Villach is the 2nd largest city of Bundesland Kärnten, a town with about 60.000 inhabitants and in Austria it is mainly well-known for "Villacher Fasching", thats a kind of performance in the carneval and it includes sketches, songs & dancing and making fun about local and austrian politics as well as about the EU.
This event is also broadcasted by austrian TV every year ! Something about the weather in Villach:
In General the climate in this southernmost part of Austria is better than in the parts north of the alps and quite often its raining all over Austria, but its nice and sunny in Kärnten / Carinthia
Click here for the weather-forecast for Villach and its surrounding
On the border of Kärnten and...
On the border of Kärnten and Tirol is the Krimmler Waterfall, the largest of Austria. A magnificent roundtrip is to first take the Gross-Glockner hochalpenstrasse (pass) that brings you as well along the highest mountain of the country. From here towards the Zillertal and over the Gerloss-pass to the waterfall. Then back to Kärnten.
SKI JUMPING HILLS
Hill name: Mattenschanze
Number of hills: 4 - K90, K60, K30 & K15.
Hill record: 102 m
Record holder: Robert Kranjec (Slo), continental cup in summer 2001
History of jumps in Villach:
1908 - the beginning of wintersport activities in Villach/Möltschach
1909 - a man from Graz named Lutter jumped 12 m from a primitive ski jump
1937 - a construction of a proper ski jump began and was completed in 1938
1993 - modernization of ski jumps begun in order that they could host World Cup events; completed in 1995
1995 - first World Cup competition in Villach
A very friendly place
I spent a two-weeks' holiday near Villach in the summer of 2000, and I have fond memories of the warm, welcoming attitude of people towards tourists. Not only in Villach but in the whole region of Carinthia.
Villach is just 30 Km from the Italian border and much nearer to Venice than to Vienna. It lies in the valley of the river Drau, surrounded by impressive mountains.
It is an important crossroad for motorways and railway lines. However, it is not just a place to pass by, on the contrary, it is the heart of a region with great holiday opportunities.
Near Villach you will find the Villacher Alpe. This is a rather high mountain where you can have a great day. Going to the mountain means: walking, climbing, viewing and enjoying!
In Dutch these purple flowers are called 'Distels'. These flowers grow in the Netherlands too.
This yellow flower also grows in the countries around Austria. In Dutch it's called a 'paardenbloem' (Horseflower).
Here you can see my brother René next to the yellow 'Lupine' flowers.
I don't know the name of this pink purple flower...
The name of these pink flowers you can find on the plate that stands in between them...
An overview of all the things to do here on the Villacher Alp.
You can go and watch the birds here. You will especially find a lot of eagles, falkons and buzzards here.
You can also find deer, boars and foxes here.
Walking in the alps and spending the night in a wooden cabin is also an option.
You can watch horses and cows here.
There are many pretty flowers that grow here!
This is a drawing of the Villacher Alp. The mountain is 2167 meters high.
This is what the Mountain looks like at the top.
This is the other side of the mountaintop. It's kinda hidden in the clouds.
This is one of the places at the mountain where you can park your car. From there you will have to walk to get any further.
You will see horses on the mountain. They live here in the wild. You can try and approach them, but I don't think they will let you very near them.
You will also run into some cows, when walking in the mountains. So watch out for their poop :) lol
"The Alp Garden"
This is the entrance of the Alp Garden. After a walk way up from the parkingplace you can get here. You can find several kinds of flowers, plants and herbs here. Since I don't know the names of the flowers in English, I will only give the names in Dutch.
There is a special walking take that takes you a long all the flowers, herbs and plants in the large garden.