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rotte leiten inderst gemeinde obertilliach gailtal bundesstrasse fr

Gailtal Alps round trip

The trip around the Lienz Dolomites is 115 km long and offers an altitude difference of almost 1,600 metres.

From Sillian via the Lesachtal valley to Kötschach and via the Gailberghöhe and the Drautal valley back again… For us the circular tour starts in Tassenbach, only few km east of Sillian. Here we turn into the Carnic Dolomite Road (Karnische Dolomitenstraße) which leads us into the Lesachtal valley. Immediately the ascent to Kartitsch starts, from there we cycle across the Kartitscher Sattel mountain saddle to Obertilliach and Untertilliach where Tyrol borders Carinthia. We cycle on the Gailtal Bundesstrasse to the pilgrimage site of Maria Luggau.

The branches of the roads care for a steady uphill and downhill. That may be time-consuming but nevertheless we enjoy the beautiful landscape of the valley. After some villages and hamlets we cycle downhill to Kötschach-Mauthen where we follow the road no. 110 to Oberdrauburg. An uphill section follows – via the village of Laas to the Gailberghöhe (the there located restaurant is a good place to take a rest).

After our break we cycle downhill to Oberdrauburg, shortly before the village entrance, the Drava Cycle Route branches off to the left. It proceeds comfortably through the valley to Lienz. Always along the cycle route we drive back (slightly uphill) to Tassenbach near Sillian again. For this last section we recommend the use of the bike transport by train offer.

Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate
  • Starting point:
    Tassenbach
  • Time required:
    05:30 h
  • Track length:
    88,7 km
  • Altitude:
    from 650 m to 1.545 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +1131 m | -1131 m
  • Route:
    Karnische Dolomitenstraße - Gailberg Bundesstraße up to Kötschach - Plöckenpass-Straße in direction Oberdrauburg - Drauradweg cycle path up to Lienz (or up to Tassenbach: + 550 altitude meters and + 20 km)
  • Destination:
    Lienz
  • Track surface:
    Asphalt (except for a few unpaved sections on the Drava cycle path)
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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    Gailtal Alps round trip

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