Sports and leisure

Klagenfurt is famous for major sporting events such as the Ironman, Kärnten läuft or the United World Games, but sport plays a major role all year round for the people of Klagenfurt, whatever their age. So we are able to offer our guests a sports infrastructure that can hardly be found anywhere else. The shore of Lake Wörthersee, in the picturesque east bay, is the starting point for a large number of sporting activities. Swimmers, cyclists, runners and inline skaters meet here to flex their muscles along the shore of the emerald-green Lake Wörthersee. But you can also work up a sweat in Klagenfurt by doing other sports, such as golf, tennis or riding. And of course another option is hiking in the region, when you can enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful scenery at close quarters. For young trend sport enthusiasts, we have a skater park to meet their every need and several beach volleyball courts. And the Hollywood-style workout in the form of stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed on the city’s waterways and in the east bay.

When winter takes hold of the city, the small lakes in and around the city and the Lend Canal turn into the largest natural Eldorado for ice skaters. Ice hockey fans can also chase the puck on these open-air pitches, but another option is the ice sport centre at the Kärtner Messen site. The city also has a range of excellent fitness centres for everyone who is not so keen on physical exercise in the cold. The main running routes along the Lend Canal and the rivers Glan and Sattnitz and on the Kreuzbergl are very popular even during the colder times of year – because they mostly lead alongside the water.


Klagenfurt may be a city with about 100,000 inhabitants, but runners will find unspoilt natural routes here for every level of ability – all centrally located. The fitness course at Kreuzbergl, for example, is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and covers over 2.7 kilometres of wonderful, soft forest tracks. Runners with an extra dose of energy can train on the 4FCIRKLE equipment along the course. The run to the Zillhöhe is a longer route (8 kilometres), but it also starts at Kreuzbergl. There are 183 m of altitude to overcome, but once at the top you will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of Klagenfurt. So make sure you save a few puffs just for that! If you are looking for a shorter route, there is also a circular trail at Kreuzbergl which is 4.8 kilometres long, and absolute beginners can try out the fitness course in Viktring, which is only 1.3 kilometres long. Here you will also find the 4FCIRKLE equipment to build up muscle. Also to be recommended: running along the shores of Lake Wörthersee. At the eastern bay you can access the running and cycle path which leads around the lake, and choose your own distance. A description of the best running trails in Klagenfurt can be found on our tour portal – including a map and a QR code.

RUNNING Foto: (c) Gernot Gleiss

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