At about 450m above the sea level, Klagenfurt is located between Wörthersee and the Krawanken mountains.
The founding legend has it that the town landmark dragon, the Lindwurm, was killed by brave men using trickery. From the site of this dragon fight emerged today’s state capital Klagenfurt.
The multi-facetted town has a restored historic district with arcade yards, cafés, shopping opportunities and sights to see. Regardless of whether you stroll through the oldest pedestrian zone of Austria or visit the museums, Klagenfurt will surprise you.
The particularly popular destinations for excursions are the City Theatre of Klagenfurt, the Robert Musil Museum, the Margeregg Castle Wildlife Park, the Kreuzberg Planetarium and the Mining Museum.
Our hotel is located directly at the vast, fully developed bicycling path network and is ideal for a large number of activities in the vicinity.
Europe’s warmest Alpine lake, the Wörthersee and its recreational possibilities can be found in the direct vicinity of the hotel.
About 150m away from it, the main docking station of Wörthersee shipping can be reached in just minutes on foot.
The biggest inland lake spa of Europe, the City Beach Spa, is directly behind it just about 200m from our hotel. Around the world in one day but only 500m from our hotel. In the Minimundus, young and old can discover 156 buildings from 40 countries on a scale of 1:25.
Just a hop, skip and jump away is the largest reptile exhibit of Austria with approx. 1,000 animals on 4,000m2. An outdoor facility, a dinosaur park, an insectarium, and a petting zoo complete the offer in the reptile zoo. Directly next to it in the planetarium, all enthusiasts of celestial bodies will be abducted on an exciting trip to outer space in entertaining shows.
You should not miss the short trip to the Pyramidenkogel observation tower, the highest wooden observation tower of the world. You have a one-of-a-kind view of the Wörthersee and large parts of Carinthia from a viewing platform at a height of 50m. You can also use a 120m-long slide to get down from the observation tower.
Addresse: Friedelstrand 2, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
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As a small country inn with farm, the Plattenwirt was located at the old road leading to Villach ever since the reedy eastern shore of Wörthersee was more avoided than wanted by the people of Klagenfurt.
The year date 1810 can be found set into a building stone. House and farm building stood on stony underground. Ledges or plates of rock, which account for the name of the guesthouse and which were dug out at a later time, came to the surface all around. The monolayer stratum remained preserved for a long time.
The southernmost theatre in the German-speaking region was built in the free empire style by the two much-acclaimed architects Helmer & Fellner in the years from 1908 to 1910.
The theatre with 800 seats has a diverse programme. Popular musicals are also on the playbill besides traditional and modern spoken pieces, premiers and first performances, grand operas and famous operettas. Children's and youth productions, extra shows with famous guests and concerts top off the diversity of the theatre offer.
Next to the Mageregg renaissance castle built in 1590 is the 10-hectare large wildlife park.
Opened year-round, it is the home to regional animal species such as red deer, fallow deer and roe, which can roam about freely. You can watch wild ducks and geese on the ponds in the wildlife park.
Documentation, photographs, manuscripts and library with the works of the authors Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann and Christine Lavant.
The birth house of the Austrian poet Robert Musil (1880-1942) accommodates the “Robert Musil Museum”. The house built in 1867 and expanded in 1997 to a literature centre, which shows permanent exhibitions about Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann and Christine Lavant.
The Kreuzbergl Planetarium is situated in the middle of nature, at the highest point of Klagenfurt’s town mountain, the Kreuzbergl.
A planetarium and copula with a diameter of 4.2m was set on top of the tower built in the middle of the 19th century. The planetarium additionally accommodates a lecture hall, a clock room and a small museum.
The history of Carinthia’s mining industry is presented in a sightseeing destination underground.
It features minerals exhibit, gold division, a historical coin embossing station and much more. Over 2000 exhibits are shown on approx. 3000m2 exhibition space.
You should not miss the short trip to the Pyramidenkogel observation tower, the highest wooden observation tower of the world.
You have a one-of-a-kind view of the Wörthersee and large parts of Carinthia from a viewing platform at a height of 50m. You can also use a 120m-long indoor slide to get down from the observation tower. As a summer special, you can also leave the observation tower on a 100m-long aerial cableway, the “Flying Fox”, taking you down 70m.
Around the world in one day but only 500m from our hotel.
In the Minimundus, young and old can discover 156 buildings from 40 countries on a scale of 1:25. The Minimundus, which was founded in 1958 originally with the name “Mini Europe”, has been expanded continuously and it now covers a floor space of 26.000m2. A 1.500m2-large indoor adventure world makes the Minimundus a destination worth seeing all year round.
In the private zoo opened by Friedrich Happ in 1976, about 1,000 animals such as snakes, lizards and giant tortoises are presented on 4.000m2 including a large open land area.
The zoo is home to 20 lizard species, 60 snake species, 20 turtle species, piranhas, monitors and iguanas. Insectarium, petting zoo, and dinosaur park with exhibits nearly true to scale make the exciting show in the reptile zoo complete.
