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CITY VISITOR

My perfect day in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

From Klagenfurt, it is just a stone’s throw to Italy. And just like in our neighbouring country, in Carinthia you will also find an intimate love affair with the dark and delicious drink, coffee. Which is why it is best to start your perfect day in Klagenfurt with a relaxed walk through the city centre, where you can enjoy a large dose of caffeine in one of the numerous coffee houses there. Directly on the Neuer Platz square, and with a view of the Lindwurm, is the Café am Platz, known to the locals as “Platzl”. If a local asks you if you want to come with him “auf an Sprung ins Platzl” (a visit to the café), then you can answer with “Sicha!” (sure). Then it’s time to get to know the Carinthian capital better. On the theme of “All about dark alleys and secret signs”, from 10am you will find out how dark the Middle Ages were in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. Or are you more interested in the Italian Renaissance? The townscape as we know it these days was deeply characterised by this period. On the “3 countries – 3 tastes” tour, you will not only get to know the streets, squares and courtyards of Klagenfurt, but afterwards also be rewarded with a chance to taste some delicacies from the Alps-Adriatic region at the Benediktinermarkt marketplace. After these “antipasti” it is time for a light lunch. The Landhaushof restaurant is in the centre of town. After a plate of Carinthian Käsnudeln (cheese-filled pasta pockets) or a malt beer goulash, you only have to cross the courtyard and go up the stone steps to visit the Coat of Arms Hall. In the baroque era, the 665 coats of arms of the Carinthian aristocratic families were painted here with great precision. Then it is time for the greatest attraction that Klagenfurt has to offer: Lake Wörthersee. From the city centre, it can be reached by car or bus in a matter of minutes, or even by bike. Simply borrow a bike from the next Nextbike station and ride with the wind in your hair and the sun in your face to the lake. It’s all about enjoying yourself there. Stroll through the eastern bay from the Villa Lido restaurant to beautiful Maria Loretto Castle. Sit on a bench and enjoy an ice-cream with a view of Lake Wörthersee. And, when the afternoon draws to a close, board the “Lorelei”. The three hour nostalgic boat trip will round off the day perfectly and you can get to know Lake Wörthersee from its historical side.


Did you know ...

- that the Eboard Museum on Florian-Gröger-Straße 20 is the largest keyboard museum in Europe? The original instruments of many famous musicians are exhibited here. For example, one of the plexiglass instruments by the keyboard pioneer George Duke.
- that the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize has been awarded by the city of Klagenfurt since 1976? Along with the Büchner Prize it is one of the most important awards in the German-speaking literature scene.
- that the huge flea market in Viktring, which takes place twice a year, is the largest flea market in Austria?
- that the models exhibited at Minimundus, the miniature world on Lake Wörthersee, are mostly made on a scale of 1:25? The Minimundus model builders only work with original building plans.
- that the Lindwurm Fountain on the Neuer Platz square is carved from one block of stone, just like Michelangelo’s David? The Lindwurm is not made of marble, though, but chlorite schist. It was completed in 1593 and weighs six tons.
- that Professor Ernst Fuchs worked on the southern chapel in the St. Egid parish church for 20 years before he was finished?
- that the practical Nextbikes offer an uncomplicated way of discovering Klagenfurt by bike?
- that Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt’s city theatre, was founded in 1737? In 1908, it was refurbished in the subtle style of the French Renaissance.


10 things that a city visitor in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee must see

1. The Neuer Platz square with the city’s landmark, the Lindwurm. Stroll across the Dr.-Arthur-Lemisch-Platz square to see the Wörthersee-Mandl, then on to the Alter Platz square, which is the core of the historical Old Town.
2. The Musil House. Memorial for, and museum about, Robert Musil, in which you can find out all about the life and works of the great writer from Klagenfurt (“The Man Without Qualities”).
3. The Ernst Fuchs Chapel. The great contemporary painter worked for 20 years on the artistic interior of the southern chapel of the St. Egid church. The large-scale oil paintings create a connection between the space and the painting.
4. Gustav Mahler’s Composing Cottage. Located in the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee near Maiernigg, it was lived in by the great composer for several summers. Here, some of his greatest works were created. Easy to reach on a short walk through the forest.
5. The eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee. This is where Strandbad Klagenfurt is, the largest lakeside lido in Europe. Stroll along the shore between the Villa Lido restaurant and beautiful Maria Loretto Castle.
6. CSI Klagenfurt. Who dunnit? On the “10 crime scenes” guided city tour you don’t have to solve the crimes yourself, but it’s still not for the fainthearted. It is all about murderers, villains and crimes. Get to know the dark side of Klagenfurt.
7. Nostalgic bus. Get to know Klagenfurt and its surroundings on a tour in a vintage open-air bus.
8. Stadttheater Klagenfurt (city theatre). Enjoy one of the excellent productions performed by the ensemble. If you don’t have quite enough time for that, at least enjoy looking at the beautiful building, which is the starting point for the Cultural Mile.
9. Carinthian Museum of Modern Art. Works by contemporary national and international artists. Guided tours every Thursday at 6.30pm and every Sunday at 11am.
10. Minimundus. Around the world in 80 minutes. Marvel at the miniature editions of the most important buildings from around the world. All models are built according to their original plans. 


