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Carinthian Lakes

Cycling on the Austrian Riviera

Do you know which part of Austria gets the most sunshine? Guess! In Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost state, of course. The area around the picturesque Carinthian lakes is also known as the Austrian Riviera. And not without reason. Here you can witness the perfect interplay of sun, mountains, water and southern lifestyle. Romantic valleys, sparkling lakes, majestic mountains and picturesque landscapes invite you to an unforgettable cycle tour in the south of Austria.

Details about the cycle tour around the Carinthian lakes

The enchanting small town of Villach is the starting point for this popular cycle tour. Where the jesters make their jokes during Carnival time, you get a perfect, first impression of Carinthia’s sunny climate. From here you can discover Austria’s warmest swimming lakes, such as the Ossiacher See, Klopeiner See, Faaker See and of course the Wörthersee. A slightly hilly route on mostly separate cycle paths, always with the lake in sight, makes this tour a real pleasure.

Highlights of the cycle tour around the Carinthian lakes at a glance:

  • Villach: The loveable small town impresses with great surroundings and delightful cityscape. You will find crystal clear lakes all around, untouched nature and imposing mountains. An absolute highlight.
  • The famous Wörthersee: Much sung about and highly praised it is, next to the Wolfgangsee, probably one of the most famous lakes in Austria. Turquoise blue water, picturesque banks and the well-known town of Velden invite you to linger.
  • Klagenfurt: The capital of Carintha is also known as ‘The Rose from Lake Wörthersee’. And once you’ve been there, you’ll understand why. The lovely city centre and an almost Mediterranean flair make Klagenfurt a real gem.

Useful information about the Carinthian Lakes cycle tour

Over eight days you will get to know the most beautiful sides of Carinthia and you will be surprised every day. Look forward to southern temperatures, lots of sunshine, lovely landscapes and friendly towns. The daily stages between 35 and 50 kilometres, which run mainly on cycle paths and low-traffic side roads, lead you to Carinthia’s most beautiful lakes and are easy to master with a good basic level of fitness. There is plenty of time to dip your feet into the cool water and enjoy the sun.

Do you also need a healthy dose of vitamin D? Then head off to Carinthia!

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

The stillness of the mountains, the gentle lakeside of the crystal-clear lakes, pure nature – located in the heart of Carinthia the entire region around Villach reflects this entire diversity. Already the Romans, probably the first lakeside tourists appreciated relaxation and recuperation in these thermal baths and even Paracelsus enjoyed here the healing effects of the thermal springs.

Hotel (example): Voco

You leave Villach along the Seebach-stream and enjoy the view onto the castle ruin Landskron. On a clear day the castle ruin is visible above Villach and far beyond. The knights from long ago knew exactly where they took up residence. It is no surprise since the picturesque backdrop has not changed over time: in the forefront the green colour of the Gerlitzen Alpe, in the background the blue of Lake Ossiacher See. Lake Ossiacher See, the so called  ’bath tube‘, with a total length of eleven kilometres features (just like nearly all of Carinthia’s lakes) drinking water quality. In Ossiach the mountains and the crystal-clear water of the lake with a water temperature of up to 27 degrees in summer delight on the one hand and on the other hand the monastery dating back to the 11th century with its spectacular, late baroque church. Next the pretty resort of Steindorf on Lake Ossiacher See beckons. Then a short stop in Bodensdorf before today’s tour has finished the full circle in Villach.

Hotel (example): Voco

You start the tour by cycling a few kilometres along the Drau-cycle path headed East. The route continues through unspoilt Carinthian farmland. Your next destination is the bussling town of Velden on Lake Wörthersee. The clear, turquoise-blue water of Lake Wörthersees and the hussle and bussle invite you to a break in the ‚celebrity ‘-town. Through a charming scenery with rolling hills you reach the ‚Keutschach Seental‘. Sometimes it is a languorous wayside cross, sometimes it is a farm house decorated with flowers that catches your eye. The wide valley, the soft rolling hills and wooded mountains, four lovely lakes and in the distance: mountains. Even the close-by sunny South can be felt. Lake Hafnersee, Lake Keutschacher See, Lake Baßgeigensee and Lake Rauschelesee are grouped around the resort Keutschach. The ‚Lend ‘-canal, situated at the eastern shores of Lake Wörthersee, leads you into the state capital of Carinthia, to Klagenfurt.

