ALPINE LAKES EXPERIENCE
The area around Villach, with its perfectly accessible location, is one of the most attractive meetings destinations in the wider region. Villach is an open minded city, especially well known for it’s festivals and parties. It is blessed with romantic and picturesque lakes, trekking, endless bike tracks, golf and excellent meetings capacities. In the winter time it continues to reach out with snow-topped mountains for skiing, incentive programmes, wine and an excellent food offer.
Given its important geographic location, Villach has always been an attractive regional shopping centre and it continues to be so with the new ATRIO centre located at the crossroads of Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli, which acts as a completely new type of thematic shopping centre where it is also possible to organise events. With its thematic standpoint uniting three countries, languages and cultures, it is an ultra-modern incarnation of the regional spirit bringing together three cultural circles.
A city by the river Drava
Carinthia’s main river is the Drava, which enters the wide valley at Villach. In the city it is joined by the river Zilja and making its way through the centre of Villach to Baško Lake, it then runs alongside many natural beauties. You can really get to feel the essence of the river by catching a boat that stops just beneath the Congress Centre Villach, gliding past the new symbol of the city and under the most beautiful bridge in Carinthia.
Land of lakes
Carinthian lakes are known for crystal clear water, which is pleasantly warm because of the almost Mediterranean climate. For over 40 years the closest city lake, Osojsko, has hosted a series of concerts and events. Wide waterfront areas radiate liveliness and invite you to take a promenade. Other nearby lakes with an interesting tourist and congress offer are the Faaker See, Silbersee, Vassacher See, Magdalensee and St. Leonhard See. In a relatively small area there are a number of diverse and different lakes.
Back to nature – Weissensee
A very special Carinthian lake, Weissensee (white lake) is the highest glacial lake in Europe. In winter it turns into Europe’s biggest natural ice area, which makes it an even more appealing tourist attraction. On an icy surface of 6.5 km2 you will find ice-skaters from all over the globe, competing or just ice-skating for personal pleasure. The lake lies in the middle of the Alps, in a deep, narrow valley. It is a perfect example of a green destination.
Villach – The Thermal Spa resort of Carinthia
In 2012 came the long awaited ‘The Thermal Spa Resort of Warmbad Villach’, which was the icing on the cake for the whole Carinthian tourist offer. The most modern water park, alongside Hotel Karawankenhof (which is conected to the older, prestige Warmbaderhof hotel) can take pride in its good results and excellent visitor levels.
Local events worth a visit – Advent time fair in Villach
One of the prettiest (and also nearest) advent fairs has to be the one in Villach, which delights visitors from the 22nd of November. The Villach Traditional Advent, the traditional part of the fair, takes place on wooden stands around the city parish church. On the Hauptplatz, the main square, a Villach Culinary Advent takes place. A cultural part of the December offer also takes place in the Parkhotel.
Active incentive programes – Nassfeld: the best Carnithian Ski Resort
Thanks to its location and microclimate the Ski Resort Nassfeld is not only the place with the highest guaranteed snow in the Alps, but also the place with the most sunshine hours (850 per season). It falls into the top ten ski resorts in Austria and offers the biggest sunshine terrace in the Alps. It is also rich in incentive programmes, which are attractive in the winter as well as in the summer.
Biggest Carnithian congress centre – Congress centre Villach
The Congress Centre Villach (CCV) was built in 1971 and totaly refurbished just a few years back. The prominent building by the river Drava is the central congress scene of the region, with its large Joseph Resch hall that can hold up to 1,060 participants. A major advantage of the congress centre is the direct connection to the Holiday Inn hotel and the city centre location. Besides the main hall there are 11 small seminar halls available and a spacious lobby for exhibitions, with a surface area of 1,600 m2. For organising events in Carinthia you can also choose amongst various congress hotels. Kaernten Convention will help you choose the right location at their convention bureau, which has been successfullly working for many years. They are your first information point for the congress offer of the region.
Special Open Venue – Finkenstein Arena
Above the Faaker lake you can find the best known Carinthian special venue with an open arena and an event hall. The arena was built on a castle garden in 1980 and quickly became a buzzing Carinthian concert scene. It offers space for up to 1,150 participants and a covered hall with excellent acoustics, should there be bad weather. The covered event hall can host 1,500 participants.
WHAT'S HOT IN 2016
One of the biggest Harley Davidson events in the world takes place around Faaker lake at the beginning of September. More than 70,000 fans meet and celebrate for an entire week. The Harley Davidson Parade, which goes through the centre of Villach, forms the highlight of the event.
The unique multi-media content will provide you with wonderful insights about the attractions in the region of Villach, especially on the City Tour Villach. During spring, summer and fall there is a huge variety of walks, hiking, cycling and bike tours, as well as running and nordic walking routes. You will also find all the stages of the famous Alpe-Adria-Trail.
The magic of Christmas is Advent in the Villach Region. With all its bewitching smells and tastes. Such a festive atmosphere is only to be found in the heart of Carinthia.
Pacheiner observatory is located on the summit of Gerlitzen at an altitude of 1,900 metres and is the most modern and best equipped of any hotel in the country. The pride of the Pacheiner observatory is one of the largest telescopes open to the public in Austria. A look into the depths of the universe – an enthralling experience for all ages.
Austria’s largest citrus garden
Do you know where the lemons blossom? Italy? No, the Villach Region! On Lake Faak you will find Austria’s largest citrus collection in Michael Ceron’s citrus garden. With over 240 varieties and 2,000 plants up to four metres high.
QUALITY MEETINGS DESTINATION
5 – excellent meetings destination
4 – quality meetings destination
3 – reccommendable meetings destination
2 – average meetings destination
1 – so so
|VILLACH INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2016|
|Natural and cultural factors:||4,48|
|General and transport infrastructure:||4,12|
|Numbeo quality of life Index:||4,90|
|Global Peace Index:||4,79|
BEST INCENTIVE IDEA
COMPARISION WITH THE REGION
Villach is the second largest city of Carinthia and its tourist sights attract an enormous amount of visitors. Villach has also become established as a small Silicon Valley in the Alps, with an international character reflected in the town’s infrastructure.
The main reason for a meetings industry in this part of Austria are the numerous incentive programmes, all of which you can engage with in a very clean enviroment. The most charming aspects are the Carnithian way of life, cultural diversity and a general sense of casualness. In our opinion the main advantages are the size and the feeling of familarity, along with a modern congress infrastructure. Locals also like to emphasise the border location, sat at the crossroads of three nations, which hasn’t been totally picked up in a congress sense.
It is an inspiring mixture of meeting facilities, atmosphere, modernism and a high quality of life and services at any time of the year.
Natural, homemade and traditional are the words to describe the culinary specialities of region. They are especially proud of their unique eating habits and dishes. The mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean air serves up smoked ham and cheese even more aromatic and delicious than usual. You must also try the salmon from Ziljska valley, or the tasty meat of a Carinthian mountain Ox.