JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk***
Relaxation and seminar facilities at the idyllic monastery in Carinthia
The new JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk*** opened in June 2018 and offers a fantastic place for nature lovers, families and pilgrims to spend a really special holiday. Alpine meadows stretching as far as the eye can see, densely forested mountainsides and the cheerful babbling sounds of the river Gurk can be enjoyed in the area around the market town of Gurk, which is at the heart of the unspoilt Gurk Valley. It is no surprise that it is such a popular destination for so many pilgrims! The new JUFA Hotel in Carinthia is situated in historic surroundings, so our guests can experience a truly unique atmosphere. The hotel is located in the historic wing of the chapter house and the priory building that are connected to Gurk Cathedral and provides a truly unique setting for every occasion, whether you are on holiday with all your family, on a choir tour, taking part in a special conference or on a pilgrimage.
If you are looking for idyllic natural surroundings, want to satisfy your wanderlust and are interested in local history, then you have to come to just the right place! The JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk*** is full of historic charm and is a perfect place to spend a quiet and relaxing holiday. The hotel’s location is ideal for discovering the exciting culture and history of the region, for example, you can access the famous Gurk Cathedral directly from the hotel, where you can visit the tomb and treasure vault of the blessed Hemma of Gurk.
The region is well-known for its herbs and you will have plenty of opportunities to discover these botanical delights right at the hotel, where they feature prominently on the agenda every day. For example, you can choose to try out a herbal pillow for a relaxing night’s sleep, or perhaps discover the therapeutic benefits of a herbal infusion at the tea bar.
There are so many regional culinary delights to enjoy. Pilgrims to the region love to partake in a drink of Gurktal alpine herb schnapps and to fortify themselves with regional and delicious food. You might also have the chance to taste the delights on offer at the popular Gurktal Ham Festival! The cathedral gift shop offers a range of delightful gifts to take home for family and friends.
There are also a range of leisure activities to enjoy, such as the open air swimming pool in Gurk and the local history museum in Weitensfeld. There are many other sites of interest to explore that are located slightly further afield. For example, you can visit Straßburg, which is surrounded by 16 churches, Lake Kraiger, or maybe explore loftier heights in the Hochrindl mountains, a region that also has plenty to offer fans of winter sports.
Incidentally, you are welcome to bring along your four-legged friend. The hotel facilities and the staff are very dog friendly.
- 45 rooms with SH/WC/TV/safe
- Free Wi-Fi
- Indoor children's play area
- On-site parking free of charge
- Cathedral café
- Monastery and herb garden
- Sauna and wellness area with tea bar
- Quiet room
- Arch restaurant
- Dogs welcome
- Handicap / barrier-free
- Regional store
Seminars & events
- Modern conference technology
- Attractive seminar packages
- 4 seminar and event rooms
Sport, school, adventure
- Playground with climbing area
- Massage room
- Herb garden
- Cathedral library
- Bonfire place
JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk***
The JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk*** is located about 35 minutes north of the state capital Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. Free parking for cars and buses is available directly at the hotel.
On arrival, we recommend the direct access to the hotel parking lot (entrance Gurk left / in front of the round tower left again). You are welcome to store your luggage at check-in on the suitcase parking at the lift. A driveway over the collegiate courtyard is not possible!
Arrival by car
From the direction of Salzburg:
via the A10 to St. Michael > exit B96/B95 to Stadl an der Mur > continue on the L63 via Flattnitz to Gurktalstraße B93
From the direction of Vienna:
route 1) via the A2 to the exit St. Leonhard im Lavantal > via Klippitzthörl > further direction Guttaring and Althofen > Friesacherstraße turn left towards Klagenfurt > in Pöckstein turn right onto Gurktalstraße B93
route 2) via the A2 to Völkermarkt/Ost > continue on B82 towards Brückl and Kappel until Pöckstein turn left onto Gurktalstraße B93
route 3) via the S6 to St. Michael junction > continue on the S36 towards Klagenfurt > B317/Friesacher Straße via Perchauer Sattel and Neumarkt to Pöckstein > turn right onto Gurtalstraße B93
Travelling by train
As destination station we recommend the stations St. Veit an der Glan, Friesach or Treibach-Althofen. For further travel, you can select our JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk*** directly at www.bahnhofshuttle.at and book a shuttle.
