The boat restaraunt

The boat restaraunt

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Villach is the second largest city in the Austrian state of Carinthia. Villach is a railway gateway to most parts of Austria as well as the Italian border. Its carnival is famously broadcast on public television throughout Austria. It's quite old, with roots back in Roman times (when the city was called Santicum). The city was heavily bombed in World War II, destroying many parts of the city.



Sights and Activities

  • Villacher Fahrzeugmuseum, an automobil museum clos to the motorway A2 and A11 interchange, Ferdinand Wedenig Straße 9, 9500 Villach.
  • Burg Landskron - a medival castle, which burned down in the 19th century. There is now a quite good restaurant. About 7 kilometres from Villach on a hill above the Ossiacher See (lake), take the Postbus 5177 until Villach St.Andrä turnoff Ossiach and walk up the hill.



Events and Festivals

Villacher Kirchtag every year since 1930 in the first week of August in the festively decorated old town with music, food, drink and amusement park.



Getting There

By Plane

The closest airport is Klagenfurt, more possibileties from Vienna or Munich.

By Train

Villach is in Austria a imortant railway station with trains go from Vienna, Graz (bus is faster), Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Linz, Innsbruck, Bregenz and international connections to Munich, Zurich, Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb.

By Car

If you are coming from north, take the A10 Tauernautobahn. If you are coming from east (Graz,Vienna) take the A2 Südautobahn. If you are planning to go from Slovenia, take the A11 Karawankenautobahn. If you are arriving from Italy also take the A2 Südautobahn. The motorway around Villach has two exits at Faakersee which takes you to the centre of the city and Ossiachersee which takes you to the north of the city.

By Bus

Flixbus has buses to Germany, Italy, Slowenia, Croatia and Prague but not to other Austrian towns. ÖBB has buses to Venice and Graz (train to Klagenfurt then bus, usually the fastest connection).

By Boat

There is a boat down to St. Niklas an der Drau, 10 kilometers and 1 hour, with brunch or dinner, from € 9,50 without the food.



Getting Around

It's a quite small town, so it is easy to get around on foot. Taxis can be found near the railway station and in the centre of the city near Hauptplatz. Federal buses go to the surrounding area from the local Busbahnhof (busterminal, a few minutes away from the railway station). Local busline no.10 (operated by a company called Kowatsch) goes around the historic city centre. Getting around by car can be tiring since parking space is rare during weekdays and traffic jams at business hours are very common. During weekdays parking fees are charged in most areas around the centre of the city.




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Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.


For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.


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