Austria City Travel + Tourism Guide: Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt.

Klagenfurt

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Europapark, Klagenfurt.
Located in the southern lakes region of Austria, Klagenfurt is close to some of the country's best known resorts - such as Pörtschach, Velden and Maria Wörth. The city itself is the capital of Carinthia (Kärnten), and has a lovely old section.

Klagenfurt became the Carinthian capital in 1518. Therefore, nearly all of the architecture in the town dates from that point.

The city's oldest square is the Alter Platz, which is an elegant area of small streets and shops.

Small in scale, much of Klagenfurt can be walked without too much effort.

The city's best known church is the Domkirche, which was completed in 1591 as a Protestant church. Today it is a Jesuit cathedral, and can be found south of Neuer Platz. Another church of note is Saint Egyd, which boasts art by Ernst Fuchs and Julian Green. It is located north of Neuer Platz.

Perhaps the most beloved building in Klagenfurt is its government building: Landhaus. Built in 1591, it costs 1.09 euros to get in. Located on Alter Platz. (Tel: 0463 57757). What you will see is lots of coats of arms, which is stunning.

Outside of Klagenfurt is Hochosterwitz Castle, which is widely thought to be one of the most impressive medieval castles in Austria. It was built on a 160 meter slab of Dolomite rock, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan.

Lakeside stage, Europapark, Klagenfurt.

Lakeside Stage
© Klagenfurt Tourismus

Europapark on the western outskirts of town is home to one of Austria's top tourist attractions - Minimundus (Tel: 0463 21 19 40). This is a theme park with 1:25 scale models of the world's most famous buildings including Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House. There are also model trains and a planetarium. Get there by bus from Klagenfurt Station or an occasional boat from the center of town.

On the lakefront at the municipal Strandbad there is good swimming and nude bathing and ferries depart from here for the lakeside resorts of Pörtschach and Velden.

In summer the Wörthersee Festival between June and August sees classical concerts, ballet and opera on a lakeside stage adjacent to the Strandbad.
For sports fans there is a beach volleyball event in August and a triathlon (Kärnten Ironman) in July.

Klagenfurt Museums

The Robert Musil Museum has on display photos and documents related to Herr Musil. Musil (1880-1942) was a moral voice and author who fled the Nazi occupation and died an embittered pauper in Switzerland. Bahnhofstr. 50. (Tel: 0463 501429).

Klagenfurt Nightlife

Klagenfurt is better known for the surrounding lakes and nature. Do not go there thinking Ibiza or Cannes. There are however many good little bars and cafes. For drinking, try the Pfarrplatz-Herrengasse area. For the arty set, you can get your post match fill of opera at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, which is housed in a lovely building. (Tel: 0463 54064).

Shopping

Try the small streets off of Alter Platz.

Tourist Offices

Klagenfurt Tourist Office
Neuer Platz 1
9010 Klagenfurt
Austria

Tel: +43 463 537 2223
Fax: +43 463 537 6218
tourismus[at]klagenfurt.at

Getting To Klagenfurt

Lake Wothersee, Klagenfurt.

Lake Wothersee
© Klagenfurt Tourismus

Air

Klagenfurt Alpe-Adria Airport
www.klagenfurt-airport.at
Phone +43 (0) 463-41500
There are direct flights from Vienna, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.
Klagenfurt's airport is 3km to the northeast of town, take bus #45 (or walk) to Annabichl Station then bus #40.

Train

Austria's railway system is excellent. Klagenfurt is a stop for many trains traveling from Italy to Germany.

Bus/Road

There are long-haul buses from the UK to Klagenfurt: 20 hours in a coach. It is however the cheapest way to get there. Eurolines will get you there and back.

From the east/Vienna: take the A2 motorway towards Graz

From the north-west/Germany: go via the Felbertauern tunnel - Klagenfurt

From the north/Salzburg: take the A10 motorway to Drautal

From the north/Linz: go on the A9 motorway towards Graz or the A10 motorway

From the south: drive on the A2 motorway (A 23 in Italy) via Udine or on the A11 Karawanken motorway from Slovenia

Getting Around Klagenfurt

Alter Platz at Night.

Alter Platz at Night
© Klagenfurt Tourismus

Getting around by foot is no problem in Klagenfurt or bicycles are on hire from the Tourist Office. The local bus network radiates out from Heiligengeistplatz. There are 24-hour tickets and weekly passes available. The Kärnten Card (2 or 5 weeks) available from tourist offices in the region allows for reduced public transport and admission to most of the area's sights.

Car Hire

Car hire is available at the airports and in the major cities.

Accommodation in Klagenfurt

Featured Hotel

Arcotel Moser Verdino - 71 rooms in a beautiful Art Nouveau building.

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Football Teams

FC Karnten logo.FC Kärnten was founded in 1920 and plays in the Worthersee Stadion, which will have a capacity of 30,000 for Euro 2008. FC Kärnten plays in yellow shirts and presently is not in the top tier of Austrian soccer.



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