The Drava Cycle Path
The classic carinthian Tour
- Lienz – Villach
- Mountain panorama as companion
- Excursions to the most southern lakes of Austria
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Ø km pro Tag
From Italy through Austria to Slovenia - the Drava flows to where its merges with the Danube. Lienz is an ideal starting point in East Tyrol. You cycle through the entire Drava waterhead region. Your Drava cycling tour mostly follows level ground, through Kärnten, so pleasure cyclists and families can look forward to a relaxing cycling holiday. You'll see the Dolomites in the background - and experience a real classic cycle tour. Be inspired by Kärnten's countryside and explore this lake district on your bike along the Drava cycle path.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
Lienz / Villach
7 days / 6 nights
approx. 215 km
Daily routes ●○○○○
between 35 and 50 km, Ø 45 km
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- Route condition
Brief facts about the tour profile: You cycle along the coast on established paths, sometimes on side roads with little traffic. The cycle paths are well sign-posted and follow level ground.
- Parking information
Hotel garage Lienz approx. 8 € per day Public car parking near by the hotel, approx. 13 € per week. Free of charge parking places outskirts.
No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
- Return to Lienz
Optional by minivan (Saturday morning), duration approx. 1,5 hours. Include in your booking, payable on site.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Lienz
Welcome to the sunny town of Lienz. Austria's sunniest town is an ideal starting point for your Drava cycling holiday. Admire the merging rivers, Isel and Drava, and relax on the lush grass of a meadow here. The southern flair of the town will get you in the mood for your cycling holiday. If you have booked rental bikes, they will be ready for you at the hotel.
Day 2: Lienz – Berg in Drava Valley, approx. 35 km
The Isel flows into the Drava at Lienz. Even though the Isel is a much bigger river, the Drava retains its name. Half way along today's section, you leave Tyrol. You now enter Kärnten. The Drava, which has now grown in size, leads you through level ground to today's destination: Berg in the Drava Valley.
Day 3: Berg in Drava Valley – Spittal, approx. 45 km
Fantastic mountain panoramas and idyllic villages and hamlets lead you to Spittal. Porcia castle, a Renaissance work of art with a three-storey arcade court and a beautiful park are right in the middle of the town. The upper storey houses the museum for anthropology, which gives visitors an idea of country life here.
Day 4: Spittal – Villach, approx. 40 km
Carinthia's second biggest town awaits you - the town of Villach. There's a lot to explore here: on a wander through the historic quarter or on a visit to any of the many churches. Villach is also famous for its church congresses. Right next to Villach is Faaker Lake, famous as a bathing lake throughout Austria. A visit to the castle ruins in Landskron is also worthwhile.
Day 5: Excursion to Lake Faak, approx. 50 km
Day trip to Faaker Lake awaits you. You follow Drava river out of Villach to the southernmost bathing lake in Austria. From the turquoise waters of the lake, you'll spy Mittagskogel mountain. The most prominent peak in Carinthia, it forms the border to Slovenia. The level cycle path takes you through green countryside, passing expansive meadows and small idyllic towns and villages. Don't hesitate to hop into the popular bathing lake for a swim! A particular highlight is the natural island in the middle of the lake. You cycle back to Villach along the Drava cycle path.
Day 6: Excursion to Lake Ossiach, approx. 45 km
Another lake along your Drava cycle tour is a must. Lake Ossiach can hardly be matched! In the main town of Ossiach you'll find a former Benedictine monastery with a magnificent Baroque church. It is the oldest monastery in Carinthia. The cycle path takes you all the way around this crystal clear lake. A real insider tip: Finsterbach Waterfall, only a few minutes away from the banks. You can watch the fishermen at work and then cycle through small, quaint villages, passing traditional farmhouses. On the level cycle paths and with the Carinthian mountains in view, you pedal back to Villach - with a wonderful Italian flair.
Day 7: Individual departure or extended stay
Your Cycling holiday ends in Village. We would be happy to extend your stay along the Drava cycle path in Villach.