Arrival in Klagenfurt
You will leave Klagenfurt and Lake Wörth and ride comfortably along the well-developed cycle path network to Maria Rain. From there you cycle along the famous Drauradweg once left then right along the shore to one of the warmest lakes in Austria, Lake Klopeiner See.
The bike tour continues today through the so called Drautal valley. Past small original places you cross the suspension bridge St. Lucia, which stretches adventurously over the Drava. Another bridge is also interesting: The Jauntal Bridge is the highest railway bridge in Central Europe and is used by daring people for bungee jumping. On this section the route runs a little further away from the river on quiet side roads.
From Dravograd, the first section runs along the Drava river. Towards Maribor the valley narrows into a gorge, which is generously bypassed on the cycle path. However, this route is a bit more demanding. Alternatively, you can shorten part of the way by train (ticket not included). Soon you reach Maribor, formerly a provincial nest, today a cultural city with a beautifully renovated old town.
It is difficult to say goodbye to Maribor, but there is a beautiful stretch in front of you to Ptuj, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia and famous for its carnival. Nestled between vineyards, the route follows the artificial lake Ptujsko Jezero. The 420 ha water area is a nesting place for numerous bird species. Small villages are lined up one after the other and the journey runs partly directly along the river and elsewhere again through the scenic part of Eastern Slovenia. This area is characterised by sun-drenched vineyards and numerous natural spas. Near the village of Zavrc you cross the border between Slovenia and Croatia. The stopover is the small town of Varazdin. It is particularly proud of its old town with palaces, churches and monasteries from the Baroque, Secession and Rococo periods.
To this day, the Drau has been the constant companion. From now on it will go through Central Croatia. It is characterised by an idyllic hilly landscape, crossed by mountains and rivers, picturesque medieval castles and magnificent baroque castles. Overnight stays are made in the largest Marian pilgrimage site in Croatia, to which about 800.000 believers from all over the world have been pilgrimaging annually for more than 300 years.
On the way to Zagreb you have to cross Medvednica or Bärenberg. It is a small mountain range that separates the Croatian capital Zagreb from the northern bordering area of Hrvatsko Zagorje. The target of todays trip Zagreb is often referred to as the busiest city in Croatia. Compared to Dubrovnik, Split and many other cities, Zagreb is relatively young. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire the city became an important centre. The cityscape with its numerous palaces, churches and monasteries still bears witness to this today. It actually reminds a little of Vienna.
Departure or extension
In Austria - mostly on asphalted, partly paved cycle paths in flat terrain. In Slovenia partly gradients, but this section can be shortened by a train ride. In Croatia on little frequented side roads.
Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- Personal tour information (German, English)
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Well-developed route
- Detailed documentation 1x per room (German, English with maps, route description, points of interest, important phone numbers)
- Return transfer by minibus to Klagenfurt every Sunday, costs EUR 95 per person incl. your bike, payable in advance, reservation is necessary, minimum 2 persons.
- Tour possible with start in Villach, extension of one day.
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Train station Klagenfurt
- Airport Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana
- Car park at the hotel or close to the hotel, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible.
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!