Drauradweg Drauradweg

Drauradweg

Go with the flow – a downriver cycling journey

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Overview

Follow the magic of the water - from the South Tyrolean Dolomites to the South Carinthian lakes. This longing has made the Drauradweg one of the most popular long-distance cycling routes in Central Europe: You start in the middle of a spectacular mountain landscape, the UNESCO World Heritage South Tyrolean Dolomites, cycle along the Drau, the longest free-flowing river in the Alps, and then dive into one of the warm lakes of Carinthia!

This magic is paired with a perfect cycling infrastructure - the Drauradweg was awarded the highest rating of the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club e.V.) as a "Five Star Bike Path".
Bookyourtrail.com is the perfect platform for planning an outstanding cycling journey that is both flexible and well-thought-out. We have carefully selected each day-tour destination for all it has to offer during an extended stay. Discover the ‘sun city’ of Lienz, dive into the waters of Lake Millstätter See, soak up the mediterranean flair of Villach, and enjoy the stunning swimming lakes at the base of the Karawanken mountains. The glorious Lake Klopeiner See is where this cycling adventure comes to an end. Yet there’s already more to look forward to: the continuation of the trail to Maribor in Slovenia and beyond is in progress! That's a promise!

New: Cycling with comfort! Your vacation is the most valuable time of the year. Therefore, in order to further differentiate ourselves from the numerous providers on the Drauradweg, we design our service package particularly comfortable: From accommodation in selected comfort hotels to luggage transport to VIP return transport without annoying waiting times.

Highlights

  • Perfect cycling infrastructure - Five stars awarded by the ADFC
  • Starting out amidst the UNESCO world heritage site of the South-Tyrolean Dolomites
  • Enchanting stage destinations such as the sunny city of Lienz or the Alpe-Adria town of Villach
  • Cycling through the ‘Upper Drau’ European Conservation Area
  • Rest days at the Carinthian lakes
  • Comfortable hotels and perfect mobility service

Highlights

  • Perfect cycling infrastructure - Five stars awarded by the ADFC
  • Starting out amidst the UNESCO world heritage site of the South-Tyrolean Dolomites
  • Enchanting stage destinations such as the sunny city of Lienz or the Alpe-Adria town of Villach
  • Cycling through the ‘Upper Drau’ European Conservation Area
  • Rest days at the Carinthian lakes
  • Comfortable hotels and perfect mobility service

Your advantages

  • Special Trail information and booking center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services, local cuisine etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 to 20:00

Your advantages

  • Special Trail information and booking center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, shuttle services, local cuisine etc.
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 to 20:00
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site
UNESCO world heritage site

Information

Best time to travel

The most suitable time for a journey on the Drau Cycle Trail spans from mid-May to the beginning of October.

Spring (April, May): Maintenance on the Drau Cycle Trail starts in April, so this is when the path is officially declared open. Depending on weather conditions, there may be some snow on the shadier passages of Stage 01 until the end of April. From the beginning of May, all stretches of the Drau Cycle Trail are fully accessible. In fact, May is probably the ultimate choice for this adventure – think lush green meadows, blossoming fruit trees and moderate temperatures.

Summer (June, July, August): This is peak season on the Drau Cycle Trail; but even the summer heat is easily bearable with the cooling headwinds in your face, and of course both the Drau river and Carinthia’s swimming lakes offer plenty of opportunity for a refreshing dip along the way. Be sure to check the weather report for afternoon showers, so you can set off a little earlier in the morning if need be.

Autumn (September, October): Crisp, refreshing air, forests bursting with colour, pleasantly cool temperatures – autumn can be a fantastic time for a journey on the Drau Cycle Trail, as long you come well-prepared for the lower temperatures. In October, the mornings may already be rather chilly for cycling.

Winter (November, December, January, February, March, April): The Drau Cycle Trail is officially closed during the winter months.

