Cycling, mountain biking and road biking on the shores of Lake Faak

Our campsite is located right at the heart of the Carinthian cycling trail network!

The sunny side of the Austrian Alps on the border to Italy and Slovenia provides ideal conditions for cyclists, mountain bikers and road bikers: a mild climate even during the early season, a unique lake-studded landscape that ranges from gentle hills to high peaks, and endless possibilities for cycling tours through flat and easy terrain. You can start your cycling tour right here at the campsite and keep going on flat paths or steep mountain trails for hours and hours. To finish off your tour, jump into the turquoise waters of Lake Faak that reach temperatures of up to 28 °C – a truly unforgettable experience!

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The Drauradweg trail (366km), one of 4 European cycling trails with 5 stars
The Drauradweg trail is just 5km away from our campsite. In February 2016, the Drauradweg was awarded the much sought-after 5th star by the German Cyclists' Federation ADFC, an honour it shares with just three other European cycling trails. The ADFC is considered the most important classification body of cycling trails in Europe. The Drauradweg leads from Toblach (Italy) all the way to Marburg (Slovenia). Each leg is suitable for families as well as for more athletic cyclists.  The trail also takes you to the town of Villach (10km away from our campsite), famous for its southern flair, pleasant shops, cafés, and restaurants. A dedicated "bike butler" will take care of your bicycle at the Hotel Holiday Inn, directly on the shores of the Drau river, while you take a stroll through the centre. On your way back, you can either take the same route or go via Warmbad-Villach, Müllnern and the Finkenstein moor until you reach the lake.

Gailtalradweg

Ride from Lake Faak to Villach (14km) or along the Gailtalradweg trail
Our campsite is approx. 2km away from Faak am See. From there, continue through the Finkensteiner Moor nature reserve (flat path) directly to the Gailtalradweg trail. You now have two options: Either head towards the centre of Villach via Warmbad-Villach, or cycle along the Gail river to Hermagor (55km) and further on to Kötschach-Mauthen (86km). To get back, take either the bus or the train (depending on where you get on). There are plenty of opportunities to stop off for refreshments along the way. 

 

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Round tour from Lake Faak to the Kärnten Therme in Warmbad- Villach (15km)
The round tour from Lake Faak to Warmbad-Villach and back is a highly popular choice. From our campsite, cycle via Drobollach and Mittewald to Maria Gail. The pilgrimage church is well worth a visit. Next, cross the bridge and cycle along the Gail river in an idyllic setting until you get to the point where the Zillerbach creek joins the river. Now turn right towards Warmbad. To go back, take the road to Müllnern and head uphill to the church in St. Stefan via the "Graben". Cycle along the Finkenstein moor to Faak am See and back to our campsite.

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World Championship Cycle Tour - Faaker See
Lenght: 11.7 km Elevation gain: 113 m Maximum gradient: 10 % Start/finish at the Maria Gail underpass - up to Mittewald - Lake Faak - continue on a level trail to Drobollach - turn left before Egg and climb the steep hill. The trail travels past "Türkei" (=Turkey, the name derives from the Turkish invasion in the 15th century) and on to St. Niklas. Turn left and climb the mountain to the Grosssattel plateau. The short but steep ascent will be rewarded with marvelous views of Villach and as far as Drautal Valley. We recommend a short break! The tour continues across level terrain, through a forest and then down to Kleinsattel and Prossowitsch, back to the departure point. And now imagine doing this tour twenty times, one loop after the other, just as the cycling elite did back in 1987 in the course of the World Championships. Lake Faak also has countless routes to offer – no wonder, the world cycling championships were held here in 1987. Mountain bikers should head for Afritz where there’s a permanent downhill course. It may be downhill all the way, but the narrow paths and roots make it a test of stamina.

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Road biking tour to Italy and Slovenia (87km, moderately difficult, uphill: 1328m, downhill: 1331m)
From Lake Faak, head to Tarvisio (Italy) via Arnoldstein and Thörl Maglern. The cycling path continues to Kranjska Gora (Slovenia). The ascent to the Wurzenpass to cross the border back to Austria is moderately difficult. Watch out for the downhill part – some sections of the route are extremely steep! Return to Finkenstein via Fürnitz. If you still have energy left, cycle around Lake Faak over a distance of 8km. And most importantly – jump in the lake to cool down once you've finished!  

Mountainbiken

Mountain bike tour 3 on the Austrian/Italian/Slovenian border (84km, altitude of 2399m)
This difficult, demanding mountain bike trail is among the most beautiful of its kind in the Alpine-Adriatic region. From Lake Faak, the steep trail goes up to the Jepzasattel and continues to the Slovenian border after 14km. Prepare for some breathtaking mountain views! Downhill, you will head for Krajnska Gora (Slovenia) and then to the Laghi di Fusine lakes in Italy, before returning to Lake Faak via Tarvisio.

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Mountain bike tour across Dobrova (12.6 km, moderately difficult)
From Faak am See, you will head straight to the forest along forestry tracks and side roads. This tour is ideal as a warm-up and for newbies.  

Kumitzberg

Mountain bike training area Areaone Skill Center on Kumitzberg mountain
The freely accessible mountain bike training area Areaone Mountainbike Skill Center Villach-Kumitzberg on the shores of Lake Vassach in Villach is perfect for beginners and advanced mountain bikers alike.  Video

Kopein Trail

Mountain bike tour Kopein trail (1.8km)
The Kopein trail along Lake Faak is a single trail that runs through an idyllic forest and culminates in a few jumps and waves. Great fun and highly recommended! Video

shorty trail

Shorty Trail - T24 - mountain bike single trail Lake Faak, distance 0.7km 
The Shorty Trail is a short tour that may be combined with the Samonig trail and the Kopein trail in a single round. Start: Latschach-Unterkreuth. 

Samonig trail (difficult), distance: 3km
The newly created Samonig trail on the foot of the Karawanken mountain range affords fantastic views of the lake as well as some hair-rising biking. Destination: Latschach.

Bike rental
Bike rental

Renting any sort of bicycle is quick and fuss-free at the Fahrradcenter (1km away from our campsite). Carinthia has 48 e-bike rental depots, two of them on the shores of Lake Faak (Drobollach Tourism Office and Faak train station). You can rent the e-bike of your choice at one of the rental depots and return it at a different depot. For more information, see

www.kaernten-rent-ebike.at

Free cycling bus
Free cycling bus

With the Erlebnis CARD that is available in our office free of charge, you may use the free e-bike cycling bus from Lake Faak to the Rosental valley once a week. Also once a week, you can take the free cycling bus to Kranjska Gora (Slovenia).

Guided cycling tours
Guided cycling tours

In cooperation with our cycling partner, the Rosentaler Hof, we also offer a guided cycling tour (fee applies) from our campsite to the Rosental valley as well as an Alpine-Adriatic tour to Italy and Slovenia, including rental bikes.

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Tour planner

Free access to a multitude of cycling, road biking and mountain bike tours, including route descriptions, tour planner and maps.

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