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Biking in Carinthia

There are options for bikers of every level in Carinthia, from tranquil paths around warm lakes, to summit trails that touch the sky and multi-national border routes.

Drau Cycle Path Carinthia © Kärnten Werbung / Franz Gerdl
The southerly province of Carinthia, home to Austria’s highest summit the Grossglockner (3798m) and often described as "the sunny side of the Alps", basks in long summer days, invitingly warm lakes and a unique proximity to its neighbours Italy and Slovenia.

For an eye-catching, tri-country bike ride, the 366km long and sign-posted Drau Cycle Path follows the course of the Drau River from Toblach in Italy, through East Tirol and Carinthia, then on to Maribor in Slovenia. This well-developed trail of a mostly asphalt, sand or crushed stone surface is also well-suited for families on its Carinthian leg with plenty of attractions in the near vicinity of the path. Depending on your fitness level and interest in the sights along the way, the Drau Cycle Path is a four to seven day cycle.

There are many great cycle holidays - packages or tailor-made - that offer excellent value for money and can be arranged by the Carinthian Tourist Board. How about a morning of guided biking in the mountains, afternoon of kayaking on the lake, topped off by an evening barbeque on the beach? Perhaps an e-mountain bike tour into the Karawanken mountain range, spanning the border between Austria and Slovenia, with a stop at a traditional alpine hut for hearty eats and refreshments? Or a cycle tour to the heart of Carinthia for a spot of culture at the magnificently fortified Hochosterwitz Castle with its valuable Renaissance-era art collection, followed by a visit to a vineyard and 1000-year old convent.