The state capital, with its 90,000 inhabitants, is the largest city in Carinthia and its economic, political, and cultural center. Founded in the 12th century, Klagenfurt split off from the ducal town St. Veit an der Glan, the state capital in the 16th century. At that time, the young city produced many buildings, of which it is still proud to this day. Under the influence of Italian architects, numerous palaces in Klagenfurt were built with beautiful courtyards. This benefits not only the Klagenfurters but also the tourists, since many of the romantic courtyards are now cozy dining areas with restaurants and cafes. In World War II the city was badly damaged by Allied bombing. However, the damage was remedied in a relatively short time.
The center of the city is defined by Alter Platz (Old Place) and Neuer Platz (New Place). Alter Platz, with its old and lovingly restored house fronts, is the oldest pedestrian zone in central Europe. About 30 architecturally and historically significant buildings are illuminated by a sophisticated lighting system. Thus is the old town of Klagenfurt transformed at night into a very visually impressive ensemble that invites you to an evening stroll.
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