Things to see and do - Spittal an der Drau
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Schloss Porcia : Michelin's recommendations
This cube-shaped castle, framed by corner turrets, was begun in 1527 and is a rare example of Italian-style palaces on Austrian soil. It was built by Gabriel Salamanca, a brilliant financier who was General Treasurer to the Archduke Ferdinand until 1526. From 1662 to 1918, it was home to the princes of Porcia, a noble family from the Friuli. The Italian-style arcaded courtyard* has three levels of galleries and is typically Renaissance, with its antique medallions, balustrades and door frames. In Summer, it hosts theatre performances. The south façade is adorned with the Porcia's coat of arms of six golden lilies on a blue background. Note the superb 16C wrought-iron gates* that separate the stairs from the upper galleries. The Museum of Popular Art** (Museum für Volkskultur) is housed on the castle's upper floors. It presents Upper Carinthia's culture in detail, according to 47 different themes ranging from folk beliefs and customs to coopers' and potters' works, via gold, garnet and arsenic exploitation. The reconstructed early-20C schoolroom, grocer's shop and farmhouses give it a nostalgic charm. With more than 20 000 exhibits, it is especially interesting that the descriptions of various objects can be accessed by computer.
- Address : Burgplatz 1 A - 9800 Spittal-an-der-Drau9800Spittal-an-der-Drau
- Prices : free of charge