Winter

Winter in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is an incomparable time. When the busy days of summer have died down and quieter times are here, you have the opportunity of exploring the city’s beauty in peace. In November, when it gets light later and darker earlier, the streets of the city centre are lit by festive lights. Then the Christmas market on Neuer Platz once again invites you to begin your Christmas shopping. Candles, frankincense, woolly hats, kitschy angels and a red-cheeked St Nicholas bring the Christmas of times long past back to life. This quiet time is perfect for discovering the cultural side of Klagenfurt. Galleries such as the Kunsthaus: Kollitsch, the Stadtgalerie or the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art offer excellent exhibitions by classic and contemporary artists. A visit to the theatre is also wonderful. As well as the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, a visit to a performance in the theaterHalle11 is recommended. Here you can enjoy theatre on a smaller scale – there is only room for 80 visitors – and contemporary performances of all types. Also in the Jazzclub Kammerlichtspiele contemporary theatre performances are shown, as well as musical gems. There is no need to be afraid at the beginning of December, when the largest “Krampus” parade in Carinthia takes place. Many scary figures run along the Bahnhofstraße and Alter Platz, while visitors’ ears are filled with the noise of the bells that they wear on their hips. During the entire Advent period, the Silent Advent takes place all around Lake Wörthersee, purposefully remaining sedate. From Friday to Sunday, at various locations, musical performances by choirs and musicians take place. Then not so silently, it is time to welcome the new year. If New Year’s Eve is your favourite celebration, then you are in luck if you find yourself in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee at this time. Here you can celebrate twice. On 30th December, the Farmers’ New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on Neuer Platz. There is dancing, a real sow whose nose you can rub (for luck), mulled wine and punch and also a blacksmith showing off his work. On 31st December, it’s time for the second celebration – traditional and with fireworks, sparkling wine and salmon canapés. And the next day, in the new year, you can visit the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee to enjoy the peace, which offers a unique backdrop in winter. “Is schon still uman See” (it’s already quiet around the lake) just like the title of a Carinthian song, but it is also beautiful.

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06 Nov 2017

ACTIVE AND ATHLETIC

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.


Winter

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.

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06 Nov 2017

BON VIVANTS

My perfect day in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

Start yours in Klagenfurt with a relaxed stroll through the Old Town. Browse in the many exclusive and small boutiques, walk past the Wörthersee-Mandl and the Lindwurm, and stop off at one of the many cafés for refreshment. Then it’s time for the “3 countries – 3 tastes” tour of the city, based on Klagenfurt’s unique location with the three corners of Austria, Italy and Slovenia. As part of this tour you will hear the history and stories of the Alps-Adriatic region and also find out about Carinthian customs. At the end of the tour you will visit the popular Benediktinermarkt marketplace, which awaits you with culinary delights from Carinthia, Italy and Slovenia – tasting encouraged! We recommend you try a light lunchtime menu at the legendary Stand 17 at the market. The set-up is simple, but the food is excellent. In 2014, the lady who runs it was awarded the Austrian Gastronomy Oscar “Trophée Gourmet à la Carte”. Don’t be surprised: when it gets very busy, even the guests help out. The search for fine food now continues on two wheels. Borrow a bike from one of the Nextbike stations and cycle at leisure along the cycle path next to the Glan River. You can stop off at the Sussitz wine store or in the Pfau Distillery on the way. Then you can give the bike back or continue over the Kreuzbergl to the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee. If that sounds too much like hard work, simply take the bus from the Heiligengeistplatz square to the lakeside lido. Here you can enjoy the evening atmosphere on a stroll along the promenade as the sun sets. You will then find yourself at the doors of Villa Lido, where you can enjoy an excellent Mediterranean dinner on the shores of Lake Wörthersee.


