Spittal an der Drau

Austria

Spittal is a wonderful symbiosis of cultural diversity and southern flair Porcia Castle, one of the most beautiful Renaissance-Palazzo outside Italy, is not only the home of Countess Salamanca, of whom it is said that her ghost still roams about in the building, but also a place of cultural encounters. The museum of culture and the Porcia Gallery present their unique exhibits in the castle. At the Porcia Castle Comedy Festival, guests can look forward to modern interpretations of stage plays, vernissages and relaxed jazz evenings. The city is full of life and southern flair, which you can enjoy through the culture, shopping in the town park, in the excellent restaurants and pub scene. The technical college „Technikum Kärnten“ today occupies the name-giving building of „Spittl“.If you are interested in the Middle Ages, the „Carantana“ museum in Molzbichl is worth a visit.

See represents southern serenity, lively traditions, the pleasures of shopping and a wide variety of cultural activities. The central point in the old town is the Renaissance Porcia Castle with the town park.

Spittal an der Drau is a town in the western part of the Austrian federal state of Carinthia. It is the administrative centre of Spittal an der Drau District, Austria’s second largest district (Bezirk) by area.

The town is located on the southern slopes of the Gurktal Alps (Nock Mountains), between the Lurnfeld Basin and the Lower Drava Valley. Despite its name, the historic core of Spittal originated on the banks of the small Lieser tributary, which flows into the Drava at the foot of Mt. Goldeck, a peak of the Gailtal Alps south of the town. Its summit can be reached by cable car.

The municipal area consists of seven Katastralgemeinden: Amlach, Edling, Großegg, Molzbichl, Olsach, Spittal proper, and St. Peter-Edling. In Großegg (incorporated in 1973), the area of Spittal extends to the southern shore of Lake Millstatt.

Molzbichl

East of the town, within the Drava Valley lies the village of Molzbichl, which is home to the remains of Carinthia’s first monastery, established about 780 by Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria and abandoned in the 10th century. A small museum nearby shows several artifacts of Carolingian origin. The foundation of the monastery church is visible south of the present parish church Saint Tiburtius, which itself has an altar including a Roman tombstone of an Early Christian deacon Nonnosus, who died here in 532.

Spittal is an important economic and administrative centre in upper Carinthia; its name comes from a 12th-century hospital and refuge that once provided succour to weary travellers.

On a slope above the valley, northeast of Molzbichl is Schloss Rothenthurn, in the 11th century called “Red Tower” (Roter Turm), a fiefdom of the Counts of Ortenburg. The present-day palace is a building from the 17th century and serves as a hotel.

See

  • 1 Porcia Castle. 16th-century Renaissance castle with a nice park   
  • 2 Millstätter Lake. Semi-alpine lake some kilometers to the north.  
  • Stadtpfarrkirche “Maria Verkündigung”, Litzelhofenstraße 1 (a short walk from the center). The main church in town

Contact

Spittal an der Drau
email
stadt.spittal@spittal-drau.at
address
Burgplatz 5 A-9800 Spittal an der Drau
phone
+43 4762 5650-0