Drava Cycle Path

The Drava Cycle Path leads from the origin of the Drava near San Candido in South Tyrol along the eponymous river across East Tyrol, Carinthia and Maribor in Slovenia.

The transnational cycle path, as its name reveals, runs along the Drava river, which rises in Dobbiaco/Italy. This cycle path makes you discover the Alta Pusteria valley, Carinthia and Slovenia by bike along the 366 km long path.

Internationally the Drava Cycle Path is also referred to as R1. Starting from San Candido or Sillian, the cycle path in the Tyrolean section (described here) 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 by bike.

More comfortable because flatter and less crowded is the section from Lienz to Carinthia. It leads through the wide Drava Valley to Oberdrauburg and further towards Spittal and the Carinthian lakes.

Route: Drauradweg, R1. All following information refer to the stage from San Candido via Lienz to Oberdrauburg.
Starting point: San Candido (South Tyrol) (1,175 m a.s.l.)
Destination: Oberdrauburg (620 m a.s.l.)
Distance: approx. 63 km
Cycling time: approx. 4.5 hours
Altitude difference: 130 m uphill, 685 m downhill (from San Candido to Oberdrauburg)
Characteristics: mostly asphalted cycle path, about 5 km gravel surface
Train & Bike: in summer there are trains with bicycle transport from Lienz back to Sillian and San Candido
Connection to other cycle routes in Tyrol:
1. in San Candido: Pusterbike Cycle Path to Brunico - Bressanone
2. in San Candido: MTB Cycle Route to Sesto
3. in San Candido: Stoneman MTB-Trail
4. in Lienz: Iseltal Cycle Path to Matrei in Osttirol
5. in Oberdrauburg: continuation of the Drava Cycle Path to Carinthia

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Waldruhe
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    Hotel Waldruhe

  2. Strasserwirt
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    Strasserwirt

  3. Vergeiner’s Hotel Traube
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    Vergeiner’s Hotel Traube

  4. Landgasthof Lenzer
    Hotel

    Landgasthof Lenzer

  5. Landhaus Strickenmacher
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    Landhaus Strickenmacher

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