Selected hotels and inns on national 3*/4* level.
The Carinthian Lakes Roundtrip is a bicycle tour to the most beautiful lakes of Carinthia. Past blue and turquoise lakes, accompanied by a hills and mountains, the route fascinates with a varied landscape. The Mediterranean influence in the south of Austria makes cycling a pleasure from April to October.
The cycle tour takes you from Villach, the cycling capital of Carinthia, to lake Millstätter See, lake Weißensee, lake Pressegger See, lake Faaker See and via the valley Keutschacher Seental with 4 lakes to the provincial capital of Klagenfurt. From there the journey leads over the lake Wörthersee to the Drava/Drau cycle path back to Villach and finally around the lake Ossiacher See. There is plenty of time to discover the magnificent landscape, but also the cuisine and culture.
This tour leads mostly on well laid out bicycle routes, often directly along the lakesides. The route is mainly flat, in a few stages slightly hilly. Tour also suitable for families with children aged 12 and over.
Individual arrival. The silence of the mountains, the gentle shores of the crystal-clear lakes, nature purely - in the heart of Carinthia the region around Villach reflects this whole variety. Already the Romans as the possibly first bathers appreciated relaxation and rest in these thermal baths and even Paracelsus enjoyed the curative effect of the thermal springs.
In the morning you take the train to Lendorf near Spittal a.d. Drau. From there you cycle on secondary roads to Lake Millstatt, which is completely surrounded by a cycle path. You will discover the untouched south shore without any roads where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake in many places. Along the northern shore you cycle, partly directly along the lake, to the capital of the region, Millstatt am See. Already the Austrian emperor spent his holidays here, and many elegant villas from this era are still preserved.
In the morning, a shuttle bus takes you up to the lake Weißensee. From there, a boat will take you to the starting point of the bike tour. The trip starts with a short slope before turning downhill again along the dreamy Gitschtal valley, to the small town of Hermagor and then to Lake Pressegger.
The tour starts at the Gailtal cycle path, one of Carinthia‘s most natural cycling routes. It leads through the Schütt nature reserve, formed by a landslide of the imposing Dobratsch mountain, and where the Gail River flows through wide gravel banks. From the Gailtal cycle path, turn off at Müllnern in the direction of lake Faaker See and continue along the southern shore of the lake. Then the path leads through small dreamy places to today‘s final destination.
Today starts with a section along the Drau cycle path and then leads to the Keutschacher Seental cycle path. The trip starts with some slopes before turning downhill towards the valley along the 4 lakes through idyllic natural landscape and forest sections. Via the suburb of Viktring you return to the shore of lake Wörthersee and then cycle the last part to Klagenfurt along the Lendkanal, which connects the city center with the lake. Do not miss a leisurely evening stroll through the romantic old town, and experience the flair of this city up close.
The path leads you back to lake Wörthersee and then always along the north shore. The route runs continuously on bike paths and often directly along the lake, where you are free to stop for a cooling jump into the water. The bathing resorts along the lake are lively and have nice inviting sea promenades with many attractions for big and small cyclists. Leaving lake Wörthersee in a westerly direction you reach the Drava/Drau cycle path, the most famous bike path in Carinthia, which will bring you back to Villach. The relatively small city of Villach is perfect for little stroll in the centre.
The Seebach leads you out of Villach and soon you will notice the castle ruin of Landskron, dominating the valley below. Surrounded by the idyllic mountain scenery, you will come across inviting bathing resorts and the romantic Ossiach monastery. The dark green colour of the lake water is really inviting to take a last bath before closing the roundtrip in Villach.
ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE
Airport: Klagenfurt (KLU), Salzburg (SZG), Ljubljana (LJU)
ARRIVAL BY CAR
Parking: depending on the arrival hotel free parking directly at the hotel or nearby. Public underground garage for about € 35,- per car and week (no reservation possible, payable locally).
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN
Train station: Villach
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Helmets: are mandatory in Austria for children up to 12 years! Please bring your own.
City or vistor’s tax, if payable, is not included in the travel price.
Special dates on request from 5 persons.
|S1||25.04. - 25.04.20||every SAT||book now|
|S2||26.04. - 31.05.20||every SAT||book now|
|S2||01.06. - 19.06.20||every TUE/SAT||book now|
|S3||20.06. - 24.07.20||every TUE/SAT||book now|
|S3||02.08. - 28.08.20||every TUE/SAT||book now|
|S3||06.09. - 12.09.20||every SAT||book now|
|S2||13.09. - 02.10.20||every SAT||book now|
|S1||03.10. - 03.10.20||every SAT||book now|
|Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults*|
|*just applicable on tour price|
|Bicycle & equipment|
Selected hotels and inns on national 3*/4* level.
Bicycle incl. panniers (reservation in advance and for charge)
+ 21-speed bike (women´s or men´s frame)
+ E-bikes (unisex frame) - limited availability
With an E-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electro bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.