Experience culture in the Drau town
If you love culture, Villach is the place for you. In the Drau city you can take a leisurely stroll across the main square, which dates back to the 12th century, and marvel at the well-preserved monuments. You can discover numerous exciting museums or let yourself be enchanted by a play. For all film enthusiasts, there is also the possibility of visiting the town cinema or the "K3 Film Festival to visit.
Since 1985, the City of Villach has also been honouring particularly creative cultural achievements once a year, which sustainably enrich cultural and intellectual life. The Culture Prize of the City of Villach can be awarded to individuals, but also to associations and working groups.
Enjoy culture in the city's museums
Art washes the dust of everyday life from the soul. In Villach you will find art and culture as far as the eye can see. The Villach City Museum is the first port of call here. Its collections document the history, art and culture of the entire Villach area. Villach Castle serves as a branch of the City Museum.
In Schillerpark you will find the Relief of Carinthia, the largest topographical landscape sculpture in Europe, which depicts the province of Carinthia and the neighbouring regions. Other museum attractions in and around Villach include the vehicle museum, the doll museum and the mushroom museum.
Theatre in Villach
Theatre lovers will also get their money's worth in the Drau city. The Theatre of the "newbuehnevillach" is located in the city centre and focuses on contemporary drama and theatre with its finger on the pulse. The annual programme is supplemented by guest performances.
Another place to go is the "Kulturhof:villach". This is the city's cultural centre, which offers a space for alternative art and culture. The open gates invite culture enthusiasts to visit the area, linger and give free rein to creativity.
In the neighbouring village of Weißenstein you also have the chance to be carried away by the two amateur theatre groups.
Cultural events for the whole family
Villach is known far beyond the borders of the country for its events. Particularly popular are the Villacher Fasching, the Villacher Kirchtag and the Bike Festival at nearby Lake Faak. These festivals guarantee a carefree time with the whole family.
Absolutely recommendable is also the Carinthian Summer. The festival was founded in 1969 and is now one of the most important music and cultural festivals in Austria. It offers a stage to international artists, ensembles and orchestras, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Once a year Villach is also the venue for the famous "Honky Tonk" festivals. Music enthusiasts pay a one-time entrance fee and can then visit all participating venues in the city along with the performing bands. Freely according to the motto: Pay once - be there everywhere!
Other cultural sights
Landskron Castle with its eagle arena and monkey mountain is definitely worth a visit. Those who like to walk in historical footsteps should definitely visit the Roman Trail in Warmbad-Villach, which, according to popular myth, was laid out in Roman times. You will find it above the Napoleon meadow in the direction of Oberfederaun.
Historians should definitely take a look at the Paracelsushof. The house with its Renaissance arcades in the inner courtyard is considered the place of work of the famous physician and researcher Paracelsus and his father Wilhelm von Hohenheim. The façade is adorned with a memorial stone with two marble portraits, installed in 1896. Sports fans, on the other hand, are well catered for in the Villach City Hall in good hands. EC VSV plays its home games here, including the legendary Carinthian ice hockey derbies against KAC.