Warmbad Villach and Maibachl
Villach-Warmbad: Bathing fun and more
Not far from midtown Villach, situated at the foot of mount Dobratsch, is Warmbad, a spa resort with a long tradition, whose youngest sprout is the KärntenTherme, opened in 2012 only. The curative effect of Warmbad's water sources might have been appreciated already by Celts and there are also archeological findings from the Roman-antique period. Furthermore, Warmbad has a small spa garden (with a fine patisserie) to offer, plus huge mixed forest areas which invite you to stroll, walk, jog - and for a short time only even to take a bathe.
After heavy rain and during the thawing period the creek Maibachl is flowing . It is then, when 28 degree celsius warm water breaks to the surface at the periodical Hungerbach-source and fills up two natural pools, situated below, with water. Those who look for relaxation lay in the water in the morning hours; in the afternoon hours children fill the pools with life; romantic natures however prefer the pools by candlelight. Therefore, don't be surprised if you see people walking into the woods with bathing equipment near the Villach Private Hospital!
For the non-locals the natural changing room, that is the wood, probably takes some getting used to: The ground is earthy and gravelly, the towel should be as big as possible, the clothes are placed on branches or laid on the ground and you have to do without mirror or electric hair dryer. You'll recognize the pros, they bring a little floor mat and a camping chair. However, it is important to me to inform you, that the Maibachl is no paradise for nudists, bathing clothes are a must! And then go for the 1m deep water pools with the pebble stones and the clear water!
If you're not made for this: All the comfort you could wish for is offered at the thermal swimming pool of Warmbad's Therapy Centre (Kurzentrum). Here, the almost 30? warm water bubbles directly from the source into the pool with its pebble stones floor, you can see and feel the fine bubbles appear. What one simply wouldn’t anticipate from outside of the Therapy Centre - the architecture of the thermal swimming pool is a piece of 50s jewelry with a marble mosaic of the surrealistic painter Franz Rogler at the south wall. While this spa is an oasis of tranquility, with children you had better head for the new KärntenTherme.
But let me come back to Warmbad's forests: Not only the Hungerbach-source of the creek Maibachl is flowing right now. If you walk from Warmbad into the direction of Oberfederaun, you'll notice from some point on an increasing roar of water, deriving from an about 20 m high waterfall, which is supplied by the Studenca-source, situated a little bit above. Again, this is a periodical source where seeping water from mount Dobratsch is breaking through to surface.
The walk into the direction of Oberfederaun offers two archeological highlights, as well: First, there are a number of Celtic burial mounds which one passes close to the Napoleonswiese meadow. Second, the path follows the trail of an old Roman-antique road, whose channels, carved into the rocks, are still easily visible - how often can you experience this?
It’s good to know:
Thermal pool at the Therapy Centre Warmbad:
Look for 'VIBE private therapy' at:
kaerntentherme (German, English, Italian)
FUN area is open from 09:00 a.m. till 10.00 p.m.
(Pools close at 9:45 p.m.)
SPA Sauna: 10.00 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Beauty & Massages: 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.