rivers & lakes

Villach offers the right waters for beginners and professionals.

Paddle & Party

Sporty through nature during the day, in the Carinthian nightlife in the evening.

Experience & vacation

In Villach, extraordinary adventures meet special relaxation.

Paddling pleasure on the
south side of the Alps

Nestled between the peaks of Dobratsch, Gerlitzen and Mittagskogel, the Holiday region Villach – Faaker See – Ossiacher See. Here in the south of Austria, water sports enthusiasts will find a variety of opportunities to pursue their passion like nowhere else. Countless waters invite you to varied adventures and relaxed paddling pleasure in a canoe, kayak or SUP (stand-up paddle).

Paddling in Carinthia is just fun and in Villach very special. Where else can you paddle within a radius of less than 15 km through a nature park , on two of the most popular bathing lakes in Austria , right through an old town or in wild nature on hidden waterways ?

And that's just a small part of the paddling offer, that awaits you directly in the city area of Villach

Thanks to its central location in the “border triangle Austria – Slovenia – Italy”, Villach is also the ideal base camp for Paddle trips throughout Carinthia or across the border to Slovenia and Italy.

And it doesn't matter on which shore you land after paddling, there is guaranteed to be a multitude of other leisure and relaxation offers.

Villach is simply THE destination for unforgettable experiences on the water.

Villach is simply THE paddling town (Paddelstadt) in the Alps-Adriatic region.

SUP Festival 2023

In 2023, Lake Faaker See will once again become a hotspot for SUP fans and athletes.

After our paddling festival was awarded two stars in the SUP World Ranking right from the start, we are adding one more for the second edition.

From May 18th to 21st, 2023, THE LAKE ROCKS will be going into its second edition.

Courses, Tours
& Co

Of course, THE experts for special water sports enjoyment also live in the paddle city.

Here you will find exactly the professional support you need for your next paddling trip.

SUP, Kayak
& more ...

Welcome to the heart of the Alps-Adriatic region, welcome to paddling paradise, welcome to the paddling town (Paddelstadt) of Villach.

The perfect waters for extraordinary adventures await you here.


Since the beginning of June, the Draupaddelweg (Drau river hiking path) has set up a base camp in the middle of Villach's old town.

Only two minutes away from the main square, kayaks, canoes and SUPs can now be rented and used directly on-site for paddling on the Drau.

at Lake Ossiach

In 2022, the legendary dragon boat races of the Villach rowing club took place for the 17th time.

Once a year, teams of 20 paddle against each other on a 300-meter race course on Lake Ossiacher See to the final.

Logo tourism association Finkenstein Faaker See
City of Villach logo

May 18-21, 2023

Logo The Lake Rocks Festival at Lake Faaker See

SUP & SUN meets FAAK & FUN

After the ingenious Premiere in Spring 2022 the SUP Alps Trophy returns to the Villach – Faaker See – Ossiacher See holiday region return. At the 2nd edition of THE LAKE ROCKS SUP Festival, top athletes, paddling amateurs and beginners will rock Lake Faaker See again.

The highlights
for THE LAKE ROCKS 2023:

Thursday May 18th
CITY Race [1. AirSUP Boardercross Championship Villach]

Friday May 19th
FAMILY Day [SUP tryouts for young and old]

Saturday, May 20
PRO Race [Long Distance - 12km]
FUN Race [Short Distance - 2km]

Sunday May 21th

You can also look forward to an expanded SUP Village with even more opportunities to try out, browse and train. And of course you can expect live music, paddle parties and many other highlights.

Current information about the races and the supporting program is always available Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and here at www.paddelstadt.at. #StayTuned

Race registration is now open:


Very special
paddling experiences
in the heart of the
Alps-Adriatic region