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Whatever spare time activity strikes your fancy, you will find it around Villach.

The meeting point of three European cultural regions is not only full of career opportunities, but you are also spoilt for choice when it comes to nature, entertainment, culture and fine cuisine.

Take a day trip to the picturesque Lagoon of Venice, stroll through the historic old town of Salzburg or climb the highest peaks of the Alps. A trip by car or on the country‘s modern trains will bring you to major European cities such as Ljubljana, Munich and Vienna in no time. Adventure will be right on your doorstep in your new home.

While the short distances to many European towns and sights certainly add to Villach’s appeal, the city’s immediate surroundings also offer a myriad of spare time activities. The region has been among the most popular vacation destinations in Central Europe for more than a century, attracting visitors with a high-class mixture of history, nature and adventure.

Especially sports enthusiasts and nature lovers will find the greater Villach area to be heaven on earth.

From swimming and cycling in summer to skiing and snowshoe hiking in winter, each season seems to offer an endless variety of activities suitable for both the young and the young at heart. A modern tourism infrastructure, such as the KärntenTherme spa with its unique architectural design, combined with the world-renowned culture of Austrian hospitality make Villach a wonderful spare time destination.

Culture aficionados will not be disappointed either: they can explore the eventful history of Europe at countless historic sites, stroll through museums and galleries or choose from a wide selection of events.

Once you have checked off your sports or culture program of the day, you can look forward to the Alps-Adriatic region’s culinary delights: authentic dishes from the area’s three countries as well as delicacies from all over the world. Going out for Italian food in Villach may very well mean embarking on a quick trip to Italy.

If you feel like doing some shopping in the course of such a culinary journey, you can go window-shopping in the historic old towns or bargain-hunting in the region’s numerous malls and outlet malls. Only one thing is for sure, you’ll never get bored.

WHERE THREE CULTURES MEET

Villach’s location at the point where three large influential European cultural regions merge is unparalleled.

Germanic, Romance and Slavic influences have left their mark on everyday life and surely also play a part in the local population’s cosmopolitan and vivacious spirit.

ALL OF VILLACH IS A STAGE

Villach’s locals love their celebrations. The Villach Carnival is famous around the world and the Kirchtag fair is the largest event celebrating traditional customs in Austria.

The “Carinthian Summer,” a music and culture festival featuring first-class performers, is known far across the borders.

The largest Harley Davidson meeting in Europe takes place in September and the Villach Christmas market is considered a special gem in the Alps region, drawing over a hundred thousand guests from Italy and Slovenia.

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