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Choosing a sustainable lifestyle

Around the world, global climate change and the scarcity of energy and natural resources are prompting a shift in thinking. If you want to live sustainably and be mindful of your ecological footprint, Klagenfurt is the ideal place for you. Regionality, sustainability and high-quality products are ranked very highly here.

Sustainable mobility: Get on your bike


Don’t feel like walking, but also can’t be bothered to hunt for a parking space? No worries. You can now explore Klagenfurt am Wörthersee by bike without any hassles. The Nextbike bike rental system is easy to use, cheap and flexible. And here’s how it works: The bikes can be rented via app (Nextbike), BikeComputer, station terminal or by calling the hotline. A total of 220 bicycles are available for hire across 42 Nextbike rental stations in the Klagenfurt area. Simply register, book a bike and hit the pedals. You can return the bike at any rental station of your choice. For further information please visit www.nextbike.at.

If you have a somewhat longer tour in mind, then the bicycles provided by SBK Soziale Betriebe Kärnten GmbH are the ideal choice. All around Lake Wörthersee you will find 600 bikes that can be rented from 20 rental points. Plus, there’s something for everyone here: Gear bikes, trekking bikes, cross bikes, mountain bikes, ladies’ and children’s bikes and, of course, e-bikes. You’re sure to find the right one for you. For more information (in German) on the rental points and the services offered by SBK, go to www.sbk.or.at.

Travel sustainably with green
electricity


The future is electrified, and Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is among the trendsetters. You can hire e-bikes, e-scooters and even e-cars. If you have your sights set on four wheels, contact the Klagenfurt tourist information office on Neuer Platz. There, you can rent an e-car from 4.80 euros per hour or 60 euros per day. These are stationed at the University of Klagenfurt and at the Minimundus P&R car park. To find out more or to check the availability in advance, you can call the Klagenfurt tourist information office on +43 463 287463.

Sustainable fashion


The collection, sorting and resale of textiles is by far the most ecological and intelligent form of recycling used textiles. By means of roughly 200 used textile containers, Soziale Betriebe Kärnten collects more than 1,000 tonnes of used textiles per year in Klagenfurt, Villach, Fürnitz, St. Veit/Glan, Diex and Techelsberg. The best items are put on sale in SecondSoul shops, the rest of the goods are recycled so that only very small quantities have to be discarded. There is something for everyone here: stylish fashion, hardly worn and up to date; basic wear for next to nothing; designer bargains for the fashionistas. Here you can find a wide range of clothing in all sizes, as well as shoes and accessories.

Shop sustainably: Our markets


If you feel like chatting with the farmers themselves, you can do so at the weekly organic market in Klagenfurt. Market day is every Friday (7 am to 1 pm) in Klagenfurt’s Lidmanskygasse. Although the markets on Thursdays and Saturdays offer many organic products as well, the markets on Fridays offer organic products exclusively. The products offered include milk, bread, cereal products, sausage, cheese, meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit. A leisurely stroll through the market is definitely worthwhile!

Eat more sustainably:
Meals for a better world


In Klagenfurt, it is easy to be mindful of regionality, sustainability and high-quality products – not merely at home, but also when you are dining out in a restaurant. In the restaurant Suppenglück (“soup bliss”), the name says it all. Arianna, Martin and Silvia have a weekly menu featuring seasonal produce. The restaurant specialises in regional products of the highest quality. Whether it’s the pea and coconut mint soup or a turkey stir-fry with peanut sauce & beetroot couscous, there’s something for everyone here.

Sustainable pubs & bars


Klagenfurt’s pub and bar scene is also committed to sustainability. For example, at Gates, a bar in the heart of the old town, they no longer use plastic straws. The landlord Wolfgang Radda prefers drinking straws made of paper, sugar cane or straw, all of which are 100 per cent degradable and produced in Carinthia. The electricity is supplied by Alpen-Adria-Energie from the Gailtal valley, and the range of beverages has also been switched. Gone are the plastic bottles: Beer and orange soda are now served from glass bottles, the wine comes from Carinthia, and so does the mineral water. In recognition of all these efforts, the establishment in Waaggasse is the only venue in the province to have received an award from the “Energie Forum Kärnten” (Carinthia Energy Forum).