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Visit Villach

This city in the Austrian province of Carinthia is surrounded by mountains and lakes and is a great base for hiking, skiing or snowboarding near the Italian and Slovenian border.

Since Roman times, and especially during the Middle Ages, Villach has been at the crossroads of important European trading routes. With its close proximity to both Italy and Slovenia the city continues to serve as an important transportation hub and railway gateway. Today’s population is about 60,000.

Stroll through the historic city center on foot and stop at cafés, restaurants or shops along the small but busy pedestrian zone. Enjoy a beer from the local city brewery and try some regional fruit, vegetables or meat specialties. Several times a week you can visit a farmers market.

Villach’s medieval main square dates back to the 12th century and much of the historic architecture can still be seen as you explore hidden alleys and courtyards. The Stadtpfarrkirche is the city’s main church. It was built during the 14th and 15th centuries in a late gothic style and towers over the main square. The local Stadtmuseum (City Museum) showcases the town’s long history.

Main draws to the region are the numerous lakes and mountains surrounding the town. Within a half hour drive you can reach the shores of Lake Woerth (Woerthersee), Lake Ossiach (Ossiachersee) or Lake Faak (Faaker See). The scenic lakes are popular recreational destinations, mainly for swimming, boating and cycling.

Hike around the Dobratsch Mountain Nature Park during a ranger-guided excursion. You can reach the Dobratsch mountain via the “Villacher Alpenstrasse” a panoramic toll road with numerous vista stops along the way. The Gerlitzen mountain is best reached via a cable car overlooking Lake Ossiach and is a popular walking and hiking destination during summer, and skiing and snowboarding during winter.

Top hotels in Villach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Palais26
Hotel Palais26
4 out of 5
Hauptplatz 26, Villach, Carinthia
per night
2 Jan-3 Jan

Located in the heart of Villach, this historic hotel is steps away from Villach Main Square, Parish Church of St. Jakob and Villach City Museum. Congress Center ...

4/5Very Good! (233 reviews)

"I liked how it was at the center of everything!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019

Hotel Palais26
Hotel City Villach
Hotel City Villach
4 out of 5
Bahnhofplatz 3, Villach, Carinthia
per night
26 Dec-27 Dec

Located in the heart of Villach, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Kaernten Therme, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ossiacher Lake and Gerlitzen Ski Resort. Landskron ...

4.3/5Excellent! (256 reviews)

"Hotel City is perfect for the single traveller like myself. The rooms are perfectly comfortable, cleanliness is first class, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. It is modern and efficient but avoids the soulless character of many contemporary hotels."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Hotel City Villach
Wellness Hotel Seestuben
Wellness Hotel Seestuben
3 out of 5
Treffnerstraße 94, Villach
per night
6 Dec-7 Dec

Situated in Villach, this beach hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Villach Main Square and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Gerlitzen Ski Resort. Congress Center Villach and Parish ...

4/5Very Good! (47 reviews)

"The fact that it had a nudist garden should have been highlighted in the Expedia information. We had a direct view from our terrace fortunately it was coldsono sunbathers. If this is your choice great but it should be made obvious in the info. Also no elevator no coffee/tea in the room. When we checked ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 May 2019

Wellness Hotel Seestuben

Popular things to do in Villach

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5/5(1 review)

It’s a small world indeed at this fun and quirky attraction with scale models of the world’s most iconic landmarks all carefully made with the most intricate of details.

New Square
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New Square

4/5(4 reviews)

Look for the impressive Dragon Fountain in this square and you’ll know you’re in the center of Klagenfurt where you can see some of the city’s most notable buildings.

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4/5(1 review)

This impressive Italian Renaissance structure in the heart of Graz takes up almost an entire city block and includes the Zeughaus, the world’s largest arsenal of medieval weapons.

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