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Hotels of Villach
A hotel in Villach is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Villach hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Villach are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Villach hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Villach hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Villach have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Villach
An upscale full service hotel facility in Villach that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Villach hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Villach
Full service Villach hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Villach
Boutique hotels of Villach are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Villach boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Villach may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Villach
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Villach travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Villach focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Villach
Small to medium-sized Villach hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Villach traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Villach hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Villach
A bed and breakfast in Villach is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Villach bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Villach B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Villach
Villach hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Villach hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Villach
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Villach hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Villach lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Villach
Villach timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Villach often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Villach on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Villach
A Villach motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Villach for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Villach motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Villach (German pronunciation:/ˈfɪlax/(help·info); Slovene: Beljak, Italian: Villaco, Friulian: Vilac) is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. It represents an important traffic junction for southern Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region. As of December 2006, the population is 58,480.
Together with other Alpine towns Villach engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. In 1997, Villach was the first town to be awarded Alpine Town of the Year.
Villach, a statutory city, is located on the Drau (Drava) River near the confluence with the Gail tributary. Situated at the western rim of the Klagenfurt basin, the municipal area stretches from the slopes of the Gailtal Alps (Mt. Dobratsch) down to Lake Ossiach in the northeast.
The Villach city limits comprise the following districts and villages:
Bogenfeld (slov. Vognje Polje)
Drobollach am Faaker See (Drobolje ob Baškem jezeru)
Egg am Faaker See (Brdo ob Baškem jezeru)
Gratschach (Grače pri Šentrupertu)
Greuth (Rute pri Beljaku)
Großvassach (Velike Laze pri Beljaku)
Heiligengeist (Sveti Duh)
Kleinsattel (Malo Sedlo)
Kleinvassach (Male Laze pri Beljaku)
Kratschach (Hrašče pri Mariji na Zilji)
Maria Gail (Marija na Zilji)
Mittewald ober dem Faaker See (Na Dobrovi)
Mittewald ob Villach
Neufellach (Nova Bela)
Neulandskron (Nova Vajškra)
Obere Fellach (Gornja Bela)
Oberfederaun (Gornji Vetrov)
Oberschütt (Rogaje pod Dobračem)
St. Niklas an der Drau (Miklavž na Dravi)
Turdanitsch (Trdaniče pri Mariji na Zilji)
Untere Fellach (Spodnja Bela)
Unterfederaun (Pod Vetrovom)
Unterschütt (Zabuče pri Brnci)
Villach-Auen (Log pri Beljaku)
Villach-Innere Stadt (Beljak - Mesto)
Villach-Lind (Beljak - Lipa)
Villach-St. Agathen und Perau
Villach-Warmbad-Judendorf (Beljaške Toplice)
Zauchen (Suha pri Vernberku)
In 1905 a part of the municipal area St. Martin was incorporated. In 1973 the city area was further enlarged through the incorporation of Landskron, Maria Gail and Fellach.
Drava bridge near the city centre
The oldest human traces found in Villach date back to the Neolithic. Many Roman artifacts have been discovered in the city, as it was near an important Roman road (today called Römerweg) from Italy into the Noricum province established in 15 BC. A mansio named Sanctium was probably located at the hot spring in Warmbad south of the city centre. After the Slavic settlement of the Eastern Alps about 600, the area was part of the Carantania principality, and under Bavarian overlordship from about 740.
An 878 deed of donation, issued by the Carolingian ruler Carloman of Bavaria, mentions a bridge in what is today Villach. In 979 Emperor Otto II enfeoffed Bishop Albuin of Brixen with the Villach manor. The adjacent settlement was given to the Bishopric of Bamberg in 1007 and received market town status in 1060, though Villach was not mentioned as a town in records until 1240. The first mayor took office in the 16th century.
The 1348 Friuli earthquake destroyed a large parts of the town, another devastating earthquake occurred in 1690. There were also several fires in Villach, which destroyed many buildings.
From 1526 onwards, many citizens turned Protestant, which entailed harsh Counter-Reformation measures by the ecclesiastical rulers, forcing numerous residents to leave the town and precipitating the economic decline. In 1759 the Habsburg empress Maria Theresa formally purchased the Bamberg territories in Carinthia for a price of one million guldens. Villach was incorporated into the lands of the Habsburg Monarchy and became the administrative seat of a Carinthian district. During the Napoleonic Wars, the city was part of the French Illyrian provinces from 1809, until it was re-conquered by the forces of the Austrian Empire in 1813.
The city's economy was decisively promoted by the Südbahn railway, which finally reached Villach in 1864, providing growth and expansion. In World War I, the town near the Italian front was the seat of the 10th Army command of the Austro-Hungarian Army.
During the period of the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany (1938–45), the mayor of Villach was Oskar Kraus, an enthusiastic Nazi. A memorial for the 1919 border conflict that led to the Carinthian Plebiscite caused controversy when it was inaugurated in 2002, as Kraus, who had not been especially prominent in the conflict, was the only person named.
During World War II, allied forces bombed Villach 37 times. About 42,500 bombs killed 300 people and damaged 85% of the buildings. Nevertheless, the city quickly recovered. Today, Villach is a bustling city with commerce and recreation, yet it retains its historic background.
Villach: Municipal council
The municipal council (Gemeinderat) consists of 45 members, with the mayor as president, and following the 2015 elections:
Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ): 23 seats
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP): 10 seats
Austrian Green Party: 3 seats
Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ): 7 seats
Verantwortung Erde: 1 seat
NEOS: 1 seat
Villach: City government
The city government of Villach (Stadtsenat) consists of seven members. It is chaired by the mayor, who is directly elected by the people. The other members-two vice-mayors and four town councillors-are appointed by the municipal council, with party affiliations according to the election results.
