Thursday, July 27, 2017


After we completed the memorable Murradweg about six years ago it was (more then) time for a new cycling adventure. Over the years I have learned that pushing our physical limits was usually not yielding dividends; on the contrary, other aspects of the journey were pushed aside and Ana was not happy with me to say the least. For this reason, I decided to make a very easy plan with maximum 50km of cycling per day and a bigger emphasis on local culture, food, swimming, nature and most important - relaxation. The expression on Ana's face at the end of the trip in Villach (photo above) is proving the plan was accomplished.

Before entering Slovenia the Drava (Drau) river flows through south Austria for around 300 kilometers; however, not known to many, it starts its journey as a tiny stream in Italian Dolomites, very close to a town called Toblach (Dobbiaco). After Lojze and Zoja dropped us off and headed home, we started to descend towards the Austrian border and later to Lienz - a lively alpine city. We were very lightly equipped, but had all the basics we needed. We cycled for about 3 hours per day, did a lot of swimming in Drava and the nearby lakes. We also enjoyed the Austrian food, which is not very light but certainly worth the sin. After 4 days of cycling, we took the train from Villach to Ljubljana and concluded we are coming back, next time with the kids!

If you decide to plan a similar trip, see our costs and recommendations:
  • Total cost for both: 400 eur
    • Bed per person: 25-35 eur
    • Dinner per person: 10-15 eur
    • Train ticket per person + bike: 20 eur
    • Must sleep cities: Lienz, Villach
    • Cities less interesting: Greifenburg, Spittal
    • Village for cofee/food: Lind im Drautal, Sachsenburg
    • Must stop for swim: Tristacher See, Moll-Drau confluence
    • Spittal: nice park, noisy, good restaurant: Mein Wirtshaus
    • Villach: picturesque, shopping, train station in center, Caffe Latte bar

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