Arriving by plane
The nearest airport is in Klagenfurt (45 km) and currently offers the following direct connections:
Mobile at the resort with the Go Mobil®
The Go Mobil is a regional shuttle within the municipality. As a member company we offer discounted tickets for € 3,80/travel/person (children pay half). Phone: +43 (0)664/603 603 9342
The best attractions in the local area
The former seat of the bishops of Gurk is found in an idyllic location on a hilltop against the magnificent backdrop of the Gurktal Alps. The exhibition entitled ‘Straßburg Royal Residence and Diocesan Town’ shows the origins of Gurk Cathedral, the diocese of Gurk and the historical development of the town of Straßburg.
The castle and museum are open from May to September and you can enter free of charge if you have a Kärnten Card.
This beautiful lake lies at the foot of the Kulm Mountain at 596 metres above sea level. The shores of this beauty spot have not been spoiled by any development whatsoever so it is an ideal spot for relaxing, bathing and fishing. You can find a perfect place to relax in the alpine meadows and enjoy the cool shade provided by the pine and ash trees. The lake is a maximum of ten metres deep and the temperature of the water during the summer months is very refreshing. The excursion can also be ideally combined with a short hike through the ‘valley of enchanted castles’ (circular trail approx. 4,9 km).
Weitensfeld Local History Museum
On display in the museum are many pictures of the Kranzelreiten horseback race showing the riders wearing colourful folk costumes from special jubilee years. Visitors can also view important historical records and exhibits. The Weitensfeld Museum brings Carinthia’s cultural heritage to life.
Also popular is the ‘Zammelsberg Dichtersteinhain’, which offers interesting informations to many known and unknown poets. In the middle of August there are also poetry readings.
The brewery is very proud of its heritage, which dates back to around the year 1270. The privately-run Hirt Brewery is also passionate about passing knowledge down the generations and you can get some fascinating insights into the art of brewing at the brewery’s very own Beer Academy. It is also possible to train to become a beer sommelier here.
The Blessed Hemma Pilgrimage Trail
The tomb of the blessed Hemma in Gurk has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Hemma is a saint, who is venerated in Carinthia and Slovenia and still considered to be a guide and role model for many people.
Pilgrims, wishing to follow in the footsteps of the blessed Hemma, can embark on an 800 km pilgrimage or travel alone or in groups on a spiritual and physical journey along the trail to Gurk. There are 8 trails that can be followed that will take you to Gurk.
The Friesach Castle Construction Experience
The Friesach Castle Construction Experience invites its visitors to discover a fascinating historical experiment at a replica medieval construction site. How was it possible for people in former times to construct such magnificent architectural structures with such limited knowledge? You can gain some fascinating insights into the art of medieval construction from April to October. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
Also recommended in Friesach: Craigher chocolate factory, spectacle dinner, Wachs Stub’n Café, Burghofspiele.
As the first heritage railway in Austria and the last surviving 760 mm railway in Carinthia, the Gurktalbahn impresses with true narrow-gauge romanticism. Like 100 years ago steam locomotives pull the train across the meadows and fields. There are rides in summer (early July – early September) on Sundays and public holidays between the stations Pöckstein-Zwischenwässern (distance: 13 km) and Treibach-Althofen.
Cycling in Gurktal
Explore the beautiful landscape of Gurktal on two wheels. In the JUFA Hotel Stift Gurk*** we keep your bike well protected in the wheel stable. And if you do not have your own bike, you do not have to go without a bike tour: A bike rental is only a few steps away. Our tips: R5B Gurkweg (from Pöckstein via Gurk to Weitensfeld), TransromanicaTour (from Gurk to Friesach)
Hüttenberg with mine Knappenberg
As a mining community and hometown of mountaineering legend Heinrich Harrer well-known, since ‘7 years in Tibet’ world-famous. That and much more is Hüttenberg. The mine Knappenberg is especially popular with children. The ‘Path of Dialogue’ leads directly to the Lingkor at the Heinrich-Harrer-Museum and the Mineral Museum takes you to Europe’s largest mineral resource in a sparkling world. By the way: With the Kärnten Card, admission is free! Our tip: Bowling & large indoor world of experience in the JUFA Hotel Knappenberg****.
Thermal Roman Bath Bad Kleinkirchheim
In the Thermal Römerbad in Bad Kleinkirchheim you can spend relaxing hours in the midst of a fantastic mountain scenery. In the beautiful sauna and wellness area and in cozy quiet zones you will forget the everyday stress. So immerse yourself in a world full of beauty that offers both, experience and silence.