Velden am Wörther See

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Velden am Wörther See
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Velden am Wörther See (Austria)
Velden am Wörther See
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Carinthia
Political District : Villach-Land
License plate : VL
Surface: 53 km²
Coordinates : 46 ° 37 '  N , 14 ° 3'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 36 '45 "  N , 14 ° 2' 31"  E
Height : 460  m above sea level A.
Residents : 9,025 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 9220
Area code : 04274
Community code : 2 07 25
Address of the
municipal administration:
Seecorso 2
9220 Velden am Wörther See
Mayor : Ferdinand Vouk ( SPÖ )
Municipal Council : ( 2015 )
(27 members)
16 6th 4th 
A total of 27 seats
Location of Velden am Wörther See in the Villach-Land district
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View from the Pyramidenkogel to the bay of Velden
View from the Pyramidenkogel to the bay of Velden
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Velden am Wörther See [ ˈfelden ] ( 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 .


Geographical location

Velden occupies the western bay of the Wörthersee .

Community structure

The market town of Velden is divided into eight cadastral communities (Augsdorf, Duel, Kerschdorf ob Velden, Köstenberg, Latschach an der Drau, Lind ob Velden, St. Egyden, Velden am Wörther See) and comprises 30 localities (population figures as of January 1, 2020):

  • Aich ( Dob ) (142)
  • Augsdorf ( Loga Vas ) (481)
  • Bach ( Potok ) (123)
  • Dieschitz ( Deščice ) (113)
  • Dröschitz ( Trešiče ) (230)
  • Duel ( Dole ) (160)
  • Fahrendorf ( Borovniče ) (124)
  • Göriach ( Gorje ) (299)
  • Kantnig ( Konatiče ) (2)
  • Kerschdorf ( Črešnje ) (296)
  • Köstenberg ( Kostanje ) (143)
  • Kranzlhofen ( Dvor ) (184)
  • Latschach ( Loče ) (108)
  • Lind ob Velden ( Lipa ob Vrbi ) (1022)
  • Oberdorf ( Zgornja vas ) (300)
  • Oberjeserz ( Zgornje Jezerce ) (182)
  • Oberwinklern ( Vogliče ) (164)
  • Pulpitsch ( Polpače ) (62)
  • Rajach ( Sreje ) (228)
  • Saisserach ( Zajzare ) (13)
  • St. Egyden ( Šentilj ) (357)
  • Selpritsch ( Žoprače ) (787)
  • Sun Valley (392)
  • Sternberg ( Šentjurij na Strmcu ) (74)
  • Meeting ( Trebinja ) (75)
  • Unterjeserz ( Spodnje Jezerce ) (176)
  • Unterwinklern ( Spodnje Vogliče ) (42)
  • Velden am Wörther See ( Vrba ) (2320)
  • Weinzierl ( Vinare ) (132)
  • Wurzen ( Koren ) (294)

Neighboring communities

Ossiach Feldkirchen in Carinthia
Wernberg Neighboring communities Techelsberg
Schiefling am See
Rosegg Sankt Jakob im Rosental Ludmannsdorf
Villa Carinthia at Bahnhofstrasse 26
Wörthersee architecture: Hotel Kointsch, Franz Baumgartner 1909
Lake promenade with ship landing stage
Parish Church of Our Lady
Velden Castle
Villa Maire in Unterwinklern
Casino Velden


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 the rule of Landskron and Velden. The rule of Velden, which was independent from 1603, became the property 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 by extending the Drautalbahn (now known as the 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, there was a major fire that 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.


According to the 2001 census, the market town of Velden had a resident population of 8,545, of which 93.1% had Austrian, 3.6% German and 1.8% Bosnian citizenship. The proportion of Carinthian Slovenes in the total population was 2.8%.

78.7% of the people of Velden professed to be part of the Roman Catholic Church , 7.2% to the Protestant and 1.2% to Islam , and 8.6% of the population was without religious denomination.

