A cycling journey amidst mountain giants - from the jagged ridges of the South-Tyrolean Dolomites to the snow-covered peaks of the Hohe Tauern. The “Drei Zinnen” peaks, in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the South-Tyrolean Dolomites, are the starting point and the snow-capped Grossglockner in the Hohe Tauern National Park is the destination of this exciting cycle path that follows the infrastructure of the well-known cycle routes "Drauradweg (R1)" and "Glockner Radweg (R8) ".
Your tour starts at the Drau Spring at Toblacher Feld, in the middle of the South-Tyrolean Dolomites. First, it leads pleasantly gentle uphill through the picturesque Höhlensteintal until you reach the famous "Drei Zinnen Blick" at the Dührensee. A worthwhile detour: lush alpine meadows, dotted with a carpet of colorful alpine flowers. Behind, the “Drei Zinnen” majestically rise, which are also referred to as the most beautiful “building” of nature. Now it's mostly downhill on the famous Drauradweg, following the river Drau downstream through East Tyrol and Carinthia. The route through the Upper Drau Valley is a feast for the eyes: above the mountain chains of the Kreuzeck, Lienzer Dolomites and Gailtaler Alps, below the and gurgling stream of the Drau river. Your journey is interspersed with the sight of canoeists, hang-gliders and fellow nature enthusiasts who experience the outdoor park Oberdrautal. After two stages, Möllbrücke is reached, where the rivers Drau and Möll merge. The third and fourth stage take you upstream through the Möll valley to Heiligenblut, the famous mountain village at the foot of the Großglockner. The Mölltal delights with its attractive, high alpine mountain landscape, soon after you find yourself in the middle of the largest national park of the Alps, the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Every turn of your wheels brings you closer to your ultimate destination: the Grossglockner, the snow-capped King of the Tauern mountains, towers above the slender church tower of Heiligenblut – bringing to mind countless legends, both ancient and new.
The optimal time for a journey on the Drei Zinnen – Glockner Trail is from mid-May to early October.
Spring (April, May): Maintenance on the Drei Zinnen - Glockner Trail starts in April, which 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 Drei Zinnen - Glockner Trail are fully accessible. May is perhaps the ultimate choice for a very special adventure – think lush green meadows, blossoming fruit trees and moderate temperatures.
Summer (June, July, August): This is peak season on the R1, the ‘Drauradweg’ cycle path, while the ‘Glocknerradweg’ (R8) still remains something of a best-kept secret with fairly moderate cycling traffic. Even in the summer heat, the cooling headwinds will make your journey pleasant – and there will be plenty of chances for a refreshing dip along the Drau. 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 Drei Zinnen - Glockner Trail, as long as you come prepared for lower temperatures. Particularly in October, the mornings can already be rather chilly.
Winter (November, December, January, February, March, April): The Drei Zinnen - Glockner Trail is officially closed during the winter months.
In terms of cycling technique, the Drei Zinnen - Glockner 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. More paved surfaces are continuously being added. The few stretches of the route that take you on a main road are short and very manageable. The ‘Drauradweg’ cycle path (which constitutes the first two stages of your journey) was recently awarded the top rating of five stars by the German Cycling Association (ADFC) for its excellent surface conditions.
With regards to stamina, the Drei Zinnen - Glockner Trail is slightly more demanding, considering that two of the stages are longer than 75 km. There are no significant inclines (max. 360 m 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). However, some endurance training prior to your cycling journey is always recommended.
Our tip: Consider taking a rest day after each of the longer stages.
The day-tours on the Drei Zinnen – Glockner Trail are suitable for children age 10 and up, provided they have the necessary stamina.
Here you can find more information about the requirements.
Standard bike-touring gear will be sufficient for a journey on the Drei Zinnen – Glockner Trail. As for your choice of bike: due to the path’s excellent surfaces, a good-quality trekking bike will be perfect as your ‘noble steed’.
Hot tip: Keep your day-backpack light by taking advantage of our transport service, which delivers your main luggage (up to 20kg) to your next accommodation. For complete peace of mind, we recommend taking out luggage insurance.
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.show Stages
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We offer three categories of accommodation along the Drei Zinnen- Glockner Trail (regional rating):
Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn or B&B
Classic: Good quality, mid-range accommodation – 2-star or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4 or 5-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 place of accommodation.
Our partner establishments offer three types of catering:
Breakfast: Generous buffet, or a hearty breakfast served at your table
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually a 3-course menu)
Regional half-board: Half-board, with a regional specialty for dinner (i.e. East-Tyrolean grass-fed ox, Alpine Salmon or Glockner Lamb)
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.
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 Service: 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.
To ensure your Trail adventure runs as smoothly as possible, you are able to benefit from the support services of the Trail Info & Booking Center:
Trail Hotline: Even outside our normal office hours, you can reach us daily from 8:00 to 20:00 for the duration of your Trail journey.
Comprehensive Travel Information: an expertly compiled folder with in-depth information will be sent to you in preparation for your cycling journey.
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.
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.
This is where Drei Zinnen - Glockner Trail travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4 and 5-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.show partners
Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.Show Travel Information
Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093