Klagenfurt am Wörthersee Holidays
At a glance
Make a splash in turquoise Lake Worthersee
Venture in to old boutiques, cafés and Baroque churches
Get your thrills on Europa-Park's rollercoasters
Destinations in Klagenfurt
Top things to See and Do in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Take bus number 10 from Heiligengeistplatz, or stretch your legs with a 4.5km walk to the atmospheric Strandbad Klagenfurt. Pop your stuff down before taking a dip in the lake, or if you’re feeling more lively, hiring a stand-up paddleboard. There’s also a restaurant onsite offering both self-service meals and à la carte fare.
Strandbad Maria Loretto
Just 10 minutes south of Strandbad Klagenfurt is Strandbad Maria Loretto. Characterised by five long bridges that jut out into the lake, there's more than enough space for sunbathing and jumping into the turquoise-blue waters. If you really want to make the most your day, test your balance on a wakeboard or stand-up paddleboard, or get out on the lake on a pedalo. This gloriously green bay also has a kiosk selling snacks and drinks, for when you get peckish.
Board a bus to the south east of Lake Wörthersee to experience the wonderful Strandbad Maiernigg. With its large, enclosed bay and plenty of shady spots, this green space is ideal for families with children. Like the other beaches on this side of the lake, you can try out a variety of watersports and, when you’re ready for lunch, there’s an onsite restaurant to grab some grub.
If you’re looking for a bargain, make sure you head to one of Klagenfurt’s many markets. The most popular is the Benedictine Market, open on Thursdays and Saturdays until 1pm in the Benediktinerplatz. Food is sole focus here, with farmers travelling from Italy, Slovenia and other parts of Austria to sell their produce and handmade goods. If it’s more of a keepsake you’re after, then plan a trip to the flea market. There’s one on the Völkermarkterstrasse – open for business on Sundays between 6am and 2pm – and an evening one at the Klagenfurt-Hörtendorf that’s open until 10pm.
On a rainy day, make for the City Arkaden – an indoor shopping centre made up of more than 100 shops. Here you’ll find big-name brands like Zara, Bershka, H&M and Rituals, as well as more local fashion brands and shops. It’s not too much of a trek either, being just a 5-minute walk from the Neuer Platz.
Upmarket shops aren’t sparse either. As well as high-street brands, the City Arkaden is home to more extravagant names – like Pandora, Swarovski and Tommy Hilfiger. Back in the city centre you’ll find a range of boutiques, predominantly located around the pedestrianised Kramergasse and Alter Platz areas. For delectable sweet treats, pay a visit to Zehrer. For more immoderate clothing prices, browse the items at either Grüner or Graf. There are plenty of jewellers too.
If you’re out for a post-dinner stroll and fancy a quick drink before heading back to your hotel, make for the Alter Platz (the Old Square) for a variety of pavement cafés that tend to stay open quite late. If you've spent the day at the beach, don't leave early. Instead, check into the Café Lounge Bar at Schloss Maria Loretto to watch the sun set over the lake, or settle down in the beer garden at the Trattoria Pizzerlia Villa Lido with a cocktail.
This university town is home to an array of bars and late-night pavement cafés – predominantly on the Herrengasse. For a livelier vibe, head to either Checkpoint Charlie, Vertigo Musicbar or Seven Bar for an evening of delicious cocktails and dancing.
Every corner of Klagenfurt is packed full of restaurants and bars that offer extraordinary wining and dining experiences. The pedestrian zones of the Alter Platz, Kramergasse and the Wienergasse are the culinary centre of the city, serving up a concoction of Carinthian, Slovenian and Alps-Adriatic culinary traditions.
Menu-free meals at Dolce Vita
Close to the City Arkaden is a small, gourmet restaurant serving Mediterranean food with a twist. You’re not given a menu on arrival, but are instead approached by the chef who explains what produce he has in, so you can decide what to pick and how to have it. You’ll be treated to a number of exquisite courses – all different from the other diners in the restaurants – all in an intimate and cosy setting. With high prices, this restaurant is best for special occasions.
Carinthian classics at Bierhaus zum Augustin
Serving regional and seasonal Carinthian food, this traditional Gasthaus whips up decently priced and authentic meals alongside high-quality local beers. Dotted around the city are three of Bierhaus Zum Augustin’s sister branches – each with a slightly different menu – that cook hearty dishes like gorgonzola bread, schnitzel and goulash. There’s outdoor seating in a couple of them too, meaning you can enjoy the warm weather while you tuck into your homemade meal.
Afternoon treats at Café Wienerroither
This Viennese-style chain of coffee houses are built with onsite bakeries and are a great option for any time of day. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a selection of pastries and cakes – from sachertorte to apple strudel – indulgence is an understatement. There are vegan and gluten-free options too, meaning that no one has to miss out on a delicious sweet treat.