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Dobratsch Nature Park Welcome to the Region Villach! A business town of innovation and energy – that’s how Villach, the metropolis by the River Drau, can be described. You’ll find an ideal mix of regional and international influences, a place in which comfort and vitality complement each other perfectly. All of this makes Villach so popular as a meeting place. With its Congress Center Villach, the largest in Carinthia, Villach has been making a name for itself as a conference town for years. The region also offers other attractive venues with individual charm and a high standard of service that can be adapted to every demand, as well as a large choice of top hotels and restaurants. Both the variety of tradition and culture and the choice of leisure activities in summer and winter round off the region’s offer and make the area in the heart of Carinthia the ideal location for your event. View over Lake Faaker See CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_2


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Villach Convention Bureau: Individual support and professional services provided from a single source – the contact for your event in and around Villach! Whether you’re organizing a meeting, incentive or convention – we guarantee the best support and solutions for the planning and realization of your event. We offer:  Support in choosing the perfect event location  Complete hotel management – we act as a central booking office • Contractual negotiations with hotels • Preparation of hotel list, registration and hotel booking forms (even online) • Processing of room reservations • Confirmation for the participants / organizers • Invoicing – individual settlement of bills with participants or the organizing company  Suggestions for and organization of additional activities and evening programs  Assistance in establishing contacts with shuttle services  Preparation of free information folders about the region for your convention documents  Site inspections prior to the event date for better decision-making You’re planning an event? I’m looking forward to your inquiry! Laura de Monte Region Villach Tourismus GmbH T: +43 / (0)4242 / 42 000 – 53 E: demonte@region-villach.at CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_3


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Exterior view hotel and CCV High-level conferencing! Hotel terrace CONGRESS CENTER VILLACH (CCV) is one of the most innovative and attractive convention venues in Austria in the centre of three cultures. Organizers of national and international congresses and conferences, business events, product presentations as well as cultural and social events for up to 2,000 people will find a perfect environment. The combination of modern architecture, pleasant ambience, a multifunctional flexible room concept, the latest technology as well as catering and hotel facilities on the highest level make the CCV a unique convention destination. The hotel with 130 rooms and suites is directly connected to the CCV and offers its guests four-star superior luxury. Amenities inclu- de free WLAN throughout the hotel and conference area as well as entry to the 800 m² large Vitality Club (a spa facility with sauna, sanarium, steam bath and relaxation zones) to ensure an enjoyable stay. CATERING An array of catering requirements - ranging from stand catering, coffee breaks and stand-up buffets to exquisite gala dinners - can all be taken care of by the fantastic culinary offerings of the multifunctional two-toque awarded hotel restaurant. As the hotel’s gourmet restaurant Lagana is only a short distance away, it is also an attractive alternative for à la carte lunches, dinners, business meals etc. For detailed menu and buffet suggestions as well as seminar packages, see the banquet folder at www.congress-villach.at. LOCATION Situated at the very heart of the city on the banks of the River Drau, the Congress Center Villach offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape. The Nikolai parking garage with 200 spaces is directly connected to the CCV and the hotel. Villach’s train station is around 300 meters away and just a 5 minutes’ walk. The CCV can be reached quickly and easily from all of Villach‘s motorway exits. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_4


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Gottfried-von-Einem-Saal Main entrance CCV SEMINAR ROOMS The Congress Center Villach is perfectly equipped to accommodate up to 1,000 delegates at seminars and conferences and up to 2,000 people at social events. Located on three levels, there is a choice of 20 different rooms (seating from 10 up to 1,060 participants) available, which are remarkably combinable for a range of meeting solutions. Three additional bright and welcoming foyers with a total area of 1,600 m² make the perfect venue for receptions, buffets during the breaks or even trade shows. Congress Center Villach support facilities at a glance • Information desk for registration, cloakrooms • Restaurant, first aid room, goods elevator • Organizers’ office • Interpreting system with infrared transmission for up to 4 languages with interpreting booths • Projector and screen in all rooms • Fully air-conditioned • Natural daylight in all rooms except Josef-Resch-Saal • Modern audio and lighting technology • Flexible stage elements • Adjustable stage (40 m²) for use as apron stage, orchestra pit or podium – in Josef-Resch-Saal • 114 m² main stage with 13 fly systems and professional stage technology – in Josef-Resch-Saal GREEN MEETING In July 2013, the Congress Center Villach was awarded the Austrian eco-label as the first conference and events centre in southern Austria! It can now certify events as “Green Meetings“ or “Green Events“. This means that piles of rubbish are avoided and regional products are used in gastronomy. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_5