Requirements

In terms of cycling technique, the Drau Trail poses no significant challenges. The path is broad and very well developed; the vast majority of the route has an asphalt surface, with occasional stretches of sand or fine gravel, with more paved surfaces being continuously added. The few stretches of the route that take you on a main road are short and very manageable. The Drau Cycle Trail was recently awarded the top rating of five stars by the German Cycling Association (ADFC) for its excellent surface condition: this makes trekking bikes the perfect choice for your cycling journey.

With regards to stamina, the Drau Cycle Trail is slightly more demanding, considering that two of the stages are longer than 75km. There are no significant inclines (max. 360m elevation gain per stage), which is why each stage can be cycled in around five to six hours (based on a moderate average speed of 15 km/h). Some endurance training prior to your cycling journey is always recommended. Our tip: why not give yourself a day off after each of the longer stages – especially the day-tour destinations that are situated near a lake offer a fantastic chance to relax and recuperate.

The day-tours on the Drau Cycle Trail are suitable for children from 10 and up, provided they have good stamina.

Here you can find more information about the requirements.

Equipment

For a journey on the Drau Cycle Path, you will simply need standard bike-touring gear. As for your choice of bike: due to the path’s excellent surface condition, a high-quality trekking bike will be perfect as your ‘noble steed’. Click here for more equipment details.

Hot tip: Keep you day-backpack light by taking advantage of our transport service, which delivers your main luggage (up to 20kg) to your next accommodation. For peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc. In case of Self drive tours (overland) the drive times are based on our empirical values.

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Service

Category

There are three categories of accommodation available along the Drau Cycle Trail (regional rating): 



Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2-star or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4-star hotel, often with spa area

Children (ages 6 to 14) staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults pay full price)

Dogs incur a surcharge of around € 5 to € 15 per day (excluding food), payable directly at your accommodation.


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

Our AAT partner establishments offer three types of catering:

Breakfast: generous buffet, or hearty breakfast served at your table
 

Half-board: breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses) 

Regional half-board: half-board, with a regional specialty for dinner (i.e. East-Tyrolean alpine steer, alpine salmon or Nockalm beef)


Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Regional half board
Mobility Service

For an especially carefree Trail journey, consider our comprehensive transport service:


Luggage service: Cycling with a light-weight day backpack, while your main luggage (max. 20kg) is transported from one accommodation to the next. For peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.

Return transfer: A collective transport service takes you and your bike from your Trail destination back to your departure point.



Shuttle Services: Any shuttle transfers that are essential for the completion of your Trail journey are included. Additional shuttle services (i.e. in the event of bad weather, illness etc.) can simply be requested at the Trail Info & Booking Center, and will be charged separately.

Cyclists with limited mobility may require a specialist bike suited to their individual capabilities and needs. If you would like to discuss your options on the Drau Cycle Trail based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, please contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

Walk like an Angel: Our experienced team at the Info & Booking Center offers a comprehensive range of services designed to support you in every aspect of your Trail journey.

All Angels’ Services are included in the package price, and encompass the following:

Trail Hotline: Contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 8:00 to 20:00.

Comprehensive travel information: To help you prepare for your Trail journey, we will send you a folder of expertly compiled information in plenty of time prior to your trip.



Arrival

For this Trail journey, you have three travel options (not included in the price) to reach your departure point:

By car: Parking is available at the beginning of each stage of the Trail – details can be found in your booking documents. The majority of car parks are free of charge, and unmonitored (parking at your own risk). At the end of your Trail journey, our return transfer takes you and your bike back to your vehicle.


By train: Depending on where you travel from, you can choose from the following IC/EC train stations: Lienz; Spittal-Millstätter See; Villach Hauptbahnhof. 


By plane: We recommend the following international airports: 
Klagenfurt, Salzburg; Ljubljana. 


A shuttle service (charged separately) is available to take you to the departure point of your Trail journey, and back to the station or airport of your choice. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will be very happy to arrange this shuttle service at your request.

Partners along the trail

This is where Drau Cycle Trail travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked based on specific criteria, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

Here you will find the travel terms of your trail operator:

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