Carinthia - A curved dream
With its mountains and lakes, the southernmost and sunniest province of Austria is perfect for a motorcycle holiday. The grandiose Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the panoramic Villach Alpine Road or the winding Nockalm Road are among the driving delicacies along with many other pass roads and panoramic roads. Not to forget the warm bathing lakes in the south such as Ossiacher See, Wörthersee or the comparatively small Faaker See, where the European Bike Week takes place every year at the beginning of September.
The location in the border triangle Austria-Italy-Slovenia offers further fantastic tour possibilities, for example over the Nassfeldpass to Friaul, over the Wurzenpass to Slovenia on the Vrsic-Pass and into the Soca valley or on the Mangart saddle, the highest road in Slovenia.
Some of the routes are subject to tolls. Some motorcycle hotels offer a Carinthian panorama road ticket, which can save up to 27%.
Everything you need to know about Carinthia at a glance
The Austrian province of Carinthia borders Styria to the east and northeast, the Salzburger Land to the northwest, Tyrol to the west and Italy and Slovenia to the south. The area is about 9500 sqkm, the state capital is Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.
The best time to travel is from April to October.
The maximum speed is 50 km/h in urban areas, 100 km/h outside urban areas and 130 km/h on motorways.
A vignette is mandatory on highways and motorways. They are available at Austrian motorway service stations and at petrol stations close to the border in neighbouring countries. The ten-day vignette costs 5.30 euros for motorcycles, 13.40 euros for two months and an annual vignette costs 35,50 euros.
The blood-alcohol limit is 0.5, and fines of 300 euros or more are to be expected. From 0.8 per mill alcohol content in the blood, it costs at least 800 euros and there is a risk of a driver's license being revoked.
Warning vests are not mandatory for motorcyclists, but a first aid kit must be carried.
The helmet must comply with ECE standard 22-05.
Emergency number: 112
Carinthia has over 270 sights to offer. In addition to castles and palaces such as Hochosterwitz Castle or the ruins of Landskron Castle, there are numerous viewpoints such as the Pyramidenkogel and some interesting technology museums. Over 240 vintage cars are on display in the Villach vehicle museum, for example, and the private Porsche Museum in Gmünd is unique. With the Kärnten Card, which can be purchased in many motorcycle hotels, you have reduced access to over 100 destinations.
Particularly recommendable routes, passes and vantage points in and around Carinthia:
- Staller Saddle
- Braies Wild Lake
- Carnic Dolomites
- Lienz Dolomites
- Pustertal mountain road
- Grossglockner High Alpine Road
- edelweiss point
- Radstädter Tauern
- Passo Pramollo
- Triglav National Park
- Vrsic pass
- root pass
- Soca Valley
- Nockalm Road
- Turracher Height
- Malta-Hochalm Road
- Cologne breinsperre
- Goldeck panoramic road
- Lake Millstätter See
- Gurktaler Alps
- Villach Alpine Road
- and much more
The Kärtner cuisine is full-bodied with Slovenian and Friulian influences. Kasnudeln, which are available in different preparation variants, are regarded as the national dish.
TF Hotels in Carinthia
Laudersbach’s Landhotel und Gasthof
Großglockner, Nockalm, Sölkpass & Co. send their regards! Laudersbach's Landhotel is sunny and at the same time centrally located on the...zum Hotel
The whole Meißnitzer family likes to ride their own motorbikes and knows all about the needs of motorcyclists. Guided day tours on selected...zum Hotel
The Bärenwirt and Chalet Großglockner warmly welcomes motorcyclists. Located directly at the beginning of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road,...zum Hotel
Hotel & Apartment Sonnblick
Surrounded by extensive meadows and forests, with a fascinating view of the mountains, the Aparthotel Sonnblick in the center of Kaprun offers...zum Hotel
Vötter’s Hotel in Kaprun
Helmuth Vötter, a man with petrol in his blood and the boss of the house, is master of uncounted horsepower in the form of 200 oldtimers from...zum Hotel
Mountains, valleys and lakes, intact nature, crystal clear air - the Pension Anja in Kleinarl in the Salzburger Land and on the edge of the...zum Hotel
Eva-Marie GmbH & Co. KG, Ski- & Motorradhotel
A welcome change for Stefan Vitzthum, host of the Ski- & Motorradhotel Eva-Marie in Lofer, are his weekly guided tours with his guests. The...zum Hotel
The family-run hotel on the sunny side of the Glemmtal is a must for every passionate motorcyclist. Only 20 km from the Grossglockner High...zum Hotel
Grizzly Sport & Motorrad Resort
Bike adventures, serpentine paradise and touring fun between the Austrian Alps and the beautiful lakes of the Salzburg region and Carinthia,...zum Hotel
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