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thermal spa resort Warmbad-Villach


is situated in the south of the city of Villach, in the southernmost region of Austria and is located in the triangle Italy, Austria and Slovenia.

Since over 200 years this family business convinces guests with quality and commitment and is an institution grown for centuries. The success lies in the combination between medicine & tourism and everything evolved from the 10 million liters of thermal water that gush every day from the depths of the mount Dobratsch. This modern health resort is divided into:


Hotel Warmbaderhof *****: 98 rooms & suites

Thermenhotel Karawankenhof ****: 89 rooms & 10 apartments

KärntenTherme spa: Total capacity of guests per day: 2.000


ThermenParkHotel Josefinenhof: 63 rooms

Health centre Kurzentrum Therme Warmbad: about 250 outpatient therapies per day

Orthopedic Institute Thermenhof: 209 rooms

Orthopedic Institute SKA: more than 1200 surgeries per year


The natural thermal spring reaches a maximum total output of 200l /s. This means, that 10 million litres of thermal water flow daily from 5 sources. The water temperature of these hot springs is between 25°C and 29° C. It is an acratic thermal water (because the temperature is constantly above 20°C) and can be described as calcium-magnesium-hydrogencarbonate type. At the KärntenTherme the water is heated at a temperature of 32°C - 34°C and mixed with fresh water. Since Roman times, this means, more than 2000 years ago, the Warmbader thermal spring sources are known for healing various diseases as for their relaxing property. Acratic thermal springs are known as one of the oldest type of balneology therapy. Their favourable influence on the general condition („Fountains of Youth“), their analgesic, anti-inflammatory and calming (sedative) effects in diseases and damages of the musculoskeletal system, are recognized for centuries.



... swim directly above the hot spring. This peculiarity of Warmbad is unbelievable. A pool built directly above the thermal spring, where the water flows directly from the bowels of the earth into the pool and nothing else is added. Pure thermal water. This is possible due to the composition of the thermal water of Warmbad, a true gift of nature. In the hydrogeological systems at the foot of Mount Dobratsch, hot and cold water currents meet up to bring to the light a water between 25 and 29 ° C, perfect for balneotherapy treatments. A real gift of nature: here in Warmbad this gift of nature was recognized from ancient times on, primarily by building the pool directly above the thermal spring (25 x 15 m), in which the water flows through the gravel directly into the pool. Every day 10 million liters of water flow from 6 thermal springs. Inside the Thermal Urquellbecken the water is completely renewed every 3 hours, as in a natural whirlpool, that should not be further heated. Like a natural whirlpool, seen that the series of gushes, visible in the water, look like a string of pearls, as if nature has prepared an original whirlpool. It‘s just amazing: going to the source in the true sense of the term.


The FUN area on the first floor offers plenty of amusement in the form of waves and slides. Visitors can splash around in the 1.100 m2 water surface with its numerous water-based attractions. Speed demons will enjoy the fun pools, for example, the Crazy River with its uphill section or the two unique tube slides (85m and 75m), not forgetting the wide wave slide and the weather tower where you can enjoy the forces of nature on your skin. The 25 m pool suitable for competitions, the thermal whirlpool, the all-year outdoor pool and the interactive water landscape offer plenty of lively diversity. The small children offer goes from slide, toddler pool, water hedgehog to changing room as children’s toilet. From an outside temperature of 20 ° C an aquatic playground outside with fountains and water tunnel is available. Thermal indoor - and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi and massage beds, neck showers and a grotto, as part of the indoor thermal pool with acoustic - and light effects are at disposal. Also, of course, the competitionstandard 25-meter sport’s pool. Little girls turn into a mermaid, like Arielle the Little Mermaid, during mermaid swimming classes with a large monofin under expert guidance while parents swim their lengths in the 25-meter sport’s pool. In the spacious spa area on 2,000 m², guests can relax with a massage or body treatment, enjoy the hamam, the largest in southern Austria, with a soap foam massage and recharge batteries in the infrared cabin for two. On floors three and flour there are many areas for relaxation-seekers with a spacious sauna and spa area including classic saunas, a hamam, a Finnish outdoor sauna, a women-only area, an inviting relaxation area and a thermal water area with original pools and different water temperatures. The 10 treatment rooms offer classic massage and beauty treatments with high quality products to guarantee well-being and relaxation. Once a month there is a full moon night with sauna, special infusions and nudist swimming in the 25-meter sport’s pool until midnight. Sports enthusiasts can work up a sweat in the 700 m2 FITNESS area on the second floor with professional guidance on hand. One of the most modern gyms of Austria. The indoor and outdoor endurance area are equipped with 120 modern training equipment such as air-controlled muscle building machines, spinning courses on the roof terrace all year round, special active ageing programmes, individual performance diagnostics, medical fitness tests and a wide range of courses to set pulses racing. Two terraces make a year-round training in the fresh air possible. On the second level of the thermal spa, the FIT area offers air-controlled body building, spinning classes year-round on the roof terrace, special programs, for Active Aging, endurance and cardio programs. Individual performance diagnosis and the obligatory Fit Medical test and a varied program of courses like Aqua Fit, Zumba, Gyrokinesis and the recent Pole Dance are offered daily. This fitness is really bespoke: professional coaches and sports scientists accompany the members on their way to top form and determine together at the beginning of the membership with the medical fitness test the individually tailored training program that includes 20 units. So that a powerful health is provided without overloading yourself. The FIT area is available for guests of the Karawankenhof as for members of the KärntenTherme.


