At the Paternion power station, we cross the Drau and ride the next 12 km to Gummern on the south side of the river. The Drau now begins to make broad, meandering loops, which our route follows. In Töplitsch, the bike route again switches to the left side of the Drau and, shortly after the Villach power station, we reach the city of Villach itself. With a population of 58,000, this is the second-largest city in Carinthia after Klagenfurt.
The bike path into Villach is paved once more, and continues to run along the banks of the Drau, making it also a popular excursion destination for the locals. The city of Villach is famous for its vibrant lifestyle, including its Fasching celebrations and the Villach fair. The main square, a traffic-free area, the Stadtpfarrturm tower, its many cafes and restaurants – generally with a southern flair – are rewarding sightseeing attractions and watering holes.
As of summer 2012, Carinthia’s new Therme Warmbad-Villach will be (re)opened. After new construction and remodeling lasting around two years, it is about to become Austria’s most modern spa & aquatic world. Based on its three pillars – memorable experiences, wellness and fitness – it will draw daytime visitors from surrounding regions of Carinthia, Slovenia and Italy, presenting yet another attractive highlight for visitors to Carinthia. Further information is available online at www.kaerntentherme.at
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