Apartments, Houses and Chalets for Sale in the town and district of Villach, Carinthia
Villach and the river Drau
Villach - The Town
Villach still has some late Medieval and Renaissance courts and burgher houses that tell the story of its commercial success in the middle ages. Later, many of these houses got Baroque facades, but the much older core can usually be easily recognised. Most of Villach′s town centre is pedestrianised, therefore, it is quite enjoyable to explore it on foot.
Villach in winter
The church tower or Stadtpfarrturm is open to visitors and will provide you will a stunning vista on the surrounding mountains – (the author prefers hiking the trails to viewing them from the church steeple).
Villach - Dobratsch
The most important attraction of Villach is probably the local spa, called the "Warmbad Villach"
Castles & History to Explore
There are several interesting castles nearby like Landskron and Finkenstein.
The castle, Schloss Landskron, offers great views on the region as well as Lake Ossichersee and has a show on falconry, featuring - you might have guessed - birds of prey and people in medieval-like costumes.
One of the most popular hiking destinations in the area is Mount Dobratsch
Mount Dobratsch in winter
Mount Dobratsch peaks in summer
In terms of traditional events, there are two occasions at which the attention of Austria moves upon Villach:
The Villacher Fasching or carnival (February) is a series of costume celebrations, parades and cabaret. The latter one is particularly famous and usually quite political and of rather national interest.
The other event is the Villacher Kirtag on the first weekend of August, with a lot of drinking, folk music, drinking, folk dance, drinking, traditional costumes, drinking, drinking and more drinking. The biggest event of its kind in the region, it tries to emphasize the connection between Carinthia and Italy as well as Slovenia.
Hiking, Skiing & other Sports near Villach
Villach is an excellent spot to explore some of Carinthia's most scenic spots. The lakes Ossiachersee and Faakersee (yes, pronounced: "fucker-say", there is also a town called "Faak", near the village called Egg) are great for all sorts of water-related sports and activities.
Mittagskogel northface with lake Faaker See in the foreground
Faaker See is a lake, which lies at an altitude of 556 m above sea level. Surrounded by the Karawanek peaks, it is one of the warmest and cleanest lakes in Carinthia (Austria). Communities by the lakeside: Finkenstein, Oberaichwald and Faak am See. The temperature of its turquoise waters reaches 27° C in summer. Fourteen bathing beaches guarantee fun for all.
To ensure peace of mind for tourists, lovers of water sports safety and water quality, a ban on the use of powered boats introduced. The possibility of surfing and sailing. For hiking enthusiasts over 300 km of marked hiking trails.
Villach - Ossiachersee
Annually, there is the European Harley Davidson enthusiasts rally held in the first half of September.
Villach - Afritz im Gegendtal
Villach - Feld am See in the Gegendtal valley