A Small City with World-Famous Architecture
Gurk, a small Austrian city with a population of 1,300 people, is located in the centre of Carinthia’s Gurk Valley about 50km from the Hotel Pulverer. This city is known for its big architectural masterpiece – the Gurk Cathedral.
The name Gurk comes from the river with the same name. Gurk actually means "bubbling". The most famous former resident of Gurk is Hemma von Gurk. She founded the Gurk Abbey in 1043. Canonised by the church, she is the patron saint of Carinthia.
Papal Visit to Gurk
On 25 June, 1988, Pope John Paul II visited the Gurk Cathedral and prayed at the tomb of Saint Hemma
Musikalische Spätsommer Gurk Music Festival
The Musikalische Spätsommer Gurk Music Festival is a wonderful series of concerts that offers visitors a mix of famous as well as forgotten pieces.