Hotel (example): Cityhotel zum Domplatz

 

Klagenfurt – "the Rose of Lake Wörthersee" – captivates with its enchanting old part of town. Built by Italian architects in the 16/17th century, it has kept its southern flair over centuries. As legend has it the home of a dragon (Lindwurm), today features winding alleyways, romantic archade courts churches and town houses to explore. After such a big dose of culture you continue by bike. Along the small river Glan you will leave Klagenfurt and after you passed a small range of hills with villages and forest you will reach the river Drau. On the Drau-river cycle path you will cycle to the Völkermarkter reservoir. Now it is only a short distance before you reach the warmest lake of the state, Lake Klopeiner See. The shores of the Lake Klopeiner See are very inviting: the surrounding is mostly wooded and from the hilltops you see flashes of white little churches. In the South, the Karawanken-mountain chain rises and above it all you see the sun in the (usually) blue sky. Now there is only enough time for a refreshing swim in the lake.

Hotel (example): Menüwirt

Idyllic cycle paths lead you from Klopeiner See to the Völkermarkter reservoir, where you will cycle along its waterfront and then pass the river Drau for the last time. On the Glan-Gurk-cycle path you will be led around the former duke city Völkermarkt, capital of the Jaunatal and located on a rising ground and further through typical Carinthian villages and landscapes in direction to the castle Hochosterwitz. It is very impressive what the nature and human beings created there! On top of a 150m high chalk rock there is an invulnerable fortress which overcame lots of centuries and can be visited now. Numerous castles and palaces in the surroundings remind us of the former significance of the onetime state capital St. Veit.

Hotel (example): Fuchspalast

 

For centuries St. Veit has been the seat of the Carinthian bishops. The city wall, the medieval main square, the oppulent Rainassance houses, beautiful archade courts, Herzogsburg-castle and many monuments still testify of this period even today. You head west and cycle along the river Glan to Glanegg. Already visible from afar is Glanegg castle ruin, towering here over and above the valley. The cycle path leads you through Feldkirchen which is surrounded by wooded hills, romantic palaces and venerable ruins and directly to Lake Ossiacher See and back again to your start-and end destination, beautiful Villach.

Hotel (example): Voco

Past Villach’s thermal spa you leave the town and cycle at the foot of the Karawanken-mountains headed East to the last lake of your loop tour, the turquoise-blue Lake Faaker See. The lake’s backdrop is the Mittagskogel-peak, a genuine rock giant. Extensive, undeveloped meadows and green wooded areas surround the lake and in the middle of the lake you find a wooded island. After a relaxing break at the lakeside and/or a lunch break you start your journey back. You tackle a small ridge on your bikes and hence reach the glistening river Drau with grey-green milky waters. The Drau-cycle path – on flat terrain and very well-developed – leads you along a leisurely route back to Villach.

Hotel (example): Voco

Individual departure or you have the option to extend and spend a few more days in the Carinthian lake district. It is definitely highly recommended!

Tour character

The alternation between the individual river valleys and Lakes – as well as avoiding roads with heavy traffic – brings about a slightly hilly tour course. This journey can be easily enjoyed by cyclists in normal fitness condition. Mostly you cycle along asphaltic bike paths and side roads with less of traffic.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Villach
  Season 1
09.04.2023 - 22.04.2023
01.10.2023 - 08.10.2023

Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Season 2
23.04.2023 - 13.05.2023
10.09.2023 - 30.09.2023

Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Season 3
14.05.2023 - 09.09.2023

Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Carinthian Lakes, 8 days, AT-KARVV-08X
Base price
839.00
899.00
959.00
Surcharge single room 299.00 299.00 299.00

Category: 3***- and 4****-hotels

Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023
Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023
Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Season 2
Apr 23, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Sep 10, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023
Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Season 3
May 14, 2023 - Sep 9, 2023
Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Carinthian Lakes, 8 days, AT-KARVV-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
839.00
299.00
899.00
299.00
959.00
299.00

Category: 3***- and 4****-hotels

Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023
Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023
Season 2
Apr 23, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Sep 10, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023
Season 3
May 14, 2023 - Sep 9, 2023
Villach
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
89.00
55.00
89.00
55.00
89.00
55.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Villach
  Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023
Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 8, 2023

Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Season 2
Apr 23, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Sep 10, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023

Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Season 3
May 14, 2023 - Sep 9, 2023

Arrival Sunday, Wednesday
Villach
Double room p. P. 89.00 89.00 89.00
Surcharge single room 55.00 55.00 55.00
Filter
21-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
7-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
rental bike PLUS incl. rental bike insurance
Electric bike incl. rental bike insurance
99.00
99.00
99.00
159.00
239.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German,English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train Station Villach
  • Airport Klagenfurt
  • Public car parking free of charge, or public underground car park, approx. EUR 40 per week, to be paid for at the time, no reserveration possible/necessary.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due,is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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Ratings

4.4 of 5 Stars (19 Ratings)
5 stars
Gisela L. DE | 01.11.2022
Auch in der Nachsaison sehr empfehlenswert
Bei durchgängig strahlendem Sonnenschein haben wir das erste Mal eine Radreise in Kärnten gemacht. Unser Resümee: Tolle Natur und gut ausgezeichnete Radwege, die für uns auch gut machbar waren. Sehr positiv ist hervorzuheben, dass die Unterkünfte in sehenswerten Orten waren, die auch in der Nachsaison einiges zu bieten hatten. Bei Schlechtwetter hätte es immer die Alternative gegeben die Bahn zu nutzen, um zum Zielort zu kommen. Durch die Buchung von Verlängerungsnächten hatten wir die Möglichkeit die Region hervorragend kennenzulernen. Überrascht hat uns wie gut die Bahnhöfe und Züge auf Radfahrer eingestellt waren.
4 stars
Eberhard Hees DE | 10.08.2022
Abwechslungsreiche Radtour mit Baden in tollen Seen
Schön war es, so viele verschiedene Hotels kennenzulernen. Wobei das Kunsthotel Fuchs in St. Veit ganz besonders herausstach. Toll war auch, dass das Hotel Menüwirt einen Zugang zum Klopeiner See inkl. Liege und Sonnenschirm inkludiert hatte. Da haben wir unseren freien Tag sehr schön nutzen können. Die Radwege sind abwechslungsreich; manchmal leider auch an viel befahrenen und tlw. engen Straßen. Dafür sieht man dann Ecken, die man normalerweise nicht anradeln würde. Es gab auch Entdeckungen, die nicht in den Reiseunterlagen erklärt waren - z.B. das Bad im Linsendorfer See. Urlaub soll ja trotz guter Planung auch positive Überraschungen bieten. Insgesamt wieder ein sehr gelungener, interessanter und entspannter Radurlaub.
Valerian Höfler
Valerian Höfler answered:
Vielen lieben Dank, dass sie sich die Zeit für ein so ausführliches Feedback genommen haben!
4 stars
Udo Richter DE | 23.07.2022
Schöne Radtour
Schöne Radtour in Kärnten, super Unterkünfte. Absolut empfehlenswert !
5 stars
Stamm W. CH | 23.09.2020
Abwechslungsreiche Radtour
Fahrstrecken meist gut beschildert, die EUROBIKE-APP war oft nützlich. Die Routen sind gut ausgewählt und landschaftlich sehr abwechslungsreich, vor allem die Naturschutzgebiete mit ihren guten Erklärungen. Es war unsere 31. Radtour und gehörte zu den eindrücklicheren.
Valerian Höfler
Valerian Höfler answered:
Wow! Schön zu hören, dass es unsere Radtour in Kärnten unter Ihre Favouriten geschafft hat. Mit Sicherheit warten noch so einige spannende Touren auf Sie!
4 stars
Regina Hilbert DE | 03.09.2020
Schöne Radtour in Kärnten
Die Radwege waren größtenteils gut beschildert. Nur wenige Straßen mussten befahren werden. Das high ligtht war für uns der Wörther See, Klagenfurth und das Weingut Taggenbrunn in St. Veith. Wir waren sehr zufrieden mit der Organisation und dem Routenverlauf.
Valerian Höfler
Valerian Höfler answered:
Vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung! Kurz und bündig und doch so treffend! Hoffentlich konnten wir Sie als einen Stammgast gewinnen!
