In no other province of Austria is carnival celebrated as colourfully and with such passion as in Carinthia in the south. Traditional customs are skilfully combined with modern carnival customs and supplemented with a pinch of lightness and joie de vivre. The highlight of the spectacle in many towns is Shrove Tuesday, when impressive parades take place (except in Villach on Saturday).
Villach - the carnival mecca for guests and locals alike
The most spectacular and best-known carnival procession far beyond the local borders takes place every year on carnival Saturday in Villach's city centre. A hundred groups parade through the old town in their elaborate costumes and with their colourfully decorated floats, bringing the mood of 10,000 visitors to a boil. But not only on the streets but also in the neighbouring restaurants and retail outlets the cheerfully masked fools swing the sceptre on this day. From early in the morning until late in the evening, the atmosphere in the alleys and streets of the Drau city is exuberant.
All information about the Villach Fasching can be found here: Carnival in Villach
A few weeks before Shrove Tuesday, carnival meetings take place in many Carinthian towns and communities. There, sketches on political, social and local topics are performed that bring tears of laughter to the eyes of many spectators. The entertainment programme is varied and consists not only of short plays, but also of song, music and dance numbers.
The Fasching sessions in Villach and Klagenfurt are particularly popular. Here you need to book in advance in order to get a seat. The best anecdotes of the Villach carnival are recorded and broadcast on ORF in the evening programme on Shrove Tuesday.
All information about the carnival session in Klagenfurt can be found here: the city rumour
Accommodation during the Carinthian carnival season
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