The planetarium offers all big and small enthusiasts of celestial bodies an exciting and informative trip to outer space in entertaining shows.
The Europark founded in 1965 with a size of 22 hectares is very popular among young and old.
It is located close-by to the Wörthersee between the inland channel and the Minimundus.
The numerous meadows are ideal for all kinds of ballgames and spots in the shade invite to a picnic at the pond. Those strolling can expect fresh air, quiet and landmarked sculptures. The new, very large playground, slackline and inline skating park is an amusing diversion. Those who need more peace and quiet can use the partly roofed outdoor chess facility.
The about 20-km2 large, crystal clear Wörthersee is always worth a trip, regardless if you are trying out the various water sports or explore the lake on a boating trip.
The Klagenfurt Beach Spa, one of the largest inland spas in Europe, is waiting for you with beach sand, a sweeping meadow, playground and a diverse offer of water sports. Besides swimming, also water skiing, motorboat excursions, tow tubing, wakeboard rides or stand-up paddling are on the agenda.
Those who would like to take it easy exploring the lake can do so on a comfortable boat trip around the lake. One option is a trip on one of Europe's last screw-steamships, the Thalia.
Scheduled boat trips let you visit the sights of the places around the lake on your boat trip at the same time, e.g. the Schlosshotel in Velden or the church in Maria Wörth.
Our hotel is located directly at the large and fully developed bicycle path network.
Going east is in the direction of Klagenfurt centre, going west is in the direction of Krumpendorf – Pörtschach, and going south via the Europapark leads in the direction of Maria Wörth, in northern direction to Halleregg Castle - Seltenheim Castle - Mageregg Castle - Ehrenhausen Castle - Zigguin Castle. Bike path maps are available directly from the Tourist Office in Town Hall. Bike tours starting from our hotel:
A tour for those who are looking for a combination of culture and entertainment.
Starting from our hotel, we first cycle to the Klagenfurt Beach Spa, cross the Lendkanal and ride on the Schilfweg path, down Wörthersee Süduferstraße and Jugenddorferstraße to the nature park Maiernigg (approx. 3.8km with a slight slope at the end).
Now, the same route is used on the way back up to the Lendkanal. On Lorettoweg and Tarviserstraße, past the stone bridge, Steinerne Brücke, to Christkönigskirche church and Elisabethsteg (approx. 6.8km).
From the Elisabethsteg footbridge, we ride over the Martin-Luther-Platz square with the Protestant Johannes Church, along Lerchenfelderstraße and Henselstraße to the botanic garden (approx. 1.3km). The garden is worth seeing with local flora, moor and water plants being shown. In a 500-m long gallery, the Mining Museum (entry through the botanic garden) shows about 10,000 mining exhibits and a big minerals exhibition.
From Kreuzberglkirche, a hiking trail leads up about 500m to the Volkssternwarte with an observation tower from which you can enjoy a marvellous view of Klagenfurt. We continue cycling to Kinstraße and Josefinumstraße up to St. Martin’s Church. We continue on Rankengasse and Heinzelgasse to the bike bridge over the railway line and the motorway. We return to our hotel again using Tarviserstraße and Villacherstraße (approx. 2.5km).
After these 14 kilometres, you have earned yourself some rest and relaxation on our shady terrace.
Particularly ideal for all who are looking to swim and picnic away from the crowds.
Starting from our hotel, we cycle to Lendkanal passing the Klagenfurt Beach Spa. We cross the canal and make a right to ride on Schilfweg up to Süduferstraße on the southern shore of the Wörthersee (approx. 2.3 km).
When crossing Süduferstraße, we do not continue on Schilfweg but take Schleusenweg. This is where the long bike trail along Glanfurt (Sattnitz) starts. Numerous possibilities to picnic and swim invite to a restful break. We take Auenweg till we reach a level-crossing that separates us from the cars. Directly after the crossing, we take a right and cross a bridge to the Kalmusbad (approx. 5.4km).
On a trail through the forest, we then take a left into Badstraße up to Zwanzigerbergstraße. (Shortly before then, there is the option to make an excursion to the Ebentaler waterfall.) On Zwanzigbergstraße, we cycle in the direction of Ebentaler Straße to the Ebental Castle (privately owned), which is located on the left side in a park (approx. 3km). We continue on Ebentaler Straße and Klimanngasse to reach the bike path along the Glan river. Crossing Fischlpark, we reach Fischlsiedlung. On Fischlstraße, we take a right and return at Leutschacher Straße to the Glan, which we cross on a small wooden bridge. Approx. 400m after the underpass of Völkermarkter Straße, we can see the Welzenegg Castle at Victor-Welzer-Platz (3.8km).
We continue along the shore on the right of the Glan to the premises of the State Hospital, which we reach when we take the second Glan bridge from the underpass of St. Veiter Straße. At Gutenbergstraße, we leave the premises of the State Hospital and ride on Jahnstraße, Oberlercherstraße, Aichelburg-Labia-Straße, Lerchenfelderstraße and Tarviser Straße to the Elisabethsteg footbridge (approx. 4.5 km). On the popular bike tour, the Lendkanal, we pass the Planetarium, reptile zoo and Minimundus before reaching our hotel again (approx. 3.8 km).
