If you’re looking to get away from it all, you might want to consider Villach, Austria as your destination of choice. Not only is this charming town located in the middle of a valley and surrounded by beautiful green hills, but it also has plenty of spectacular places to visit that are sure to mesmerize you. From natural wonders to cultural centers, Villach has something for everyone!
The City Hall of the city is located in a square called Dreiplan. It was built from 1802 to 1806 and it has beautiful architecture. The two-story building has a façade decorated with sculptures and reliefs, as well as 12 statues depicting noblemen. Villach is a beautiful town full of amazing architecture, natural beauty, and mesmerizing destinations worth exploring. For those interested in going on an adventure through this enchanting area, make sure you visit these top three places: Vienna Woods, Schladming Dachstein Glacier ski resort, and Lienz Dolomites. All are equally stunning and are perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Take some time to explore the natural beauty and mesmerizing destinations that this region has to offer. You won’t regret it!
The main attractions in Villach include other historical sites such as St Michael’s Church and Fortress Hart, where many important historical events have taken place. Don’t miss out on experiencing all that Villach has to offer—you certainly won’t be disappointed!
The Wine Museum
A building of glass and concrete and warmth, this museum provides an intimate look into Austrian wine culture. It’s a journey through centuries of European winemaking traditions, with fascinating exhibits for all ages. The crown jewel is the 100-year-old grape press, which you can climb up on for a firsthand view of how wine was made at that time. One of my favorite displays is the antique tablecloth featuring detailed embroidery depicting grapes, grape vines, and other symbols of the harvest season. Another beautiful space to enjoy some wine (although there are also light snacks available) is at Restaurant Felsenkeller. Here guests can sit by themselves or gather together to enjoy local dishes such as Fiakergulasch or Vegetable noodles. My personal favorites are the Pfarrhof bread and Grieskirchen curd cheese served with apple jam. There’s plenty of time to take it all in before heading over to one of many nearby waterfalls including Schlögener falls and Alteckendorf waterfall. For those who want more adventure, kayaking is another great way to explore the area! With access points located throughout town, you’ll have easy access to Lake Faak and the Drava River.
Located near the city center of Villach, Tuchlaube Park is one of my favorite places to take a walk or even for a picnic. It provides many amazing views of beautiful nature and is full of cool spots to explore like tiny waterfalls, pools and grottos. The park is best-known for its botanical gardens that showcase many different varieties of plants from all over the world. In addition, they also have an extensive arboretum with over 600 species of woody plants and trees. For something really interesting, you can visit the tropical greenhouse where you will find palm trees, banana leaves and other exotic plants indigenous to warm climates around the world. There are also plenty of animals living in the zoo on site which includes monkeys, giraffes, bears and more! I’ve been to this place many times now and it never gets old. I love going there anytime of year because it’s always so beautiful and peaceful. If you’re ever visiting Villach, I would highly recommend taking a trip here to see some mesmerizing sights!
The main square or Hauptplatz Platz in this town is as beautiful as it is exciting. The area is filled with fountains, trees, and very old buildings, where on any given day you can see young couples sitting outside at cafes chatting away while families gather around a fountain to have an ice cream cone. If you are into visiting museums, then make sure that the Schloss Mirabell Museum (located on the northern side of Hauptplatz) is your first stop. There are many statues of different sizes and ages located throughout the museum’s halls which are just waiting for visitors to explore them. Outside of the Hauptplatz there are several more castles that tourists can visit including: Burg Hohenwerfen, Burg Kreuzenstein, and Lichtenegg Castle. However, if you’re looking for some of the best restaurants, bars, and nightlife scenes in all of Austria; head over to the Trieste District! Wienstraße Street: While wandering down Wienstraße Street, one might feel like they are walking through a long Vienna street. Filled with shops, tourist destinations, hotels, and tons of local life—there is always something happening on this street! For example, every Saturday morning there is an open-air market that hosts hundreds of vendors selling clothes, art pieces, pottery handiworks, and much more.
Events During the Day
Villach is a city that’s filled with delicious cafés, gorgeous cafes, and some of those enchanting gardens that’ll make you want to stay for another glass of wine. If you’re looking for more of a nightlife experience, though, this could be your ideal destination. All night long you can enjoy drinks at many different clubs and pubs. From electronic dance music to more traditional live concerts to live theater performances, this is one place where there’s something for everyone. The Theater an der Drautalbahn, just outside of town, provides an outdoor setting that’s perfect for any time of year.
The Cafe Baumgarten is located in a garden just off the main square and offers both indoor and outdoor seating, making it perfect for any season. The inside has an incredible rustic look while the outside will give you that cozy feeling – perfect if you need to escape from all the hustle and bustle. They serve great coffee and homemade cakes as well as other tasty treats, like sandwiches and salads. For a more upscale dining experience, check out Geierstube. The food here is absolutely mouthwatering!
Museums at Night
One of our favorite things to do is go out and explore at night. One great place to check out is Museums at Night. They provide a schedule of what museums will be open late, where they are located, how much they cost, and which ones are free!
They always seem to have something interesting happening at every museum, so it’s not too hard to find something that interests you. You can also use this opportunity to take advantage of all the events going on. The Bounce event at Technisches Museum has been really popular lately, but we haven’t had a chance to try it yet. Tickets for Bounce start from €8, but there are plenty of other options as well like Foggy Nights or Outdoor Cinema. The list goes on! If you want more information about these events, head over to their website.
The festival features art installations by artists from around the world including France, Croatia, Bulgaria and Spain. The works include video projections and music performances among others. Plus if you’re hungry (or thirsty) there are food trucks available to satisfy your cravings throughout the festival grounds.