12 Facts About Klagenfurt


Klagenfurt am Worthersee, usually known as just Klagenfurt, is the capital of the state of Carinthia in Austria.

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City of Klagenfurt is in southern Austria, near the border with Slovenia.

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Klagenfurt has a typical continental climate, with a fair amount of fog throughout the autumn and winter.

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Legend has it that Klagenfurt was founded after a group of brave men slayed an abominable winged "lindwurm" from the moors adjoining the lake, which was preying on the nearby duchy.

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In 1961, Klagenfurt became the first city in Austria to adopt a pedestrian zone.

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Klagenfurt has been awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Diploma of Merit a total of three times, which is a record for a European city.

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In 1973, Klagenfurt absorbed four more adjacent municipalities: Viktring, with its grand Cistercian monastery; Wolfnitz; Hortendorf; and St Peter am Bichl.

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Klagenfurt Airport is a primary international airport with connections to several major European cities and holiday resorts abroad.

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Klagenfurt is the home of a number of small but fine publishing houses, and several papers or regional editions are published here including dailies such as "Kleine Zeitung" and "Karntner Krone".

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Klagenfurt is a popular vacation spot, with mountains both to the south and north, numerous parks and a series of 23 stately homes and castles on its outskirts.

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Klagenfurt hosted three games during the UEFA Euro 2008 Championships in the recently built Hypo-Arena.

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Klagenfurt was a contender for the 2006 Winter Olympicsand is home to an American Football team, the Carinthian Black Lions, competing in the First League of the Austrian Football League.

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