How to Beat Villach's Summer Heat

Chelsea Navarro


Summertime is full of fun events and activities, but when the weather gets hot, knowing where to cool down is important. The great weather and plentiful sunshine is part of what makes Villach a summer holiday destination. But if you need a break from the warm summer days, here are some ways to beat the heat in style!

Go for a swim at one of the region’s lakes

Did you know that there are more than 200 lakes in the state of Carinthia? In the Villach region, there are 9 refreshing lakes for you to choose from. Visit the region’s largest lake, the Ossiachersee, for a dip in its emerald green waters. Or how about the warm waters of the Faakersee lake which can reach up to 27°C temperatures in the summer?

Indulge with gelato

Was it “a gelato a day keeps the doctor away?” or was it apples? In our opinion, a gelato a day may not keep the doctor away, but it does help with the summer heat. In the Villach city center, there are many gelato shops to choose from. Stop by Villacher summer favorites like Il Gelato, Gelateria Italiana by Luis, and Eis Boutique Bepo or make your own sundae at MU.

Shop at the Atrio

Cool down with a day of shopping at the air-conditioned Atrio shopping mall in Villach. The Atrio frequently hosts interesting events and big shopping sales. Who knows - you might find some “hot” deals.

Relax in the shade with a cool beverage

Thirsty? Enjoy the Austrian summer favorite Eiskaffee at one of the many cafes in the Villach city center. The delicious combination of ice, coffee, and cream makes the Eiskaffee a decadent treat that is sure to cool you down. Another option is to relax in the shade of a big chestnut tree at the Annenhof or Villacher Brauhof beer gardens. Our tip - head to the beer garden around sunset for a relaxing end to the day.

Picnic or grill by the river

Pack a picnic and call your friends for a perfect summer meal along the river Drau. Along the Draupromenade and at the Wassenboden park, there are plenty of spots to set up a picnic. Not sure what to bring? Here are our recommendations for the perfect Carinthian picnic. Would you rather grill instead? Enjoy a fun afternoon of grilling at the Rast and Grillplatz near the river Gail in Villach (Gailtal-Schattseiten Landesstraße, 9634). Its location next to the river makes it a cool spot for barbecuing.

No matter how you beat the heat, you’re sure to make plenty of memories this summer in Villach.

About the author

Chelsea Navarro is an American expat from California, USA.

She has lived in Villach with her partner and dog since February, 2016. She enjoys exploring the Austrian wilderness, drinking Villacher beer and traveling around Europe.

Chelsea blogs about her adventures and life in Villach at and twice per month here at

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