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Faaker See- Finkenstein- Kopein (Nr. 23)

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A scenic bike ride on small paved roads or forest paths.  
Distance 20.7 km
3:00 h
450 m
450 m
597 m
554 m
Riding on narrow streets and forest paths, this ride takes you to some of the most remote and magnificent areas in the "Faaker See" area.  

Author’s recommendation

Near the intersection that leads to Altfinkenstein, you can keep straight and go to the "Burgruine Finkenstein" (Finkenstein Castle Ruins).  There is a gorgeous view from here!  Then ride straight back to the route, bike past Altfinkenstein and back to the Faaker See.  
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Gerhard Hohenwarter
Update: November 02, 2021
Highest point
597 m
Lowest point
554 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Watch out for oncoming traffic on the small paved roads!!

Tips and hints

 Region Villach Tourism

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Faak am See (561 m)
46.566328, 13.907838
46°33'58.8"N 13°54'28.2"E
33T 416298 5157552


Faak am See

Turn-by-turn directions

Beginning in the town of Faak am See, the route starts by taking you to the “Faaker See“ (Lake Faak) outlet where you follow the pedestrian/bike path to the right along the edge of the reeds on the lake.  After crossing a small bridge over the stream, ride along the lake until getting to “Nivea Bad.” Take a left here and ride on the pedestrian/bike path parallel to the main road until just before “Campingplatz Arneitz.”  Cross over the main road here and follow a dirt path through a mixture of reeds and forest until you get to the edge of a huge meadow.  You now find yourself on a paved road cutting through the prairie to the B84 road which will take you to the town center of Ledenitzen.  After the village, you follow a small street next to the railroad tracks through the small village of Unterferlach, and then past a few houses in Mallenitzen where you meet up with the B85 road.  Cross the main road and follow the narrow paved road a few meters until taking right at the “Zyklamenweg.”  Shortly after another train crossing, the path goes to the left onto a forest path. Follow this path through the forest until reaching the first obvious fork in the road.  Take a left there and go uphill on a narrow path to a small paved street.  Don’t get too comfortable on the road because you turn right into the forest after only a few meters- follow the forest path until reaching the next paved road.  Ride on this road for a while upwards until arriving at a marked intersection- take a right and ride slightly downhill until you reach a dry river bed. Crossing the riverbed is not easy, but once you get across you will be a short ride from the “Buschenschenke Ischnighof” restaurant/tavern.  From there, ride on the paved road, through a beautiful meadow to the houses of Ouschena, where you will have reached the highest point of the ride.  Now you will ride slightly downhill past an intersection to “Baumgartnerhof” in the direction of “Ruine Finkenstein.”  Right before getting to the ruins, the route goes to the right past “Altfinkenstein” down to “Latschach.”  Right before the B85 road, take a left and shortly thereafter take a right- you are now on a narrow path by the B85.  After crossing the main road, you go in the same direction as the railroad tracks.  Go through the train underpass and take a left at the end to get back to the starting point. 


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Getting there

Coming from Villach take the B83 or B85, turn onto the B84 then to the L53 to "Faak am See."


46.566328, 13.907838
46°33'58.8"N 13°54'28.2"E
33T 416298 5157552
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Helmet, water bottle, small snack. 

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • 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
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • 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
  • 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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20.7 km
3:00 h
450 m
450 m
Highest point
597 m
Lowest point
554 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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