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Ciclovia Alpe-Adria 5. cycle section: Villach-Tarvisio

· 4 reviews · Bicycle Touring · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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  • Villach
    / Villach
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  • / Stadtpfarrturm Villach
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  • / Arnoldstein
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  • / Klosterburg Arnoldstein
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  • / St. Andreaskirche Thörl-Maglern
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  • / St. Andreaskirche Thörl-Maglern
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  • / Tarvis Hauptplatz mit Kirche
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This stage takes us mainly alongside the Gail, on the southern side of the Villacher Alpe, and in parts also through Dobratsch Nature Park. Pedaling through small villages, we gradually approach the Italian border, which we cross at Thörl-Maglern. Following an abandoned railway line, just a few kilometers beyond the border and we come to Tarvisio, our northern starting point for the Val Canale .
Distance 36.8 km
3:04 h
351 m
251 m
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Update: April 17, 2018
Highest point
762 m
Lowest point
487 m
Best time of year


Villach (490 m)
46.616401, 13.841816
46°36'59.0"N 13°50'30.5"E
33T 411320 5163189



Turn-by-turn directions

At the red Friedensbrücke bridge in Villach, we leave the Drau bike route and turn right onto the Karnischer Radwanderweg (R3). We ride a few hundred meters along the Technologiepark road and come to the Gail, following the river’s course as we ride along the Gaildamm. Always next to the river, we pass by wetland areas on our way to Müllnern, where the Gail makes a 90° turn. Continuing to Unterfederaun, we cross the B 83, ride briefly under the autobahn bridge, then turn off immediately onto the very peaceful Karnischer Radwanderweg. At Gasthaus Gailstüberl, a popular stop for cyclists, we leave the R3 and make a left across a bridge over the Gail, now joining the R3C, the Tarvisio Bike Path. We reach the village of Erlendorf, cross the railway line, then make an immediate right at the first street, which brings us to Neuhaus. As we leave Neuhaus, our route takes us to the right, heading south along the tracks to Pöckau. Leaving Pöckau, we continue south down the railway line until we reach the station in Arnoldstein, then take the Anton-Reisinger Strasse as far as the main road (B83). The bike route follows the road as far as the roundabout, where we cross a bridge over the Gailitz, then make a quick right under the highway, at which point we find ourselves on the right side of the B 83 once more. The bike path is divided from the road, which we follow to Thörl-Maglern, reaching the border between Austria and Italy.


At the border crossing, we go between the buildings on the right-hand side and make our way up a small mountainside,, where blue signs for our bike route – marked here as the “Ciclovia Alpe Adria” – point us in the right direction. Our journey continues gently up- and downhill between rocky cliffs, through Coccau, coming to the old railway line. About 7 km after crossing the border, we reach the town center of Tarvisio.



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46.616401, 13.841816
46°36'59.0"N 13°50'30.5"E
33T 411320 5163189
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Alberto Mazza
July 07, 2020 · Community
martedì 7 luglio 2020, 23:37
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June 26, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? June 18, 2019
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martedì 7 luglio 2020, 23:37

36.8 km
3:04 h
351 m
251 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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