CLOSED FOR THE YEARS 2019 & 2020 due to a massive landslide! Mountain Bike Tour 3 through 3 countries

Mountain Bike · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
89.3 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1800 m
Descent
1800 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Insider tip

This tour is closed due to a massive land slide in Slovenia until further notice!

This ride takes you from the "Faaker See" (Lake Faak) over the Karavanken alps to Slovenia.  Through the legendary winter-sports town of Kransjka Gora, Planica the path takes you over Tarvis and back to "Faaker See" again.  

Author’s recommendation

There aren't many opportunities better than the "MTB-Tour 3" to experience three different countries, three different cultures, and three different culinary traditions on such a short journey.  Enjoy breakfast on the Faaker See (Austria), lunch in Kransjka Gora (Slovenia) and an espresso in Tarvis (Italy)!

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Highest point
1583 m
Lowest point
540 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Zollner
Al Sette Narni (7 Zwerge)
Belvedere
Alb. Edelweiss
Gasthof/Pension Neuwirth

Equipment

A hard-tail is more than enough.  No long or difficult single tracks.  Don't forget your wind jacket and camera :)

Tips, hints and links

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000

 www.visitvillach.at/en

 

Start

Faak am See (564 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.566163, 13.910368
UTM
33T 416492 5157531

Destination

Faak am See

Turn-by-turn directions

Beginning at the beautiful „Faaker See“ (Lake Faak), this ride begins with its only significant climb to “Annahütte.” This, and the Slovenian border, will be reached after 14 kilometers where you can enjoy an unforgettable view of all of Carinthia and the Julian Alps. 

Here you begin a rapid descent which lasts 30 kilometers until you reach the world-famous ski town of Kranjska Gora.  This pretty spot in the middle of the Julian Alps is perfect for a short break.  After that you take either the bike trail towards “Italien” (Italy), or a detour on a World Cup run called “Vitranc.”  A few minutes later you will reach the Italian border where there is a short and crisp climb to the “Weissenfelser Seen” (Laghi di Fusine or White Rock Lakes).  After arriving there you will be able to enjoy a glorious panoramic view of the mountains and two deep-blue lakes.  After this, you go past Tarvis and take “die alte Römerstrasse” (old Roman road) to Arnoldstein, where you will bike right by a newly restored castle.  From here you take wavy single-trails and forest paths back to the Faaker See. 

Public transport

Faak am See is easily accessible with the busses (post) and trains of the ÖBB.

 

Getting there

Take the A2 motorway and exit at " Villach-Faaker See " or take the A11 and exit at " St. Niklas".

Parking

There are plenty of parking spots at "Bauernmarkt Gelände" (this is the farmer's market right across from the Faak train station).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Updated: August 08, 2019


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