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CAPACITIES Space in m2 Classroom Conference Banquet Josef-Resch-Saal with balcony 910 Josef-Resch-Saal without balcony 653 1060 670 450 300 350 350 Gottfried-von-Einem-Saal 533 Gottfried-von-Einem-Saal north 265 Gottfried-von-Einem-Saal south 252 530 210 210 300 120 120 400 180 180 Draublick gallery 105 Meeting room 1 – Ingeborg Bachmann 58 Meeting room 2 – Kiki Kogelnik (2nd floor) 58 Meeting room 3 – Christine Lavant (3rd floor) 58 Meeting room 4 – Alban Berg I 146 Meeting room 5 – Alban Berg II 146 80 40 40 40 80 80 50 30 30 30 40 40 80 - Foyer, basement 538 Foyer, ground floor 762 Foyer, upper floor 545 - - - - - - - Drau 1, 2, 3 (separately) 65 Drau 1+2 or 2+3 133 Drau 1–3 194 Drau 1–4 262 66 110 180 - 33 66 95 - 40 80 120 180 4 meeting rooms (separable) 36 (Suresnes, Udine, Bamberg, Villach) - - - Drau rooms in hotel Foyer Josef-Resch-Saal CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_7


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Carinthian Music Academy Ossiach Landskron Castle Stone House in Steindorf/Lake Ossiacher See We offer the ideal location for your event! Whatever your heart desires. Be it a gala dinner in an elegant ambience, jazz in the Sudhauskeller brewery cellar, cocktail and sunset cruising on a boat, a rustic alpine experience or the medieval flair of a castle – the Region Villach offers the right option for every taste! Location Stadthalle Villach Congress Center Villach Carinthian Music Academy Ossiach Bambergsaal (former Parkhotel) Landskron Castle Drau River cruise Lake Ossiacher See cruise Stone House in Steindorf/Lake Ossiacher See Edelweißhütte hut - Gerlitzen Kunsthaus Sudhaus (Villach brewery) Finkenstein Castle arena Rosstratte hut – Dobratsch Max. people 4,500 2,000 500 350 350 200 200 200 200 + 150 outdoors 160 150 + 250 outdoors 120 + 120 outdoors Open km to center Websites year round 0 www.stadthalle.villach.at year round 0 www.congress-villach.at year round 15 www.die-cma.at year round 0 www.villach.at end of May – end of September 5 www.burg-landskron.at May – October 0 www.drau-schifffahrt.at May – October 9 www.ossiachersee-schifffahrt.at May – September 17 www.steinhaus-domenig.at summer and winter season 22 www.edelweiss-huette.com year round 0 www.villacher.com/kunsthaussudhaus May – September 12 www.burgarena.at year round 20 www.rosstratte.at CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_8


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Villach Nikolai Square Villach Main Square Villach’s fair couple We find the right accommodation according to your’requirements! OVERVIEW CAPACITIES: Right at Congress Center Villach: 1 hotel ****Superior 134 rooms In the city center (within walking distance to the Congress Center): 4 hotels **** 3 hotels *** Inns and guesthouses 288 rooms 95 rooms 150 rooms In the region 1 hotel ***** 30 hotels **** 132 hotels *** B&Bs and inns 99 rooms 1.362 rooms 1.827 rooms All the accommodation options listed are a maximum of 20 minutes away from Congress Center Villach. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_9


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Winter evening mood over Villach KärntenTherme spa View of Ossiach Region Villach - incredibly diverse offerings for supporting programs Nestled at the heart of Carinthia, the Region Villach holds a wealth of opportunities for multifaceted activities: the town of Villach with its Mediterranean flair, majestic mountains, crystal-clear lakes and the new KärntenTherme spa are all within easy reach. It is this variety that gives us the option to provide flexible and individual side programs to complement your event. Get into the MOOD for the Region Villach with the following examples! CLASSIC OR THEMED CITY TOUR IN VILLACH Come along and discover the historic old town center at its beautiful best. Follow your guide on a panoramic tour and let the town’s ancient alleyways and idyllic arcade courts enchant you while you hear lots of interesting facts and stories. A number of special tours focus on a variety of Villach related topics. DRAU RIVER AND LAKE OSSIACHER SEE CRUISE Whether you are planning some kind of celebration, your own get-together or simply want to enjoy a cruise along the River Drau or on Lake Ossiacher See, a boat tour is always a special experience! Wouldn‘t it be nice sitting on the deck of a boat, the sun shining and shimmering on the water surface, and a pleasant breeze stroking your face while Villach’s old town passes by like a Renaissance stage setting? Enjoy one of Austria’s most beautiful landscapes at Lake Ossiacher See, Carinthia’s third-largest lake, north of Villach. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_10


