Mountain biking in Carinthia with its wonderful climate

Mountain biking on the mountain
By mountain bike through the Nockberge Biosphere Park with a view of Lake Millstätter See

The gentle green peaks of the Nockberge mountains in the eastern alpine foothills are referred to as "Nocken" – as in delicious "Nockerln" dumplings. This is what gave the mountains their name and is also why the area is such an excellent destination for mountain bikers: with the exception of the very highest summits at over 2,000 metres above sea level, all you need is the right level of strength and endurance to conquer the mountains on your bike. The mountain biking season is also even longer here than in other places: thanks to the mild climate in Carinthia, south of the Alps, you can explore the mountains by bike until well into October.

Mountain bike tours for all ability levels

There are plenty of tours to choose from: 43 perfectly planned tours for mountain bikers and cyclists have been created and put to the test in the Nockberge mountains. The Nock Bike Map, which is available on arrival, provides detailed information about the individual tours. Alternatively, visit the interactive Tourenportal Kärnten (Carinthia's tour portal), where you can search for cycling, mountain biking and hiking tours based on certain criteria and view them on a map.

Suggested mountain bike tours around Lake Millstatt

Here are a few of our favourites for a little taste of what the region has to offer:

Lake Millstatt Panoramic Tour

Start in Döbriach, paved road towards Glanz, Mooswald-Gschriet to Gasthof Bergfried - wonderful panoramic views of Lake Millstatt and the Nockberge National Park. Return past the Brugger-Hütte mountain hut to the Thurnerhof in Feld am See, to Radenthein, along Riegerbach stream and back to Döbriach on Lake Millstatt.

  • Total distance: 24.4 km
  • Elevation gain: 550 m
  • Duration: approx. 3-4 hours
  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Terrain: paved road - gravel road - forest trail - short trial section


Mountain biking on mountains

Tour around "Wilde Mann Stein"

Starting point: Döbriach, tourist information, up to Starfach, continue on alongside the hiking trail to Wilde Mann Stein (literally: Wild Man Rock). From there, ride towards Sappl, up to the stables and onwards towards Matzelsdorf. Then up to Matzelsdorferhof hotel and restaurant. Turn towards Starfach. Follow the same route back past Starfach to the starting point. Refreshment stops & bike shop available.

  • Total distance: 7.7 km
  • Elevation gain: 240 m
  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Difficulty: intermediate (but 1st section - 1 km - very steep)
  • Terrain: mainly gravel roads, paved roads


Lake Millstatt South Shore Tour

Starting point: Seeboden Fishing Museum. Follow the shore of the lake, up to the Peterlebauernhof, continue to the Laggerhof, past the boat dock, uphill through the village of Glanz, down towards Ferndorf, past Gasthof Lagger, through the village towards Brodprenten, Egelsee lake, a difficult trial section and then back to Seeboden.

  • Total distance: 34.1 km
  • Elevation gain: 780 m
  • Duration: approx. 3-4 hours
  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Terrain: 50% forest roads, 50% paved paths, some trial sections

The wonderful views of the rolling mountains and the deep blue of Lake Millstatt will inspire you and make mountain biking in Carinthia a true delight on trails of all difficulty levels. Conquer the mountains on various mountain bike trails and feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins as you race back down towards the lake. There are also plenty of mountain huts in the area where you can stop to replenish energy levels during a bike tour.

Facilities and services for your mountain biking holiday in Carinthia

Covered bike parking is available at the hotel to ensure your mountain bike is safely housed until your next ride. There are also washing facilities. If you would like to rent a mountain bike, we are happy to help you find the right one for you. A bike rental shop with workshop is located about 300 meters from our hotel.

When you get back to Hotel am See****Die Forelle after your ride, you can relax with a drink on our beautiful lakeside terrace or enjoy a massage in our spa. Simply unwind and let the day fade away after so much excitement and a challenging tour.

Would you like to explore the Nockberge mountains and spend your next summer holiday at Lake Millstatt? We are happy to send you a non-binding offer for a stay at our 4-star Hotel am See****Die Forelle.



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