According to my hosts, Villach is the land of wood and forests. So, all of the towns around have almost soley wood-burning heaters. I had never seen a heater like the one in my friends home. It was a box about 5 feet high by 2 feet by 4 feet across. You through in the wood through a little hatch in the bottom and after a few hours the thing emitted enough heat to cover a large sized room! It was one of those cool little differences that you only find out about through travel...
Eagles at Landskron castle
Greifvogelshow in Landskron-castle
eagles flying free I missed the eagles-show in a large "arena" on top of Burg Landskron. I saw a similar performance in Werfen castle close to Salzburg some time ago and enjoyed it a lot ! Here in Landskron they have 3 performances every day in july and august and just 2 performances during the other days of summer between May 1st and October 31st. When walking through the castle you will see some of the eagles in their large fences and for some more you have to pay some entrancefee for the zoo:
shows are in May,June & Sept : daily 11.00am + 02.30pm,
sundays also at 04.30pm
in July & August: daily 11.00am + 02.30 + 05.30pm
in October daily 11.00am + 02.30pm
The fee for the eagles-show + Zoo is 9,- Euros / 4,50 for children
the fee for just the zoo is 4,- Euros / 3,50
Last break before entering Italy
Villach was our last stop in Austria on our road trip in June 2009. We had left Salzburg in the morning and had been driving almost non-stop to the south, towards Italy. We decided to have a break in Villach, in the south of Austria near the Italian border.
It was a very hot day so we decided to have a cold drink in this outdoor cafe where it was nice to sit and watch people going up and down the pedestrian street. The centre of Villach seemed to be full of lovely colourful houses as seen in the picture.
We only had time for a quick stroll around the centre, but Villach looked like a nice town, maybe some day we visit again to see more!
A short stop-over
SO WHAT VILLACH ACTUALLY IS, OR AN OFFICIAL VIEW
Villach - city, Bundesland Kärnten (federal province of Carinthia), southern Austria, on the Drava (Drau) River at the eastern foot of the Villacher Alps, west of Klagenfurt. It originated as theRoman town of Bilachinium and formed part of the bishopric of Bamberg from 1007 to 1759. An important trade centre in the Middle Ages, it declined after new trade routes wereopened up. Commerce revived in the 19th century. Notable landmarks in the city are the parish church of St. Jakob (reconstructed 14th–15th centuries) with a detached tower (311ft [95 m]), the Heiligenkreuzkirche (1726–38), and the town hall (c. 1570), which was rebuilt after its destruction in World War II. Villach is the commercial centre of Kärnten and its main railway junction and second largest city. Manufactures include cellulose, wood products, machinery, and chemicals; there are also breweries and food-processing plants. Warmbad Villach, noted for its mineral baths, is nearby, and Villach itself is a tourist centre for the Kärnten lake district. Pop. (1981) 52,744. This description comes from Britannica 2003