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Bike Riding

Gerlitzen Alp to Lake Ossiach - Stages 1 + 2

Bike Riding · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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A scenic biking tour, beginning with a gondola ride that will also transport your bike up the mountain.  
moderate
27 km
3:15 h
4 m
1413 m
With the mountain railway to the summit of the Gerlitze and with the bike enjoyably back to the Ossiacher lake.

Author’s recommendation

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Region Villach
Updated: August 08, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bergstation Teilstrecke 2, 1908 m
Lowest point
Annenheim, 501 m
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Safety information

All mountain bikers are kindly asked to only use the officially authorized streets on their descent, in this case "Gerlitzen Gipfelstrasse" to Arriach! Mountain bikers do not count as tourists for the right to use the trails because they are already using the roads and therefore excluded from the hiking paths and forest roads.  

Please be considerate about your speed on the descent and pay attention to other bikers! Remember to abide by the "Mountain Bike Fairplay" rules :-) 

Tips, hints and links

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000

 www.visitvillach.at/en

 

Start

"Annenheim am Ossiacher See" (Annenheim on Lake Ossiach) (1908 m)
Coordinates:
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46.694785, 13.914313
DMS
46°41'41.2"N 13°54'51.5"E
UTM
33T 416991 5171820
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Destination

Annenheim am Ossiacher See

Turn-by-turn directions

This scenic biking tour begins at the foot of the Gerlitzen alps with a gondola ride.  After purchasing a ticket for both sections of the tour, the gondola and the chairlift (including bike transport), you take the gondola to 1410 beautiful meters above sea level, then take the chairlift to the peak at 1911 meters where a breathtaking panoramic view awaits.

After getting off the lift, take an immediate left to follow “Schotterstrasse” (a dirt road) to “Berggasthof Pacheiner,” a restaurant/inn.  The descent begins right behind the inn, going over the “Gipfelstrasse” (summit road) of Gerlitzen, over the “Stifterboden,” all the way through to Arriach without any significant turns.  You stay on the “Mautstrasse” (turnpike) until it ends at the L46 “Teuchern Landesstrasse” which you ride downwards to “Millstaetter Bundesstrasse” (B98), where you take a left towards “Innere Einöde.”

From here you take the R2b bike path towards “Ossiacher See.”  The bike path leads you through Treffen then later through Neudorf, where you cross “Ossiacher See Strasse” by Billa towards the “Unterführung,” or underpass.  Before the underpass you take a right and follow the bike path further towards “Ausfluss Ossiacher See.”  Shortly before the bridge, the path goes north along “St. Andraer Strasse.”  You must cross St. Andraer Strasse again at the campground.  After a few minutes you will arrive at the starting point of the tour on the shores of “Ossiacher See,” or Lake Ossiach.  From the shore there is a railway crossing back to the parking lot. 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There are busses that drive to Annenheim from the Villach train station in regular intervals.

 

 

Getting there

By car you can reach Annenheim with the A10 highway, exit "Treffen-Ossiacher See."  If you are coming from Villach you can take the B83 (Ossiacher Zeile).  When you reach the Ossiacher See fork, turn onto the B94 towards "Ossiacher See" and you will soon reach Annenheim.

 

Parking

There are plenty of parking spots available near the Gerlitzen gondola station.  

Coordinates

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46.694785, 13.914313
DMS
46°41'41.2"N 13°54'51.5"E
UTM
33T 416991 5171820
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

A suitable bike for the area with tested breaks, bike helmet, leisure clothes, wind jacket, sun-glasses, drinks, etc.  

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
27 km
Duration
3:15h
Ascent
4 m
Descent
1413 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Cableway ascent/descent

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