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Getting there & around

Villach is situated on three Austrian ICE rail routes, which serve Salzburg (€28, 2½ hours, every two hours), Lienz (€18, 1½ hours, hourly) and Klagenfurt (€6.20, 30 to 40 minutes, two to four per hour). Direct services run to seemingly everywhere: Munich, Germany (€56, 4½ hours, four daily), Venice, Italy (€30, 3½ hours, three per day), Ljubljana (€17, 1¾ hours, four daily) and Bled (€11, one hour, six daily) in Slovenia, Zagreb (€33, 4½ hours, three daily) and Rijeka in Croatia (€33, 4¾ hours, once daily), and Belgrade, Yugoslavia (€73, 11½ hours, three daily).

Buses also radiate out from Villach; call 44410-1510 for Postbus information. The bus station is opposite the Hauptbahnhof. For information about bus services to the Wörthersee resorts.

Das Radl (269 54; www.das-radl.at, in German; Italiener Strasse 25; per day city bike/mountain bike €10/19) rents bikes in Villach and also from Bodendorf and Faak train stations on the Ossiaker and Faaker lakes respectively.