Villach: The bell tower of St Jakob - The church of St Jakob (the parish church of Villach) has an impressive bell tower, 94 metres high. It is the tallest in Carinthia and its present appearance and height dates back to 1847. Visitors can climb the 239 steps to the top and enjoy the wonderful view.
Villach, Austria was definitely not on the original list of my summer travel destination; in fact, it is a town that I had never even heard off. However, I needed a way to get from Bohinj to Verona, and it appears that the only way to reach Italy from that part of Slovenia was to go via Villach, Austria. Not knowing what to expect and scrambling for a last minute pass through there, I ended up enjoying my quiet, relaxing time in this quaint, historic town at the southern border of Austria.