Grand Media Congress Hotel Villach
Ossiacher Zeile 39, (formerly Austria Trend Hotel Carinthia), Villach, Carinthia, 9500, Austria
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Burg Landskron close to Villach
Kaerntner Freilichtmuseum in Maria Saal
Inside the Parish church
Can someone advise on the best way to get to Trieste from Villach? We would be dropping our rental car in Villach and picking one up in Italy. Better suggestions welcome. Our ultimate goal is Rome but the drop off cost (from p/u in Frankfurt to drop off in Rome) was an extra 1300 Euros. Car rental agency gave much better prices for leaving car in Austria or Switzerland and then renting again in Italy. Lugano d/o is also an idea.
Hope weather in your area is better than in Canada this spring.
there is an Euro-City (OEC 31) train leaving Villach from Tuesday to Friday at 10,37 a.m. to Udine, arriving there at 11,57. You connect in Udine to Trieste at 12,07 with the Interregio IR21001, arriving at Trieste at 1,17 p.m
You must make an advance reservation for the Eurocity - most probably possible at any travel agency, or you can try to do it online at http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/dn
Have a nice trip !
Would it maybe make sense to go by train from one place to another and only rent a car for daytrips into the countryside? If you want to go from one small town to another, to see countryside etc., and/or if you are 3 persons or more, a car does make sense economically... otherwise not.
Take the train to Trieste via Ljubljana. Ljubljana is a fascinating city ( see my travel pages ). Inexpensive and very well maintained and comfortable trains.
I will look into the Euro City train and also into possibly stopping in Ljubljana. Can I get by in English there?
We are a group of 5 traveling so I think we will need to pick up a car again in Italy. However, the children have never been on a train and one trip should be very exciting for them. (Limited public transportation available here in rural Canada.)
Thanks for the great ideas!
Travel Tips for Villach
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Burg Hochosterwitz is one of the most spectacular and most scenic castles in Austria and it is owned by the same family since 1570 and their name is "von Kevenhueller".
There used to be a castle at this place already in the year 860, but the castle that you see there nowadays dates back to the year 1570, when the Landeshauptmann ( similar to the president of a county) Georg Freiherr von Khevenhueller bought the castle and had it rebuilt step by step. Hochosterwitz castle was ment as a place to flee to for the whole family, who owned several castles. Hochosterwitz was special, because there was just a small path around the mountain and that path, leading you smoothly uphill was fortified by 14 seperate gates, that were built between 1570 and 1586.
Georg Freiherr von Khevenhueller stated in 1576 that this castle should never be sold - you may read this also at one of the inscriptions on a marble-plate - and so this castle is still in the posession of the same family and no enemies ever were able to get inside that castle.
Hochosterwitz is just like a small village on a mountain with gardens and small squares, with a church and several buildings for the soldiers and a total of 14 gates that you have to walk through in order to get to the final main court of the castle.
It certainly is the best and most comfortable way to explore Hochosterwitz, that you take the lift uphill (the fee for that lift is 4 euros uphill an frre of charge downhill) and walk down through all the gates, that is an easy walk of 20 minutes and you see a lot of great places and excellent views of the landscape below !
Hochosterwitz is about 17km north of Klagenfurt and its best to go there by car or by public bus,
the postal-adress is : A - 9314 Launsdorf - Burg Hochosterwitz
their webpage : www.burg-hochosterwitz.or.at/
The remains of the big, old fortress of Landskron are on the top of a hill, 676 m high. A great part of the castle was destroyed by a fire in the 19th century, but some parts are still there and a few halls can be visited.
There is also a restaurant, and every Tuesday evening there is a special "medieval" dinner served by waiters dressed in period costumes
The view from the castle is wonderful. From here you can see Villach and the valley of the river Drau with its lakes, and the Slovenian Alps on the other side of the valley.
Villach at the Drau river
You know you arrived in Villach when you see the piramid summit - an aztec piramid with a cut tip - it is very characteristic . Its name is Zwolfer - meaning twelver ( I assume that is where the sun is when it is noon)
Car-museum Villach: cars that we had in our family
Of course we had the VW and not the Porsche !! ;-(((
One of my brothers had such an 2CV Akadiane with a bed in the backpart, very comfortable !
I also had once such a Velosolex
And finally my all-time-dreamcar: Steyr Puch Haflinger !
Only 2,8 meters long, top-speed around 70km/h and it climbs up lots of hills and mountains, where Hummer & Co have given up already.
This type of car still holds the world-record of driving up to a hight of 5860m since 1961 !
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