Population development

Culture and sights

The Velden logo
  • Parish Church Augsdorf
  • The parish church of St. John the Baptist in Kranzlhofen was first mentioned in a document between 1175 and 1181.
  • The parish church of Our Lady on the western edge of the village of Velden was built in 1937, was initially a branch of Kranzlhofen and has been an independent parish since 1949.
  • Velden Castle
  • The Casino Velden was opened in 1922 and by the state in 1934 Austrian Casino AG (now Casinos Austria acquired). A new building started in November 1987 was opened in 1989.
  • Villa Helene (formerly Villa Schick ), built as a country house at the end of the 19th century
  • Kuzmany residential and commercial building , Georg Wünschmann , 1897/98
  • Mösslacherhaus , formerly built by Franz Baumgartner
  • Hotel Kointsch , Franz Baumgartner, 1909
  • Hotel Mösslacher , Franz Baumgartner, 1912
  • Hotel Carinthia , Franz Baumgartner, 1924/26
  • Villa Stelzer , Franz Baumgartner, 1925
  • Fire station, Franz Baumgartner, 1925
  • Klützke House , Franz Baumgartner, 1925/30
  • Haus Hilde Gessenharter , Franz Baumgartner, 1930
  • Seeblick House , Franz Baumgartner, 1933
  • Villa Carinthia , built at the end of the 19th century
  • To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I (1848–1916), the Kaiserbrunnen was built not far from the Velden train station. He donates high-spring drinking water. The fountain , which is supplied by the waterworks in Velden-Schiefling, was renovated in 1969.


  • International Sports Car Weeks and Sports Car Festival Velden, annually in June, organizer: Heribert Kasper
  • Internationales Humor Festival Velden, since 2009 annually in September, director: Christian Hölbling
  • Velden promenade , annually in July and August every evening - street art on the Seecorso
  • Velden-Village, every September - Velden celebrates with the fans of the European Bike Week
  • Veldener Advent , annually on the Advent weekends


Municipal council

The municipal council consists of 27 members and has been composed of mandates from the following parties since the 2015 municipal council election :

With Ferdinand Vouk , the SPÖ provides the mayor.

coat of arms

Coat of arms at velden-am-woerther-see.svg

A coat of arms with the castle portal on a wave shield base covered with water lilies has been used by the community since around 1900 . The current shape goes back to a design by the local graphic artist and mayor (since 1954) and honorary citizen Heinrich Ebner (1911–1998).

The base of the wave shield and the water lily characterize the location of the main town on Lake Wörthersee; the Mannerist castle portal from 1603 is reminiscent of the Khevenhüller family and their summer residence in Velden. The coat of arms was officially awarded to the market town on September 4, 1965.

The official blazon is:

“A shield divided by red and blue in a silver wavy cut in a ratio of 3 to 2, the lower field of which is divided by six silver wavy lines parallel to the cut. In the base of the shield there is a golden, black-framed water lily with three green, black-framed leaves, which is raised by a silver, black-grooved rustic portal (shape of the Velden castle portal) that extends to the top of the shield. "

The flag is red and white with an incorporated coat of arms.

Town twinning

Sons and daughters of the church


  • Anton Kreuzer: Augsdorf am Wörther See - A holiday community introduces itself. Velden 1971, editor, publisher and owner: Tourist Information Office of the municipality of Augsdorf am Wörther See, A-9220 Velden am Wörther See, Carinthia.

Web links

Commons : Velden am Wörthersee  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Legally recognized climatic health resorts in Austria ( Memento from May 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), on, accessed on June 7, 2015.
  2. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  3. ↑ Construction freeze: Velden does not want any more “blocks”, March 20, 2017, accessed March 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Wilhelm Deuer: The Carinthian community arms . Verlag des Kärntner Landesarchivs, Klagenfurt 2006, ISBN 3-900531-64-1 , p. 86.
  6. Partner community of the market town of Velden am Wörther See