Klagenfurt audio tour: The Best of Klagenfurt: A Walk Through the Renaissance Jewel of Carinthia

The Best of Klagenfurt: A Walk Through the Renaissance Jewel of Carinthia

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Join me on an easy stroll around the gorgeous Renaissance city of Klagenfurt, best-known for its stately homes’ beautiful inner courtyards, and the dragon-shaped Lindwurm Monument, where our walk begins.

On this walking tour, we’ll visit St Egyd Church’s tower, from where its keeper guarded the city. We’ll browse the wares of the daily Benediktiner Market, where you’ll find Carinthian delicacies and tasty treats from neighbouring Italy and Slovenia. We’ll meet the fish seller who turned to stone, and uncover the legends behind the Lindwurm and the Wörtherseemandl. I’ll introduce you to colourful characters like Bernhard of Spanheim, the city’s founder, Emperor Maria Theresia, the mother of Austria, and famous Klagenfurt artist, Kiki Kogelnik.

Along the way, I’ll point out a few spots to grab a bite and enjoy local specialties like, goulash, washed down with a glass of beer. So, join me for this fascinating dive into what the capital of Carinthia has to offer.

Photo credits:
• Lindworm starting location photo (c) Carmen Delsnig
• Emblem hall LMK_Großer_Wappensaal_im_Landhaus_Klagenfurt (c) Peter_Germ-Lippitz
• Ferdinand Fromiller Crucifixion (c) Carmen Delsnig
• Kiki Kogelnik (c) 1995 Kiki Kogelnik Foundation

Tour Producer

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Carmen Delsnig

I'm a historian & Austrian tour guide, specializing in guiding & cycling tours in Carinthia/Kärnten.

Major Landmarks

  • Lindwurm

  • Landhaus

  • Old Square

  • St Egyd Church

  • Benediktiner Market

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins in the center of Klagenfurt, the New Square, directly in front of the Lindworm and the town hall. There is a large parking garage directly under the New Square where you´ll always find a parking space. You´ll also find a lot of parking possibilities around the New Square for which you have to pay a parking ticket at the parking machines.

If you choose the parking spaces at lake Wörthersee in front of the public bathing beach you don´t have to buy a parking ticket and could get in the city center by bus. During summer the busses depart every 10 minutes. At the bus terminal Heiligengeistplatz you'll get off the bus and walk about 100 meters to the New Square. When you arrive at Klagenfurt by train, you'll just have to take the bus to Heiligengeistplatz as well.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Emblem hall Landhaus, Tower keeper in the Church St. Egyd, Dome of Klagenfurt, Restaurant Osteria del Conte, Restaurant Landhaushof, Restaurant Augustin at Pfarrplatz directly next to the Church St. Egyd, Eiscafé Alter Platz at the Old Square near the Old Town hall with original Italian ice creme, Restaurant Pumpe.

Best time of day

This is an all weather and all seasons tour. The best time of day is before midday, because the sales stalls at Benediktiner Market are only open until 1 p.m. If you want to visit the emblem hall at the Landhaus: It is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sundays. If you want to visit the tower keeper: He is up in the tower of the church St. Egyd everyday from 10 a. am. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays.

Precautions

The town is very safe but always be street smart and use caution when crossing roads.

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The Best of Klagenfurt: A Walk Through the Renaissance Jewel of Carinthia