Villach Things to Do

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    Landskron Castle

    by Manara Updated Dec 9, 2003

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    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.

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    The bell tower of St Jakob

    by Manara Written Sep 23, 2003

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    A view from the top of the tower

    The church of St Jakob (the parish church of Villach) has an impressive bell tower, 94 metres high. It is the tallest in Carinthia.
    Visitors can climb the 239 steps to the top and enjoy the wonderful view.

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    The whole region in less than 200 square metres

    by Manara Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    This relief of Carinthia reproduces the region on a 1:10 000 scale.
    Its surface is 183 square metres, and although it is 90 years old it is still the largest relief in Europe.
    A map is enough to identify the shape of a lake, but mountains are a different matter. A relief like this is very good way to get familiar with the profiles of the mountains and learn their names.

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    Falconry in Landskron castle

    by Manara Written Sep 23, 2003

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    A sea-eagle

    The remains of the castle of Landskron are worth a visit on their own right. However, there is more to see then than the ruins and the panorama.
    A section of the castle is now the home of several birds of prey. They can be seen in their cages, but even better is to see them fly, which is possible two or three times a day, according to the season and to the weather.
    The demonstrations last about 40 minutes, and the explanation on the birds and their behaviour is in German only, but even those who cannot understand a word can enjoy watching eagles, hawks, kites, and owls fly just above their heads.
    The birds sometimes make their changes to the programme, for instance the sea-eagle may come back with a fresh fish just cought in the Ossiacher lake, or one may even decide to take a short holiday, like Nancy, the American eagle: once she took a few days' leave and was spotted in the Czech Republic!

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    Villacher Alpe

    by Manara Updated Sep 23, 2003

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    The Deutschekirche

    The Villacher Alpe (m 2167) is the nearest mountain to Villach, and provides the nearest hiking or skiing facilities.
    The Villacheralpenstrasse starts just outside Villach and in its 16.5 Km takes you from an altitude of about m 600 to about 1500. There are 5 parking places along the route, and a 6th one at the end. Each one can be the starting point for walks on scenic paths.
    There is a toll to pay to drive on the Villacheralpenstrasse, because it is one of those roads that do not connect villages or towns, but were built and are kept just for excursions and skiing.

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    Thermen Resort

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Ahhhhhhh........ the heated pools of Villach. I can still feel the fun. I can also recall the ridiculously cold water outside that me and Cris jumped into and then came scurrying back into the hot tub. Here, there are slides, vortex pools, and hot tubs for you to enjoy. Or, you can relax on the chairs outside of the pool. There is a restaurant inside and a spa for a little extra cost.

    The regular entrance was 7.90 Euro and is good for 3 hours.

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    Burg (castle)

    by yumyum Written Oct 22, 2011

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    The Castle of which you get an excellent unobstructed view from the train if you travel from Villach to Ljubljana (just when you cross the Drau river and sit on the left) used to be the seat of the Bamberg administration.

    Villach was under Bamberg rule for 752 years until 1759 when the Empress Maria Theresia bought it back.

    There is a castle chapel by the name of St. Heinrich and Kunigunde. I didn't see any entrance to it though.

    Enter the castle courtyard where you will find an stone through and a well. In the back corner to your right you will find a tiny museum room which will show you some of the findings of the castle. It's free of charge (please close the door).

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    Relief of Kaernten

    by yumyum Written Oct 22, 2011

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    Here in this building you may see the state of Carinthia (Bundesland Kaernten) as a relief on 182 m2. It is three dimensional at a scale of 1:10’000. The length is 19,5 meters and the width 9,3 meters.

    The relief was made of concrete from 1891 until 1913 and the present building dates back to 1912.

    For me the mountains and valleys were not that interesting, I enjoyed more viewing the old postcards of various towns and villages on the walls.

    This small museum is open every year from 2nd May till 31st October and the entry fee was Euro 2.00.

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    Climb the Stadtpfarrturm (steeple)

    by yumyum Written Oct 22, 2011

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    The Stadtpfarrturm or steeple is the highest one in the state of Carinthia with 94 meters. I climbed the about 240 steps and was rewarded with a spectacular view. The wooden stairs are quite comfortable except for 39 steps on the so called “Schneckenstiege” which means snail staircase. These 39 steps are extremely narrow and hard to climb with a daypack on your back. There is even a traffic light for that section which turns to green every 4 minutes.

    When I visited in off season I was the only one there which was just fabulous. Watch out for the rining of the bells. Even two floors down I winced at the half hour banging. It says on a warning sign not to be near the bells at 12 noon! Do take that seriously please!

    On each floor there are explanations of the Jakobsweg, the famous pilgrims path which also passes through Carinthia.

    The current steeple dates back to 1847. In summer there are also falcons breeding in the tower. I just saw the empty floor. Another interesting fact is that until World War 2 there was a "Tuermer", a tower warden living up there (see kitchen photo).

    The entrance fee was Euro 2.00 and the tower is open as follows:
    May, June, September, October from Monday till Saturday from 10.00 till 16.30
    July and August from Monday till Saturday from 10.00 till 18.00

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    Visit the tourist office

    by yumyum Written Oct 22, 2011

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    Villach tourist information office

    The tourist office is conveniently located on the way from the railway station to the old town just before the bridge over the Drau river.

    I ended up before the closed doors just one or two minutes after 5 pm. There was still a lady inside that left through the side door but she asked me if I needed something. I asked for a city map and she went back in and brought me a good map and a broschure about an old town walk. This was absolutely lovely of her!

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    St. Nikolai Church

    by mydreamquest Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Nikolai Kirche in Villach

    As Villach was bombed significantly in World War 2, there aren't many older buildings. St. Nikolai Church is one of four primary places of worship in Villach. Near the Drau River, it is a primary point of reference in Villach.

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    Rauthausplatz in Villach

    by mydreamquest Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Rathaus (City Hall) in Villach

    From St. Jakob, I took this picture of the Rathaus, with ground fountain that shoots uncontained water into the air.

    The Rauthaus is a good place to get information about Villach and there is a lost and found center.

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    Nikolaikirche

    by yumyum Written Oct 22, 2011

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    The Nikolai church is situated between the railway station and the old town.

    The church is in neo-gothic style and dates back to 1896. The Nikolai church is a monastery and parish church looked after by the Franciscans.

    You will also find the statue of Franz of Assisi on the Nikolai square.

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    Enjoy the Snow! What Else?

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 9, 2006

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    I learned long ago that my favorite sound in the whole world is to hear the sound I make when wlaking on snow. That certain "squish" is something that resonates in me. So... I try to listen to it as much as possible!

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    Villach .. nice and Romantic !

    by leedo Updated Nov 7, 2006

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    drau promenade
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    Las August , I took the train from Zell Am See to Villach , the OBB return Train ticket costed me 48 Euro , I enjoyed the small town , from the train station I walked to the center watching the beautiful buldings and shops , many small squares scattered in the small town , after crossing the Drau River bridge , I found my self unable to stop walking , there is no thing can stop you from enjoying watching the crowded main street and the Hauptplatz .

    All you need is available in this small town , and you can reach Venice - Italy by direct train in less than 3 hours !

    Villach is a small beautiful town but to me Klagenfurt is more beautiful , I think Villach is enough for one day visit only , but I recommend stay in it for those passengers who desire to join Austria with Italy in their trips .

    Villach ! You are so close from Italy !

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