abfaltersbach mit spitzenstein in den lienzer dolomiten
abfaltersbach mit spitzenstein in den lienzer dolomiten

Drava Cycle Route

The Drava Cycle Path follows the course of the Drava river, from South Tyrol to East Tyrol and Carinthia, until Maribor in Slovenia

The transnational cycle path, as its name reveals, runs along the Drava river, which rises on Mt. Rocca dei Baranci. This cycle path makes you discover the Upper Val Pusteria valley in South Tyrol, Carinthia and Slovenia by bike along the 366 km long path. Internationally, the Drava Cycle Route (Drau Radweg) is also referred to as R1. Starting from San Candido (Italy) or Sillian (Austria), in the Tyrolean section as described here it runs almost flat and downhill, and is therefore also ideal for family excursions with children.

No wonder that the section from San Candido to the East Tyrolean capital Lienz enjoys great popularity in summer, and even trains with bicycle transport from Lienz back to Sillian and San Candido are operating, so that one is spared a more strenuous return trip uphill. More comfortable because flatter and less crowded is the section from Lienz to Carinthia. It leads through the Drava Valley to Oberdrauburg, and towards Spittal to the beautiful Carinthian lakes.

  • Train & Bike: trains in summer with bicycle transport from Lienz to Sillian/San Candido

Connection to other cycle routes in Tyrol:

  • in San Candido: Pusterbike Cycle Route to Bressanone
  • in San Candido: MTB Cycle Route to Sesto
  • in San Candido: Stoneman MTB Trail
  • in Lienz: Iseltal Cycle Route to Matrei in Osttirol
  • in Oberdrauburg: continuation of the Drava Cycle Path to Carinthia

Attention: The described cycle routes are only sectionally cycle paths in the narrower sense. They often proceed on byroads where also car and tractor traffic is allowed. Please take care!

suited for families difficulty: easy
  • Starting point:
    San Candido (1,175 m a.s.l.)
  • Time required:
    03:35 h
  • Track length:
    50,9 km
  • Altitude:
    from 628 m to 1.117 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +6 m | -458 m
  • Signposts:
    Drau Radweg, R1 (all information refer to the stage from San Candido via Lienz to Oberpirkach / Oberdrauburg)
  • Destination:
    Oberdrauburg (620 m a.s.l.)
  • Track surface:
    mostly asphalted cycle path, about 5 km gravel surface
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Drava Cycle Route

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