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Gailtal Radweg R3 von Kötschach nach Villach

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  • Gailtal Radweg R3 von Kötschach nach Villach
    / Gailtal Radweg R3 von Kötschach nach Villach
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The Gailtal Cycle Path R3 runs parallel to the Italian border and mostly slightly downhill along the Gail.
Distance 96.3 km
6:00 h
90 m
290 m
In southwest Carinthia, families with a preference for cycling will find the Gailtal Cycle Route "R3". This approx. 90 km long cycle tour runs parallel to the Italian border and is clearly marked with green signs and white road markings. Children and parents ride along the Gail, cycle through small villages and past old farms. The wildly romantic Gailtal cycle path is impressive, with the surrounding mountain world of the Carnic and Gailtal Alps.

The cycling families start the cycle tour in Kötschach-Mauthen, continue via Hermagor and the Pressegger lake to Vorderberg and Nötsch to Villach. The idyllic cycle path leads mostly slightly downhill and is therefore already manageable for younger children. Mostly you cycle on traffic-free, asphalt paths.

There are numerous inns along the way which serve local specialities. On the way, interesting destinations invite you to explore, from the idyllic Garnitzenklamm gorge to the informative local history museum in Möderndorf Castle and the exciting amusement park on Lake Pressegger See.

Tip: Attractively designed rest areas at particularly beautiful places invite you to stay

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Update: August 24, 2020
Highest point
700 m
Lowest point
486 m


Kötschach-Mauthen, Bahnhof (699 m)
46.669110, 12.999010
46°40'08.8"N 12°59'56.4"E
33T 346938 5170339



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Detailed description section Hermagor railway station - Villach Warmbad (57 km)

Starting point is the train station in Hermagor (car parking, bus stop, S-Bahn line "S4"). Eastwards to just before the OMV petrol station - Turn right over the railway track onto cycle path R3. Through the Burger Moos to Untervellach and on to the Pressegger See. If you want to take a break already here, we recommend a stop at the Pressegger See adventure park (after 7 km) with a café restaurant directly on the lake. Continue along the lake to Görtschach - from here the path leads through idyllic floodplain landscapes along the Gail to the Vorderberg nature adventure pool (17 km from Hermagor).

Insider tip: Snacks from top chef "Hermi" in the Bad-Restaurant! First continue along the Gail river and then along the cycle path along the railway line to Nötsch (27 km from Hermagor). In the centre you should stop at the bakery Wiegele and taste the famous Müsliweckerl (flour and milk products from our own farm) or visit the "Museum of the Nötsch District" in the same house.

(Up to here approx. 1 hour 20 minutes pure driving time from Hermagor).

North of the railway line the Raweg R3 leads along the village of Saak through the Schütt in the direction of Villach. 7 km after Nötsch you will be "surprised" by a mountain inn (approx. 1 hour 50 minutes pure travel time from Hermagor). Recommended in Lisi's Alm restaurant: "Lisi's Spezialbrot" or the homemade cakes. Immediately after that we turn right over the Gail, first briefly in the direction of Arnoldstein. After about 500 m you should not miss the turn-off to "Erlendorf" (gravel path). South past "Oberschütt", then along the Gail to Müllnern (don't miss the turnoff towards Spittal / Drau cycle path to reach the Warmbad Villach train station (57 km from Hermagor). Pure travel time: 3 hours. Return with the S-Bahn "S4" to Hermagor. Travel time: 62 min.)


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46.669110, 12.999010
46°40'08.8"N 12°59'56.4"E
33T 346938 5170339
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96.3 km
6:00 h
90 m
290 m


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