2019
The Carinthia Lake Loop

Cycling Holiday in Carinthia

Magical Lakes, Forts and Castles

  • Round trip from Villach
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

8
Tage

50
Ø km pro Tag

There are over 200 turquoise lakes surrounding the imposing alpine massif in the expansive Klagenfurt valley, the capital of the Carinthian region – a bike holidaymaker’s paradise. Lake Ossiach and Wörthersee are two of the largest ones. Be it historical relics, droll animals or fairy-tale castles and forts - the countless number of highlights will make this cycling holiday through Carinthia unforgettable. In the crystal-clear lakes on both sides of the cycle paths you will always find a place for a refreshing dip in the cool water.

Itinerary

The Carinthia Lake Loop

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    OE-DRVV7
  • Start / Destination
    Villach
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 275 / 300 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Parking information
    Free parking available at a public car park. Basement car park nearby the hotel for 35 € / week.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

Day 1: Individual arrival in Villach

Discover the town where Drava and Gail meet. It is full of elegant buildings, graceful parks and has a beautiful thermal spa complex. Enjoy the combination of Mediterranean flair and Carinthian traditions. Its cosmopolitanism and enthusiasm for culture makes it stand out from the crowd. Reserved rental bicycles are parked at the hotel ready for you.

Day 2: Excursion around Lake Faak, approx. 50 km

On today’s cycling stage you will come past Villach spa, in a general south-easterly direction. Your destination is the turquoise blue Lake Faaker. From here, you’ll have an amazing view of the Mittagskogel, one of the most memorable peaks in Carinthia. You will cycle through meadows and green strips of forest, eventually reaching the Drau cycle path, which will take you back to Villach.

Day 3: Excursion around Lake Ossiach, approx. 45 km

Accompanied by a view of the majestic castle ruin of Landskron, you’ll be leaving Villach. Cycle along Lake Ossiach in an unhurried fashion. In the eponymous town of Ossiach, there is a former Benedictine monastery with a splendid baroque church. Jump into the lake’s surprisingly warm water and enjoy the amazing view of Carintian’s mountains before cycling back to Villach.

Day 4: Villach ‒ Klagenfurt, approx. 40 / 50 km

Today you will cycle to Austria’s most popular lake, the Wörthersee. It lies embedded between mountains and hills and is one of the warmest alpine lakes. Why not make your first stop in the popular resort town of Velden. From here, the route will lead you through gentle hills into the Keutschach lake valley and alongside the Lend canal into Carinthia’s capital.

Day 5: Klagenfurt ‒ Lake Klopein, approx. 40 km

From Klagenfurt ‒ the rose by the Wörthersee with its magical historic centre - you will initially cycle to the Völkermarkt catchment lake. While en route, you’ll come past Ebenthal castle and Grafenstein castle, from where it’ not too far to Lake Klopein. Water temperatures of up to 30°C have been recorded here. White churches atop mountain peaks and foresty regions shape the surroundings.

Day 6: Lake Klopein ‒ St. Veit, approx. 40 / 55 km

Today, you will make your final crossing of the Drau and cycle towards the imposing mountaintop church of Maria Saal. The small market town dates back to a roman town of the first century AD. The Kärnten Zollfeld expands in front of you and you will come past important monuments such as the Herzogsstuhl and Hochosterwitz castle. Once you’re in St. Veit, you will have reached today’s final destination.

Day 7: St. Veit ‒ Villach, approx. 60 km

Following the river Glan, you’ll be cycling to Glanegg. From far afield, you are welcomed by the castle ruin, which ‒ in medieval times ‒ checked the passage through the Glan valley. En route to Feldkirchen, you will come past the idyllically situated Lake Maltschach. For one last time, you’ll be cycling along the shore of Lake Ossiach to your destination, Villach.

Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay

Unfortunately your tour has come to a close. We would be happy to extend your Carinthian lake magic cycling holiday.