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Border triangle Eagle show Monkey Mountain Adventure Landskron “THREE COUNTRIES IN A SINGLE DAY“ Breakfast in Villach, lunch in the Friuli region and dinner in Slovenia - with an attractive program tailored to your individual preferences in between. Sounds impossible? Well, not with us! Take advantage of Villach’s genuine geographic position at the intersection of the three countries Austria, Italy and Slovenia, which virtually merge into a single region. The Alps-Adriatic region is an awe-inspiring destination anytime, whether the focus of your three-country tour is on culinary, cultural or athletic enjoyment! EAGLE SHOW AT LANDSKRON CASTLE In a demonstration, lasting about 40 minutes, you will experience our free-flying birds of prey in the upcurrent of the famous Landskron Castle. After breathtaking flights the birds return to the falconer standing just in front of you. The behavior and habits of these endangered species are explained in detail. Eagle shows take place two or three times a day during the summer months. Special demonstrations for groups are available upon prior reservation. MONKEY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE LANDSKRON On the Affenberg (“Monkey Mountain”), you can see monkeys running about free in nature. Visitors aren’t separated from the animals by cages or glass. As you take the group tour with a professional guide you will learn a lot about the monkeys and get to observe the Japanese macaques. A special attraction for visitors are the swimming monkeys with the two ponds where they can even dive after feeding time, cool off when it’s hot or just play. The guided tours take about 40 – 50 minutes. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_11


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Gerlitzen cable car ”Culinary hike“ on Gerlitzen Mountain Gerlitzen ”Pistenflitzer“ Gerlitzen Mountain – Lake Ossiacher See “Active between mountains and lakes“ GERLITZEN CABLE CAR Let the cable car take you up from 500 m to just under 2,000 m above sea level and marvel at the amazing panorama unfolding before you. Quaint mountain huts treat guests to traditional dishes. A special jaunt is guaranteed! “CULINARY HIKE“ ON GERLITZEN MOUNTAIN Closer to your culinary enjoyment, one step at a time: indulge yourself on the “Kostale hike“ with tasty samples of the Alps-Adriatic cuisine served up by three quaint mountain huts along a leisurely walk with magnificent views included. GERLITZEN “PISTENFLITZER“ Mountain go-karts in pole position! Overtaking is essential – the ultimate fun for young and old. Powered by gravity alone, you will be whizzing down at your own speed along a secured track with wooden floor. “BULLY TOBOGGANING” – WHAT IS THIS? Simply put, down the hill with a toboggan and back up again to Alpenhotel Pacheiner near the Gerlitzen Mountain summit with the Pistenbully slope maintenance vehicle, which was converted for the transport of people. It can accommodate 35 people at a time (multiple rides possible) and provides an outstanding and exhilarating experience. Toboggan fun in the snow followed by a convivial evening in a mountain hut serving culinary specialties! STARGAZING Pacheiner observatory enjoys a breathtaking location on the Gerlitzen Mountain summit at an altitude of 1,900 m and is considered the most modern and best equipped of any hotel in the country. A great place to enjoy stargazing at night or sun and nature observation during the day. Get a glimpse of the depths of the universe – an enthralling experience. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_12


