Klagenfurt audio tour: Between the Notes: Exploring Klagenfurt’s Musical Heritage

Between the Notes: Exploring Klagenfurt’s Musical Heritage

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

If you love music and would like to find out more about Klagenfurt, this walking tour is perfect for you.

While walking through the charming Renaissance center of Klagenfurt, I’ll tell you stories about some of the world’s top musicians that left their mark on Carinthia’s capital and its surroundings. I’ll show you where world-famous classical melodies were composed and one of the world’s longest singing careers started. You’ll learn how a Carinthian folk song became well-known in America, and the unlikely connection between one of Austria’s best jazz musicians and the country’s most important pop artist.

Along the way, you’ll see our beautiful Art Nouveau theater, the highest church tower in Klagenfurt, and the Landhaus, where the Carinthian Parliament have been meeting for more than 400 years. We’ll visit two picturesque courtyards hidden between historical buildings, catch a glimpse of the “Golden Goose“, the oldest house in the city, and walk along Austria’s first pedestrian zone.

Join me on this walk to discover musical legends, as well as the fascinating story behind the city’s name.

If you wish, you can also listen to the songs of the musicians mentioned via Youtube:

• Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss: https://ringostrack.com/artist/johann-strauss/89007
• 8th symphony by Gustav Mahler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkGqmGMyHjo
• Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9edKNmyiLBc
• Ich war noch niemals in New York by Udo Jürgens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok2TbrIvDMQ
• Buenos Dias Argentina by Udo Jürgens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9edKNmyiLBc
• Schneewalzer by Thomas Koschat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFx2Bmsa72E
• Am Wörthersee by Thomas Koschat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpIeM4yX8wQ
• KULTI MULTI by Karlheinz Miklin Trio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgZYhdchTn8

Tour Producer


Maria Staudegger

A Slovakian tourist guide, living in Klagenfurt, who loves discovering new places and stories related to them, Austria Guide

Major Landmarks

  • Municipal Theater

  • Parish Church St. Egyd

  • Ossiacher Hof

  • Alter Platz Square

  • Old Town Hall

  • Plague Column

  • Golden Goose House

  • Landhaus

  • Kiki Kogelnik Fountain

Directions to Starting Point

The start of the tour is in front of the municipal theater, Theaterplatz 4, 9020 Klagenfurt.

If you travel by car, you can park in the Theatergarage (Purtscherstraße 1A) or BKS Ring Garage (St. Veiter Ring 43). You can also leave your car in the large car park at the Lake Wörthersee in front of the public bath free of charge and take a bus No. 10 to the central bus station on Heiligengeistplatz.

If you travel by bus, you need to get off the bus at the central bus station - Heiligengeistplatz. From here you have to walk along the Ursulinengasse about 400 meters to the theater. It takes about 5 minutes.

When travelling by train, take a bus to the central bus station on Heiligengeistplatz, too.

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Places to stop along the way

Restaurant Zum Augustin (self brewed beer), Zommstehn im Ossiacher Hof (regional specialities and wines), Eis Greissler (Austrian ice-cream), Sonnentor (herbal and spices products and souvenirs from Austria), Parish church (Apocalypse chapel and viewing platform on its tower), Old Town Hall (beautiful arcaded courtyard), Landhaus (museum with coat of arms halls and restaurant in the cellar)

Best time of day

You can do this tour at anytime in any season. The only place, which could be closed later in the evening or very early in the morning, is the Ossiacher Hof. It is usually open between 9 am and 6 pm. The town is generally less busy during the morning hours, especially on Sundays. If you wish to visit the Landhaus, check its opening hours here: https://landesmuseum.ktn.gv.at/standorte/wappensaal


Klagenfurt is a safe place. Although you will walk mostly in the pedestrian zone, be aware of bikes and pay attention while crossing the roads. This route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.


A perfect way to get to know the history and former celebrities of Klagenfurt. Narrated in an interesting way that keeps you immerged in the stories. I certainly recommend this guide to anyone visiting Klagenfurt For the music lovers, this is a must :)

Posted by Martin Trnka , 9 months ago

Hi Martin, many thanks for your feedback and recommendation!

Posted by Maria , 9 months ago

Very interesting music tour. Thanks to this tour, I learned new things about Klagenfurt. Thank you Maria, and good luck!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Thanks a lot for your feedback! I am pleased to read that you learned something new:)

Posted by Maria , 9 months ago

Klagenfurt and its tourists have gained a lot by this application . It works in a very understandable, interesting, helpful and useful way. Well done! Thank you, Maria and good luck!

Posted by Zuzana Trnkova , 9 months ago

I am very happy to read your feedback. Thank you!

Posted by Mária Staudegger , 9 months ago

I personally Love this tour. I learned a lot through Maria's very interesting stories and when I'm sharing these stories with my friends who have lived in Klagenfurt for long time, they are astonished how much more they can still discover in Klagenfurt. During the tour I visited the Landhaus, what a treat! Next time, I am planning to take my daughter with me and make a family day out of it :). Also, I can't wait for Maria's guide tour accompanied by a saxophone musician.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Many thanks for your feedback, it is a pleasure to read how you enjoyed the tour! If you are interested in the music tour with live saxophone music, you can find more information on my website for now in German https://mariastaudegger-guide.at/musikfuehrung

Posted by Mária Staudegger , 9 months ago
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Between the Notes: Exploring Klagenfurt’s Musical Heritage