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Klagenfurt

Want to enjoy culture, conquer mountains and jump into a turquoise lake? Then Klagenfurt in Carinthia might just be perfect for you!

Klagenfurt is a city of leisure and culture, as well as a university town, in the South of Austria. Located at the Eastern bank of Lake Wörthersee, this small city is a gem whose cultural treasures and nearby mountains are perfect for short or longer expeditions. In Klagenfurt, you don’t have to decide between a culture-focused holiday, a hiking holiday and a beach holiday – here, you’ll get all of them rolled into one.

Farmers Markets: Discover Klagenfurt and its Mediterranean Influence

Klagenfurt people have a certain zest for life. There’s a spirit of friendly togetherness and a perceptible Mediterranean influence, both of which you can experience at the Benedictine farmers’ market. Farmers from all over the Carinthia province, the Italian Friuli region and Slovenia sell fresh produce and herbs here. It smells like homebaked bread, you can sample olives or enjoy a glass of wine – don’t miss out on this joyous hustle and bustle.

Theatre Offerings in Klagenfurt

If you’re looking for culture, dive into the world of Swan Lake in the Klagenfurt Stadttheater (City Theatre) or snatch up one of only 10 seats at Jugendstiltheater (Art Nouveau Theatre) for a show off the beaten track. Konzerthaus (Concert House) has classical and jazz concerts that will make for a lively evening.

Lindwurm am Neuen Markt in Klagenfurt © Klagenfurt Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia Lindwurm am Neuen Markt in Klagenfurt © Klagenfurt Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia

Klagenfurt Old Town

Shaped by Italien architects, Klagenfurt is sometimes called the “Renaissance Gem”. Today, the 800-year-old town features perfectly restored palaces, courtyards and squares.

One of these is the New Square (“Neuer Platz”), redesigned in 2008 by architect Boris Podrecca with the Lindworm Fountain in its centre. If you’re planning to discover Klagenfurt on foot, this is a great starting point.

Throughout the city, a large number of museums provide insight into Carinthia’s history and culture. And Klagenfurt’s old town itself is also a sight to behold: For its efforts in city preservation, Klagenfurt has been awarded the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage three times.

Blick auf den Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Tine Steinthaler Blick auf den Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Tine Steinthaler

Athletic Highlights in Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt has some great offerings for athletes. There’s Lendkanal, an idyllic channel leading from Lake Wörthersee into the old town. There’s also a large bathing beach at Lake Wörthersee’s Eastern bay, an illuminated running trail, a demanding fitness course at Kreuzbergl mountain, a golf course and ideal conditions for sailing. The very challenging Kärnten Ironman Austria race is considered a sporting highlight of the year.
Museum of modern art Klagenfurt © Klagenfurt Tourismus Museum of modern art Klagenfurt © Klagenfurt Tourismus

Cultural Highlights and Events in Klagenfurt

In summer, enjoy a film under the stars at Open-Air Cinema in Burghof. Two Austrian writers of import – Robert Musil and Ingeborg Bachmann – were born in Klagenfurt. Today, the city becomes a literary hotspot each summer: The Festival of German-Language Literature takes place here, featuring live readings and the awarding of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in German-language literature.

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Eboard-Museum in Klagenfurt © Eboard Museum Eboard-Museum in Klagenfurt © Eboard Museum

E-Board Museum

The world’s largest keyboard museum features Stevie Wonder’s and Ray Charles’ original instruments as well as intimate live concerts.
E-Board Museum
Katze Nala lebt in der Buchhandlung Heyn in Klagenfurt © Buchhandlung Heyn Katze Nala lebt in der Buchhandlung Heyn in Klagenfurt © Buchhandlung Heyn

Heyn Book Shop

In this family-run shop, you’ll find a large selection of books, a “Literary Dinner” event and Nala and Nilo – also known as Mrs. und Mr. Heyn – the resident cats.
Heyn Book Shop (German)
Jeromes Skizzenbuch © Österreich Werbung Jeromes Skizzenbuch © Österreich Werbung

