Villacher Kirchtag – Austria’s largest traditional festival
28th July – 4th August 2024
The Villacher Kirchtag, Austria’s largest traditional festival, was first held in 1936. It was initiated by the Villach tourism association, together with the Bauerngman – a society of men who help people in need. The festival was only ever cancelled in the war-torn years between 1939 and 1948, making 2018 the 75th anniversary of Villacher Kirchtag.
Today, more than 450,000 people visit the city of Villach during the Kirchtag week, a celebration where tradition and zeitgeist meet. For a whole week, the old town of Villach is transformed into a huge stage for dance, music and culinary delights, while adrenaline junkies will get their money’s worth on the amusement rides.
A traditional meal at the festival is the “Kirchtagssuppe”, a thick soup made with five different types of meat (beef, veal, lamb, chicken, pork) and sour and sweet cream. Another typical Carinthian delicacy everyone should try is the Reindling, a ring cake filled with sugar, cinnamon and raisins.
From Sunday to Sunday, the heart of Villach is alive with ancient traditions and costumes – lederhosen and dirndl dresses are proudly worn by young and old. The highlight of the Kirchtag is on Saturday: a costume parade with over 70 groups from the Alps-Adriatic region and beyond march through Villach, presenting both traditional and modern costumes, dances, and songs. And once night falls in Villach, a big fireworks display lights up the sky and the faces of the countless onlookers. We look forward to seeing you at the 78th Villacher Kirchtag!
Should you have any questions, please take a look at our FAQs! Here, you will find a whole host of information that is sure to answer all your questions.
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There is a total of 7 airports in the Villach region, and train, bus, taxi and shuttle services will take you to and from the city. If you’re planning on arriving by plane, please check Connect Villach. Once you have reached Villach, you can travel around by bus, by train, in your own car or, of course, on foot or by bike. Please see ÖBB for bus and train connections. Parking spaces are available all around the city centre.
In the FAQs, we have gathered the most important information and answered the questions asked most frequently by visitors to the Villacher Kirchtag. Our FAQs offer a whole host of information and leave no question unanswered.