Romance is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up soon. In order to help you decide on where to take your date, we’ve got a selection of romantic things to do in Villach especially for you. Some ideas may not be your style, but we’re hoping you will find an idea that is perfect for your romantic plans.
Explore Villach’s culinary scene with an enjoyable meal at one of the region’s many excellent restaurants. Located in one of the oldest inns in Carinthia is Der Tschebull in Egg am Faaker See, a restaurant that focuses on modern interpretations of classic Austrian dishes. At Stiftsschmiede in Ossiach, you can enjoy fish fresh from the lake paired with the region’s best seasonal produce while dining in the historic blacksmith quarters of the Ossiach Abbey. Meat lovers are sure to enjoy a meal at Villach’s Heizhaus, a restaurant that prioritizes high-quality beef and prepares an excellent beef tartare. On a budget? Enjoy a piping hot pizza from Panperfoccacia where you can enjoy authentic Italian pizza at a great price.
Take a break and relax with a loved one with a spa day. At the Kärnten Therme in Warmbad, there are plenty of options to be pampered. Try a couples massage or let off steam in the sauna. From January to May and from September to December, the Kärnten Therme hosts the popular Full Moon Sauna Night where guests can enjoy special sauna infusions, unique dining offers, and the option for some nude swimming. Now that sounds like an interesting date for sure ;-).
Mood lighting, hip seating, and delicious cocktails set the mood for a romantic evening. Plus, a cocktail bar is a great location for a casual and fun first date. For a classy evening, we recommend the upscale LAGANA bar located in the Holiday Inn Villach. With its location on the Drau river, LAGANA bar has stunning views of the mountains near Villach. If you’re looking for something more casual, try the modern Anna Neumann bar in the Villach city center. With its wide selection of cocktails, there’s something for everyone.
Keep it traditional with a date night at the cinema. Although seeing a film together is a common date, there are films shown in Villach that can turn the evening into something unexpected. At Stadtkino Villach, it is possible to see unique films that offer a different point of view such as the Surf Film Night happening on February 12th. The Villach Kletterhalle has even hosted its own film events such as the Reel Rock film fest about mountain climbing. Don’t forget the popular Kino in English film series at Stadtkino Villach where people can vote on Facebook for the English language films they want to see on the big screen.
Spending time outdoors is more enjoyable with a loved one. Outdoor dates can be a lot of fun and there are so many options to choose from in Villach. For sports lovers, there’s something for every season such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, swimming, and more. If you’re looking for something less active, pack a picnic and go to the park together. Make a delicious meal even more memorable by enjoying it surrounded by natural beauty. For an unforgettable evening, go stargazing on the Dobratsch mountain, just be sure to bring plenty of blankets to stay warm.
If you have any additional romantic date ideas in Villach, please let us know. Everyone can agree, that it's important to spread the love.
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.