Cycling vacations in Carinthia
On a cycling holiday in Carinthia, you will get to know Austria's southernmost province. In addition to numerous high mountains such as the Grossglockner, Carinthia also impresses with a pleasantly temperate climate, medieval castles, lush vineyards, and an incredible number of lakes, some sophisticated, others idyllically dreamy. You should always have your swimming trunks at hand when you head to the shores of Lake Wörthersee, Lake Klopeiner See, Lake Millstättersee, Lake Weißensee, Lake Pressegger See, and Lake Faaker See. Klagenfurt is the capital of the province and is not short on attractions. Small towns such as Villach, Spittal an der Drau, or Gmünt are definitely worth a visit.
The mountain and lake world on our cycling holidays in Carinthia not only inspires families but also cyclists with great ambitions. Cyclists of all levels will find what they are looking for on cycle tours in Carinthia: there is something for everyone on routes such as the Drau Cycle Path, the Five Lakes Tour, or the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path. What all cycling holidays in Carinthia have in common is that the scenery is always magnificent, the people friendly and the food fabulous.
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The Drau cycle tour from Lienz to Villach is considered a classic among cycle tours in Carinthia. This is mainly due to the easy daily stages, the lovely rest stops and the magnificent mountain panoramas of the Carinthian Alps and Dolomites. Swim in the wonderfully clear Ossiacher See and Faaker See lakes and visit the excavation site of the Roman city of Aguntum. The small towns of Villach, Spittal and Ossiach are just some of the places that will enchant you during this cycle tour through Carinthia with their charming town houses and inviting market squares.
The cycle tour along the Drau takes you between Lienz and Lake Klopeiner See to the sunny south of Austria, to the province of Carinthia. You follow the course of the river mostly along the banks and can relax and enjoy the view of the mountain peaks of the Dolomites and the Karawanken.
The Carinthian lakes are among the warmest bodies of water in the entire Alpine region and each one has its own unique and special character. The cycle tour around the Carinthian lakes takes you to the shores of Faaker See, Klopeiner See, Maltschacher See, Ossiacher See and Austria's most popular lake, Wörthersee. Majestic castle ruins and palaces line the route, providing a glimpse into the rich history of the region.
On the Cycle tour from Carinthia to the Mediterranean, you cycle along the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path from Villach to Trieste. This is not as challenging as it may sound. You cycle along the disused Pontebbana railroad line through the Kanaltal valley, which separates the Carnic Alps from the Julian Alps and the Karawanken. You will pass over twenty tunnels, bridges and viaducts with breathtaking views. The route of the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path ends with a ride across the Grado lagoon, where you have reached the northern Adriatic. The destination is the Habsburg city of Trieste with its incomparable southern flair.
You should bring strong legs and a certain level of fitness if you want to cycle across the Alps from Salzburg to Grado on the Mediterranean. Crossing the Alps by bike is a dream for many: our easy Transalp on the Alpe Adria Route makes it possible! Look forward to the sporting challenge, cities such as Salzburg, Grado, Udine and Spittal an der Drau, which couldn't be more different, and a gelato on the Gulf of Venice at the end of the Transalp.
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