Cross-border leisure cycling/biking
In the largest biking region of the Southern Alps, leisure cyclists can enjoy cross-border biking on Austrian and Italian terrain. In summer, the region offers guided bike tours on the Ciclovia Alpe Adria cycle track to Venzone every Friday. In addition to the diverse range of biking options on Carinthia's No. 1 adventure mountain - Nassfeld, families & leisure cyclists also enjoy the unique landscape along the Gailtal Valley Cycle Track R3, which is around 90 km long and runs from Kötschach-Mauthen to Villach. Regional bike and leisure buses, theS4 railway service of the ÖBB (Austrian Railways), with the Gailtalsprinter, and Nassfeld's summer mountain railways provide energy-preserving transport there and back.
Cross-border leisure cycling from Kötschach-Mauthen to Venzone (ITA)
Every Friday at 8:30 am, the bike bus departs from the train station in Hermagor (7:43 am from Kötschach-Mauthen) to the old border crossing in Thörl-Maglern, from where the bike experience accompanied by bike guide starts. The destination is Venzone, today also known as the Lavender Town, in Italy, which is approx. 60 km away. This section is considered to be one of the most attractive of the cycle track.
Because from Tarvisio you cycle a large part on the abandoned railway line "Pontebbana" through the Italian Canal Valley - including tunnels, viaducts and bridges with spectacular views. As the track leads mostly slightly downhill, the route can be managed by everyone. Once you have arrived in the medieval town of Venzone, there is still enough time to enjoy some Italian delicacies or to visit the romantic town square with its town wall, before the comfortable bus shuttle takes you back to Hermagor at 4 pm.
Costs: Adults € 39.00 / Children € 29.00 (children under the age of 6 free)
The organised tour, incl. bike bus, is free for holders of the +CARD holiday!
Gailtalsprinter ÖBB S4
By ÖBB Gailtalsprinter to the starting point: The Gailtal Valley Cycle Track R3 leads from Kötschach-Mauthen parallel to the Italian border along the River Gail via Hermagor, Nötsch steadily downhill to Villach. Small villages, old farms, quaint inns, an idyllic alluvial landscape and Lake Pressegger See make the 90 km long route (R3) the ideal leisure tour for the whole family.
The Gailtalsprinter ÖBB S4 provides cyclists with a comfortable ride between the destination and starting point from Hermagor to Villach.
Departure times (daily; 08.07. - 10.09.2023):
8:18 am Villach main train station to Hermagor train station
9:44 am Hermagor train station to Villach main train station
TIP: The use of the ÖBB S-Bahn is free of charge throughout Carinthia (bike transport according to tariff) with the +CARD holiday or the GästeCARD Basic!
By the way: The ÖBB train service S4 runs all year round at hourly intervals from 5am to 10pm (Villach - Hermagor and back).
Car-free on the road
For many there is nothing better than exploring summer nature by bike. The Nassfeld-Pressegger See tourist region offers cyclists a diverse weekly programme with guided MTB tours and much more throughout the summer season.