Festival of German-Language Literature

Every summer, Klagenfurt becomes a literary hotspot when the Festival of German-Language Literature is held here.
Bachmann Prize
Museum of modern art Klagenfurt © Klagenfurt Tourismus Museum of modern art Klagenfurt © Klagenfurt Tourismus

Carinthia Museum of Modern Art

Find first-rate modern art exhibitions here, including works by Carinthian pop artist Kiki Kogelnik who was part of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol’s group.
Museum of Modern Art
Statehouse in Klagenfurt © Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser Statehouse in Klagenfurt © Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser

Carinthia Provincial Museum

Discover the Carinthia province’s history, nature, culture and traditional art in this museum’s extensive exhibitions.
Provincial Museum (German)
Jugendstiltheater Just © VADA Jugendstiltheater Just © VADA

Jugendstiltheater

One of the smallest theatres in the world, the Jugendstiltheater (Art Nouveau Theatre) in Goethepark only has 10 seats. You'll need a reservation!
Jugendstiltheater (German)

Hiking in Klagenfurt

Around Klagenfurt, hiking enthusiasts will find a wide variety of options: Exploring the old town on foot offers a bit of Mediterranean lifestyle, especially in summer. City hiking paths take you to nearby recreational areas. More active hikers will enjoy the Karavanks, a mountain range to the South offering easy and challenging trails.

From easy strolls through the city to challenging hikes in the hills...

From easy strolls through the city to challenging hikes in the hills...

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Wörthersee © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Wörthersee © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Lake Wörthersee

Max temp 28° C

Length 16.4 km

Width 2 km

Surface area 19.4 m²

Avg depth 42 m

Max depth 84.6 m

Elevation above sea level 450 m

Enjoy Life on the Banks of Lake Wörthersee

If you need to cool down after a long hike, just jump into crystal-clear Lake Wörthersee – but don’t worry, the lake never gets so cold as to be uncomfortable. Or you might just want to spend the day enjoying the sun in one of the many lidos around the lake.

In the evening, visit one of the hip beach bars or first-rate restaurants on the shores, and watch the sun set over the lake. A fruity cocktail in hand, you’ll listen to the waves pattering and watch the warm sun rays reflect in the water’s surface. That’s living!

Lake Wörthersee or Lake Wörth is the largest lake in Carinthia, and, due to climatic conditions, one of the warmest Alpine lakes. In summer, the water – of drinkable purity, by the way – reaches temperatures of 28°C. When the lake freezes, it becomes one the largest skating rinks in Austria.

Situated in a depression in the mid-Carinthian hill country, the lake is surrounded by a dreamy landscape of mountain peaks – the view extends all the way to the Karavanks Range to the South, and to the foothills of the forested Ossiacher Tauern mountain ridge in the North.

Active visitors will enjoy the varied bicycling routes, some suitable for racing cycles, others for e-bikes and mountain bikes. Riding along Lake Wörthersee, you can take an architectural journey through time, from Art Nouveau to English Country House style.

  • Wörthersee: Ansicht von oben © Wörthersee Tourismus / Franz Gerdl Wörthersee: Ansicht von oben © Wörthersee Tourismus / Franz Gerdl
  • Ruderboot am Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Steinthaler Ruderboot am Wörthersee © Kärnten Werbung / Steinthaler

Fun Facts

Klagenfurt in the evening © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl Klagenfurt in the evening © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl

Did you know ... ?

·        ... that the postcard was invented in Klagenfurt? In 1869, Emanuel Alexander Herrmann published an article in the Vienna newspaper ‘Neue Freie Presse’ proposing a new style of postal correspondence. The Postmaster General liked the idea, and shortly thereafter, the first postcards or “correspondence cards” were used.

·        ... that on three occasions, Klagenfurt’s old town has been awarded the EU Prize for outstanding achievements in preserving cultural heritage?

·        ... that Austria’s oldest pedestrian zone is located in Klagenfurt?

·        ... that the preparation of cheese noodles (Kasnudeln), according to folk wisdom, is so elementary for a girl growing up in Carinthia that a young lady who can’t do it will never find a husband? If you think you still need a bit of practise, find the recipe here.

Burg Hochosterwitz in Kärnten © Österreich Werbung / Diejun Burg Hochosterwitz in Kärnten © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

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