To fully enjoy the silence within the mountains, crystal-clear lakes, in short: nature you should arrive as early as possible in the day at Villach-Warmbad, in the center of Carinthia. Even the Romans and Paracelsus appreciated the relaxation and recreation within these thermal springs.
If you booked bikes we will provide them in your hotel.
The first stop of your tour after leaving Villach will be the castle ruin of Landskron. On a clear day, the castle ruins can be seen over Villach and far beyond. The old knights knew exactly where to settle. No wonder, as the picturesque backdrop has hardly changed over time: the green of the Gerlitzen in the foreground, the blue of the Ossiacher See in the background. Time for a stop- the old monastery and the marvellous church "Maria Himmelfahrt" Is definitely worth being explored. Your next destination will be the charming spa resort Steindorf on the eastern side of the Ossiacher Lake. Make a short stop in Bodensdorf at the feet of the Gerlitzen before completing the circuit back to Villach-Warmbad.
Today you will have to say goodbye to the nearly 1,000 year old town of Villach. At first, you cycle several kilometres along the Drauradweg, then into the Keutschacher Lake Valley. The Hafner Lake, the Keutschacher Lake, the Bassgeiger Lake and the Rauschele Lake form a group around the health resort Keutschach. As an alternative route, you can go along the Wörthersee and visit the famous villages Velden and Pörtschach. Both routes will bring you to the capital of Carinthia – Klagenfurt.
Today you will get to know Carinthia"s charming capital [90,000 inhabitants]. An Italian architect gave the historical centre a mediterranean appearance. Heart and symbol of Klagenfurt, the "rose on Wörthersee", is the lindworm on the New Square. Sculptor Ulrich Vogelsang chiselled the favourite lap-dog of the Carinthians from one block - according to tradition. Passing Ebenthal with Castle Grafenstein you'll come to the artificial lake in Völkermarkt. Onto Carinthia's warmest lake, the Klopeiner See, where you"ll spend the night. There's enough time to have a refreshing bath in the lake.
You cross the Drau for the last time and cycle through a slightly hilly landscape. Marvel at the two mighty towers of Carinthia's most imposing fortified church in Maria Saal. The cycle path leads you past the Carinthian Herzogsstuhl. It has stood there for more than a thousand years and is, so to speak, the center of the Carinthian world. As far as the eye can see, the historic Carinthian Zollfeld spreads out in front of you. Hochosterwitz Castle: It's amazing what nature first and what people later put on there. In the middle of the field is a 150-meter-high limestone rock, which slopes steeply on all sides and has been converted into an impregnable fortress. Numerous castles and palaces in the area remind of the former importance of the former state capital St. Veit. Enjoy your free time here. Discover the city wall, the medieval main square, the magnificent Renaissance houses and beautiful arcade courtyards, the ducal castle and many monuments that still bear witness to the time when St. Vitus was the capital of the country and seat of the Carinthian bishop.
Go for a short walk around St. Veit and take a look at the numerous courtyards. Then your route takes you westwards along the Glan towards Glanegg. From far away, you can see the castle ruins of Glanegg standing in solitary splendour. Feldkirchen is surrounded by hills, romantic castles and many old ruins. A cycle path along the Glan brings you directly to the Ossiacher Lake and back to Villach.
Leaving the town of Warmbad Villach behind, you will cycle along the feet of the Karawanken eastwards to arrive at the last lake of your tour: The Lake Faaker with it's Mittagskogel peak towering majestically above the scene. Extensive, undeveloped meadows and green strips of forest surround the lake, in the middle of which there is a graceful island. After a leisurely break at the lake, start your return journey. Over a small ridge you get to the gray-green, shiny Drau. The Drau cycle path takes you back to Villach at a leisurely pace.
On request, we will be glad to book additional nights for you in Carinthia.
Several tunnels are being renovated along the main traffic route via the Tauern motorway, which may cause serious delays during the peak travel period in 2024. Please take this into account when planning your journey to Carinthia.
- Overnight stay with breakfast
- room with D/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- Cycling map with marked route
- Digital route guidance via smartphone app
- Tips for trip preparation
- Tourist information
- 7-day hotline service
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Villach is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train.We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Villach. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Arrival by plane
There are several convenient connections to Klagenfurt. Continue by train to Villach: by airport bus to the main station of Klagenfurt; ½ hourly trains from Villach, journey time 30 minutes.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Within a short distance of the start hotel there is a free public car park and a public underground car park (about 35 Euro per week). No pre-reservation is necessary. You will receive detailed information about the parking options at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of the journey.
Condition of cycle paths
The change between the individual river valleys and lakes, as well as the avoidance of busy routes sometimes brings a somewhat hilly route with it. But with "normal" fitness this bike trip is safe to handle. You cycle mostly on paved bike paths and side roads with little traffic. The route is consistently well signposted.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between either 7-speed unisex bikes with hub gears and coaster brake or 21-speed ladies' or men's bikes with derailleur gears and freewheel as well as electric bikes (unisex).
Helmets are obligatory in Austria
It is obligatory to wear a helmet for children under 12 years.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the hotel.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
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