The time has come: The temperatures are dropping below freezing, in the mornings and evenings you have to allow time to clear the car windows of ice, and cheerfully pedalling your bike is becoming ever more challenging. For those of you who feel the cold, we have some tips on how to make winters in Klagenfurt a little less chilly.
- Get your body moving
If you move, you don’t freeze. The University Sports Institute does not only offer (online) courses throughout the semester, but it also organises “blocked” sports programmes. Check the USI website for times and dates and for the latest information regarding Corona restrictions!
- Warmth is close at hand
The spa facilities at Klagenfurt’s indoor pool are rather meagre at the moment, but the tourist region around Lake Wörthersee provides plenty of alternatives that are worth a visit. The closest hotel to the university campus is Klagenfurt’s Seeparkhotel, which has a spa area with pool, sauna and steam bath that can also be used by day guests. EA full day costs 29.00 EUR, after 6:30 p.m. the admission fee 19.00 EUR – including towels and bathrobe as well as use of the tea bar. To use the day spa, you need to book in advance by phone. Similar offers are also available at the Krumpendorf Balance Hotel, the Werzer Bath House in Pörtschach or the Schlosshotel Velden ( in some cases the prices are higher). Check the respective website before you go, as Corona restrictions may apply.
- Hot soup
Get warm from the inside – with a delicious soup. Few foods are as good for the soul and body as a bowl of soup. In Klagenfurt, the range on offer is extensive: For example, the city centre restaurant “Suppenglück & Wurzelwerk” in 8.-Mai-Straße offers a good selection of high-quality and nourishing soups. Another tip: For those who are feeling especially chilly, the “Rinderkraftsuppe Österreich” (Austrian beef soup) is prepared at the Landhaushof inn, and includes three typical local specialities. small semolina dumplings, tasty liver dumplings and delicate strips of pancake are added to the rich beef soup and can’t fail to warm up every last one of us – it also doubles as a restorative dish after many a Christmas party.
- If nothing else, at least keep your heart warm
For most of us, winter temperatures are uncomfortable, but not life-threatening. Fortunately, there are organisations like Caritas that provide support to people who don’t have a roof over their heads or a cosy radiator by their side. If you see someone outside at night and you are unsure whether or not they need help: The Caritas cold weather telephone is answered from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. under +43 463 39 6060. Donations in kind and in cash are also much appreciated – options are listed at the following address www.caritas-kaernten.at. Furthermore, Caritas also invites people to volunteer. Find out more and help make the world a better and more (heart)warming place for all of us!