Other nearby airports include Graz, Salzburg, Vienna, Ljubljana, Maribor, Trieste and Venice.
There are good train connections (3–5 hours) to all airports above apart from Ljubljana and Maribor. A private shuttle bus serves Ljubljana and Graz airports from Klagenfurt, but it must be booked in advance.
By trainSince (main station) is located at a railway gateway to Italy, Slovenia and Germany, it can be easily reached from any bigger Austrian city. There are hourly connections to Vienna, Graz and neighbouring Villach.
By busKlagenfurt has daily connections to Graz (departing close to the main train station) and to Ljubljana in Slovenia. Tickets can be bought directly on the bus.
By carKlagenfurt is on the A2 motorway and has four exits (Klagenfurt West, Klagenfurt Nord, Klagenfurt Ost and Klagenfurt Airport). It can be easily reached by Graz, Vienna and Villach. The B91 connects Klagenfurt to Slovenia.
Most sights of interest can be easily reached by foot. Klagenfurt offers an extensive bus network. Tickets can be bought directly at the bus and cost around €4 (24-hr ticket) or €0.90 for a single ride. The main bus hub is at Heiligengeistplatz in the centre of the city.
Hiring a bicycle is recommended if you wish to travel to Klagenfurt's beach, on the shore of the Wörthersee in the Western outskirts of the city. There is a cycle path along the Lendkanal, taking you from Heiligengeistplatz (take the underpass) to the beach and continuing along the northern shore of the Wörthersee all the way to Velden. Bikes can be hired at Neuer Platz.
Lindwurmaddress: Neuer PlatzThe lindworm is the town's landmark. According to a legend, an evil dragon infested the region where Klagenfurt is located today. The duke of Karnburg promised land to those who would catch and kill the dragon. Eventually a group of menials achieved the killing of the dragon by a trick. They got the promised land and set up a village at the place where the dragon was killed. The monument was built in the 16th century. The head of the lindworm was shaped after the head of a glacial rhinoceros found in the same century in this region.
Minimundusphone: +43 463 21194address: Villacher Straße 241This park offers a huge collection of miniature models of famous buildings from many countries in the world. Entrance is around €11, there are special rates for groups and children.
Reptilienzoo Happphone: +43 463 23425address: Villacher Straße 237A small zoo offering a large and varied stock of reptiles and animals. Entrance is around €8, there are special rates for children and groups.
- Europapark - This park, next to the Minimundus and to the Strandbad (beach) of the Wörthersee invites to stroll, relax, play chess and enjoy the beautiful plants. Watch peacocks fan their feathers.
phone: +43 463 501429address: Bahnhofstraße 50The museum is the house of birth of the writer Robert Musil. If you are interested in literature, this is the place to go.
Gustav Mahler Komponierhäuschenphone: +43 463537 5632Gustav Mahler, famous musician, worked and lived close to Klagenfurt. Back in 1899 he bought a small mansion which is now a museum offering postcards, letters written by Gustav Mahler. The museum has guides in English, French and German. Take bus no.10 or 11 to Strandbad. From there it's a 15-min walk.
Museum Moderner Kunst KärntenA museum for modern and contemporary art.
EboardmuseumA museum for electronic key instruments.
StadttheaterKlagenfurt's theater is well known (even beyond the borders of Carinthia) for the high quality of its theatre and opera performances.
- If you are interested in the historic city centre, you might want to take an organized tour: a historic city walk. Those tours are available daily (at 10:00) during summer time. Head for Neuer Platz (in front of the city hall) or call 537 2293 for more details. The tour is free.
Beachvolleyball Grand SlamEvery year the world's top beach volleyball players meet in Klagenfurt. Tickets sell out quickly and should be purchased well in advance. There is also a certain number of free seats, but queueing is necessary.
Ironman AustriaTakes place every year with a large number of participants (2007: 2200 athletes).
- Swimming: Klagenfurt's beautiful beach (Strandbad Klagenfurt), is on the Wörthersee and has space for around 12,000 guests. In addition to a sandy beach, a large grassy area and piers for sunbathing, there is also a small football (soccer) pitch, a beach volleyball court, a water slide (free of charge) and two restaurants. Entrance fee is approx €2-3.
Kärntner Heimatwerkphone: +43 463 55 575address: Herrengasse 2Sells original local, hand-made handicrafts.
- Stalls serve traditional Austrian cuisine in the indoor part of Klagenfurt's market. Main courses cost €3-6.
Kleeblattphone: +43 463 502174address: St. Veiter Ring 31The owner's philosophy is to cook simple, honest dishes using high quality ingredients from local farmers. Most classical Austrian dishes are on the menu. The Wiener Schnitzel is highly recommended—however most dishes are vegetarian. Though a haunt of Klagenfurt's "green scene", this place lacks the pretence of the usual "organic" or "health food" restaurant and is frequented by a broad mix of customers.
