Klagenfurt 500 – of dragons, ashes and the rebirth of a city

It all began with a greedy dragon, the Lindwurm, who according to legend held the small settlement at Lake Wörthersee in fear and was only defeated by the mighty Hercules. Today they both adorn the most beautiful square of the city, in the form of landmark statues. In 1514, Klagenfurt burnt down to its foundation walls.

On 24th April 1518, Emperor Maximilian gave the city to the noble estates as a gift in the form of a legal act that was unique in Europe. They entrusted the reconstruction to the Italian master builder dell’Allio. The city was modernised, fortified, enlarged and improved.

This year, our Renaissance city celebrates its 500-year jubilee with numerous festivities – starting with the festival week at the end of April with concerts, guided tours, exhibitions and a ball. Superb Carinthian choirs will be performing in June in the Landhaus courtyard, and in July the World Body Painting Festival has the city’s jubilee as its theme.

Come with us and enjoy the story of the city and its surroundings, from its historical and culinary sides. Between the Old Town and Lake Wörthersee, the southernmost provincial capital in Austria can be found at the intersection of three cultures – Carinthian, Slovenian and Italian. That’s well worth investigating!

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1518 - 2018

The gift of a city

Klagenfurt has developed to become a modern, cosmopolitan city with an impressive 15 twin towns, with a clean and bustling historical Old Town, and it makes investments in the future with its University, University of Applied Sciences and Lakeside Science & Technology Park.


Guided tours of the city

The Carinthian Guides invite you to join one of the informative city tours with exciting points of interest at various locations. Free of charge every 24th of the month from March to October 2018, always at 10am and at 5pm, meeting point at the Spanheimer Brunnen fountain, Dr.-Arthur-Lemisch-Platz square.


The most important jubilee dates in 2018:

24th February (ALL DAY)
International Tourist Guide Day
Jubilee city tour
“Klagenfurt 500”

On 24th February, at no less than 16 locations in Klagenfurt, you can gain an insight into the diversity of the colourful 500-year-old city’s history. The short tours begin at 10am, 10.30am and 11am and last 20 minutes.

24th April, 10am
Official ceremony in the Coat of Arms Hall

24th April, 7pm
Concert in the Landhaus
(in cooperation with Trigonale)

27th April, 7pm
Opening of historical exhibition
“Klagenfurt 500"

“Verbrannt, verschenkt und wachgeküsst” – “Burnt, given away and kissed awake”, Stadtgalerie art gallery

28th April, 7.30pm
“Klagenfurt 500” Ball

12th May, from 6am
“70 years of the Benediktinermarkt market”

26th May (ALL DAY)
National stamp exhibition
Exhibition grounds, hall 5

9.9 – 12.8. (ALL DAY)
Volkes Fest – folk festival
Neuer Platz, city centre

An overview of all events as part of “Klagenfurt 500” can be found HERE!

KLAGENFURT 500 Foto: (c) Helge Bauer

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