Old cottages and wonderful lakes
The bike tour starts in Hochpustertal, where the composer Mahler found most of his inspiration. The River Drau accompanies you from Spittal to Villach and to Klagenfurt On the way, there are several lakes that you can take a refreshing swim in if you want. Or you could just enjoy the sun on the banks of the Millstätter, Ossiacher, Faaker or Wörther lakes.
1. day Sillian Arriving
Individual arrival at your hotel in Sillian. Private car park at the first hotel included.
2. day Oberdrauburg/ Berg 47 / 59 km
In a cosy pace, your bike trip on the Drau bike trail starts with a 25 km long downhill stage. Enjoy the beautiful view on Heinfels castle and the impressive Dolomites. Lienz, Austria’s sunniest town, also lies on your route. Situated on a hilltop, Bruck castle idyllically integrates into the landscape. The chapel’s frescos are particularly worthwhile here. Even trails take you to the ruins of the former Roman settlement of Aguntum. After an unforgettable break, you continue cycling to Oberdrautal. Then, in Oberdrauburg, the historical town centre, the alpine pasture museum and the ancient mill wait to be visited. On the vestiges of the ancient Roman trade routes, the bike trail takes you to Berg, situated in the centre of the wide valley of the Drau.
3. day Sachsenburg / Spittal 45 km
An idyllic landscape with old farms and fuchsia gardens seams your way past Neustein and Raggnitz castle from Berg to Spittal on the Drau. Take a trip to the lake Millstätter See, a welcome occasion for a bath. Measuring 12 km in length and 1,5 km in breadth, it is, after the Wörthersee, the second largest lake of the Kärnten region. Make sure to also visit Porcia castle in Spittal, as it counts among the central buildings of the Austrian Renaissance.
4. day Villach 56 km
Anyone who favours nature and history gets his money’s worth today. Cycling mostly by the riverside, many highlights such as archaeological finds of the early Christian church near Molzbichl in the lower valley of the Drau, lie on your way. The museum Carantana and the nature park Dobratsch near Villach also wait to be visited. On a walk around Villach, you will discover numerous old alleys and idyllic arcade courts. For more than 800 years, the central square of the town was the focal point of the town’s trade activities. Designed in late gothic style, the town’s church is considered one of the country’s most beautiful hall churches.
5. day Ferlach 51 km
Today, the Drau takes you to Austria’s most species-rich animal park near Rosegg castle and carries you off to the Celtic site near Frög. Visit this unique outdoor museum, erected on a former grave site uniting about 200 graves. About 3000 years ago, the Celts used to burry their deceased here under the huge barrows with precious gifts. After this interesting trip, you keep following the Drau past the pilgrimage church Maria Elend and Hollenburg castle to Ferlach, where a magnificent town centre with the well-known gunsmith’s and hunter’s museums are at home.
6. day Klopeinersee 47 km
A beautiful stage lies ahead of you! Follow the river and the rose valley, famous for the most beautiful valleys of Kärnten. Cycling through a wide bird sanctuary, you will soon reach the picturesque town of Völkermarkt with a worthwhile church, old town hall and new castle. In the south, the impressive hilltops of the Karawanken watch over the country, in the northeast, it’s the Saualpe. Through a magnificent panorama, small side streets take you to the lake Klopeinersee.
7. day Klopeinersee - Sillian Departing
After breakfast transfer back to Sillian (3 hours).
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
01.05. – 16.05.2020
14.06. – 28.06.2020
30.08. – 27.09.2020
17.05. – 13.06.2020
03.07. – 29.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Private car park at the first hotel included.
- transfer Klopeinersee - Sillian
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information on cycling on the Drau cycle path. If you have any further questions about this trip, please call us: Tel .: 06421 - 886890.
Drive along the Brennerautobahn (A22) to the exit Bressanone-Val Pusteria / Brixen-Pustertal and continue through the Pustertal or via the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Osttirol and further through the Drautal to Sillian.
Drive through Innsbruck and the Brennerbahn to Fortezza (Franzensfeste) and then take the regional trains to Pustertal. You can also travel from Salzburg via the Tauernbahn to Spittal an der Drau, change there and continue along Drautal uphill to Sillian.
Free parking spaces (not guarded) are available at the Starthotel.
The Drauradweg, which has been awarded as a 4-star quality cycling tour by the ADFC, runs along the river of the same name through Eastern Tyrol and Carinthia. The cycle path is signposted (in Carinthia designation R1), runs largely directly on the Drauufer and is very well developed (asphalt, sand, or fine gravel). The bike path is very easy to ride with normal touring bikes.
Especially on the first day it is often downhill. Otherwise the path is generally flat. Only now and then there are smaller slopes.
