Secluded bays, scenic spots, historic villas and lakeside terraces right by the water...a bustling northern shore and the untouched southern side of the lake...the Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail leads 28 km around the lake and combines nature, culture and architecture with delightful spots right by the water.
How long ist the lake Millstätter See cycling trail? Do short cuts exist?
The total length of the Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail is 28 km (duration: 3 hours – altitude metres: 255 m – difficulty: easy to moderate).
The route can easily be shortened with the cycle ferries "Peter Pan"
Roadblock Millstätter See - Südufer Due to urgently needed logging work, the route on the south bank is expected to be closed until beginning/mid of May - there is a life risk!
Tip: Alternative Route via Seeboden - St. Wolfgang - Spittal - Drauradweg - Molzbichl - Insberg and Glanz
Along the Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail
If you don't have your own bike with you then head to one of the rental stations before starting your tour along the Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail. You will find rental shops and charging stations for e-bikes (EN Link müsste nachgetragen werden) in all villages on the northern shore. In addition to the latest e-bike models, you can also hire children's bikes, child seats, bike trailers and helmets here for your tour. And then it’s time to set off. Practiced cyclists can complete the Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail in two hours, but those who take more time will be richly rewarded.
The Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail runs close to the water along the northern shore, following the Millstätter Landesstraße. The northern section of the route is paved and covered in no time thanks to its only slight gradient. It leads through the lively villages of Döbriach, Millstatt and Seeboden.
> Start/Finish: either Seeboden, Millstatt or Döbriach/Radenthein > Length: 28 km > Duration: 3 hours > Altitude metres: 255 m > Difficulty: easy to moderate
Tip: Tired cyclists can hop on the cycle ferry, which runs regularly between Großegg and Laggerbucht on the southern shore, Millstatt on the northern shore, Döbriach in the east and Seeboden in the west of Lake Millstätter See.
Döbriach/Radenthein, Dellach and Millstatt are the ideal places to watch the sunset. You can admire the colours particularly well from here as the sun disappears behind the peaks of the Hohe Tauern.
You could already see the Habsburg Villas in Millstatt at a distance from the southern shore, and the cycle path leads directly past them and Millstatt Abbey on the northern shore. A walk through the monastery with its cloister (EN Link müsste nachgetragen werden) and past the historic buildings on Villenweg is a must for anyone interested in culture and architecture. Once you have completed the bike ride you can head to bathhous Millstätter See for some much-deserved wellness by the lake.
In Seeboden the cycle path leads along the lake promenade, past flourishing parks and plenty of restaurants.
The Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail: Tour details and Route course
The most beautiful cycling trails around lake Millstätter See
Places to stop along the way
Countless culinary specialities are a great reason to stop for a bite to eat along the way. There are lots of restaurants on the lively northern shore. Homemade ice cream and an excellent selection of sundaes are served at Strandbad and Restaurant Sittlinger in Döbriach.
In Dellach – a short, leisurely climb from Döbriach – Family Brugger runs the Fischimbiss im Garten right next to the cycle path. Tip: Be sure to try the fish burger made with freshly caught fish from the lake.
Lots of cyclists like to stop at the Laggerhof in the Laggerbucht and enjoy the view of Lake Millstätter See from the large sun terrace.
Route and tour recommendation
The circular Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail runs close to the water along the northern shore, following the Millstätter Landesstraße. The northern section of the route is paved and covered in no time thanks to its only slight gradient. It leads through the lively villages of Döbriach, Millstatt and Seeboden.
The untouched southern shore is a little more challenging. You have to pedal a bit harder on several small climbs here, but each ascent is followed by a long downhill section. The gravel path on the southern shore is mostly surrounded by forest, therefore offering plenty of shade.
A TOUR TO THE EGELSEE
On the southern shore, experienced cyclists have the opportunity to make a detour to the Egelsee. A swim in the moor lake is said to be particularly beneficial for skin, hair and joints. With its unique flora and fauna and a Kneipp trail, the lake is far from the hustle and bustle of Lake Millstätter See. Gasthof Lug ins Land is located nearby and invites you to sample a hearty organic"Jause" platter. The lookout point of the same name between the Egelsee and the inn offers a view of the Lower Drautal.
Starting points and parking
It’s completely up to you where you would like to start your tour.
You will find parking near the cycle path in:
Seeboden Free parking at the Blumenpark (access via Seestraße)
Döbriach/Radenthein Free parking along Seestraße
TIPS FOR THE LAKE MILLSTÄTTER SEE CYCLING TRAIL WITH KIDS
Those setting off early with kids can shorten the trail with the “Peter Pan” cycle ferry and take the loop that leads to the centre of Döbriach. It’s worth paying a visit to Sagamundo here, home to mermaids, giants, dwarfs and other mythical creatures. The "House of Storytelling" is sure to leave a lasting impression on the little ones.
They will certainly remember the legend of the Jungfernsprung later when you watch the climbers edging their way up from the water towards the cycle path as you enter Döbriach.
Luckily the garden gate leads you to the "Fischimbiss im Garten" immediately after the longer ascent. The whole family will love the fish burger with delicious fresh fish from the lake.
Those who spend their family holiday in an MIC establishment enjoy free use of the lidos around Lake Millstätter See with the Millstätter See Inclusive Card.
11 lidos along the cycle path invite you to take a dip and a break. Daredevils can try out the diving tower in the Millstatt lido. Do you think Dad will jump off the 10 m platform?
The Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail with kids...
Children should be confident cyclists and have the right fitness levels for longer tours along the Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail. In the section between Seeboden and Schlossvilla in particular, there is a constant alternation between descents and steeper climbs. The Lake Millstätter See Cycling Trail can get busy during holiday periods and on weekends.
It doesn't always have to be the entire tour: the route between Seeboden and Millstatt leads along the main road and is flat and paved. And there is a leisurely forest section between Döbriach and the Laggerbucht.
Rental shops and charging stations for e-bikes
Day experiences & bike
Sonnenuntergangstafel am Sternenbalkon
Slow Food Frühstücks-Tafel auf der Seenixe
Kirchtagstafel in Radenthein
Granat-Tafel: Gansl-Zeit am Millstätter See
Romantik SPA Hotel Seefischer am See****superior
SEEGLÜCK Hotel Forelle****S
Familienhotel Post-Kinder&Sport am Millstätter See