Weißensee West and East Shores
A tour which winds along twisty roads with wonderful views and which lets us explore the natural unspoiled environs of the crystal-clear Lake Weissensee.
From the starting point, a road with many bends takes us upland to the north of Villach’s mountain, the Dobratsch, and to Bad Bleiberg. This former ancient mining town is full of tradition and is a popular spa town. Further along we ride down into the Gailtal valley to St. Stefan, where we cross the Windische Höhe, in order to reach Kreuzen via a narrow gorge. In a picturesque setting, we ride via Boden and Lake Farchtensee to the east shore of Lake Weissensee, where we take a break with a view over the busy boat dock.
We don’t take the option of going by ship to the west shore of this mountain lake, but we gladly take the road, the longer option, with its lovely views. Riding via Stockenboi, Zlan and Spittal on the River Drau, we soon get upriver to Greifenburg, where the twisty route provides pure riding pleasure. Having arrived in Techendorf on the west shore of Lake Weissensee, we cross the lake on the small bridge in order to get a bite to eat.
During the winter, the lake is a secret tip for ice skaters due to its altitude at 930 m above sea level and it freezes over early, attracting thousands of enthusiastic skaters. The tour continues with a ride over the Kreuzbergpass to Weissbriach in the Gitschtal valley and Hermagor in the Gailtal valley. We skirt around Lake Presseger See to Vorderberg, which is close to the border of Italy, before riding to Nötsch and Arnoldstein, where it’s not far to our starting point.
Important information for this tour
Dates 2021: Saturday 09/04 & Wednesday, 09/08 - Meeting Point: 9:30 a.m. at the Tourist Info Faak
Length & duration: The length of the tour is 230 km and it takes approx. 6 hours.
Road tolls & fees: There are no fees for this route.
Catering at your own expense: A short coffee break is planned on the eastern shore of Lake Weissensee. We eat lunch on the western shore in Techendorf.
Riding skills level: Medium - Suitable for experienced bikers.