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Introduction

Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt

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Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, or just Klagenfurt, is a city in southern Austria, near the picturesque Wörthersee and the borders with Italy and Slovenia. It is the capital city of the state of Carinthia. It is the native town of well-known writer Robert Musil (especially known for his book The Man Without Qualities) and is host for The Ingeborg Bachmann Competition, a famous German literature competition. Gustav Mahler, musician and composer also worked and lived in Klagenfurt. Every year the Beach Volleyball Grand Slam Tournament takes place at Wörthersee lake at the beginning of August.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Wörthersee is an alpine lake near Klagenfurt. In the 19th century, it served as a summer retreat for the Austrian nobility, but these days it's a bit less exclusive, catering to visitors from across Europe.
  • Burg Hochosterwitz a impressive medieval castles on a 172 meter high rock with 14 gates and several churches. Entrance fee is € 15, the elevater to get up is € 9. Open from April 1. till October 31. About 20 kilometres from Klagenfurt, get there with the suburban train S1 station Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz Bahnhof walk then 2,5 kilometer or by tour bus.

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Getting There

By Plane

Klagenfurt Airport (KLU) is a small airport servicing the following airlines and destinations:

There are also airports at Graz, Salzburg, Vienna, Trieste and Venice, which all have direct train connections to Klagenfurt.

By Train

There are hourly trains to Graz, Vienna and Villach, as well as international connections to destinations in Italy, Slovenia and Germany.

By Car

Klagenfurt is easily accessible by car, located as it is on the intersection of the A2 and S37 Freeways. The A2 leads through Klagenfurt from Vienna via Graz, and continues on through Villach onto the southern border with Italy. An alternative route from Vienna is the S37, which goes via Bruck an der Mur and Sankt Veit an der Glan to Klagenfurt. The Loiblpass turnpike B91 goes to Ljubljana, Slovenia, just 45 km from Klagenfurt.

By Bus

Flixbus has buses to Vienna. Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Prague and Rijeka, ÖBB to Graz (the fastest connection) and Venice (train to Villach then bus).

By Boat

There is a boat from Klagenfurt to Velden (near Villach) with several stops, taking 1.5 hours, from July 15 to August 15 there is also a fast boat taking 1 hour without stops. The dayticket is € 15 (2018).

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Getting Around

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 (24h ticket) or €0.90 for a single ride. The main bus hub is located 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.

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Eat

  • Stalls serve traditional Austrian cuisine in the indoor part of Klagenfurt's market. Main courses cost €3-6.
  • Kleeblatt, St. Veiter Ring 31, Tel. 502174. The 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. Main courses cost €5-12. Open Monday through Friday 11-17 h.

Gasthaus Pirker, Waltendorfer Str. 129, Tel. 42634 - Offers tradionational Carinthian and Austrian cuisine.

  • Hirter Botschaft, Bahnhofstrasse 44, Tel. 54 44 40 - offers the locally brewed Hirter bier (beer). Serves traditional Austrian and Carinthian cuisine. (close to the train station)
  • Schweizerhaus, Kreuzbergl 11, Tel. 5 67 21. Already 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. Open all week and all day in summer, closed on Mondays off-season. Mid-range prices.

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Sleep

  • Gasthof Müller, Rankengasse 21, ☎ +43 463 21254. €26-30 (single/double) breakfast included.
  • Gasthof Schlosswirt, St. Veiterstr. 247, ☎ +43 463416210. €20-25 (single/double) breakfast included.
  • Jugendgästehaus Klagenfurt, ☎ +43 463 511590. Neckheimgasse 6; A 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.
  • Cityhotel zum Domplatz. Karfreitstrasse 20 (in the centre of the city), €60-75/€90-105 (single/double).
  • AllYouNeed Hotel Klagenfurt, Nautilusweg 11, ☎ +43 463 207 005, fax: +43 463 207 005 10, e-mail: klagenfurt@allyouneedhotels.at. Situated at the University of Klagenfurt, this Seasonal Hotel is open 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.
  • Hotel Palais Porcia. Neuer Platz 13 (in the centre of the city), €119-197/€84-182 (single/double).

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 46.623641
  • Longitude: 14.307683

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