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Walkers and mountain bikers will find much to do in the Dobratsch (2166m) area, in the Villacher Alpen about 12km west of Villach. Just south of here, hiking trails go from the small town of Arnoldstein to the Dreiländereck – the point where Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. At 1500m there’s an Alpine garden with flora from the southern Alps.
Kranjska Gora to Soča Valley
Just a couple of kilometres from Kranjska Gora is one of the road-engineering marvels of the 20th century: a breakneck, alpine highway that connects Kranjska Gora with Bovec, 50km to the southwest. The trip involves no fewer than 50 pulse-quickening hairpin turns and dramatic vistas as you cross the Vršič Pass at 1611m.
Although there are more picturesque cities in the region, Villach is arguably the most dynamic, partly because of its role as an important transport hub for routes into Italy and Slovenia. It attracts an international bunch of visitors and is a very lively and liveable city, despite having no big-hitting sights.