Villach is a large spa and mountain resort located in the Alps near the border with Italy and Slovenia. It is known primarily as a winter sports center, in the vicinity of which several popular ski stations operate.
The buildings of Villach lying on the Drawa do not have many monuments to offer. However, there is the picturesque Old Town with a promenade and many cafes, as well as riverside boulevards shaded by trees, which is a popular place for walks. The city also has rich resources of mineral and thermal waters, on the basis of which the ThermenResort Warmbad-Villach swimming pool was opened, equipped with pools at different temperatures, spa and wellness facilities and steam caves. Villach is considered one of the most important Austrian spas.
However, the city is best known as a ski resort. In its immediate vicinity, on the slopes of the Alps, there are four ski stations (Gerlitzen, Faaker See, Verdtz and Dreiländerck) equipped with ski slopes of varying difficulty, snowparks, snowboarding tracks as well as service and catering facilities. There are also several dozen kilometers of pistes for cross-country skiing enthusiasts. In Villach there is also a ski jump, where international competitions can be played.