Austria / Carinthia / Villach Region:
Available this summer for the first time – from 1 May to 31 October 2015 – the Region Villach CARD entitles visitors to take part in various guided walks, bike tours, outdoor activities and cultural events free of charge.
May is a great month for cycling here. A variety of guided bike tours with transfers and exciting events cater for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The weekly MAIRAD (May cycling) programme starts on Mondays with a section of the cross-border three-country mountain bike tour from Lake Faak over the Jepza Pass to Slovenia and Italy. On Tuesdays you can take the bike bus to Spittal and ride back along the River Drau cycle path to Lake Ossiach. Manfred Tisal, a popular local comedian who appears in Villach’s carnival shows, is your guide for the Prosciutto Tour from Kranjska Gora via Tarvisio back to Faak on Wednesdays and the Polenta Tour to the Wiegele Mill in Nötsch and back on Fridays. Thursday tours are by bus from Lake Ossiach to Tarvisio and then back by bike, which is downhill most of the way. The weekly programme closes with walking tours of Villach’s historic town centre and humorous walks, also accompanied by Manfred Tisal, on Saturdays.
Not only in May, but also all summer long there is a bike butler on the River Drau cycle path in Villach. He will look after your bicycle while you go shopping or sightseeing. Other cycling highlights are traffic-free day on Lake Ossiach – 17 May, the Tour de Carinthia – from 19 to 24 May and the Alpe-Adria Bike Festival – from 19 to 21 June.
The Region Villach CARD’s SUMMER ACTIVITIES programme includes sport and local attractions. Here you can go walking, exploring and be amazed together. Qualified, certified Natur Aktiv Guides will take you along the scenic Alpe Adria Trail or on the family and health trail up Kanzianiberg. It is a unique chance to discover the great outdoors in the heart of Carinthia with all the senses. The guides will for example teach you to keep your eyes open and listen on Bleistätter Moor, a local bog, give you an insight into Rosa’s secret world of wonders on Lake Ossiach and reveal the points of interest in the Dobratsch nature park. Activities combine sport, outdoor experience and exploring the area such as climbing on the practice rock face, Lake Faak nature workout trail, reed belt walks, canoe tours, archery and jogging.
The AUTUMN DELIGHTS activities are aimed at showing you the region’s tranquil beauty and interesting heritage. Highlights include a walk along Bad Bleiberg’s historic mine trail, a guided climb on Kanzianiberg’s rock face or the feeling of being high up in the tree tops that you get in the forest ropes course on Taborhöhe. If you prefer quieter or more leisurely activities, you can go boating on turquoise Lake Faak, enjoy a guided evening walk through Villach’s old town, looking round and tasting in the citrus garden and seeing Ossiach Abbey and the Carinthian Music Academy.
The REGION VILLACH CARD is available free of charge for all visitors from participating accommodation providers in the Villach Region.
Information and bookings:
Region Villach Tourismus GmbH
Töbringer Str. 1 • 9523 Villach-Landskron, Austria
Tel: +43 / (0)4242 / 42000-0 • Fax ext: -42
You can find our digital picture archive at www.region-villach.at!