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    The joy of spring

    Bring ‘Memories of Childhood’ to Life Again

    Frozen pizza, hamburgers, fries, etc. For many children today, fast food will probably be the defining taste of their youth. Smartphones and tablets are their playmates, the couch their playground... but take a look back:

    Climbing trees with your best friends, building a raft and eating freshly-baked bread, sweet, fragrant tomatoes and freshly-picked raspberries by the lake – being a kid again. In Carinthia, in the south, where you went on holiday years ago, where you return today with your own children. Whether it’s to share the best memories from back then, to experience them together once again – or to discover them for the first time. Searching for ‘memories of childhood’.

    It is a feeling of freedom and confidence: Running barefoot over warm summer meadows, laughing as you fall into the soft grass, gazing into the heavens and pointing out fanciful shapes in the clouds of the southern sky. Stray blades of grass in your tousled hair, and answering the call of your parents and grandparents because the picnic is ready. Fresh, regional ingredients from Carinthian Alpe-Adria cuisine await. Here in the romantic mountain villages and lake valleys on the south side of the Alps, people rely on tradition and hand-made food. And they give their products time; time to ripen and flourish. Years later, taking a holiday in the south again is your opportunity to be a kid again. To bring ‘memories of childhood’ to life again. Long ago, you peered curiously over your shoulder at the friendly hosts as they baked fresh bread, and you waited with excitement until the golden-brown bread was taken out of the oven. The distinctive aroma wafts through the house. An aroma that makes you relive happy memories of beautiful, carefree holiday moments.

    A feeling of tranquillity, of jumping into the warm water of the lake with your friends in the light summer rain and trying to catch the darting fish with a homemade fishing pole. You can still experience such lovely, carefree days today, albeit somewhat more calmly. Experience this feeling of adventure anew with your friends and children. Experience the charm of discovering secret places in Carinthia’s natural and cultural landscape, explore light-flooded forests, marvel at magical waterfalls and, of course, venture a step behind the roaring water. Who knows? It may conceal an enchanted cave. Creep around legendary mountains and castles, risking a look behind the high old walls; didn’t you just hear a noise back there? Climb to the treetops, prove your courage, feel great and valiant. Let your dreams fly where they will, and let them give you the courage to take in all of Carinthia from the lookout tower of the Pyramidenkogel at Lake Wörthersee. Soon after, dive into the shimmering water of the lake with only yourself and the enchanting turquoise aquatic scenery for company. Then discover dreamy islands with the rowing boat, accompanied by the warm rays of the sun throughout. Enjoy exuberant, carefree summer days with the family today, just as you did back then.

    It is ultimately a feeling of safety; here in Carinthia, where you can rediscover ‘memories of childhood’, and the joy of it brings a heartfelt smile to your face. Carefree, just as you were in your childhood.

    Re-experience the ‘taste of childhood’:

    Reinankenfest (Coregonus Festival) on Lake Millstätter See with Anfischen (the first community fishing of the season), 28 May 2017

    Holiday on the Farm in Carinthia (more than 107 farms)

    Irschen Herb Festival, 1 - 2 July 2017

    Lesachtal Valley Bread Festival, 2 – 3 September 2017


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