Stone Age finds in the cave point to the first human traces in present-day Carinthia. One of the mightiest castles of the Middle Ages stood in Griffen, and today the ruins still remind us of that time. The castle hill is accessible via a generously laid out hiking trail including nature trails.
A striking point in the town centre is a blue tower, constructed to a design by the Carinthian artist Giselbert Hoke.
Griffen Abbey is home to the Peter Handke archive, an overview of the life and work of the internationally recognised writer and translator, who was born in Griffen. His most famous works include “Offending the Audience” (the premiere of which was directed by Claus Peymann) and “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick” (which was filmed by Wim Wenders).