Central Carinthia and Gurk Valley Alps

Motor Bike · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
312.1 km
Duration
5:00h
Ascent
6585 m
Descent
6585 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available
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Villach – Treffen – Arriach – Himmelberg – Feldkirchen – Pichlern – Rennweg – Zamelsberg – Weitensfeld – Gurk – Pisweg – Kraig – St. Veit – Launsdorf – Brückl – Mittertrixen – Haimburg – Diex – Brückl – Eberstein – Guttaring – Althofen – Straßburg – Grades – Flattnitz – Stadl/Mur – Predlitz – Turracher Höhe – Reichenau – Patergassen – Bad Kleinkirchheim – Radenthein – Villach
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Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1805 m
Lowest point
462 m
Best time of year
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Start

Villach (538 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.668013, 13.855083
UTM
33T 412419 5168909

Destination

Villach

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting off in Villach, you go through the Gegend Valley to Arriach, the geographical centre of Carinthia. In Feldkirchen, turn off for the Gurk Valley, but leave the B 93 after a few metres to get to Gurk via Zammelsberg and Weitensfeld. Gurk Cathedral is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Carinthia. The route carries on to St. Veit. At Launsdorf you will see the incredible Hochosterwitz Castle. In Mittertrixen the road goes off to the left via Haimburg to Diex (1,159 m), the village with the most sunshine hours in Austria. Here you leave the historic Noric Region and cross into the holiday region of Lake Klopeiner See – Southern Carinthia. Now take the high road towards Brückl. Head north through the Görtschitz Valley and, near Mösel, turn off to the left towards Althofen. A good tip for lunch is Hirter Braukeller, a brewery with restaurant serving local dishes right on the main road just before Friesach. After your meal, you have to go back briefly and then turn into the Gurk Valley at Schloss Böckstein. In Strassburg your route goes off to the right from the Gurk Valley into the Metnitz Valley. Flattnitz (1,400 m) on a plateau in the Gurk Valley Alps is the pass from the Gurk Valley in Carinthia to the Mur Valley in Styria. At Stadl/Mur you go 6 km upriver to Predlitz and from there the climb is very steep in places up to Turracher Höhe (1,783 m) and back into Carinthia. Taking in Bad Kleinkirchheim (resort with St. Kathrein and Römerbad thermal spas) and Radenthein, you pass through the Gegend Valley back to your starting point.

 

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Sabine Zölß, Alpstein Österreich
Updated: June 22, 2018


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