The name itself explains it: when the snow of Mount Dobratsch melts in May, filling the single layers of the karst massif, in Warmbad the water flows with such abundance, that natural pools are originated (inviting to swim in the cozy warm water) in the middle of the forest. Out off the Dobratsch massif, the water penetrates into the permeable layers of the soil where it is heated to 38 ° C, while the impermeable layers refer upwards: so that it is mixed with the cold water reaching the perfect temperature of 29 ° C. These natural pools are located about 10/15 meters higher than other thermal sources of Warmbad and therefore at disposal during the snow melt or in case of prolonged intense precipitation. Bathing in the middle of nature. A gift of nature. This is the Maibachl. Natural pools, romantic and mysterious at the same time, full of beneficial water. Since 2003, the temperature, the chemical composition and the flow of this „natural monument“ are recorded by the weather station of Carinthia, to warrant bathing in total safety even in the midst of nature.


Hotel Warmbaderhof*****

Holidays at the Hotel Warmbaderhof, in a house that bears its promise: bathing in the wonderful and cozy natural thermal water. In one of the most beautiful places of Carinthia, in the heart of three countries. In a 5-star hotel that prides itself on a long traditional past, that lives in the present and perceives the future as an opportunity and a challenge. A special house, built for special people and located amidst a beautiful park. The source of health as the most important peculiarity. A retreat to gather strength, to revive and enjoy life. Pure relaxation. People who want to do something for their health will find a perfect surrounding. Between baths and beauty, pleasure and recovery they will find the most valuable thing that holidays can offer: wholesome refuelling.
Where today guests will appreciate the unique atmosphere of the house with awarded cuisine, Roman settlers arrived centuries ago to benefit from relief and recovery by the healing powers of the thermal springs.
The house itself breaths the incomparable atmosphere and the style of a traditional hotel. Luxuriously furnished rooms and suites invite to enjoy the private retreat. The view ranges over the countryside, towards the idyllic surroundings of the Warmbaderhof.
As a health resort, the Warmbaderhof offers a competent diet and nutrition counselling and packages - for example, the Montignac method, for people who want to regulate their weight. This method it‘s not about eating less, but to eat better by making the right choices!


With clean lines and great design this hotel presents itself as a young, uncomplicated hotel. Just a short bathrobe corridor separates the Karawankenhof from the KärntenTherme spa where a relaxation and active offer is waiting to be discovered. And the best is: the Karawankenhof guests benefit from the free use of all FUN, FIT & SPA areas of the KärntenTherme spa, daily and exclusively from 8:00 a.m.
In vacation periods, here the focus is on families. The Karawankenhof has spacious family rooms with up to 63 m2 of living space. Moreover it offers a multi-lingual child care at the mini-club called “Croco Club”.
Here our little guests are well looked after from 3 years on, by professionals who offer indoor and outdoor activities. The program varies according to the season, from excursions in the forest, walks with lanterns and detective games. During the holidays a coloured children‘s buffet awaits the youngest at the restaurant. Conveniences like free rental of babies articles and articles for toddlers, such as baby monitor, buggy, bicycle seats, bottle warmers, etc. Sportsmen can enjoy hiking in the tri-border region around Villach and in the Carnic and Julian Alps. Different hiking and cycling trails for connoisseurs and experts are just in front of the hotel’s doorstep as well as magnificent ski tours in winter with impressive long-distance views. But what could be better after a day full of sport than plunge into the cozy and pampering programs of the KärntenTherme spa?
The hotel is even well known for its exclusive seminar offers, as an attractive location for team incentive, events and conferences. Two modern, light-flooded function rooms can be combined into one large room and can accommodate about 120 people.


