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    On the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path from the National Park to the Sea

    The 410-kilometre Alpe-Adria Cycle Path is an unforgettable experience. Starting from Salzburg, the city of Mozart, it takes you on a week-long ride through the centre of Hohe Tauern National Park in the sunny south to Carinthia, and over the Austrian border into Italy. The route through Carinthia is especially attractive, starting from the Tauernschleuse in Mallnitz, the main part of it being steep until it reaches the sea in Italy.

    The changes in the landscape are also unique: mighty mountains and sunny lake valleys, and the further south you travel, the gentler and lovelier the scenery becomes until you can finally stretch your tired feet out in the Upper Adriatic. Until you reach this point, the route leads from Tarvisio to what many cyclists consider the most beautiful cycle route in Europe – the abandoned route of the old Imperial Royal Austrian State Railways. Back towards the north, it wends its way alongside the train tracks, which accompany nearly the entire Alpe-Adria Cycle Path; the train departs from Udine twice a day.

    The Alpe-Adria Cycle Path isn’t just a good example of good cooperation between the three regions of Salzburg, Carinthia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It is also a practical example of how you can become acquainted with the cultures and cuisines of three countries starting from Carinthia in just a few days. In Villach, enjoy Carinthian Alpe-Adria cuisine, the modern incarnation of which focuses heavily on fish, try out Italian delicacies in the trattorias in Tarvisio or Udine the next day, and sit down to a table covered with Slovenian delicacies in Bled, Kranjska Gora or Nova Gorica in the evening. The lively hospitality and the opportunity to discover the local customs, preferences and characteristics that vary in each region are always included.

    The Alpe-Adria Cycle Path was voted European Cycle Path of the Year 2015 as the ‘Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Cycle Path’ INTERREG project. The cycling routes were assessed by a jury comprising renowned Dutch cycling journalists and publishers of cycle tour guides. The prize was awarded in 2015 at the “Fiets en Wandelbeurs” hiking and cycling trade fair in Amsterdam.

    Great maps of the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path as well as further information and packages are available at www.alpe-adria-radweg.com and on the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path app.

    All cycle routes in Carinthia are summarised and can be downloaded at www.kaernten.at/rad.

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