rotte leiten inderst gemeinde obertilliach gailtal bundesstrasse fr
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.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle trip, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Tassenbach (or any other village along the circular tour)
Route: Carnic Dolomite Road - state road of the Gailtal valley until Kötschach - Plöcken Pass road towards Oberdrauburg - Drava Cycle Path until Lienz and Tassenbach
Distance: approx. 115 km
Cycling time: depending on condition, a full day tour
Altitude difference: approx. 1,600 m (Tassenbach-Kartitsch Saddle 400 m, to Kötschach 300 m, to Gailberg 300 m, to Tassenbach 600 m)
Altitude level: between 650 and 1,535 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: August 2015

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