Klagenfurt is located about 4km east of lake Wörthersee and north of Karavanke. It is a regional trade and business centre, bustling with national and international companies. It is also known as a university city with an amazing landscape and a rich history. A refined, verdant oasis rich in waterfalls, diversity and tastefulness, it brings excitement and joy to both locals and visitors, if you only take the chance to get to know it better.
The old city centre still hold many tales of its heritage, whilst the new and more shiny side of the city gives us some glimpses of how the future might look, and according to the constant growth of the city and continuous improvements, this future looks exciting. When it comes to linking to their roots, the city’s history is still much incorporated into the daily lives of the citizens and they like to perserve good things that were bequeathed to the city by its ancestors. As the city continued to develop, more international corporations located their headquarters here and it was only natural that more high end hotels, hubs and educational institutions followed and started to pop up around the city.
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This upscale 4* hotel neatly placed on the lagoon is perfectly positioned on the fringe of the city centre, with the nearest motorway exit just a few hundred metres from the hotel. The hotel offers 142 rooms and 5 seminar rooms that are suitable for seminars, conferences, workshops and even networking sessions, with some great outdoor possibilities. A chic restaurant with a waterfront terrace, an indoor pool, fitness room and spa area all help to blur the distinction between business and pleasure. More intimate smaller conference rooms can be prepared for gatherings of 40 persons, with bigger ones on hand that can host up to 200 attendees. With suites that can be transformed into small offices to huge car parking areas that can cater to larger groups, this hotel is a perfect fit to anyone looking for an adaptable and reliable congress destination.
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Just a short stroll from Seepark hotel and you’ll find yourself in the midst of a fantastic event setting that looks like something from a film set. It is one of the most idyllic locations on the shores of lake Wörthersee, providing the perfect setting for a dinner, networking session or a private luxurious gathering. The castle can be rented as a whole for special events, including the castle gardens, or for a luxury dinner opportunity when you need to impress business partners. It is an upscale setting with a cozy vibe, reachable by foot, car or by boat.
This newly expanded science and technology park, home to more than 60 regional and international enterpreises, functions as a hub and is an energetic international environment with a real start up mindset. Surrounded by lush green areas and with fully equipped conference rooms, capable staff, technicians on site, a spacious community kitchen and an ecological mindset, it is a positive environment that can help boost your business meetings. The flexible mindset and conference rooms are the key reasons that park is an ever growing institution, connected with local universities, businesses and people who consider the venue as part of their community.
The Exhibition Centre is the biggest fair venue in Carinthia and the main organiser of trade fairs, exhibitions, congresses and unique conferences. The exhibition area is 100,000m², of which 35,000m² is available as hall space.
Six bigger venue halls, measuring from 1,300m² to 6,400m², are ideal for hosting bigger international fairs and exibitions, with almost limitless parking space around the halls and entrance doors accessible for trucks. For smaller conferences, there are conference rooms available that offer all the necessary meeting equipment. Bigger in size here means big in hospitality as well.
The stadium is situated within the Sportpark Klagenfurt campus, close to Seepark hotel. Because of its size, they can offer numerous possibilities for groups of 5 up to 1,000 people, depending on the clients wishes. Besides the stadion itself, they offer an additional 7 conference rooms, sports facilities for leisure and a large room that can be transformed into a dining area. And if that’s not enough you can always invite some business or leisure partners to a VIP lounge, where you can enjoy watching a game in detached luxury from the thousands of other spectators.
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Culinary tour of Klagenfurt
The best way to really get to know about the rich history of Klagenfurt is to take a good bite of it – and the best way to do that is to go on a culinary tour through Klagenfurt city centre with Astrid Legner. The knowledgable Astrid will welcome you in one of her traditional folk costumes of the region, so in tis instance looking out for yellow shirts or umbrellas won’t be necessary. It’s not just the food you get to consume, but also the insights of how the city really was and how history has helped shape it today.
The KUNSTHAUS KOLLITSCH experience
This historic building successfully transformed in 2014 into Kollitsch Group’s new company headquarters sits in the heart of Klagenfurt and has become a cultural landmark of the region. A perfect location for people who have been searching for how to combine work while still being able to enjoy art at the highest level. The interaction of high quality modern design, historic charm and contemporary art in one location creates an extravagant ambience for exquisite events. Equipped with contemporary technical infrastructure, there is a large events room available as well as six rooms of different size that enable different kinds of events to be held here, from small conferences to large events, such as product presentations and company events for up to 500 people. The place is perfect when you need an offbeat location for your conference, or just to unwind and enjoy the day in a museum, exploring all the designs, pictures and sculptures inside the building. Visits are free of charge, but if you wish to bring a bigger group a reservation is advised.
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Mixing with the locals at Benediktinerplatz is the perfect setting for getting into the local vibe and local cuisine, especially on Thursdays and Saturdays, when there is an original market going on. Here you will find traditional dishes and local products from the region.
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If you are into sweets, visit the Zehrer shop at the Alter Platz (old place), where you can get some Klagenfurt chocolate.