Come to the lakes of Carinthia
The Austrian Riviera – you'll experience a picturesque bike tour in Austria's southernmost and sunniest region. Enjoy the impressive scenery and numerous lakes nestling amongst enchanting mountain ranges. You should not miss the local delicacies – at Castle Hochosterwitz and Maria Saal. Interesting towns like Villach and Klagenfurt are expecting you– and of course the beautiful nature of this region. The change of road surfaces between the valleys and lakes to avoid busy main roads brings you sometimes onto bumpy hilly routes, but with a normal fitness level this cycle tour is easily manageable.
1. day Villach Arrival
Please arrive as early as possible. So you can enjoy the silence within the mountains, crystal-clear seas, in short: nature total – and you will find all of this in the region of 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.
2. day Faaker See 50 km
Leaving the town of Warmbad Villach behind, you will cycle along the feet of the Karawanken eastwards to arrive at the first lake of your tour: The Faaker Lake with Mittagskogel peak towering majestically above the scene. The sea – surrounded by virgin nature of wood and meadows – gives shelter to an Island within the middle of the sea. An Austrian version of Gullivers Iland, where you will find the most famous gothic roadside shrine, which thousands of photographers and artists have used as a photo motive. Don't miss a stop in the "Biergarten" of the "Bauernwirt" in Seeleiten before you start your way back to Villach-Warmbad.
3. day Ossiacher See 45 km
The first companion of your tour after leaving Villach will be the castle ruin of Landskron. Standing on a mountain high over Villach, the castle will guide you at clear sight far on your tour, and reminds you of your home you left in Villach. Time for a stop. The old monastery and the marvellous church "Maria Himmelfahrt" Is definitely worth being explored.
Your next destination is 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.
4. day Klagenfurt 50 km
Today you 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.
5. day Lake Klopeiner See 40 km
Today you will get to know Carinthia"s charming capital [90,000 inhabitants]. An Italian architect gave the historical centre a Southern 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.
6. day St. Veit 40/55 km
First of all, you'll cycle to Zollfeld at the feet of Carinthia's biggest "church-fortress", Maria Saal. The next highlight is Castle Hochosterwitz, one of the most beautiful castles in Austria. It is really impressive, this castle built on a steeply falling, 150 metres high rock. Many castles and mansions in this area will remind you of the influence of the former capital of Carinthia - St. Veit an der Glan. Several historical buildings have been left from Medieval glamour: The well-preserved town wall, the town moat, now used as green area, two large squares with historical houses and numerous arcades, as well as magnificent façades - a real masterpiece is the late-Baroque town hall.
7. day Villach 60 km
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.
8. day Villach Departure
On request, we will be glad to book additional nights for you in Carinthia.
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.
Prices are per person.
05.04. – 18.04.2020
20.09. – 04.10.2020
19.04. – 20.06.2020
30.08. – 19.09.2020
21.06. – 29.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 7 overnights with breakfast, rooms with shower / bath / WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- carefully prepared routing
- own tourmarking
- GPS-data available
Worth knowing about your Carinthia tour
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 times a week convenient connections to Klagenfurt by TUIfly. Continue by train to Villach: by airport bus to the main station of Klagenfurt; ½ hourly trains from Villach, journey time 30 minutes, cost approx 12.00 EUR / trip.
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).There are always plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
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
27-speed unisex wheels (freewheeler) are available. 7-speed wheels withcoaster brake and e-wheels without coaster brake are available on request. The electric bikes of the brand Kalkhoff are with freewheel and have a range of about 140 km. Each bike is equipped with a saddlebag, handlebar bag, odometer and ring lock. You will also receive a breakdown kit per room.
Helmets are obligatory in Austria
It is obligatory to wear a helmet for persons until 12 years.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.
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, 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.
Burgruine Landskron Villach
Landskron Castle was built in the 16th century, on the foundation walls of a fortification dating from the 14th century.
Today, Landskron accommodates an exclusive restaurant, a monkey park and an ornithological station for birds of prey.
Chruch of the holy cross Villach
The church of the holy cross is one of the most beautiful sakral baroque buildings of the country. It it the follower of the St. Peter Church (1203) which has been recognises as a church in 1244 by the bishop, the patriarch of Aquileia.
In the north the River Drau, in the south the Karawanken Range with majestic Mittagskogel – and in between Finkenstein on turquoise Lake Faak. It is Carinthia’s southerly lake (with island hotel). In summer Finkenstein Castle Arena overlooking Lake Faak draws crowds, as it hosts a wide range of cultural events every year. The historic arena seats just under 1,200 – for very special concerts and cabaret in a simply stunning setting.
Steindorf has a monster. But no need to worry: it is only what some jokingly call the Stone House built by the late star architect Günther Domenig. After nearly twenty years of construction, the famous architect’s opus magnum is a landmark and attraction, drawing tourists and those interested in architecture alike. The village of Steindorf with 3,725 inhabitants lies on the north side of Lake Ossiach, about eight kilometres from Feldkirchen, between Gerlitzen Alpe and the Ossiacher Tauern range. The perfect base therefore for wonderful holidays between the lake and mountains. Where to swim: the beach in Bodensdorf has 10,000 square metres for sunbathing and relaxing. Water temperature? Up to 26 degrees in summer.
Boat trip Wörthersee
Discover the Wörthersee from its nicest part! Be surprised and enjoy an easy-going, pleasurable journey on the Wörthersee.
Welcome on board!
Pilgrimage Church Maria Wörth
The famous pilgrimage church is located on a peninsula at the southern part of the Wörthersee.
The statue of the Mother of God is to be found in the baroque high altar. Below the high altar the krypta is located.
The baroque cross altar has a gothic cross from the 16th century. The glorious pulpit has been built in 1761. The gothic baptistery has a baroque upper part with symbols of caducity.
Art, good food, and nature promise countless moments of wonder, delectation and invigorating outdoor experiences. Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia located on Lake Wörthersee, invites you to set out on a journey of discovery that will captivate each and every one of your senses.
The west side is the central front of the castle. The middle part with a flight of seven windows, is the oldest building dating from around 1540, the northern wing of the main front was built in 1575/76 according to the inscription panel to set it again after the round tower earlier model. The extension, which points to the south, was with the stairs and the upper gallery on the foundations of the parapet wall around 1673 and listed simultaneously closed down the old main entrance in the round (west) tower.
Lake Klopeiner See with its smooth, turquoise water is the star of the region. But its six "brothers" with water temperatures of up to 28°C are attractions not just for bathing fans. Families will find their cycle-paradise here. up to 1.246 km almost car-free cycle tracks are waiting for you to enjoy the superb landscape.
St. Veit an der Glan
Several archaeologic findings suggest a settlement in the area already in Carolingian times. According to legend, a 901 battle of Bavarian forces against invading Magyars instigated the founding of the town. As first mentioned in an 1131 deed, a Saint Vitus Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk was located here within the Duchy of Carinthia. According to an 1137 agreement, it was "repurchased" by the Bishopric of Bamberg.
In the center of the sunny Glan Valley where the upper narrow bottom of the valley starts to widen and where the old Roman road crossed the Glan river at Mautbrücken is the formerly traffic controlling Glanegg castle in previously strategic location at the steep northern valley side.
The builder of the castle is still unknown but according to the latest information it is assumed that the House of Eppensteiner were the builders. It was a conspicuous house in its time ( and had a lot of properties from the north of Styria to the Friuli region ). In 1012 Adalbero became the first Carinthian Duke, later however he was excommunicated and put under imperial ban because he had murdered Count Wilhelm ( who was the son of Hemma von Gurk ) and therefore there is almost no information about this period available.