Velden am Wörther See

 

Velden am Wörther See (Slovenian Vrba na Koroškem) is a market town and a legally recognized climatic health resort with 9025 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the Villach-Land district in Carinthia. The place is one of the best known and most popular tourist destinations in Austria.

The oldest written mention of Velden comes from the year 1150. The name is derived from Velben (pasture).

Since the 12th century, the Velden area belonged to the Hohenwart Lordship and Castle, which over the centuries belonged to the Counts of Ortenburg and Cilli, the Millstatt Order of St. George and the Habsburgs. In 1545, the Khevenhüller acquired rule over Landskron and Velden. The independent rule of Velden from 1603 passed into the possession of the Counts of Dietrichstein in the course of the Counter-Reformation in 1629.

When the rule was dissolved by the municipal law of March 17, 1849, the municipal territory comprised the cadastral communities of Velden, Augsdorf, Duel, Lind Emmersdorf, Kerschdorf, Köstenberg and Sand. On January 1, 1850, these communities became the independent large community of Velden, which changed its size several times in the 19th and 20th centuries. When the municipal structure in Carinthia was reorganized in 1972/73, the municipality was reduced to roughly the size of 1850.

In 1853 the liner shipping started with the paddle steamer "Maria-Wörth". Eleven years later, the Wörthersee was connected to the railway network through the extension of the Drautalbahn (now called Südbahn) from Klagenfurt to Villach. In the same year, 1864, with the opening of the first bathing establishment in Velden, which was soon followed by others, the development of the spa began.

On March 13, 1881, a major fire broke out, which destroyed the old rural Velden and contributed to the fact that Velden was developed into a villa health resort before the beginning of the bathing season.

The community has had the suffix "am Wörther See" since 1893, Velden has been a market town since May 2, 1947.

On March 18, 2017, the local council unanimously decided to stop construction for two years in order to put a stop to the further construction of "blocks" on or near the lake. The endeavor is to preserve free access to the lake and the already polluted place and landscape for locals and tourists. A development plan is to be drawn up by November 2018 that will create more open spaces and green spaces, especially in the bank area.

 

Attractions
Velden Castle, known from the film series "Ein Schloss am Wörthersee" with Roy Black.

Activities
Water sports, bike tours, hiking, motorcycling, golf, running, jogging, Nordic walking

Auriga Spa offers wellness treatments with natural and organic products that are tailored to the phases of the moon.