There is no doubt that sports fanatics find their way to Klagenfurt. Situated at the Woerthersee, Klagenfurt has an ideal location for summer sports. With its Mediterranean climate it can compete with vacation resorts at the sea.
The 800-year old town also offers many beautiful sights for culture lovers.
Castles and churches tell the story of old times.
Klagenfurt is also called "the events capital of Austria", hosting many
internationally visited sports events as well as literature get-togethers.
Klagenfurt - the Rose of Lake Woerthersee - a vacation to remember.
Attractions and Activities
If you like to walk through the old town, don't forget to take your camera along. The 800-year-old city has many buildings constructed by Italian architects. Narrow alleys, arcaded courtyards and impressive Renaissance buildings are worth a visit.
Browse through the boutiques and antique shops and find a souvenir to take home.
Klagenfurt calls itself "The capital of sports". If you love sports, you won't get disappointed.
Since Klagenfurt is situated at the Woerthersee, all kinds of water sports are naturally possible - swimming, sailing, surfing and rowing or simply relaxing on a pedal boat and enjoying the sunshine.
At the largest inland bathing beach in Europe, Beach Volleyball is on everyone's mind in August, when the "Beach Volleyball Grand Slam Tournament" is held. Enjoy this special atmosphere and cheer the players on.
Carinthia Ironman Austria
Just one month earlier, triathletes from all over the world meet in Klagenfurt to participate in the Carinthia Ironman Austria. If you are not in shape to hang on for such a long distance, just follow the water's edge and run half the distance. If you like to run for just a few miles, do so through the parks of Klagenfurt.
Bikers and cyclers find a lot of action on the 120 km/75 miles of safe paths. Not for nothing is Klagenfurt the "cycling capital" of Austria. Tennis fans will have trouble to decide upon a tennis-court: there are more than 140 open tennis-courts and 21 indoor tennis centers. Klagenfurt sure loves tennis!!
Klagenfurt is not really a ski resort, but skiing is possible in the centre of town: at the "Schleppe-Alm" skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and tobogganing - snow fun for everyone. If you like to put skates on, do so and dash along the Lend canal or - if frozen - on the Wörthersee.
Klagenfurt is not only about sports, it is also a meeting point for culture lovers.
In summer, performances are held at the "Woerthersee Festival" on the floating stage on Lake Wörthersee. You've read correctly - performers as well as the audience float on the lake. Experience this very unique atmosphere, especially on a warm summer evening.
23 castles surround the town of Klagenfurt. Some of them date back to the 12th century. Take a "Castle Walk" and explore the towers and, who knows, maybe you even see a ghost. There is also the possibility to spend a night in a castle. Don't worry, the ghosts won't bother you. The castles offering this service are 3* and 4* hotels free of unwanted guests.
It doesn't have to be castles only. There is also a "Church Walk" which shows you the insides of these sacral buildings. More than 50 churches and chapels wait to be discovered by you. In the Diocesan Museum, a special item is exhibited: the oldest glass pane of Austria from 1160.
Getting to Klagenfurt
Klagenfurt has an international airport and a railway station where international trains stop.
Klagenfurt is situated in the district Carinthia, 130 km/81 miles from Graz, 320 km/199 miles from Vienna and approx 370 km/230 miles from Linz and Innsbruck.