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 the Taggenbrunnerstraße 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 taking 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 right into the cycle path alongside the river Glan. The tour runs mostly parallel to the river, over fields and meadows, back towards St. Veit. At the point where a bridge crosses the river Glan on the left-hand side, keep to the right and cycle to the Hallenbad (Indoor Pool) energy site. After crossing Völkermarkter Straße road, you finally get to traffic-calmed residential streets, and go through a railway underpass. Shortly afterwards, turn left and ride back to your starting point.
- Starting place: St. Veit an der Glan - Fuchspalast
- Finish: St. Veit an der Glan - Fuchspalast
- Distance: 18,6 km
- Altitude difference: 297 m
- Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins
- Degree of difficulty: easy