Things to do and see during a winter holiday on Lake Millstatt

Culture and customs in Carinthia in winter

From the tranquil Advent season at the lake to cultural attractions and events: a winter holiday in Carinthia is full of possibilities. Traditions and customs are nurtured in Carinthia and the events surrounding them are always worth a visit. Plan some excursions and events into your winter holiday and really get to know your holiday destination.

Winter customs in Carinthia

Tradition flourishes during Advent and the Christmas season in Carinthia. One very special experience is the traditional sinking of the Christmas tree. The EKUS Carinthian underwater sports club carry out this custom on Lake Millstatt and Lake Wörthersee. The event sees divers sink a Christmas tree decorated with lights into the icy lake in memory of all those who lost their lives in its waters.

Another local tradition during the Advent season is the "Klöckler" custom of passing from house to house knocking on doors. You can also experience Advent traditions at the various religious festivals and customs held during the most tranquil time of the year.

Carnival in Carinthia, Villach and beyond

Thanks to the Villach Carnival Guild, the city of Villach (approx. 40 km from Millstatt) is a Carnival stronghold. Tickets for the carnival shows in Villach are always in high demand so it is worth making a decision early. Millstatt also has its own carnival association and you can be there to experience the various shows and events live this February. The celebrations are rounded off with masked balls and children's carnival events during the most entertaining time of the year.

Cultural enjoyment: visit museums

The regional museums also look forward to welcoming you in winter. At Sagamundo – House of Storytelling, winter fairy tales enchant children and the young at heart in addition to the museum's world of legend and adventure that is offered year round. If you have always wanted to know the story behind the Klagenfurt Lindwurm (dragon) or which magnificent creatures are believed to slumber in Lake Millstatt, the Sagamundo in Döbriach is the place for you.

Another regional highlight is the Granatium, where you can learn all about garnet, the "stone of love", and even mine your own gemstone out of the rock to take home as a souvenir.

Have some of these cultural attractions and events taken your fancy? Then don't hesitate and plan your winter holiday in Carinthia now to experience all of this first hand, be it on a ski holiday or during a relaxing break on wintry Lake Millstatt. The team at Hotel am See****Die Forelle look forward to receiving your enquiry or booking for a holiday in this prime location on the second-largest lake in Carinthia.

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