Mayor Günther Albel, SPÖ
First vice-mayor Mag. Dr. Petra Oberrauner, SPÖ
Second vice-mayor Mag. Gerda Sandriesser, SPÖ
Councillor Mag. Peter F. Weidinger, ÖVP
Councillor Erwin Baumann, FPÖ
Councillor Mag. Harald Sobe, SPÖ
Councillor Katharina Spanring, ÖVP
In the March 2015 elections, Günther Albel was elected with 55.46 per cent of the votes cast.
Largest groups of foreign residents
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Villach: Twin towns - Sister cities
Villach is twinned with:
Springfield, Illinois, United States
There are several festivals throughout the year:
The carnival in Villach (which starts on November 11 and ends on March 4)
The arts and crafts festival (with self made goods)
Villacher Fasching or Mardi Gras
The streets-art festival (displays performances of artists and singers)
The "Villacher Kirchtag" (a festival spanning a whole week in summer and ends on August's first Saturday.)
Performances on a floating stage on the Drau River
Villach: Notable citizens
Anton Janežič, (1828 in St. Jakob im Rosental – 1869) Carinthian Slovene linguist, philologist, author, and literary historian.
Oskar Potiorek (1853 in Bad Bleiberg – 1933) an officer of the Austro-Hungarian Army, served as Governor of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1911 until assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914 together with Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Anton Ghon (1866 in Villach – 1936) Austrian pathologist viz Ghon focus and Ghon's complex
Hans Kurath (1891 in Villach – 1992) American linguist of Austrian origin, emigrated to the US in 1907
Carl-Heinz Birnbacher (1910 in Villach -1991) German naval officer of Austrian origin, Vice admiral of the German Navy
Albert Bach (1910 in Treffen – 2003) Austrian soldier, Generalmajor, and skier, competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics.
Hubert Petschnigg (1913 – 1997) Austrian architect, born in Klagenfurt, went to school in Villach.
Heidemarie Hatheyer (1918 in Villach – 1990) Austrian film actress, appearingd in 43 films between 1938 and 1988
Paul Watzlawick (1921 in Villach – 2007) Austrian-American therapist, psychologist, communications theorist and philosopher.
Kurt Diemberger (born 1932), mountaineer and author
Bruno Gironcoli (1936 in Villach – 2010) Austrian modern artist
Heidelinde Weis (born 1940) Austrian actress
Hermann Knoflacher (born 1940 in Villach) Austrian civil engineer.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (born 1944 in Villach), former CEO of the Nestlé Group
George Zebrowski (born 1945 in Villach) American science fiction author and editor
Zoltan J. Acs (born 1947 in Villach) American economist and Professor of Management at The London School of Economics
Werner Kofler (1947 in Villach – 2011) Austrian postmodernism novelist
Gerald Kargl (born 1953 in Villach) Austrian film director most famous for directing the 1983 film Angst
Wolfgang Ilgenfritz (1957 in Villach – 2013) Austrian politician and notably a non-attached Member of the European Parliament
Gernot Rumpold (born 1957 in Villach) Austrian politician, associate of Jörg Haider
Peter Löscher (born 1957 in Villach) Austrian business man with Merck & Co now CEO of Siemens since 2007
Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek (born 1969 in Villach) Austrian politician of the Austrian Green Party
Florian Hufsky (1986 in Villach – 2009) Austrian new media artist, board member of the Pirate Party of Austria
Ernst Melchior (1920 in Villach – 1978) Austrian football player for Austria Wien, FC Rouen and FC Nantes
Hanns Brandstätter (born 1949 in Villach) Austrian fencer. He competed in at the 72, 76, and 1984 Summer Olympics
Johann "Hans" Lindner (born 1959 in Tragail) hammer thrower 1984 Summer Olympics and bobsledder in 1984 Winter Olympics
Alfred Groyer (born 1959) Austrian former ski jumper who competed from 1978 to 1984 and in the 1980 Winter Olympics
Alex Antonitsch (born 1966 in Villach) former tennis player from Austria, turned professional in 1988
Bärbel Jungmeier (born 1975 in Villach) road cyclist and mountain bike rider competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics
Gerhard Unterluggauer (born 1976 in Villach) Austrian former professional ice hockey defenceman
Roland Kollmann (born 1976 in Villach) retired Austrian football for Grazer AK
Daniel Mesotitsch (born 1976 in Villach) Austrian biathlete
Friedrich Pinter (born 1978 in Villach) Austrian former biathlete
Martin Koch (born 1982 in Villach) Austrian former ski jumper.
Michael Grabner, (born 1987 in Villach) Austrian professional ice hockey player for New York Rangers of National Hockey League
Marc Sand (born 1988 in Rosegg) Austrian footballer, who plays for SK Austria Klagenfurt.
Michael Raffl (born 1988 in Villach) Austrian professional ice hockey left winger for Philadelphia Flyers of National Hockey League
Guido Burgstaller (born 1989 in Villach) Austrian professional footballer who plays as a striker for FC Schalke 04
Marco Schwarz (born 1995 in Villach) Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer.
Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Villach.
"Einwohnerzahl und Komponenten der Bevölkerungsentwicklung (Population and Components of Population Growth)" (PDF) (in German). Statistik Österreich (English Version). 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2007-12-27.External link in |publisher= (help)
Lisa Rettl, Werner Koroschitz, "Ein korrekter Nazi: Oskar Kraus, ns-oberbürgermeister von Villach", Drava (2006), Buy book ISBN 3-85435-501-7
ORF Kärnten, "Oskar Kraus - ein korrekter Nazi" (German)
"Luftkrieg (aerial warfare) "Ostmark"". www.airpower.at (in German). Martin Rosenkranz. 2003-08-13. Retrieved 2007-12-18.External link in |work= (help)