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After visiting the beautiful old town of Villach, you start cycling on the Drauradweg, following the flow of the river. Just outside the city, turn right onto the modern Peace Bridge (Friedensbrücke) which allows us to cross the Drava and reach the beginning of the Carnica cycle path (Karnische Radweg - R3). This cycle path climbs the course of the Gail river, one of the tributaries of the Drava, using partly paved paths and partly with a natural bottom but always of good quality.



Near Unterschütt you also leave the Carnica cycle path and, following the signs of the "Tarviser Radweg - R3C" cycle path, cross the Gail river in the direction of Erlendorf thanks to a cycle-pedestrian bridge. The route of the Tarviser Radweg has recently been modified and runs for long stretches on the new cycle path built alongside the national road (N83).

Once past the village of Pockau, you will soon reach Arnoldstein, an important market town dominated by the ruins of a fortified monastery but also by Mount Forno (Dreiländereck), the point where the borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet.

In Arnoldstein, cyclists are forced to cross the center of the country by riding on the busy national road. At a roundabout, just before passing the last buildings of Arnoldstein, the Tarviser Radweg returns on an asphalted cycle path built next to the national road and continues, with a constant climb, up to Thörl-Maglern.

Leaving the last Austrian village, you immediately reach the border where the cycle path continues, immediately taking altitude thanks to two hairpins and entering the Tarvisio Forest. In a few kilometers, still pedaling in the shadows of the lush forest, you reach the town of Coccau di Sotto. After a sharp climb along the road that crosses the town towards Coccau di Sopra, the Alpe Adria Radweg cycle route continues using an abandoned stretch of the "Pontebbana" state road. Then the cycle path continues on the former track of the Pontebbana railway which, slightly uphill, leads us to the abandoned station of Tarvisio Centrale where the branch of the path that leads to the Slovenian border and the Fusine lakes comes off.

Going straight on we reach Tarvisio, a town of Roman origin and another important market in the valley of the Slizza / Gailitz torrent). Our cycle path crosses Tarvisio always remaining on the old railway line, which passes near the characteristic station of "Tarvisio Città" and the historic parish church.

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  • Section length: 36 km
  • Ascent: 355 m
  • Descent: 135 m
  • Grade: medium
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Tourismusinformation Villach  infopoint 56 

Rathausplatz 1 - A-9500 Villach
Tel.: +43 4242 2052900
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Marktgemeinde Arnoldstein  infopoint 56 

Gemeindeplatz 4 - A-9601 Arnoldstein
Tel.: +43 4255 226014
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Infopoint Tarvisio   infopoint 56 

Via Roma 14 - I-33018 Tarvisio (UD)
Tel.: (+39) 0428 2135
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Consorzio Tarvisiano (promozione turistica)   infopoint 56 

Via Roma 14 - I-33018 Tarvisio (UD)
Tel.: (+39) 0428 2392
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Hotel Mosser   hotel 32 caffe 32 approvato caar ADFC Bett+Bike

Bahnhofstraße 9 - 9500 Villach
Tel.: +43 4242 24115
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Hotel City Villach   hotel 32ADFC Bett+Bike

Bahnhofplatz 3 - 9500 Villach
Tel.: +43 4242 27896
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Hotel Genusswirt Wallner   hotel 32 ristorante 32 ADFC Bett+Bike

Kärntnerstraße 50 - 9601 Arnoldstein
Tel.: +43-4255 / 2356
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Hotel Edelhof****   hotel 32 bikexperience 24

via Armando Diaz, 13 - 33018 Tarvisio (UD)
Tel.: (+39) 0428 40081
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Hotel Valle Verde***   hotel 32 bikexperience 24

Via Priesnig 48 - 33018 Tarvisio (UD)
Tel.: (+39) 0428 2342
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Hotel Il Cervo***   hotel 32 tdp 24 Albergabici FIAB

Via Priesnig, 72 - 33018 Tarvisio
Tel.: (+39) 0428 40305
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  • the main square (Hauptplatz)
  • St. Jakob church (Stadtpfarrkirche St. Jakob)
  • St. Nikolai church (Nikolaikirche)
  • the baroque church of the Holy Cross (Heiligenkreuzkirche)
  • the Warmbad Spa
  • the Landskron castle (Burgruine Landskron)
  • the ruins of the monastery
  • the Schrotturm
  • the Kreuzkapelle
  • St. Andreas church
  • the fortified church of St. Peter and St. Paul (XIV sec.)
  • the Slizza creek gorge