Cycling in Carinthia
Stop Dreaming and Start Cycling
Carinthia has everything that a cyclist’s heart desires: a fantastic array of well-signposted trails, mountain biking tours with majestic views, scenic Alpine roads to hit with your racing bike, lovely lakeshores and river banks for leisurely rides and technical flow trails and singletracks for seasoned riders.
Alpine Landscape, Mediterranean Lifestyle
CYCLING BETWEEN MOUNTAINS AND LAKES
The pay-off is huge for those who explore Carinthia pedalling. Cycle along picturesque river banks meandering through a majestic mountain landscape or past one of the 200 warm, crystal-clear lakes with water that’s clean to drink. Plenty of cycle routes take you to the most beautiful spots in Austria’s sunny south and invite you to take a break and enjoy your time to the fullest with your whole family. You can pack your bikes for the trip to Carinthia already in spring. Thanks to the mild, sunny climate in the Alps-Adriatic area, bicycle tours are possible even when the mountains are still fit for sunshine skiing. Grab one of the endless opportunities! Cycle routes such as the certified route along the Drava river (“Drauradweg”), “Via Carinzia” in southern Carinthia or the “Alpe-Adria Cycle Path” that leads you to the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Italy guarantee immersive experiences in a unique landscape with idyllic mountains and lakes.
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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY AND CULTURE
In spring 2016, the cycle route along the Drava river (“Drauradweg”) reached for the stars. Five stars, to be more precise, making it a 5-star cycle route certified by the German Cyclist’s Association (ADFC). The 366-kilometre tour that crosses the whole province of Carinthia is one of Austria’s most popular routes. An adventure for the whole family! Signposts on every corner and delicious meals that you can savour at one of the restaurants and taverns along the Drava river make this route a “don’t worry - be happy” travel experience for cyclists. Would you like to cross the borders? In just one week, the “Alpe-Adria Cycle Path” takes you to the sea. It starts in Salzburg, the city of Mozart, goes through the Hohe Tauern National Park before heading southward toward the sunny province of Carinthia and across the Austrian border to Italy. With a total length of 162 kilometres, the different cycle routes of “Via Carinzia” in southern Carinthia guarantee pleasurable cycling rides rich in history and culture. The cycle route “Gailtal-Radweg” winds through the Gailtal valley with the awe-inspiring Gailtal and Carnic Alps rising either side of you. In central Carinthia, it’s all about the e-bike.
Carinthian Lake Loop
DISCOVER TEN MAGNIFICENT LAKES BY BIKE
In Austria’s sunny south, 200 warm, crystal-clear lakes with water that’s safe to drink invite you to take a swim. Shimmering lakes and their surroundings make for an incredible experience on your bike. The new Carinthian Lake Loop (“Große Kärnten Seen Schleife”) is a 340-kilometre multi-day tour for recreational cyclists. Each stage takes you past ten magnificent lakes, along picturesque river banks and to panoramic lookouts. Indulgent moments guaranteed! Thanks to the cross-regional electric bike scheme “Kärnten rent e-bike”, you can hire and drop off an e-bike at lots of stations. It’s as easy as that!
Single or Flow?
SINGLETRACKS IN CARINTHIA
Carinthia has become a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts over the past few years. What’s on offer? Tricky singletracks, scenic mountain roads, leisurely rides across lush, green alpine pastures or tours to the summits. Check out the world’s longest flow trail in Bad Kleinkirchheim - 15 kilometres of pure fun! Another flow trail of 10 kilometres takes you along the massif “Petzen”.
With the “Flow Trail Card”, you have access to more than 30 tracks and trails in Carinthia. There’s even more to discover beyond the borders of the bike parks, in the great outdoors.
Summit to Summit
MOUNTAIN BLISS ON TWO WHEELS
In the Gailtal and Carnic Alps, mountain bikers find more than 40 bike tours accessible to a broad range of abilities. The lifts and cable cars in the Nassfeld region allow you to take the easy way up. Find more great day tours around Lake Weissensee and an appealing network of marked cycle paths at Lake Faaker See. The undulating, grass-covered mountains of the “Nockberge” range are home to 750 kilometres of well-signposted routes for mountain bikers. Collect exciting and unforgettable memories on arduous ascents, five rough, natural singletrack trails and leisurely rides through mountain villages with a rustic charm. Embark on a spectacular adventure near St. Kanzian at Lake Klopeiner See in southern Carinthia. Put on your helmet and head torch and cycle through abandoned mining tunnels on a guided tour (only in summer).
ROAD CYCLING & TOURS ON RACING BIKES
Experienced road cyclists are familiar with it: Austria’s south boasts great routes for road cyclists to suit every level of ability with spectacular and diverse terrain. The area around Carinthia’s lakes is a diverse, natural training ground. Are you ready for the mountains classification? Panoramic mountain passes and scenic roads are waiting for you. The king of climbs and arguably the hardest road in the country, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (“Großglockner Hochalpenstraße”), is an amazing sliver of tarmac. Starting near the town of Villach, the famous Three Countries MTB Route takes you to Italy and Slovenia. An epic cross-border adventure! Don’t miss any of the breathtaking panoramic lookouts on this single-day tour! Enjoy an immersive experience of the Alps-Adriatic area, cycling along the turquoise waters of the Soča river, via an arduous ascent to the Vršič pass and back down to picturesque Italian villages. Have a blast!
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