Get on your electric bike and tour the energy sites around St. Veit an der Glan, taking in Lake Längsee and Lake Hörzendorfer See on your way. Starting from the multi-media exhibition “Erlebnis Energie (Energy Adventure)” at the St. Veit Fuchspalast, cycle to the energy sites of the biggest photovoltaic power plant in Austria. The two bathing lakes along the route are inviting spots for a well earned break.
This tour starts at the Fuchspalast in St. Veit an der Glan, with its highly recommended multi-media exhibition “Erlebnis Energie (Energy Adventure)”. You should also visit the Museum of St. Veit, and enjoy the atmosphere of the historic town centre. About 300m from the start, first turn left and then immediately right. This will take you to the Kölnhof energy site. Cycle along Kölnhofallee (avenue), past the railway station, to the railway underpass for cyclists and pedestrians to Taggenbrunner road. The route follows Taggenbrunner road, leaving behind the built-up area. Under the railway and over the freeway, the route then takes you to the right, in the direction of Burg Taggenbrunn (castle). Immediately after the turn off to the castle follow the gravel path to the left; it is steep and climbs through woodland. Dismount from your bike here, if you don’t feel comfortable! Boasting marvellous views, this is the highest point of the tour and from here it is downhill all the way in the direction of Lake Längsee with its beautiful bathing beach and its numerous opportunities for a break. The route takes you along the south shore of the lake to Stift St. Georgen am Längsee (monastery).
The downhill stretch to Reipersdorf makes up for the earlier climbs! After crossing under the railway keep to the right, and it is an unbroken downhill ride along a little valley to the Sonnenpark Untermühlbach energy site. This short detour is definitely worthwhile! After Untermühlbach bear right and follow the main road for 300m, then left and across the bridge over the river Glan. Once you have crossed the railway line, Industriepark Blintendorf (industrial estate) spreads out to the right. There is a short stretch riding alongside the river Glan, then turn off to the right in the direction of Lake Hörzendorfer See, along a very varied path. In Hörzendorf a marvellous view across the Glan valley awaits you. After that the route follows the main road and before long you reach St. Veit Stadium. At this energy site there are large solar installations right inside the stadium grounds. Immediately after crossing the river Glan turn right and follow the R5 “Glanradweg” cycle path. The route passes the energy site at what was formerly the waste disposal facility. After a short way along the R5 cycle path turn left into Schießstattallee. At the end of the road the route takes you to the right back in the direction of city centre of St. Veit. Some may prefer to cover the last stretch of the tour on foot, from Oktoberplatz square, through the historic town centre and back to the Fuchspalast.
- Starting place: St. Veit an der Glan - Fuchspalast
- Finish: St. Veit an der Glan - Fuchspalast
- Distance: 27,3 km
- Altitude difference: 412 m
- Duration: 3 hrs 15 mins
- Degree of difficulty: medium