After these approx. 23 kilometres, you have earned yourself some rest and relaxation on our shady terrace.
The tour is arranged to lead largely on bike paths.
As the second half of this tour leads through the historic part of town where we should park our bikes at some places, it is recommended to bring along a guide to the city or cultural activities of Klagenfurt.
Starting from our hotel, we cycle to Lendkanal passing the Klagenfurt Beach Spa. We cross the canal and make a right to ride on Schilfweg up to Süduferstraße on the southern shore of the Wörthersee (approx. 2.3 km). When crossing Süduferstraße, we do not continue on Schilfweg but take Schleusenweg. This is where the long bike trail along Glanfurt (Sattnitz) starts. At the mouth of the Rekabaches, we cross the Glanfurt taking us the direct en route to Viktring. There, the bike path passes under Keutschacher Straße where we take right directly after the underpass and enter left into Ignaz-Treffer-Gasse after 150m. On Stift Viktring Straße and the Koschatpromenade, we circle around the monastery Zisterzienserkloster Stift Viktring (approx. 4km).
From Schulstraße, we take a left to Rotschitzenstraße where we continue shortly thereafter to the right into Donauschwabenweg via Kerbach/Steiner Weg and further to St. Florian’s Church in Stein Viktring. We carry on via Keutschacher Straße to Waidmannsdorfer Straße (after the crossing of the Glanfurt, we take the bike path up to the crossing of Maximilian Straße) from where we will go straight to the rail crossing. Shortly before there, we turn into Bahnstraße. We take this road up to St. Ruprechter Straße and continue on it in the direction of the town centre. After the crossing of Viktringer Ring, we turn into Karfreitagstraße (approx. 6km).
Via Cathedral Square with the Klagenfurt Vathedral and the Dioscese Museum, we come to Neuer Platz with the Lindwurm (landmark of Klagenfurt), the town hall and Maria Theresia monument. After crossing Wiesbadener Straße, we reach Landhausgasse to get to the country house (which is a heraldic hall well worth seeing). On the right side, we can already see the pedestrian zone at the Alter Platz. Through the Alter Platz passage leading to Pfarrplatz, we get to the Stadtpfarrkirche. From here, we cross Theatergasse to Heuplatz (District Court). Via Purtschacherstraße, we get directly to the City Theatre and town hall. On the north side of Schillerpark, along Villacher Ring, we come to the underpass Villacher Ring (directly after the entrance to the underground parking garage). Directly next to the underpass, we take a turn into Tarviser Straße and coast downhill to Elisbathsteg (approx. 1.8 km).
On the popular bike tour, the Lendkanal, we pass the Planetarium, reptile zoo and Minimundus before reaching our hotel again (approx. 3.8 km).
After these approx. 18 kilometres, you have earned yourself some rest and relaxation on our shady terrace.
We recommend you this tour because of the beautiful landscape and the cultural stopovers.
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Starting from our hotel, we take the rail overpass to Villacher Straße where we take a left. After 800m, we leave Villacher Straße and turn into Jerolitschstraße. After 500m, we get to Hallegger Straße through an underpass of the motorway. We ride on it past the Hallegger ponds to Hallegg Castle, a Renaissance castle with two marvellous interior courtyards (approx. 4.7km).
We continue downhill on the winding roads to Tultschnig, where we can already see Seltenheim Castle. The castle is in private ownership and cannot be visited (approx. 1.4 km).
We carry on via Seltenheimer Straße to Lendorf (subsidiary church St. Jakob the Elder – originally a Roman choir tower church of the 12th century). Via Feldkirchner Straße and Mageregger Straße, we reach Mageregg Castle and the wildlife park (approx. 3.7km). We now continue to ride along Mageregger Straße, cross the Glan River and get to Ehrenhausen Castle from Druckerweg. The castle is in private ownership and cannot be visited (approx. 1.7km).
Über Feschingstraße / Mantschenhofgasse kommen wir zum Glanradweg. Wenn Sie sich noch fit fühlen, könnten sie einen Abstecher zum Schloss Falkenberg einlegen. Diesen erreichen Sie über die Feldkirchner Straße , welche sie nach 300m wieder verlassen, da Sie links in den Falkenbergweg,der direkt zum Schloss führt, abbiegen, ( Abstecher ca. 4Km)
From the Glan bike path, it is 1.1 km to the bridge, passing which leads to the premises of the State Hospital. At Gutenbergstraße, we leave the premises of the State Hospital and ride on Jahnstraße, Oberlercherstraße, Aichelburg-Labia-Straße, Lerchenfelderstraße and Tarviser Straße to the Elisabethsteg footbridge (approx. 3.5 km). On the most popular bike tour, the Lendkanal, we pass the Planetarium, reptile zoo and Minimundus before reaching our hotel again (approx. 3.8 km).
After these approx. 24 kilometres on the bike, you have earned yourself some rest and relaxation on our shady terrace.