The Lendkanal is a 4 km-long manmade waterway that leads from the Wörthersee to the center of Klagenfurt. The roads along the northern bank of the Lendkanal are very popular with cyclists and inline skaters. Originally built in the 16th century in order to channel water to the city moat as well as transport building and heating materials, the Lendkanal is today a recreation area.
Once it reaches the inner city, the Lend flows into the Lendhafen where, over the summer months, a cultural initiative known as “Lendspiel” has made quite a name for itself with a variety of cultural programs. Some of the literary readings offered as part of the “Festival of German-Language Literature” are also held here.
Sailing since 2013 between downtown Klagenfurt and Lake Wörthersee is the ES Maria Wörth. It is generally regarded as the most modern solar-powered passenger ship in all of Europe.