My perfect day in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.
A run along Lake Wörthersee, when the fog rises from the water and the first rays of sunshine hit the water’s surface – there is no better way to start the day. After a refreshing shower, stroll through the Old Town and enjoy a coffee speciality and a Carinthian breakfast at one of the numerous small cafés. Then it is time for a guided tour of the Old Town, which takes place every Friday and Saturday. The tour starts at Dr.-Arthur-Lemisch-Platz and takes you, in about 90 minutes, to the most beautiful places and sights in the city. The guides provide the background information to the sights. At the end, there won’t be much that you don’t know about the history of this beautiful city. Health-conscious gourmets can enjoy a light lunch at Restaurant Kleeblatt on St. Veiter Ring. Everything here is organic, not just tasty, but also healthy and with lots of homemade specialities. In the afternoon, the choice is yours. How about a game of tennis on one of the many courts in the city? Or a spot of horse-riding, where you can discover the surroundings? Or swimming, sunbathing, and stand-up paddle boarding in the eastern bay? Beach volleyball or a quick bike ride? Whatever you decide to do, afterwards you can relax and regenerate in the Day Spa of the Seepark Hotel, opposite Minimundus, the miniature world on Lake Wörthersee. It is open every day until 10pm. You can have dinner there or in one of the many restaurants in the city centre.
Did you know …
- that an average of 3,000 athletes from 60 nations take part in the Ironman in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee every year? It has been held here since 1998.
- that the route of the “Kärnten läuft” half marathon leads from Velden along the northern shore of Lake Wörthersee via Pörtschach to Klagenfurt?
- that the current record for the “Kärnten läuft” half marathon was made in 2014 by Ronoh Geoffrey from Kenya? He took 59:45 minutes.
- that only 17 holes in one have ever been made at the Klagenfurt-Seltenheim golf club?
- that Lake Wörthersee, when it freezes, becomes the largest natural ice rink in Austria?
- that there are four riding stables and halls in Klagenfurt?
- that the Zillhöhe, the summit of the circular hiking trail, is four kilometres away? The highest point is at 575 metres altitude.
- that the Ironman cycle route leads from Minimundus via Velden, Rosegg, Rupertiberg and back to Klagenfurt?
10 things sporty visitors must see in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
1. The Ironman cycle route. Get a sense of the hardest competition in Carinthia. It is 180 kilometres long.
2. Old Town. Take a stroll through Klagenfurt’s Old Town, drink a coffee, enjoy an ice-cream and give your muscles a break.
3. Run up to the Zillhöhe on the Kreuzbergl. It is only four kilometres to the summit, but the view of the city is unforgettable.
4. Visit Klagenfurt’s eastern bay. Go for a walk, run, cycle, swim, do stand-up paddle boarding, dive … at the Strandbad Klagenfurt lakeside lido, sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice.
5. Explore the Sattnitz natural conservation area by bike or in your running gear.
6. Visit the great sporting events, Ironman and Kärnten läuft. Either as a participant or as a spectator. The atmosphere is sensational on either side.
7. Klagenfurt-Seltenheim golf course. The idyllic 9-hole course is ideal for tight schedules.
8. Ulrichsberg. Klagenfurt’s local mountain. 1,022 metres altitude.
9. Waidmannsdorf weekly market. Taste, stroll, buy. Fresh products from the region are on offer here.
10. Natural ice rinks. Icy fun is guaranteed every winter in Klagenfurt. On the numerous lakes and ponds you can ice-skate in and around the city.
Possibilities for doing sport in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee are endless in summer. But also in winter you don’t have to sit inside and twiddle your thumbs in the provincial capital of Carinthia. You can go ski touring and discover the countryside in the surrounding mountains. But also directly in the city, activities such as ice-hockey are possible; on the Hallegg ponds or the Kreuzbergl ponds, for example. With a bit of luck, you could also skate across the frozen Lake Wörthersee. When it freezes, it becomes the largest natural ice rink in Austria. Another beautiful activity is a hike in the snow on the Kreuzbergl, or a wintry run along the eastern shore of the lake. And don’t forget to take the time to stroll through the Christmas market, which is already open from mid-November. Here you will find Christmas decorations, toffee apples, sausages and baked potatoes, frankincense and myrrh. At the Klagenfurt indoor swimming pool, the Olympic distance pool means you can do your lengths and then visit the sauna to relax your muscles after all that sport. If you are travelling with children, we can recommend a few hours of tobogganing on the Schleppe Alm. Guaranteed fun for big and small.