Gasthaus Pirkerphone: +43 463 42634address: Waltendorfer Str. 129Offers traditional Carinthian and Austrian cuisine.
Hirter Botschaftphone: +43 463 54 44 40address: Bahnhofstrasse 44offers the locally brewed Hirter bier (beer). Serves traditional Austrian and Carinthian cuisine.
Schweizerhausphone: +43 463 5 67 21address: Kreuzbergl 11Already in the "Kreuzbergl" recreational area (basically Klagenfurt's town forest), but still within walking distance from the city centre (ca. 15 minutes, or bus 50, but it will not spare you the uphill walk), this restaurant offers an interestingly refined version of regional cuisine, including some vegetarian options. Frequently recommended by locals, and very popular in summer, when you will have a nice view of the city from the terrace.
Discothek Bollwerkaddress: Gerberweg 46.One of the few large clubs in Klagenfurt, in the city's periphery. Very loud and commercial techno is played, and the guests are somewhat more rustic than in the clubs in the city centre. Alcoholic drinks are very cheap.
phone: +43 664 1421281address: Villacher Ring 21The name means "the living room" in German and the establishment indeed resembles and feels like a cosy, public living room. Stylish decor and groovy music playing. A good selection of local and imported beers. Also serves breakfast and snacks.
Gasthof Müllerphone: +43 463 21254address: Rankengasse 21
Gasthof Schlosswirtphone: +43 463416210address: St. Veiterstr. 247
Jugendgästehaus Klagenfurtphone: +43 463 511590address: Neckheimgasse 6A youth hostel close to the university. Has single rooms (€26.40), doubles (€22.40/person) and rooms with four beds (€18.40/person) Offers internet access.
address: =Karfreitstrasse 20
phone: +43 463 207 005address: Nautilusweg 11Open from 1 July to 30 September. 77 non-smoking rooms en-suite with hairdryer, Flat-TV with satellite access, safe and free Wi-Fi, panorama rooms with rooftop terrace, 2 handicapped accessible rooms, lobby with seating, garden, hotel parking, rental e-bikes, drinks and snacks machine, luggage storage, concierge service & breakfast buffet.
address: Neuer Platz 13€119-197/€84-182 single/double
PhoneThe local area code is (0)463. The country code for Austria is +43.
- An Internet cafe can be found at Waaggasse 10 (Sir Magic's Internet Cafe, close to Alter Platz)
- Free Internet terminals are offered at Klagenfurt University, on the Western fringe of the city (about a 10-minute bus ride from the main bus station)
- Cafe Jäger offers a wireless hotspot for a bargain €3/day (using the FON network). This cafe is near the nature park Kreuzbergl, about a 15-min walk from the city center. Radetzkystraße 38 - 40 A-9020 Klagenfurt
- Take a trip around lake Wörthersee with stops in Pörtschach, Velden am Wörthersee and Maria Wörth.
- Archaeological Park Magdalensberg Close to Klagenfurt Virunum, the ruins of an ancient roman city (around 50 AD) can be found. Virunum can be best reached by car (take B317 to St. Veit). Entrance is around €5 (plus €1 if you want a guided tour), special fares apply to groups and children. The site is open from May to October from 09:00 to 19:00. For more information and material contact Tel. +43 4224/2255
- Gerlitzen is a mountain and small ski resort an hour from Klagenfurt. The skiing is nothing special but Gerlitzen offers some of the best vistas in Austria. On clear days almost the whole of Carinthia can be seen from this mountain top. You can either drive up (take care in winter) or take the cable car. From the parking space/cable car station it's an hour's walk to the summit. The cable car station at the mountain's base at Annenheim can be reached by bus or train, though connections are poor.
- Burg Hochosterwitz. One of the most impressive medieval castles in Austria.
- There are a couple of excellent health spas near Klagenfurt, ideal for a day of relaxation and pampering. The municipal swimming pool in the city of St Veit is about half an hour's drive from Klagenfurt, and offers state of the art sauna facilities for a bargain price of €10 for a day. The hot springs at Warmbad Villach are also a good place to go for swimming, relaxing, sauna and massage. Price is €14 per day.
- The Soca/Isonzo valley in Slovenia is about an hour and a half's drive from Klagefurt over the Predil mountain pass. Its deep limestone gorges offer a spectacular scenery and its emerald-coloured rivers are famed for some of the best kayaking and white water rafting in Europe. Since the Soca valley is actually easier to reach from Villach and Klagenfurt than Ljubliana (Slovenia's capital) it's well worth a day trip if you're hanging around Carinthia for longer. Head for the town Bovec, the touristic centre of the Soca valley.