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Cycling

Cycling must surely have been invented in Osttirol – nowhere else do riders come across such variety, in such a small space. And it is not for nothing that the top cycling events regularly stop off in these legendary mountains - the Giro d‘Italia has even stopped off here, as has the „high mountain stage“ of the international Tour of Austria in Matrei in Osttirol, right in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The most popular tourist ride in Austria – the Tour of the Dolomites takes place in Osttirol. Yet leisurely family riding is also not short-changed in Osttirol. The starting stage of the Drau cycle trail proceeds from Toblach via Sillian to Lienz. Always heading slightly downhill, riding along the wild Drau is a real delight. The landlords on the Drau cycle trail invite you to enjoy a cosy stop-off. Many excursion destinations such as the Galitzenklamm gorge, Lienz old town and Bruck Castle ought to feature in a family tour. Strong calves are all the rage in the mountains in Osttirol!

Mountain biking in Osttirol is a very special experience. Over 1000 km MTB routes of a variety of difficulty levels, great signposting, dreamy mountains, a healthy natural landscape and sunny weather on the south sides of the Alps are what you’ll find in the area between the Großglockner and the Dolomites. A tour, which is has a ‘bit of bite’ starts from the highest recuperative village in Austria - St. Jakob im Defereggental. Your calves really get to work on the ascent to the Klammljoch at 2288 m altitude. It’s then downhill into South Tirol via Kematen to Toblach. 900 metres altitude in 30 minutes, enjoying views to Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner. This also features in Osttirol, for instance in the National Park district of Kals, on a ride to Lucknerhütte.