Did you know …

- that the stone that was used for the Lindwurm Fountain on Neuer Platz came from the Kreuzbergl?
- that the brewery in which the delicious Schleppe beer is brewed was founded over 400 years ago?
- that the Kreuzbergl was visited by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1850?
- that Strandbad Klagenfurt is the largest lakeside lido in Europe?
- that the Sattnitz estuary has been declared a nature conservation area?
- that the Benediktinermarkt marketplace in Klagenfurt has been running for nearly 70 years?
- that only 17 holes in one have ever been made at the relatively new Klagenfurt-Seltenheim golf club?


10 things bon vivants must see in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

1. Europapark. Klagenfurt’s local recreation area with a size of 22 hectares. Great for strolling and relaxing. Has a huge children’s playground. 
2. Kreuzbergl. A forest in town. Two small lakes, an observatory and the Zillhöhe viewpoint await you.
3. 151er. A well-hidden in-restaurant in Klagenfurt-Viktring. Award-winning.
4. Schleppe Brewery. The secrets behind the tasty combination of hops and malt are revealed in guided tours from Monday to Friday. Tasting included. 
5. Benediktinermarkt and Waidmannsdorf weekly markets. Carinthian delicacies and Alps-Adriatic specialities of the highest quality. Stroll around, taste, enjoy. 
6. Minimundus. The miniature world on Lake Wörthersee shows faithful replica models of the greatest buildings around the world.
7. Pfau Distillery. Schnapps and fine brandies of world-class standard. Purchases can be made directly from the manufacturer at Schleppeplatz 1. 
8. Leisurely cycle tour along the waterways. Tarmac paths and few hills. From the Glan River to the stream in Wölfnitz, the ponds in Hallegg, Lake Wörthersee, the Lendkanal, the Sattnitz River, and back to the Glan.
9. Maria Loretto Castle. Sit on the Maria Loretto peninsula, with the castle behind you, the lake in front of you, and enjoy a glass of prosecco. 
10. Stadttheater Klagenfurt (city theatre). Is the starting point for the Klagenfurt Cultural Mile, with its beautiful facade and excellent productions.


Winter

Winter in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is an incomparable time. When the busy days of summer have died down and quieter times are here, you have the opportunity of exploring the city’s beauty in peace. In November, when it gets light later and darker earlier, the streets of the city centre are lit by festive lights. Then the Christmas market on Neuer Platz once again invites you to begin your Christmas shopping. Candles, frankincense, woolly hats, kitschy angels and a red-cheeked St Nicholas bring the Christmas of times long past back to life. You will also find Christmas delicacies such as cookies, toffee apples, grilled sausages and, of course, mulled wine and punch. This quiet time is perfect for discovering the cultural side of Klagenfurt. Galleries such as the Kunsthaus: Kollitsch, the Stadtgalerie or the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art offer excellent exhibitions by classic and contemporary artists. A wonderful thing to do now would be a visit to the Stadttheater city theatre, which always has a typical Christmas performance in its repertoire. There is no need to be afraid at the beginning of December, when the largest “Krampus” parade in Carinthia takes place. Many scary figures run along the Bahnhofstraße and Alter Platz, while visitors’ ears are filled with the noise of the bells that they wear on their hips. In contrast, the Silent Advent is celebrated quietly during the entire pre-Christmas period, all around Lake Wörthersee. From Friday to Sunday, at various locations, musical performances by choirs and musicians take place. Then not so silently, it is time to welcome the new year. If New Year’s Eve is your favourite celebration, then you are in luck if you find yourself in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee at this time. Here you can celebrate twice. On 30th December, the Farmers’ New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on Neuer Platz. There is dancing, a real sow whose nose you can rub (for luck), mulled wine and punch and also a blacksmith showing off his work. On 31st December, it’s time for the second celebration – traditional and with fireworks, sparkling wine and salmon canapés. And the next day, in the new year, you can visit the eastern bay of Lake Wörthersee to enjoy the peace, which offers a unique backdrop in winter. “Is schon still uman See” (it’s already quiet around the lake) just like the title of a Carinthian song, but it is also beautiful.

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