Villach, (Slovenian Beljak) is the second largest city in Carinthia in the south of Austria, on the river Drau (Slovenian Drava) and represents an important traffic junction for Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region.
Federal State: Carinthia
Bezirk: Villach (Statutarstadt)
Area: 134.89 km²
Population: 57,612 (2002)
Elevation: 501 m
Postal code: A-9500
Area code (telephone): +43 4242
Location: 46°37'30"N, 13°50'3"E
The centre is located at the western border of the Klagenfurter Becken at the confluence of the Drau and Gail rivers.
The municipal area includes several lakes, among them the Ossiacher See, Faaker See, Silbersee, Vassacher See, Magdalensee and St. Leonharder See.
Villach is also surrounded by the mountains of the Alps which are used for skiing in winter and hiking in summer.
It is located half an hour by train or car from the border to Italy or Slovenia.
The oldest human traces found in Villach date back to 3500 BC.
A lot of Roman artifacts were found there.
Villach got its first mayor in the 16th century.
On January 25, 1348 an earthquake destroyed a big part of Villach followed by another earthquake in 1690.
There were also several fires in Villach which destroyed a lot of buildings.
During the time of Napoleon's reign Villach was a part of France.
It was reconquered in 1813.
In 1905 a part of the municipal area St. Martin was incorporated.
In 1973 the city area enlarged through doing the same with Landskron, Maria Gail and Fellach and reached its current extent.
For a more information about Villach see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villach) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, January 2007
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Hui Chin and I had a very enjoyable couple of days in Villach.
We were there in early December and the town heavily bedecked for the coming Christmas season.
The streets were brightly lit with Christmas decorations.
There were stalls selling toys etc all around the squares and also many amusement machines and equipment for the kids to enjoy.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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