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River Drava Cycle Trail Full Route: Toblach ‒ (Varaždin) Legrad

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The River Drava Cycle Trail is one of just four cycle trails in Europe to be awarded five stars by the ADFC (German Cyclists’ Association). It is the poster child of the cycling region of Carinthia and crosses several borders on its way from South Tyrol (Toblach) to Legrad in Croatia, passing through East Tyrol, Carinthia and Slovenia.

Open
moderate
Distance 509.1 km
40:00 h
1,684 m
2,769 m

 

 

Get to know the land and its people along the River Drava Cycle Trail in Carinthia.

 

 

Pleasure cycling on the southern side of the Alps.

 

 

 

 

 

The River Drava Cycle Trail (R1) links four countries: Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia ‒ no borders, brez meja, senza confini, bez granica. Running a total of some 510 km (222 of which are located in Carinthia), it meanders from the Toblacher Feld/Sella di Dobbiaco mountain pass in South Tyrol to the Croatian-Slovenian border at Varaždin. It boasts standardised signposting, excellent surfaces (asphalt, fine gravel), and for the most part hugs Carinthia’s main river, the Drava, through a varied landscape of mountains and bathing lakes. The River Drava Cycle Trail (the Toblach to Lavamünd section) was awarded five stars by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club (ADFC ‒ German Cyclists’ Association) in 2016 in honour of its high quality

Author’s recommendation

You should probably do the whole route to appreciate the beauty of all three countries!
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Author
Paco Wrolich
Update: April 21, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,209 m
Lowest point
128 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The River Drava Cycle Trail is relatively straightforward for the most part, but cyclists must be prepared for a few small climbs.

Tips and hints

www.drauradweg.com

www.dravabike.si

www.radland.kaernten.at

Start

Toblach, town centre (1,209 m) Koordinaten: DG 46.724170, 12.227660 GMS 46°43’27.0"N 12°13’39.6"E UTM 33T 288153 5178245 w3w ///geburt.reagiert.schweigt (1,209 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.724170, 12.227660
DMS
46°43'27.0"N 12°13'39.6"E
UTM
33T 288153 5178245
w3w 
///thrushes.battling.inflating

Destination

Legrad, Croatia

Turn-by-turn directions

see www.drauradweg.com

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

 

 

 

Take the S-Bahn suburban railway from Klagenfurt or Spittal to Lienz; from there, take the train to Toblach.

 

 

By car: Take the B100 to Lienz, then continue on the federal road to Toblach.

 

 

To consult timetables and/or to reserve a place for bike storage, please visit: www.oebb.at

Getting there

 

By train from Villach to Innichen.

 

 

Info: www.oebb.at

Parking

Parking is available at all train stations along the River Drava Cycle Trail.

Coordinates

DD
46.724170, 12.227660
DMS
46°43'27.0"N 12°13'39.6"E
UTM
33T 288153 5178245
w3w 
///thrushes.battling.inflating
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

 

 

www.drauradweg.com and www.dravabike.si

 

 

All information can be obtained at info@kaernten.at (in three languages).

Author’s map recommendations

 

 

Please order at www.kaernten.at or info@kaernten.at

Equipment

The River Drava Cycle Trail is relatively straightforward for the most part, but cyclists must be prepared for a few small climbs.

trekking bike recomended!

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.

Questions and answers

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Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
509.1 km
Duration
40:00 h
Ascent
1,684 m
Descent
2,769 m
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