Gravelbike Wörthersee T1 | Ossiacher Tauern Kammritt

  • Tour 1 Gravelbike Wörthersee
    © Christian Riedel


You can find the stories about the lost places on this tour under "More info".

The tour leads from Velden in a southerly direction past the historical excursion destinations Rosegg Castle and Zoo and the Celtic World Frög. Along the Drau river, the route is gravel and flat via Villach to St. Andrä am Ossiacher See. There, the ruins of Landskron Castle tower above the town, visible from afar. By the way, you can visit it later on during a short detour at the Jungfernsprung.

In the direction of Gratschach you will pass the old daughter church. Walled-in Roman gravestones bear witness to the area's eventful past. After a first sharp ascent, you will come to the Michaeler Teich with its graves from the Hallstatt period. But the pond still holds a secret ...

On forest roads in a northerly direction you reach the actual ridge of the Ossiacher Tauern, which you then ride along for about 12 kilometers on a really gravelly surface. Before that, however, you have the opportunity to make a short detour to the Landskron castle ruins and the legendary Jungfernsprung.

At the Tauern pond you have a perfect opportunity for a breather. Use this to take a few steps to a classic "Lost Places" gem at the entrance to the Schluchtenwanderweg. Please leave the bike here on the main trail.

The tour now continues across the magnificent high plateau to St. Anthony's Church, the last surviving branch church of the magnificent Benedictine monastery of Ossiach. After another short ascent you will reach the highest point of the tour with an altitude of 952m.

Now you have to tighten your shoes, because the descent to Velden is quite fast. If you are a real lost-places freak, you should make a detour to the west at Ebenfeld to the Hochwart ruins. The once imposing fortress is truly spectacular. Here, however, special caution applies, as there is a danger of crashing and collapsing. Use the Lost Place therefore simply for a few casual snapshots from the outside. The last 600m to the ruin can only be done on foot.