5 stars
Claus Wollmer DE | 28.08.2020
Kärntner Seen
Eine wunderschöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour. Nur wenige intensive Anstiege, daher auch für weniger Geübte machbar (mit Pedelec sowieso). Corona-bedingt gab es diesmal keine Begrüßung vor Ort, was durch die ausführlichen Reiseunterlagen zu verschmerzen war. Empfehlenswert ist die Nutzung der App mit GPX-Daten, da die Beschilderung nicht immer eindeutig ist. Der Gepäcktransport hat perfekt funktioniert, die Unterkünfte waren insgesamt gut (mit Ausschlägen nach oben und unten). Dennoch gibt es einen Kritikpunkt: Die nicht angekündigte Brückensperrung am Völkermarkter Stausee bescherte uns einen Umweg von nahezu 20 Kilometern. Wie wir von anderen Reisenden erfuhren, war die Sperrung bei Euch bekannt, wurde aber nicht kommuniziert. Das geht besser!! Trotzdem gerne wieder 😀
Valerian Höfler
Valerian Höfler answered:
Schön, dass Sie so großen Gefallen an unserer Radtour in Kärnten gefunden haben, Herr Wollmer! Für die nicht erhaltene Information bezüglich der Sperrung möchten wir uns entschuldigen. Ich werde hier gleich mal nachforschen warum die Information nicht rechtzeitig zu Ihnen gelangt ist. Bitte bleiben Sie uns treu!
4 stars
Anja M. DE | 19.08.2020
Schön mit einigen Abstrichen
5 stars
Martin Spannring AT | 29.07.2020
Tolle Radtour
Sehr schöne Tour, viele Seen und Sehenswürdigkeiten von Burgen und Ruinen , schönes Hinterland von Kärnten . Schöne Badestrände, sehr freundliches Personal in den schönen Hotels.
Valerian Höfler
Valerian Höfler answered:
Wow, vielen Dank für Ihr tolles Feedback! So zufriedene Gäste haben wir gerne. Wir würden uns freuen wenn wir Sie weiterhin zu unseren Stammgästen zählen dürfen.
4 stars
Jürgen M. DE | 14.07.2020
Schöne Kärntnerseen-Tour
Es war eine sehr schöne Tour; insbesondere entlang der Drau und der Glan. Die Streckenbeschreibung im Kartenmaterial war allerdings z.T. etwas unklar. Die Beschilderung an der Strecke war manchmal missverständlich. Insbesondere in den Städten wäre mehr Beschilderung wünschenswert, um das ein oder andere "Sich-Verfahren" zu vermeiden. Pro Tag darf man ruhig 5 - 10 km "Sich-Verfahren" hinzurechnen; mit E-Bike aber kein Problem.
Valerian Höfler
Valerian Höfler answered:
Wie schön, dass Ihnen die Tour so gut gefallen hat. Ihrem Hinweis bezüglich der Streckenbeschreibung sowie der Ausschilderung am Radweg werden wir gleich nachgehen und überarbeiten. Wir freuen uns Sie schon bald wieder auf einer unserer Reisen willkommen zu heißen!
4 stars
Ulrike S. AT | 28.06.2020
Wunderschöne Tour mit kleinen Mängeln
4 stars
Rainer Hauer AT | 22.06.2020
Schöne Radreise, das nächste Mal allerdings ohne Halbpension
5 stars
Wolfram Groba DE | 14.10.2018
Kärntner Seen Rundfahrt
4 stars
Klara D. DE | 25.08.2018
Schöne Tour, viel Sonne
4 stars
Silvan M. LI | 21.08.2018
Radtour Kärntner Seen
4 stars
Peter Hindemith DE | 10.08.2018
Abwechslungsreiche Tour
4 stars
Benny Winant BE | 05.08.2018
Nice tour around beautiful lakes
A very agreeable tour, but the route descriptions were a bit unclear, compared to the Eurobike maps. Good technical support: the problem we had with an e-bike battery was solved almost immediately.
Eurofun Touristik GmbH answered:
Great to hear that you had a lovely time in Carynthia!
5 stars
Ludger Vollmering DE | 29.07.2018
Kärntner Seen
5 stars
Yoav Shamir IL | 22.07.2018
Great trip
I had a great time on the Carnithia lakes tour. Did it with my 12th years old daughter , mostly flat easy ride with many lakes on the way.
Eurofun Touristik GmbH answered:
Great feedback for a great tour! Thank you!
5 stars
Bernhard Hampel DE | 10.07.2017
Kärntner Seen
Alles im allen war die Tour i.O.

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