Liaunig Museum. The suspension bridge on the Drauradweg Bicycle Route is only for the brave. The Patek Mill Farming Museum also has a refreshing ‘Kneipping’ oasis. The water trail is suitable for the whole family. The municipality comprises around 1.035 inhabitants and it extends the area of 36.33 km².

The municipality of Črna na Koroškem is very picturesque. Its principal town, Črna, is known as the most beautiful tourist place in the Meža Valley, and it is famous for its traditional Tourist week of Koroška as well as for the Snow Castles for King Matjaž event. Črna’s natural pearls are the wonderful alpine valleys of Topla, Koprivna, and Bistra. The history of the oldest Slovenian linden tree (the Najevnik linden tree, ‘Najevska lipa’) at Ludranski Vrh above Črna dates back to the Turkish invasions over the country. Imaginatively arranged mining and ethnological collections are set up in the town centre as a reminder of the times gone by. There are ski slopes in the town itself, which is considered to be the cradle of some of the top Slovenian skiers. Because of them, Črna is known as ‘the village of Olympians’. The municipality comprises around 3.400 inhabitants and extends the area of 156 km².

Mežica is a town situated in the central part of the Meža Valley, and it is the geographical, Alpine, and mining tourist centre of the region. Mežica is an important starting point for mountaineering and mountain bike fans. The surrounding mountains, meadows, and vast green forests are interwoven with numerous forest roads, where cyclists and walkers can choose among trails of different levels of difficulty. The Mežica town centre is also interesting to see. A geological trail runs along the River Meža. The Podzemlje Pece Tourist Mine is also located in Mežica. The municipality comprises around 3.600 inhabitants and extends the area of 26 km².

Prevalje is surrounded by the Uršlja Gora Mountain and Mt. Peca / Petzen and lies in the middle of the Meža Valley. Its history is marked by the Roman era, rich cultural heritage, and the history of the iron industry in particular, which also gave the town its name (Prevalje). The Hermagoras Society was active here, and the idea of a ​​reading badge came to life at the Prevalje Primary School, which is a Slovenian cultural particularity. There is a memorial park in the town, with monuments recalling important events and personalities of the town’s history. In Leše, a lignite mine was in operation once. Today, Leše is marketed as a fairy tale village. Holmec and Poljana are marked with events of recent history, whereas Štanjel still remains a tourist jewel and the cycling hub of Koroška. The municipality comprises around 6.750 inhabitants and extends the area of 58 km².

Ravne na Koroškem is the biggest town in the Koroška region. It is the town of ironworkers, the Forma Viva steel sculptures, and a profusion of books. While the rich funds of the Dr. Franc Sušnik Central Carinthian Library bear witness of cultural development, interesting museum collections tell stories about the history of ironwork. In Preški Vrh above Kotlje stands the Prežih House (Prežihova bajta), consolidating the memory of the writer Lovro Kuhar – Prežihov Voranc. Lake Ivarčko lies under the mighty Uršlja Gora Mountain, which welcomes you in the summer and also in the winter with its snowy hillsides with ski slopes. There is a modern sports centre in Ravne, including anOlympic-size and an indoor swimming pool, an athletic stadium, a sauna, a fitness centre, and numerous sports courts. The municipality comprises around 11.300 inhabitants and extends the area of 63 km².

Dravograd has developed into a modern settlement from an old marketplace lying under an old castle. The former tollgate town later became the docking station for timber rafts used on the River Drava, and later still it served as a larger railway junction. There are numerous historical traces in the town. The most important are the famous Church of St. Vitus, the ossuary in Libeliče, a museum collection depicting Nazi violence, and also the Bukovje Manor. Scientifically, the most interesting part of the landscape is the Košenjak–Velka area. The municipality comprises around 8.900 inhabitants and it extends the area of 105 km².

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