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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!

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

The Romans and later on Paracelsus sized up the healing power of the thermal springs in Villach.

Hotel (example):

Mosser

The first destination is the castle ruin Landskron. Cycle along Lake Ossiacher to Ossiach where there is a Benedictine convent and the collegiate church ‘Assumption’. Via Steindorf – a charming lakeside town – you continue to Bodensdorf and then you head back to Villach.

Hotel (example):

Mosser

You cycle a few kilometres eastwards along the river Drava's bike path. Your next destination is Velden, which is a pulsating village by Lake Wörthersee. You continue through a slightly hilly landscape into Keutschach valley. You can take a bath in Lake Hafnersee, Lake Keutschacher See, Lake Baßgeigensee and Lake Rauschelsee, which are all located around the bathing resort of Keutschach. Along Lend Canal you reach the capital of Carinthia – Klagenfurt. Alternatively (approx. 40 km) you can also cycle along the northern banks of Lake Wörthersee via Velden, Pörtschach and Krumpendorf to Klagenfurt. 

Hotel (example):

Cityhotel zum Domplatz

 

After strolling through Klagenfurt you cycle to the Ebenthal and Grafenstein castles. Grafenstein castle has got an arcade courtyard well-worth seeing. You then continue to the Völkermarkter Stausee (reservoir) and then onto the warmest lake in Carinthia, Lake Klopeiner See.

Hotel (example):

Promenaden- Strandhotel Marolt

Today you cross the river Drava for the last time. You cycle through a slightly undulating landscape towards Maria Saal. Today you also pass the Duke's chair and Hochosterwitz castle (excursion there is about 15 km extra) on your way to St. Veit.

Hotel (example):

Fuchspalast

 

St. Veit was the capital city for centuries and domicile of the Carinthian bishop. Even today, the past is still evident through the city wall, the medieval square, the gorgeous houses, the castle of the duke and lots of monuments. Along the river Glan you cycle to Glanegg (castle ruin) and Feldkirchen, surrounded by romantic castles, ruins and hills. You then cycle along the Glan bicycle path back to Villach.

Hotel (example):

Mosser

We leave the town and cycle along the Karawanken mountain range eastwards to the last lake on our tour - the turquoise coloured Lake Faaker See. After a lunch break you cycle back to Villach along the Drau cycle path.

Hotel (example):

Mosser

Tour character

The variation between the individual river valleys and lakes – as well as avoiding roads with heavy traffic – makes this route slightly hilly. This journey can be carried out by any frequent cyclist. You mainly cycle along tarmac bike paths and quiet side roads.               
 

Prices and events

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Villach
  Season 1
10.04.2022 - 23.04.2022
02.10.2022 - 09.10.2022

Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Season 2
24.04.2022 - 21.05.2022
11.09.2022 - 01.10.2022

Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Season 3
22.05.2022 - 10.09.2022

Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Carinthian Lakes, 8 days, AT-KARVV-08X
Base price
699.00
749.00
799.00
Surcharge single room 249.00 249.00 249.00

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

Season 1
Apr 10, 2022 - Apr 23, 2022
Oct 2, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Season 2
Apr 24, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Oct 1, 2022
Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Season 3
May 22, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022
Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Carinthian Lakes, 8 days, AT-KARVV-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
699.00
249.00
749.00
249.00
799.00
249.00

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

Season 1
Apr 10, 2022 - Apr 23, 2022
Oct 2, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Season 2
Apr 24, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Oct 1, 2022
Season 3
May 22, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022
Villach
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
79.00
49.00
79.00
49.00
79.00
49.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Villach
  Season 1
Apr 10, 2022 - Apr 23, 2022
Oct 2, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022

Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Season 2
Apr 24, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 - Oct 1, 2022

Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Season 3
May 22, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022

Arrival Wednesday, Sunday
Villach
Double room p. P. 79.00 79.00 79.00
Surcharge single room 49.00 49.00 49.00
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
89.00
89.00
89.00
139.00
199.00
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
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train Station Villach
  • Airport Klagenfurt
  • Public car parking free of charge, or public underground car park, approx. EUR 35 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!

This tour has 1 more variation

Contact & booking
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Ratings

4.4 of 5 Stars (16 Ratings)
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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