At a glance
Soak up the romance of Maria Worth and its church
Take in panoramic views from the 100-metre-high Pyramidenkogel Tower
Appreciate the little things at the Minimundus Miniature Park
Destinations in Wörthersee
Top things to See and Do in Wörthersee
Wörthersee is a beautiful lake with multi-coloured emerald and turquoise waters - it’s one of the brightest jewels in Carinthia’s crown. The majority of beaches on Wörthersee are private, and usually belong to waterfront hotels.
Strandbad Klagenfurt beach is a stunning place to visit. It has a large grass area for sunbathing, slides, boats for hire, piers to jump off of and plenty of swimming opportunities. It's set among picturesque mountain scenery and is one of the most popular spots in the area in summer.
Strandbad Maiernigg beach is a smaller and slightly quieter place to spend a day by the water. Located in the eastern bay of the lake, it has an expanse of lawns with naturally shady areas, offers watersports and has a restaurant right on the water.
Downtown Klagenfurt is the site where regular markets are held. There’s a variety of markets on the schedule, from traditional farmers' produce markets to local craft fairs – perfect for bargain souvenirs. Keep an eye out for what days these markets are running.
The best place for shopping if you’re staying in Wörthersee is the city Klagenfurt. It's around 25 minutes by bus from Pörtschach to the centre of Klagenfurt, which has two central shopping centres, with nearly 200 stores to browse in total. Shop well-known brands like H&M, Esprit, Levi’s and Zara.
Klagenfurt has a handful of designer stores, from independent boutiques to luxury vintage wear.
For a quieter evening, a gentle stroll around Lake Wörthersee to explore the pretty scenery is a peaceful option.
Wörthersee is one of the livelier lake resorts, in the sense that there are more bars to choose from for a relaxing nightcap. Waterfront Jilly Beach restaurant and bar is a popular spot in Pörtschach.
Lake Wörthersee, and Pörtschach in particular, has a range of flavours to try right on its doorstep. You could spend one lunchtime enjoying Mediterranean dishes on a lake terrace, and another savouring traditional Austrian recipes handed down through the generations. Lakefront restaurants are in abundance too, so if you want great views, tasty food and a relaxing atmosphere, you won’t be short of choice.
Food with style at Jilly_Beach
One example of a lakefront restaurant is Jilly_Beach, a stylish eatery offering beautiful views of the water alongside exquisite food, made with an extremely good eye for detail.
Be surprised at Thomas Gruber
The homely Thomas Gruber is a fairly priced restaurant with quite eccentric owners. They serve up traditional Austrian cuisine with a modern twist, and they even have a surprise menu if you’re not sure what you want.
Chestnut cream cake at Backerei Weinerroither
Ideal for breakfast, lunch or a coffee break, Backerei Weinerroither is a popular bakery making incredible breads, cakes and sandwiches – the chestnut cream cake is a favourite. The menu is extensive and well priced, meaning you’ll probably be back more than once.