It is a magnet for visitors from all over the world: Lake Wörthersee. It is the centre for culinary delights, joie de vivre and culture, especially in the summer. Plenty of highlights await you a mere 900 steps from the University of Klagenfurt.
At the mouth of the Lendkanal, a small piece of Klagenfurt’s tram history has been preserved in the shape of a converted old tram that is now a fixture in Klagenfurt. For years, it has provided holidaymakers and aficionados of uncomplicated cuisine with wonderful snacks, tempting them to linger and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. The Bernerwürstel hot dog is a popular favourite. Salads, burgers and cold drinks are also on the menu.
The lake is not only associated with magnificent plant life, fish and culinary delights. For some time now, it has also been associated with alpacas. The “divine fleece suppliers”, as alpacas are still called in their ancestral homeland in the South American Andes, have found a new home at Techelsberg on Lake Wörthersee. You can make an appointment to do yoga with the animals or to hike through the woods around the lake with them.
It’s THE place to be in the summer: Smartly dressed, enjoying a sundowner or an Asian bowl, this is where you can enjoy life to the fullest. You will definitely need to make a reservation here. If you have something to celebrate, such as passing an exam or even graduating from university, then Lakeside is the perfect place for you.
Admittedly, it’s not directly on the lake, but the Labsalerie offers a wonderful view of the water. “We are anything but ordinary”, is the motto of the owners. Instead of the traditional bunch of juniper branches hanging at the entrance, visitors will find a disco ball. From June to September, Elena and Thomas offer regional snacks in an authentic natural setting, far from the tourist trail of Lake Wörthersee – a green oasis that is second to none.
Car(e)-free day at the lake
One of the best ways to explore Lake Wörthersee is by bike. You can, of course, do this every day, but there is one day every year when all the roads around the lake are closed to motorists. This gives you free rein to go around the lake, be it on an e-bike, roller skates or even an ancient folding bike.
Free access to the lake
You don’t necessarily have to go to a lido to cool off with a quick dip in the lake. There are several places around Lake Wörthersee that are freely accessible. For instance, between Klagenfurt and Krumpendorf, next to Schamandra’s boat rental, you can unwind on a small sunbathing lawn complete with jetty. Similar idyllic spots are also found in Pritschitz and Sallach in Pörtschach. The freely accessible Sallach lido has a small jetty, toilet facilities, and a relaxed bar, perfect for a sundowner after a swim.
Strolling around Velden
Velden am Wörthersee is a tourist hotspot that has recently enjoyed a splendid revival. In the summer, you can watch the gathering of the rich (and those who like to pretend) on the forecourt of the Schlosshotel. Take a seat on one of the park benches, treat yourself to an ice cream and enjoy the flashy, elegant, sometimes quirky hustle and bustle on the lakeside promenade.