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.


Diverse running and cycling routes, preferably in the countryside, as well as large stretches of water with the best water quality, provide ideal conditions to train. Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Carinthia’s provincial capital, boasts all of these in abundance. What’s more, it has lots of experience as a venue of large-scale events. Since 1998, the (now legendary) IRONMAN AUSTRIA has taken place in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. 124 participants competed in the first race covering the classic triathlon distance – 3.8 kilometres of swimming, 180 kilometres of cycling, and 42.2 kilometres of running. In 2017, almost 3,000 iron men and women from 60 countries took up the challenge.

If you are looking to achieve a good result in this competition, you’ll find ideal training opportunities in Klagenfurt and its surroundings. For your swim training, Strandbad Klagenfurt lido is quick and convenient to reach. The swimming season on Lake Wörthersee, one of the warmest Alpine lakes, stretches from the beginning of May until the end of September. Well-kept cycling and running routes run through unspoilt natural landscapes. For example, there are connecting routes between the city and the major Carinthian cycle paths, such as the Drau cycle path. A half marathon route runs around Klagenfurt, largely in the countryside and alongside stretches of water. Runners can train there all year round, as the route, which is equipped with drinking fountains and distance signs, is also maintained in winter. Enjoy sports-filled days in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee and train on the original routes of the Ironman Austria, or take one of the excellent, varied cycling tours in the surroundings of Klagenfurt.

TRIATHLON Foto: (c) Franz Gerdl

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