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Your cycling and mountain biking holiday at the 4-star Hotel Karnerhof on Lake Faaker See in Carinthia

Rugged Alpine backdrops, snaking mountain roads with panoramic views, deep green forests, hilly meadows and lakes glistening in the sunshine: the gorgeous, varied landscapes of the Dreiländereck region where Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet make this area an Eldorado for cycling enthusiasts. Whether it’s a leisurely ride around the lake or an extended day-long tour, the Karnerhof is your ideal starting point for a cycling holiday in Carinthia.

Austria’s southernmost state holds a wealth of adventures for cyclists: from relaxed, leisurely family bike tours to rewarding challenges for accomplished mountain bikers and racing cyclists. Clearly marked and well-maintained cycling paths, varied routes, themed cycling tours, circular tours and mountain stages will lead you past countless lakes, sightseeing attractions and lookout points, leaving you with precious memories of this impressive area. What’s more, the mild climate allows for an extra-long cycling season – usually from March through November. Good to know: cycle racing has a long tradition in Carinthia. Back in 1987, Lake Faaker See was even the venue for the 54th Road World Championships.

E-bike rentals at the Karnerhof

Bicycling with a guaranteed wind at your back: at the Karnerhof you’ll find four e-bikes available for rent. With an e-bike, a small electric motor can be turned on to provide a bit of help with the pedaling. This allows you to take on more challenging and longer tours, and to make the climb to more spectacular lookout points. A good example: on the 70-kilometre long 10-Lake Tour you can discover the most beautiful lakes in the Villach and Klagenfurt area: from the Karnerhof, the route leads you along the shores of 10 different lakes – starting with the Silbersee, Magdalensee, Grünsee, and Silberner See, and then onward to the St. Leonharder See, Vassacher See, Ossiacher See, Maltschacher See and Wörthersee, before arriving back at your starting point on Lake Faaker See.

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Services for cyclists at the Hotel Karnerhof

  • Free use of loaner bicycles for guests: well-maintained, modern bicycles in a variety of sizes
  • Lockable storage for your own bicycle
  • Waterhose and compressed air for cleaning bicycles and equipmen
  • Tool service – take care of small repairs on the spot yourself at our bicycle service point
  • Repair service: we’re happy to put you in touch with our local bicycle repair partner
  • Regular schedule of guided cycling tours as part of our weekly programme

Relaxed cycling tours for enthusiasts and families

Explore the beautiful Carinthian landscape on your own, and look forward to interesting tours with a range of altitude differences and varying degrees of difficulty – from a short morning jaunt to an extended all-day tour. Some of the most beautiful stages on the 366-kilometre long Drau cycling path which leads from South Tirol to Slovenia, can be experienced using the Karnerhof as your starting point. In addition, cycling routes in the Villach – Faaker See – Ossiacher See region are constantly being improved and extended. Along them, you’ll find countless quaint inns and restaurants serving authentic Carinthian delicacies. Any local cycling tour in Carinthia quickly becomes a gourmet tour!

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Offroad with the mountain bike

Pick your way down challenging slopes on the mountain bike. Absorbing the hits, keeping your balance and sidestepping all obstacles. The hilly area around Lake Faaker See offers countless adventures for mountain bikers. Varied trails strike out across Alpine meadows and through the forests and fields of Carinthia. In the Villach region you’ll find many official, well-maintained mountain bike routes.

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Mountain biking enjoyment in the woods

Near the Lake Faaker See you’ll find the Kopein Trail, a mountain bike enduro trail of medium difficulty which winds its way up and down for 1.8 kilometres over a variety of forest paths, jumps, bumps and dips.

One route, three countries

The Dreiländerrunde or Three-Country Route leads from Lake Faaker See over the Karawank Mountain range into the Slovenian town of Kranjska Gora, on to the Laghi di Fusine in Friuli, then onward to Tarvis before returning once again to the Faaker See.

Nature trails for beginners and enthusiasts

Sharpen your mountain biking technique: in northern Villach you’ll find the areaone Mountain Biking Skill Center on the Kumitzberg, featuring six interesting practice trails.

Off and away - racing cycling

From a steep mountain ascent to a leisurely loop around the lake: in Carinthia you’ll find a varied network of racing routes.

A true challenge is the Dreiländertour or Three Country Tour: starting from Lake Faaker See, this route first takes you to Tarvis in Italy, and from there on to the Sočatal in Slovenia. It leads on up to the 1,611-metre Vršič Pass, where a serpentine descent then takes you down into Kranjska Gora. From there, the final stretch leads you back into Carinthia.

An intensive mountain ascent and spectacular views await you on the route around the Faaker See and on up to the Dobratsch, one of the most beautiful mountains in the area and Carinthia’s first nature reserve.

Slightly shorter and more relaxed – but no less scenic – is the Faaker See Castle Route, which takes you past the picturesque Lake Aichwaldsee up to the grand Finkenstein Castle Arena, a high-altitude open-air performance venue with a commanding view over Lake Faaker See.

In addition, you might want to take on the intensive, 11.7-kilometre World Road Championship route from 1987.

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I regularly explore the Lake Faaker See region on both a racing bike and a mountain bike. The area has many highly varied routes and trails, so the ride is never boring. A really challenging mission - and my own personal secret tip: take the mountain bike up to the Jepza Sattel, and from there, hike up to the peak of the Mittagskogel on foot – and then take the same way back down again.

Sommelier Franz Egger