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What´s hot in Villach January 2014

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The weather’s been totally untypical for the time of year and winter sports types continue to wait for snow on the ski slopes. Lots of people have been enjoying winter walks on the Dobratsch mountain and restaurants in the city centre appear to be buzzing. The mild weather is obviously a bonus for people who don’t ski or snowboard because it’s so great to go for a walk or cycle ride with these mild temperatures. Over the new year period I’ve been playing in New Year concerts with the final one in Bodensdorf on the Ossiacher See on Saturday 11th at 8 p.m.. Flute and clarinet soloists will be playing Doppler’s concerto and a classical guitarist will play Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. This is the website.

http://www.salonorchester-weissenstein.com/bilder.php

January is the month for sales, although it wouldn’t be fair to expect the sort the reductions some of us are used in big city department stores. It’s a quiet month in our town, and that’s no doubt the reason why secondary schools choose it to host their information evenings between 5 and 7.30 in the evening, starting with Neue Mittelschule Landskron on 8th January. The full list is on this website

http://www.villach.at/inhalt/808_184729.asp

Very important to note is that children born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008 are obliged by law to start school and need to be registered at a school between 15th January and 7th February. Legal documents to take along are the child’s birth certificate, parents’ proof of citizenship (passport for immigrants), christening certificate (or some other religious certificate) and the child’s social insurance number. Vocational secondary colleges, which children can start at the age of fourteen are also opening their doors to pupils and students and are included in the list above.

Our mayor is keen to tell us that 2013 has been a particularly successful year in the town’s history. Notable achievements are working on plans to set up apprenticeship workshops and the opening of the international school. In addition the new sports hall in St Martin was opened and the new Stadtbahn public transport system came into existence. Still to be completed with a bike track is the Tiroler Brücke (railway bridge opposite Hans-Gasser-Platz); and other plans for 2014 include Summertime, an operatic show on a platform opposite the Congress Center in August which didn’t happen this year, new sports facilities in Landskron and the expansion of the technology park. In addition, Villach is going to benefit from a second ice arena and the classical music event Der Carinthische Sommer will receive 451,00 Euros.

A less impressive subject we’re all aware of is the number of empty shop units there are in the town centre: around 70 according to the local press. Complicated local government charges, high rents and unpaid debts to Villach town are the reasons given. This is however a problem that refuses to go away and is inevitably placed at the feet of landlords, town planners and town councillors. The empty units are an eyesore both for us and the tourists we want to welcome; and yet us shoppers cast a vote every time we choose an out of town mall with free parking. Inevitably ATRIO is popular for its trading hours and convenience as well as for free parking, but there’s no doubt that parking spaces and charges in town centres continue to influence the retail industry.

Not surpisingly no lakes are open for skating yet. This is the website to consult on that subject: the icons on the left are what to look at. http://www.evw.at/The free skating rink in the town square will be open till Sunday 23rd February.

With the press full of news of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, beginner and novice skiers will inevitably feel daunted. I think though we can take some lessons from this historic story: firstly, that he was wearing a helmet that couldn’t cope with the force of the collision and secondly that he was skiing off piste, at high speed between two pistes. Without a helmet Schumacher would already be dead, of that we can be certain – and we should never forget that staying on piste at all times will vastly reduce the likelihood of serious accidents. I hope you won’t lose your nerve, because apart from anything else the ski industry is tremendously important economically in this state. I wish you a safe skiing season and a happy and prosperous 2014.

by Liz Finney

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What´s hot in Villach January 2014

The weather’s been totally untypical for the time of year and winter sports types continue to wait for snow on the ski slopes. Lots of people have been enjoying winter walks on the Dobratsch mountain and restaurants in the city centre appear to be buzzing. The mild weather is obviously a bonus for people who don’t ski or snowboard because it’s so great to go for a walk or cycle ride with these mild temperatures. Over the new year period I’ve been playing in New Year concerts with the final one in Bodensdorf on the Ossiacher See on Saturday 11th at 8 p.m.. Flute and clarinet soloists will be playing Doppler’s concerto and a classical guitarist will play Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. This is the website.

http://www.salonorchester-weissenstein.com/bilder.php

January is the month for sales, although it wouldn’t be fair to expect the sort the reductions some of us are used in big city department stores. It’s a quiet month in our town, and that’s no doubt the reason why secondary schools choose it to host their information evenings between 5 and 7.30 in the evening, starting with Neue Mittelschule Landskron on 8th January. The full list is on this website

http://www.villach.at/inhalt/808_184729.asp

Very important to note is that children born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008 are obliged by law to start school and need to be registered at a school between 15th January and 7th February. Legal documents to take along are the child’s birth certificate, parents’ proof of citizenship (passport for immigrants), christening certificate (or some other religious certificate) and the child’s social insurance number. Vocational secondary colleges, which children can start at the age of fourteen are also opening their doors to pupils and students and are included in the list above.

Our mayor is keen to tell us that 2013 has been a particularly successful year in the town’s history. Notable achievements are working on plans to set up apprenticeship workshops and the opening of the international school. In addition the new sports hall in St Martin was opened and the new Stadtbahn public transport system came into existence. Still to be completed with a bike track is the Tiroler Brücke (railway bridge opposite Hans-Gasser-Platz); and other plans for 2014 include Summertime, an operatic show on a platform opposite the Congress Center in August which didn’t happen this year, new sports facilities in Landskron and the expansion of the technology park. In addition, Villach is going to benefit from a second ice arena and the classical music event Der Carinthische Sommer will receive 451,00 Euros.

A less impressive subject we’re all aware of is the number of empty shop units there are in the town centre: around 70 according to the local press. Complicated local government charges, high rents and unpaid debts to Villach town are the reasons given. This is however a problem that refuses to go away and is inevitably placed at the feet of landlords, town planners and town councillors. The empty units are an eyesore both for us and the tourists we want to welcome; and yet us shoppers cast a vote every time we choose an out of town mall with free parking. Inevitably ATRIO is popular for its trading hours and convenience as well as for free parking, but there’s no doubt that parking spaces and charges in town centres continue to influence the retail industry.

Not surpisingly no lakes are open for skating yet. This is the website to consult on that subject: the icons on the left are what to look at. http://www.evw.at/The free skating rink in the town square will be open till Sunday 23rd February.

With the press full of news of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, beginner and novice skiers will inevitably feel daunted. I think though we can take some lessons from this historic story: firstly, that he was wearing a helmet that couldn’t cope with the force of the collision and secondly that he was skiing off piste, at high speed between two pistes. Without a helmet Schumacher would already be dead, of that we can be certain – and we should never forget that staying on piste at all times will vastly reduce the likelihood of serious accidents. I hope you won’t lose your nerve, because apart from anything else the ski industry is tremendously important economically in this state. I wish you a safe skiing season and a happy and prosperous 2014.

by Liz Finney

back to overview