Holidays in the Villach-Faaker See-Ossiacher See region
The Villach-Faaker See-Ossiacher See region in Austria’s southernmost Province stands for breathtaking mountains, crystal-clear lakes, a mild climate, friendly people, innumerable leisure time activities throughout the year and an almost Mediterranean atmosphere. It is home to the Dobratsch Nature Park with an average 45 days of sunshine between November and January. Gerlitzen Alpe and Dreiländereck lend themselves to Alpine skiing, while the Dobratsch Nature Park makes a paradise for backcountry skiing and cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Thanks to an inspiring blend of sports, culture and culinary highlights Villach and its surroundings have become a popular holiday destination for the old and young.
Fabulous summer break
Ringed by mighty peaks and gently rolling hills, the lakes of the Villach / Faaker See and Ossiacher See areas are the most popular summer destinations in Austria’s southernmost Province. They benefit from a mild climate and an unrivaled sunshine record. Lake Faak is renowned for its turquoise waters. It attracts swimming enthusiasts of all ages, and families with toddlers in particular. Lake Ossiach, the longest lake in the area, is highly popular among those who love fishing and all kinds of water sports. Here, cycling perfectly combines with water pleasures.
Innumerable trails for walking and hiking wind their ways across lush meadows, gently rolling hills and past inviting mountain lodges and restaurants. Golf aficionados love the Schloss Finkenstein 18-hole golf course. Villach and its surroundings also make a fine destination for cyclists, allowing them to combine exercise with an unparalleled nature experience. There are plenty of routes and trails to suit people of all ages and ambitions. Among the region’s highlights is the 27-kilometer route along the shores of Lake Ossiach, which also offers access to the Drau cycling route. Visiting Carinthia, you’d better not miss out on a stroll through charming Villach with its winding alleys and Mediterranean climate.
Winter at its finest
Dreiländereck Mountain is shared equally by Austria, Italy and Slovenia. The ski area boasts a reliable snow cover, sunshine in abundance, 17 kilometers of immaculate ski runs, a Kiddy Snow Land, a free ski kindergarten and an 8.4-kilometer sledge track.
Gerlitzen Alpe comes with 25 kilometers of slopes for skiers of all ages and ambitions, including the Stella Ronda challenge, a circuit comprising certain ski lifts and slopes. Twelve cozy mountain restaurants and pubs tempt skiers to drop in for a meal or drink and linger for a while.
The former ski area at Dobratsch has become a popular destination among backcountry skiing buffs. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains in the course of a leisurely winter walk. Winter campers are most welcome at Lake Ossiach. And the best thing about a winter break in the Villach-Faaker See-Ossiacher See area is that visitors enjoy free transportation to the ski area from all towns and villages at Lake Ossiach, i.e. from Ossiach, Steindorf, Bodensdorf, Sattendorf and Annenheim.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
Unparalleled summer experience for familiesLonging for holidays in tune with nature, for holidays in a friendly and hospitable environment?
Villach and its surroundings offer it all - and even more! There are nine lovely lakes embedded in a picture postcard mountain scenery, offering all kinds of water sports including water skiing and sailing.
The Gerlitzen, Verditz, Dreiländereck and Dobratsch mountains stand for outdoor sports and action: rock climbing, paragliding, walking and hiking, romantic moonlight tours, and a lot more.
Charming Villach is the very heart of the region. It is the perfect destination for (window) shoppers, culture vultures, and those interested in arts and architecture (marvel at the beautiful Renaissance buildings!). Drop in at some of the lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants on Hauptplatz.
Having spent the day out exploring Villach, there is nothing to beat a few moments of relaxation at the Warmbad-Villach or KärntenTherme spa centers. The latter is Austria's most modern spa with fitness, fun and spa facilities.
The entire region boasts numerous attractions and places of interest to keep the whole family entertained.
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The Gerlitzen and Dreiländereck ski areas (the latter touches the borders to Italy and Slovenia) offer perfect conditions for beginners, advanced and professional skiers. Villach at the River Drau lends itself to (window) shopping, pub-crawling, dining and a lot more! Off-piste activities include back-country skiing, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing at the Dobratsch Nature Sanctuary. In addition, you can explore the lively town of Villach and get an impression of the heartfelt hospitality it is famous for. The Warmbad-Villach spa center leaves nothing to be desired: There are numerous facilities and attractions for a fun day out for families. Enjoy outstanding spa pleasures at the KärntenTherme Warmbad-Villach spa center, featuring cutting-edge health, fitness and relaxation facilities.