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A bicycle stands in front of a pasture fence with a flower meadow in the foreground and the Lienz Dolomites in the background

Drau Cycle Path sporty, Lienz – Lake Klopein

From Lienz to the Lake Klopein

6 Days / 5 Nights
A bicycle stands in front of a pasture fence with a flower meadow in the foreground and the Lienz Dolomites in the background

Active towards the sun – the Drau Cycle Path is a real jewel among routes and, thanks to the Mediterranean influences of the various stage destinations, the perfect region to spend an active holiday. Along the river, past majestic palaces and castles as well as numerous taverns that invite you to rest. We continue through friendly villages and small towns that are kissed by the sun in the south of Austria.

Lienz scores points as the starting point of the tour not only because it has over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, but also with its enchanting city centre and a wonderful panorama of the Lienz Dolomites. Next, take the train to the starting point of the Drau Cycle Path in Toblach, Italy. After a cappuccino, you cycle along the gently babbling Drau through the narrow Puster Valley. The wild and romantic area makes this stage a very special highlight.

In the direction of Spittal an der Drau it’ll be ‘Welcome to Carinthia’ when you reach Oberdrauburg. On day 4, the tour first leads to Mediterranean Villach and on to St. Jakob in the almost magical Rosental, before the last stage finally leads to Lake Klopein. Immerse yourself in one of the warmest bathing lakes in Europe and let your mind wander.

  • The picturesque Oberdrautal with its many possibilities – from canoeing to horse riding – will delight all outdoor sports fans. In combination with picturesque views and warm people, you will shake off the hectic pace of everyday life very quickly!
  • The cuisine with Italian and Tyrolean influences: You could call it a perfect symbiosis – the East Tyrolean cuisine combines delicious Tyrolean specialties with Mediterranean ease. Let yourself be pampered with fine delicacies after putting in the kilometres on the bike.
  • Cosy taverns: Along the tour from Lienz to Lake Klopein, the numerous farmhouse taverns cannot be missed. Recharge your batteries with a hearty ‘Brettljause’ (meat, cheese and bread board) and talk to the locals – it’s worth it! Hard-working cyclists can also enjoy a tasty pastry.
  • The Drau Cycle Path is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and attractive cycle paths in Austria, if not in Europe. The General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) has rated the 510-kilometre cycle route with its coveted maximum number of five stars several times.

Around 255 kilometres by bike have to be covered on the four sporty stages of this tour. The route guidance along the Drau Cycle Path offers perfect conditions for this. The cycle paths are mainly flat, some even slightly downhill.


Itinerary at a glance

Along the Drau cycling route, picturesque nature meets fascinating culture - and the finest, Italian-influenced cuisine. Enjoy the original Upper Drau Valley and jump into Lake Klopein at the end.

Arrival in Lienz in Eastern Tyrol located at the confluence of the rivers Isel and Drau. With a total of two thousand sunshine hours annually it is Austria’s sunniest holiday region. The breathtaking panorama onto the Alps and the Lienz-Dolomites will excite you.

Hotel (example): Schlossberghof

A train ride takes you comfortably from Lienz to Innichen. The river Drau is still a young river in this section, babbling and breaking her way through the narrow Pustertal-valley. Defiant fortresses, castels and palaces rise majestically above the valley and herald desires of the once rich and powerful. Modest Romanesque chapels, Gothic and Baroque churches, crucifixes and piety columns invite for a short break. Over a long distance the rugged, bizzare rockfaces of the Lienz-Dolomites tower over the landscape and hence turn today’s stage into an unforgettable experience.

Hotel (example): Schlossberghof

From Lienz, the confluence of the rivers Isel and Drau, you again follow the river Drau now appearing in a shade of gray, by the locals called ‚glacier milk‘, which is due to very fine rock particles coming from the gigantic rocks. Along ancient Roman trade routes – past ruins, castles, little churches and wayside crosses – you cycle through the picturesque Oberdrautal-valley. En route you pass pretty villages such as Pirkach, Oberdrauburg and the first market town on Carinthian soil, Dellach. Cosy wine taverns, called ‚Buschenschenken‘ await with proper farm food and invite you to take a break. Past time-honoured farm houses decorated with flowers the well-developed Drau cycle path takes you to Spittal an der Drau. The centre of Spittal features a main square, which you might call ‚cute‘ and a particularly beautiful palace, which is considered one of the most impressive Renaissance building with the clearest style in all of Central Europe and is called ‚Porcia‘ named after the previous owners.

Hotel (example): Hotel Ertl

Today you cycle through the ‚Cultural Promenade of Upper Carinthia‘. You leave the area of Spital along the river Drau and immerse yourself into an ancient cultural scenery, meadows and forests and idyllic wetland- areas. Past Kellerberg palace always along the river Drau you reach Villach. The heart of Villach features the pretty old part of town with its Italian flair and the cosy pubs and restaurants. The Drau-metropolis presents itself to visitors adequately as vivacious and oozing southern flair. Part of the charcter of the town is definitely the river Drau, meandering through Villach just like a blue ribbon. Further the tour leads you through the enchanting Rosental.-valley. The Karawanks-mountain range and the river Drau offer a more than impressive backdrop for an unforgettable day of cycling. Amazing conglomerate rocks flank the river and again and again offer fascinating views. On one of these rocks Hollenburg castle rises, the landmark of the Rosental-valley. If you fancy slightly extending the in comparison rather short tour, we recommend en route a detour to Velden or embark on a round trip to Lake Faaker See.

Hotel (example): Rosentaler Hof

Along beautifully designed dam-paths the cycling tour leads you through meadows and fields and past little hamlets towards the giant Völkermarkter-reservoir. Now you bid farewell to your loyal companion the river Drau, so you get to enjoy Lake Klopeiner See with its marvellous location. Time to drink in the lakescape and leave all your cares behind.

Hotel (example): Menüwirt

Departure or extension

Route Information


The Drau cycle path mainly runs directly along the Drau-riverbank, is perfectly developed, good road conditions and is signposted throughout.

Prices & Dates

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

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm
Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
50 cm |
51 cm |
55 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • 1 train ride Lienz – Innichen incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Lienz every Sunday morning, costs EUR 99 per person, extra EUR 39 for your own bike,, to be paid for in advance, reservation is necessary
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Lienz train station.
  • Klagenfurt airport.
  • Public car park near the hotel approx. EUR 35 per week, parking spaces free of charge at the edge of town.
  • From Lake Klopeinersee by bus or taxi to Völkermarkt and then by train to Lienz.

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!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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