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Snowshoe hiking Wildlife observation Terra Mystica Dobratsch Nature Park – up close with nature Villach’s local mountain is also Carinthia’s oldest nature reserve. Its scenic beauty is the result of the harmonious interplay of mankind and nature for centuries. A fascinating fauna and flora has developed due to the special Mediterranean climate. Thermal water springs up from Dobratsch mountain, which also serves as a potable water source for the inhabitants living around the mountain. The Dobratsch in all its entirety is a very special place to visit at any time of the year. Immerse yourself into nature and feel it with all your senses! Nature Park highlights:  Accessible via the Villach Alpine Road featuring numerous viewpoints that keep offering new and exciting perspectives  “Rote Wand” observation platform  Alpine Garden  Geology trail  Wildlife observation  Rosstratte lodge, serving delicious Carinthian specialties  Summit house – sustainability with tradition in mind at an altitude of 2,143 m  Guided hikes in summer and in winter TERRA MYSTICA IN BAD BLEIBERG The multimedia adventure mine of superlatives! The mine tour into the mysterious, wondrous world below ground begins with a 68 m long miners‘ slide. From there, the visitor first proceeds on foot and then rides with an authentic mining railway. Deep under the earth, visitors await a fascinating show of light and sound effects creating the illusion of water and smoke, and depicting the very creation of the earth itself as well as the healing powers of nature. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_13


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Lake Faaker See Citrus garden Kanzianiberg At Lake Faaker See, zest for life gleams turquoise WELCOME TO THE SOUTH LAKE, AUSTRIA’S SOUTHERNMOST LAKE. Lake Faaker See is famous for its turquoise color and features a charming island in the middle of the lake. Covering 22 hectares, Lake Faaker See has a maximum depth of 30 meters and temperatures reaching up to 27°C - making it one of Austria’s most popular lakes for swimming. Besides the wealth of leisure activities there are numerous interesting events on offer around the lake, including the annual European Bike Week in early September, the biggest Harley-Davidson meeting in the world. THE CITRUS GARDEN – AUSTRIA’S FIRST ORGANIC CITRUS GARDENING Situated at picturesque Lake Faaker See, the internationally renowned lemon garden is the only one of its kind in Austria and home to more than 250 citrus species from all over the world. A tour of the garden provides visitors with interesting facts and tastings show that lemons can be more than just sour. The green house, covering around 400 m², can be booked for a variety of celebrations to add some Mediterranean flair to your event! Up and away – FOREST ROPES COURSE ON THE TABORHOHE ABOVE LAKE FAAKER SEE In a naturally grown forest there are steel ropes, bouncy bridges and nets stretched amongst the trees. A chance for visitors to see the forest from a totally different perspective! CLIMBING PARADISE KANZIANIBERG AND ROTSCHITZA KLAMM GORGE Get to grips with nature! Numerous tours and practice courses are led by experienced mountain guides amid breathtaking scenery with fantastic views over Lake Faaker See. CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_14


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Getting here BY CAR Villach is a major transport hub in the tri-border area where the motorways to Salzburg-Munich, Graz-Vienna, Slovenia and Italy come together. BY TRAIN Villach enjoys a central location (north-south/ east-west axis) for quick and easy access by train. Regular Euro-City train services link Villach with most major European cities. Villach’s main station is only a few walking minutes from the old town and the Congress Center. For more information: www.oebb.at BY PLANE The airports nearby in Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Salzburg, Graz and Trieste allow for convenient transfers from all over the world. AIRPORTS: Airport Klagenfurt: Airport Ljubljana, Slovenia: Airport Trieste, Italy: Airport Graz: Airport Salzburg: Airport Venice, Italy: approx. 40 km (approx. 30 minutes by car) www.klagenfurt-airport.com approx. 80 km (approx. 45 minutes by car) www.lju-airport.si approx. 160 km (approx. 1:30 h by car) www.aeroporto.fvg.it approx. 170 km (approx. 1:30 h by car) www.flughafen-graz.at approx. 180 km (approx. 1:45 h by car) www.salzburg-airport.com approx. 240 km (approx. 2:30 h by car) www.veniceairport.it Imprint: Publisher and media owner: Region Villach Tourismus GmbH. Photos: Archive Region Villach Tourismus GmbH, Stabentheiner, Hipp, Lammerhuber, Feszanicz, Steinthaler, Menzl, Ramsbacher. Archive Kärnten Werbung, Gerdl. Archives CCV and Holiday Inn Villach, Kampitsch, Pflügl. Archive partners: KärntenTherme, Affenberg, Zitrusgarten (Peda), Kanzianiberg, ACB. Florian Wigisser. Graphics: Atelier Kreuzer Klagenfurt. Printing: Carinthian Druck. The publisher is unable to accept any liability for the correctness of the information provided in this brochure. Subject to typesetting and printing errors. All details as of September 2015 CONFERENCE DESTINATION VILLACH_15



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