Bicycles from "Schauff", "Kettler" and "KTM", 7-speed with hub shift, 26/28 inch, brake are standard.
E-Bikes: "KTM bikersfun" (19 kg weight, 51 cm frame height, 27 gear freewheel, 2 brakes) or the TOP quality wheel "KTM eCROSS" (70 km range with only 21 kg weight) are available.
Depending where you sleep you have to pay local taxes around 1 € to 2 € per night. The tax is payable on spot.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossibe to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
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.
Sillian, Heinfels Castle
The castle of Heinfels is strategically located on a hill above the village of Heinfels and is titled "Queen of the Pustertal" because of its location. The name goes back to the legendary founding by the Huns. Thus, the defense system was extended to the 16th century. Called "Huonenfels". Instead of staying in the past, you should enjoy the presence of Heinfels Castle. She talks about her story, of course, but also impresses in the here and now. After all, it is very well preserved and still very powerful over the things. Unfortunately you can not visit the castle from the inside.
"... a prince worthy" - thus characterized the Tyrolean topographer Beda Weber Castle Bruck, the former residence of the counts of Gorizia in his work "The Land Tyrol. A manual for travelers" (1838). The monumental castle, owned by the city of Lienz since 1942, is one of the main tourist attractions in East Tyrol and today houses the Museum of the City of Lienz with the most comprehensive collection of the work of the Osttirol painter Albin Egger-Lienz.
The market town of Sachsenburg is located at an altitude of 552 m at the entrance to the river Drautal. The picturesque Naturidyll lies in the heart of Oberkärntens in the middle of the protected natural landscape of the Carinthian mountains and lakes. Architectural treasures and the generously-designed market square tell of the historical importance of the former fortress.
Spittal, Castle Porcia
Schloss Porcia in Spittal an der Drau in Upper Carinthia / Austria is a Renaissance castle built in the 16th century in the style of Italian palazzo, and is sometimes described as "the most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps".
Today, Schloss Porcia houses both the “Museum for Folk Culture” and the “Gallery in Schloss Porcia”, a stage for theatrical performances and concerts, a library, as well as a coffee house. Every Thursday there is a farmers’ market in the castle courtyard.
Landskron Castle is a medieval hill castle northeast of Villach in the state of Carinthia, Austria. Dating to the early 14th century, the castle ruins are located on a rock cone of the Ossiach Tauern range, at an elevation of 658 metres above sea level. Today Landskron Castle, its falconry centre conducting regular flying demonstrations, and the nearby macaque enclosure are major tourist destinations.
Natural revitalisation and musical inspiration. Lake Ossiach holds by far the most varied attractions in Carinthia.
In fact, Lake Ossiach arguably has it all: peaceful retreats, atmospheric natural shorelines, a backdrop of magnificent mountains, stunning sunsets and top water quality in shades of emerald green. For action on the lake or rest and relaxation. Lake Ossiach to the northeast of Villach holds by far the most varied attractions in Carinthia. Rest and culture on the one hand, sports and events on the other. And the combination of Mediterranean and Alpine naturally appeals to both locals and visitors alike.
St. Jakob in Villach
The parish church of St. Jakob in Villach is one of the most important churches of art and culture in the country. The three-nave hall church was Protestant in 1526-1954. The crucifix vault of the choir is decorated with baroque stuccoes and frescoes. There is also a large Christophorus wall painting of the 15th century, which has been painted over several times. The Langhaus has an impressive star and net rib arch. The church contains numerous, Important coat-of-arms gravestones from the 15th - 18th century and several late-Gothic works, e.g. Chair, baptismal font, the stone carvings adorned with reliefs and a large crucifix dating from around 1500.
Klagenfurt - Capital of Carinthia
For summer vacations, Klagenfurt is ideally located on Lake Wörthersee, one of Europe’s largest and warmest Alpine lakes. The city’s Mediterranean climate is responsible for pleasant summer days, sunny winter, colorful fall and a mild spring.Klagenfurt, which was first mentioned in 1192, boasts one of Austria’s historic town centers and was thrice awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Diploma for its lovingly restored arcaded Renaissance courtyards, which today accommodate modern boutiques, trendy bars, and authentic beer gardens. The Lindwurm, a winged dragon that is the landmark of the city was modeled on a legendary dragon, said to have resided in a swamp here long ago, dominates Neuer Platz.
A guided tour of the castle takes you back to the Middle Ages. There are also many museums and galleries of international reputation including the Museum of Modern Art, the Provincial Museum with its Roman findings (among them a life-sized bronze statue of a naked boy, called “The Youth from Magdalensberg”), the Wappensaal (heraldic hall), the Diocesan Museum and the Landhaus Gallery.