Klagenfurt City hall

Klagenfurt (Slovenian: Celovec) is the capital of Carinthia in Austria. It was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships.


Klagenfurt has about 90,000 inhabitants and is located close to Wörthersee. 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 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.

Get in

By air

Klagenfurt has its own international airport Flughafen Klagenfurt.

Scheduled flights operate to Klagenfurt from Berlin-Tegel, Köln - Bonn,Hamburg, Hannover, Dusseldorf and Vienna.

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 train

Since Klagenfurt is located at a railway gateway to Italy, Slovenia and Germany, it can be easily reached by any bigger Austrian city. There are hourly connections to Vienna,Graz and neighbouring Villach.

By bus

Klagenfurt 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 car

Klagenfurt is located at the A2 motorway and has four exits (Klagenfurt West, Klagenfurt Nord, Klagenfurt Ost and Klagenfurt Airport). Therefor it can be easily reached by Graz, Vienna and Villach. The B91 connects Klagenfurt to Slovenia.

Get 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.




The centre of the city (around Alter Platz) offers a large variety of boutiques, book shops and perfumeries. Big shopping malls are located in Völkermarkterstrasse.









The local area code is (0)463. The country code for Austria is +43.


Go next

Routes through Klagenfurt

Villach Velden  W  E  Graz Wiener Neustadt

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