Klagenfurt is the capital of Carinthia. It is also often referred to as the city of flowers. It is situated in the Klagenfurt Basin, at the Eastern end of Lake Wörtersee. The settlement has extended to the lake only recently. Its North-Eastern part is divided by river Glan. The city is an important traffic and railway meeting point within Austria.
Its legend and history
The symbol of the city is a large dragon. According to legend, a giant, man-eating dragon has lived in the marsh which once stood in the place of the city. The truth is probably that the marsh has taken many lives from those who got lost in it. The dragon has become a part of the coat of arms in the 13th century.
The city was established in the 12th century, and it had gained city rights in the 14th century. It has been burned down several times during the centuries, but was always re-built. It has gained its baroque-style during anti-reformism.
The two world wars have completely destroyed Klagenfurt, but renovations have begun immediately after the end of the Second World War. Nowadays, you will find here a flourishing, dynamic and friendly city.
Sights to visit
The most important sight of Klagenfurt is the Minimundus, a small world by Lake Wörtersee. You will find small re-makes of buildings from all over the world. You should also visit the Zoo of Klagenfurt, where you fill find many reptiles, ranging from crocodiles to snakes. In addition, Klagenfurt also offers various galleries, cinemas, festivals and museums.