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A pretty Austrian city hemmed in by mountains, forests, and lakes, Klagenfurt is ideal for a weekend break.


Klagenfurt is one of southern Austria’s prettiest cities, thanks to a well-preserved Old Town decorated with ornate Renaissance courtyards and a castle dating back to the Middle Ages.

The city centre is pleasingly compact and best explored by foot or by bike – cycle paths snake their way throughout the city. A good place to get your bearings is at the Lindwurm: an enormous dragon in the main square, Neuer Platz. The Neuer Platz itself is a lovely introduction to the city: cafes and restaurants dot the square, and most walking tours start from here, too.

A few minutes’ walk away is Alter Platz – a pedestrian-only boulevard lines with shops and restaurants. For a morning of culture, stop by Galerie 3, a small contemporary gallery showcasing work by local artists. Music buffs will love the Gustav Mahler Komponierhäuschen, a museum dedicated to the composer who lived near Klagenfurt.

Later, for a taste of local cuisine, head to Benediktinermarkt: an open-air farmers market selling trays of whatever’s fresh that day – from cured meats and cheeses to punnets of cherries grown in the surrounding hills.

But Klagenfurt’s charms aren’t confined to the city centre. Twenty minutes away is Lake Wörthersee, an emerald alpine lake flanked by forest and mountains. In winter visitors can ice-skate here; come summer the brisk winds make it ideal for stand up paddle boarding and sailing.

Anyone travelling with children can head to Minimundus on Villacher Straße, a park filled with miniature versions of some of the world’s most famous buildings. A few doors down is the Reptilienzoo Happ, Austria’s biggest reptile zoo, and there’s a popular Planetarium nearby as well. From the lake, keen hikers can easily explore the nearby mountains, Zillhöhe or the Kreuzbergl – both offer jaw-slackening views from the top.

For culture, good food, hikes, and lakeside swimming, Klagenfurt is the ideal destination.

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