Villach - The best things to do near Villach!

 Villach is a city in Carinthia and with around 65,000 inhabitants it is the 7th largest city in Austria. It is remarkable that there are 5 Carinthian lakes in the urban area of Villach: Ossiacher See, Faaker See, Magdalensee, Vassacher See and Silber See. 

©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH,  Michael Stabentheiner

 In Villach there are many sights and destinations to experience. The best of them, which can be reached within 20 minutes by car (in normal traffic conditions) from Villach, are presented here:  

Familywald Ossiacher See (Family Park Lake Ossiach)

©Familywald Ossiacher See

 In the nature Adventure Park on more than 30,000 m² in the middle of an ancient beech forest there is a lot to experience for all age groups with spectacular views in the Familywald: 

©Familywald Ossiacher See - Übersicht

  •  1st TREENETS Adventure in Central Europe,
  •  1st forest roller coaster Fly-Line in Austria,
  • Treetop path in the beech forest
  • Climbing forest (Kletterwald) with over 150 exercises
  • Forest playground with adventure trail, knight's castle, pirate ship
  • Petting zoo, magicians, face painting, street performers at peak times
  • etc.

Villacher Alps - Dobratsch

©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH, Martin Hofmann

 The 2,166 m high local mountain in Villach has been a protected nature park since 2002. The 16.5 km long Villach Alpine Road takes you to the top, where there are numerous activities in Winter such as hiking trails from easy to difficult, cross-country skiing, ski tours or snowshoeing.  

Adlerarena Burg Landskron

©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH,  Mirek Feszanicz

 This bird of prey and owl park offers you a breathtaking 45-minute flight show. Get to know the habits of these special animals up close in the open air.  

Address: Schloßbergweg 30, 9523 Villach   

Abenteuer Affenberg

©Abenteuer Affenberg

 You will also find the largest monkey enclosure in Austria with 170 Japanese monkeys. On this guided tour through the monkey park, you can experience the group of monkeys live and watch them swim and dive and living their daily lives.  

Address: Schloßbergweg 30, 9523 Villach  

Kletterwald Ossiacher See

©Kletterwald Ossiacher See

 This climbing forest, which has received many awards, has over 150 elements and is one of the largest in Austria. This eventful excursion destination offers unforgettable experiences for children and adults from beginners to professionals.

Gerlitzen Alps

©Region Villach Tourismus GmbH,  Michael Stabentheiner

 Within only 10 minutes and 2 stops by S-Bahn - the Gerlitzen Alpe is the hiking destination for the whole family in the heart of Carinthia. The summit is at approx. 1,900 m and the Gerlitzen Alpe is a popular ski area in winter and an international hotspot for paragliders in summer.  


Address: Kanzelplatz 2, 9520 Annenheim   

Boat Rides from Villach

©Kaernten Werbung, Michael Stabentheiner

Unfortunately, the Drau Boat Ride, directly in Villach, was discontinued at the end of 2019. Since then there is still the possibility to choose from 2 boats on Lake Ossiach (MS Ossiach and MS Gerlitze) to experience the nearby Lake Ossiach.  


Address: Ship pier, 9570 Ossiach   

Warmbad Villach - Carinthia Spa

©Kärnten Therme Warmbad-Villach, Chirstian Schellander

 The Warmbad Villach is Carinthia's most modern thermal spa and offers a perfect ambience all year round for children looking for adventure, enthusiastic competitive swimmers, and offers sauna and wellness as well.  


Address: Kadischenallee 25, 9504 Villach   

The best sights and excursion destinations near Villach:

  • Familywald Ossiacher See
  • Villach Alps - Dobratsch
  • Adlerarena Burg Landskron
  • Abenteuer Affenberg
  • Kletterwald Ossiacher See
  • Gerlitzen Alps
  • Boat Rides
  • Warmbad Villach - Carinthia Spa

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