Drau Cycle Path

From Brixen to Villach.

From South Tyrol, which is meeting point for two cultures, this bike tour leads along the rivers Rienz and Drau into the city of Villach.

Starting point is the former diocesan town Brixen, embedded between hills and vineyard of the famous Sylvaner. Trough Pustertal Valley , which is also named the “green valley”, due to its many meadows and forests you reach into the Michael-Pacher-city Bruneck, to the watershed of Rienz and Drau in Toblach. The following tours will be easier to cycle – slightly downhill along river Drau into the capital city of East Tyrol, Lienz. From there you continue via the Oberdrautal valley and Spittal/Lake Millstättersee to the goal of this tour, the city of Villach. Italian flair, Tyrolean delicacies and Carinthian specialities as well as a lot of sunshine make this tour perfect.

Fair Weather Cyclist

Fair Weather Cyclist
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour

Itinerary

From Brixen you’re passing monastery Neustift and at the Mühlbacher Klause (former boarder post) you reach Pustertal Valley. The Valley forms once an ancient gate between provinces Rätien and Norikum. Along river Rienz you come to Bruneck.

If you still have energy you can cycle along the cycle path through Tauferer Ahrntal Valley to Sand in Taufers and visit the famous castle there.

Before you leave Bruneck we recommend to visit the museum of popular art in Dietenheim, on of two open-air museums, which documented the rural life in southern Tyrol, culture and its traditions.Today you still follow river Reinz. Slightly uphill the path leads you via Olang (with its beautiful view over the mountain Kronplatz) into Hochpustertal Valley, where river Drau has its source. For ambitious cyclists the possibility for an excursion to one of the appealing lakes supplies. Lake Toblacher See and Lake Dürrensee offers refreshing recovery after a varying cycle day. Lake Dürrensee is very close to the most famous peaks of the Dolomite Alps – the “Drei Zinnen” (the three pinnacles).

First Innichen (a museum worth seeing; a cathedral built in a Romanesque style) and then a comfortable descent from Sillian to Lienz, where the Isel and Drau confluence occurs. (Museum of local history “Schloss Bruck” – excavation site Aguntum). With 2000 hours of sunlight a year this is the sunniest holiday resort of Austria.

On the tracks of old Roman trade routes leading to Oberdrauburg, which is the city of custom with “Perchtenmuseum”, “Almmuseum” and an old mill which is still running.

You cycle through marvellous landscapes to Spittal or “Millstätter Lake” (fishing museum). There is the opportunity to swim in the beautiful “Millstätter Lake”. The “Kulturpromenade” (culture promenade) of Oberkärnten – Spittal/ Drau (Castle Porcia with a museum of folk culture, and comedy plays put on in July and August),

Villach – the second biggest city of Carinthia and its immediate surroundings offer numerous sights (mushroom museum, the dolly world of Elli-Riehls, the ruin Landskron) and inviting lakes like “Ossiacher Lake” and “Faaker Lake”.

Tour character

It is an easy bike tour. The bike path follows the river Drau on the first bike day. The path is mostly asphalted or has fine, solid gravel. The longest incline from Brixen to Schabs (approx. 5 km) at the beginning of the first stage could be bridged with a journey by train. From Toblach the route is mostly flat or slightly downhill.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
May 6, 2018

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Sep 30, 2018

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Arrival Saturday
Season 2
May 7, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018
Sep 9, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
Arrival Saturday
Season 3
Jun 23, 2018 - Sep 8, 2018
Arrival Saturday
Drau Cycle Path, 8 days, IT-DMRBV-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
579,00
149,00
679,00
149,00
744,00
149,00

Category: 3*** hotels

Season 1
May 6, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Sep 30, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Season 2
May 7, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018
Sep 9, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
Season 3
Jun 23, 2018 - Sep 8, 2018
Brixen
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Villach
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
67,00
82,00
59,00
76,00
67,00
82,00
59,00
76,00
67,00
82,00
59,00
76,00
Price
Rental bike 21-gear
Rental bike 7-gear
Electric bike
75,00
75,00
165,00

Services and infos

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train station Brixen/Bressanone
  • Airport Innsbruck, Verona Villafranca, Treviso, Venedig Marco Polo.
  • Parking area at the hotel: Garage, approx € 45-50 per week; about € 9 per day. Parking place approx. € 18,- per week. No reservation possible, to be paid for at the time
  • Return transfer to Brixen every Saturday, € 85 per person, bike included, reservation is necessary
  • Good train connection between Villach and Brixen, change trains is necessary.

Please note

  • Where visitor’s tax is due, it is not included in the tour price!
Costumer service
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