Thermenparkhotel Josefinenhof

The Josefinenhof as a classic spa hotel offers the ideal atmosphere to regenerate body, mind and soul. In addition to medical and therapeutic applications, this hotel is located in the middle of a 20-hectare natural park and has a family atmosphere.
The Josefinenhof has an in-house therapy department, so that you can enjoy your therapies in a tracksuit or in a bathrobe. A highly qualified team of therapists will look after your well-being. The medical centre “Kurzentrum” with the thermal spring pool is situated in the vicinity and can be reached with a short walk through the magnificent old park.


According to modern medicine this medical centre offers all recognized balneological and physical applications. A highly qualified team consisting of doctors, physiotherapists and masseurs ensures a successful healing process of diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system as well as in case of circulatory disorders, rehabilitation after accidents and surgical interventions or in the field of preventive medicine.
The high-quality therapies, treatments and massages are taken over by the Austrian social insurance. Outpatient direct billing and direct billing for longer treatments shall be defined with the own health and pension insurance.


Over the last 30 years, the Spa Resort Warmbad-Villach Thermenhof Special Institute for Rehabilitation has established itself as a cutting-edge organization for the treatment and assistance of patients, as well as for the training and professional education of its medical and paramedical personnel not just in Austria, but across central Europe.
The objective is the best possible patient treatment, based on individual needs. This is why they offer different levels of treatment and assistance.Our team consists of medical specialists from a variety of fields (orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, internal medicine, etc.) as well as certified nurses, physiotherapists, ergotherapists, psychologists, and occupational therapists.
All the personnel at the Rehabilitation Institute work with drive and passion to reach a common goal: help our patients to live a full life that is as autonomous and independent as possible from external assistance.


Founded in 1991 as a unit of the Villach Regional Hospital (LKH-Villach), the institute is the primary orthopedic unit in Carinthia today. We identify personalized therapy for your individual needs using proven methods to high medical standards, and we take you from diagnosis through therapy, before and after surgery, from rehabilitation to post-operative care. As part of the National Health Service, the Orthopedic Institute SKA is a special unit for the treatment of injuries and problems with the musculoskeletal and support systems. The Special Institute for Orthopedics is certified and accredited according to the international quality standards of the Joint Commission International (JCI).
While the operating station at the Special Orthopedics Institute is hosted by the Villach Regional Hospital, the conservative treatment unit of the Institute is located in Warmbad.
All conservative therapy during your hospital stay and initial post-operative mobilization following joint replacement is performed in the latter location. The orthopedic outpatient clinics are located in Warmbad, too.
The Orthopedic Institute works closely with the neighbouring Thermenhof Rehabilitation Institute, which is managed by the chief physician and university professor Dr. Johannes Kirchheimer.
Thanks to the direct connection between the rehabilitation centre and the orthopedic department, patients benefit from the very short distance. They have the benefit of the same team of doctors and therapists at their service in both locations. Their medical records are always quickly available when needed.


At the Spa Resort Warmbad-Villach you can benefit from the first Golf Therapy Center in Austria, a medical and physiotherapy clinic specialized in golf. Under the direction of Dr. Karin Aul (specialized in orthopedics and certified golf mental coach), and Andrea Münzer (chief physiotherapist) our team of specialists prepares individual training programs for golf players of all ages & all levels of skill. Thanks to the collaboration with the local golf clubs and golf pros, and to discounted greens fees at our partner golf courses, you can reach your objectives quickly. The GOLF MED INSTITUT is an official Golf therapy centre that offers complete assistance for golf players, through analysis, therapy and mental training. At our centre there is perfect synergy between the specialist medical and physiotherapy skills, specially geared to the needs of golf players. For therapy or preventatively, following individual analysis, all golfers are certain to find the most suitable program for their specific needs. Our objective is to offer all golfers, young or old, the possibility to play this sport with utter satisfaction, based on their aspirations and abilities, and as much as possible without pain or other disturbances. Another important factor is the proximity to the golf course: The professionally guided Driving Range in the Thermal Spa Resort and the golf course GC Schloss Finkenstein are in the immediate vicinity. An advice from the pros: soothing thermal water, exercise programs and massages as well as healthy and balanced diet, provides the perfect combination to prepare for the next game.


This favourable environment is perfect for runners, joggers, power walkers and hikers, if wanted even led by experienced trainers. With wonderful cycle paths along the rivers Drava and Gail, an equestrian center and a tennis camp the Thermal Spa Resort offers a wide range of sports opportunities. At the nearby 18-hole golf course GC Schloss Finkenstein and in more than 22 golf courses in the Alps-Adriatic region, guests enjoy green fee benefits.