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Location N 46°40'39.5" E 13°54'08.7" Elev. 1526m

How to find us...

The Kanzelhöhe (on the half elevation of the mountain Gerlitzen) is located about 10 km NE of Villach near the Lake Ossiacher See. Villach, a provincial city not far from the Austrian border to Slovenija and Italy, is within easy reach at the junction of two important Austrian motorways: The A10 Tauernautobahn from Salzburg to Villach, proceeding as A11 Karawankenautobahn to Ljubljana (Slovenija), and the A2 Südautobahn from Vienna and Graz to Udine, Trieste and Venice (Italy). Villach is also a railway stop for all national and international trains from Austria to Italy and Slovenija. The nearest Airports are Klagenfurt, Graz, Salzburg and Vienna (domestic flights to Klagenfurt). There are fast trains from the airports to Villach.

Join the exit Villach - Ossiacher See of the A10 and follow the traffic signs to the village Treffen. After passing the village turn right and join a small road which is signposted Kanzelhöhe (toll road) which leads you up to the observatory (about 10 km). Follow the signs Solarzentrum. A good alternative to avoid the mountain road (especially during winter) is to take the Kanzelbahn (cable railway) from Annenheim. After leaving the motorway at the same exit follow the traffic sign to Annenheim and Kanzelbahn (Gerlitzen Alpe). The cable railway is not operated all over the year. There is about 10 minutes to walk (1.5 km) from the top station of the cable railway to the observatory (Don't take the second section to the top of the Gerlitzen!). From Villach to Annenheim (cable railway station) there is a bus service and a local train (Line: Villach - Feldkirchen - St. Veit).


Follow the red marked road coming from Treffen. At the cable railway station turn right and proceed to the Hapimag Apartments, there turn left joining the small road which climbs up to the Observatory building (marked with the red circle). The Villa with the guest apartments of the Observatory (yellow circle) is near the Hapimag building.