KLOPEINERSEE / SOUTH CARINTHIA

Southern Carinthia's secret ingredients for (your) perfect cycling experience

 

Take a generous portion of the gentle landscape around the warmest bathing lakes in Europe, spice it up with a wild pinch of the Karawanken panorama, add the most hours of sunshine in Austria and voila: the perfect cycling region of Klopeiner See – southern Carinthia is ready. With a total of 1.500 kilometers of total route network, southern Carinthia gets every holiday rolling with relish.

Your favorite place at the lake

Believe it or not, 7 1/2 lakes, including the iconic Klopeiner See with summer water temperatures of 28 °C, invite you to explore on well-signposted cycle paths. Find your favorite spot on the shore, put your helmet on the lush green grass and jump into the refreshing, turquoise water. A ride along the Bleiburg art and culture cycle path or the well-known Drau cycle path, past crystal-clear torrents or an e-bike tour to the sunny town of Diex and the imposing fortified churches of the Saualpe - there is something for every calf size. In the Karawanken UNESCO Global Geopark you will experience exciting rides not only above but also below ground.

Suspension bridge Santa Luzia (c) SOUTH CARERNTEN

By bike over the Santa Luzia suspension bridge (c) SOUTH CARERNTEN

Southern Carinthia's places of power and energy

The absolute south of Austria is known for its special power and energy spots. At 54 meters, the Wildenstein Waterfall is one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. A trip to the mystical Rosalia spring on the legendary Hemmaberg is also worthwhile for cyclists. Here you can fill your water bottle at the healing spring. Swap your bike helmet for a safety helmet for a short time and embark on a magical journey through time to the fascinating Obir stalactite caves in Bad Eisenkappel or the most colorful stalactite cave in Austria in Griffen.

Arts and Culture

You can also combine your cycling experience in southern Carinthia with a visit to the numerous museums, galleries or exhibitions. Enjoy the view on the walkable "Heaven's Stairs" at the Santa Luzia suspension bridge, one of the most famous cycle bridges along the Drau Cycle Path and follow the cycle path to the Liaunig Museum. In the art and culture metropolis of Bleiburg, not only the Werner Berg Museum invites you to linger, but also the main square with its cafés and restaurants. In the district town of Völkermarkt, you can also stroll through the weekly fresh produce market after a visit to the district home museum.

Pleasure and culinary delights

If the muscle drive wears off, the numerous wine taverns and traditional inns invite you to stop by. The family businesses bring a fantastic variety of dishes to light. Enjoy traditional bacon, Jauntal salami or juicy ham on crispy farmhouse bread or let yourself be pampered with hadnoodles or freshly caught fish.

Further information: www.suedkaernten.at

Pleasure biking Pirkdorfersee (c) Southern Carinthia

Break at the Gösseldorfer See (c) SUEDKAERNTEN

 

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TIP 2022

Reopening of the 3rd Carinthian bath house on the eastern shore of Lake Klopeiner See: Five saunas, a brine steam bath, an event sauna, cozy wellness areas and the heated outdoor infinity pool offer year-round relaxation directly on the lake.

ACTIVE CARD SOUTH CARINTHIA

The Vorteilscard for free family, cycling, hiking and active experiences is available to holidaymakers who spend the night in the region at no cost. Guests with the Aktiv Card Südkärnten can travel throughout Carinthia for free on the ÖBB S-Bahn!

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