For pleasure drivers: in an old-timer & convertible on the Villach Alpine Road

If you own a pre-war, a ‘young’ or ‘old-timer’ from the era that the road to the Dobratsch was constructed … If you have been consumed by the fascination of driving on twists and turns … or if you just want to enjoy the wind flowing around you, with the top down … then Villach Alpine Road is just the place for you! After all, here it is not just about getting from A to B as quickly as possible, it is about pleasure! And each and every metre of Villach Alpine Road is about just that. What’s more, on every bend and turn you get a new, fascinating view to Villach Basin, the Julian Alps and to the Karawanken. Enjoy a steady, leisurely drive up the route to Rosstratte; your journey back into the valley is no less pleasurable either! 

The pure driving pleasure: elegant bends, moderate inclines & wonderful views!  

Villach Alpine Road, view from the Dobratsch | © Stabentheiner

The 16.5 kilometres of the Villach Alpine Road, from the starting point in Villach-Möltschach up to the highest driveable point, Rosstratte at 1732 m altitude, provide the best conditions for pleasure-oriented drivers. On a pleasure-packed route with seven elegant bends, numerous gentle turns and a moderate incline, with a maximum gradient of ten percent, you negotiate some 1200 metres ascent in a wonderful manner. In your convertible you get to enjoy the variety-filled landscape on and around the Dobratsch,virtually from a birds’ eye view! On this view-packed panorama road it is not speed that counts, but pleasure. Part and parcel of this are of course the many opportunities to enjoy an interim stop-off – viewing points, exhibits, experience worlds and - last but not least – the Alpine inns, are all well worth a visit. We have compiled highlights for ‘oldie’ drivers here.

The loveliest viewing for your Dobratsch Oldie Tour

Villacher Alpine Road, view of the town of Villach | © Stabentheiner
P2 Town & lake views (862 m)

Enjoy the wonderful view to the town of Villach and the Carithian lake district area, which is at your feet.

aerial photograph of the Villach Alpine Road and mountains in the background | ©
P5 Dreiländerblick (1307 m)

The ideal place to enjoy a view-packed picnic, or some refreshments, while taking in the views to Austria, Italy and Slovenia.

Villacher Alpenstraße Rote Wand | ©
P6 Skywalk "Rote Wand" & Alpengarten (1483 m)

Discover the highlights of Villach Alpine Road – views to the impressive rockslide area and more than 800 plant species, in the wonderfully designed and well-tended Alpengarten ‘Villacher Alpe’!

Villach Alpine Road, view of Rosstratte | © Stabentheiner
P11 Rosstratte (1732 m)

At the end point of Villach Alpine Road, your old-timer and you get to enjoy a break! Enjoy the views from the viewing plateau, indulge in ‘Rosstratte’ mountain inn or head out on a hike to the Dobratsch summit, which has two of the highest pilgrimage churches in the East Alps!

Out and about with like-minded: old-timer meet in Austria 

It's not just the town of Villach, situated at the foot of the Dobratsch, that has its own classic car club. Numerous fan communities at home and abroad repeatedly choose the Villach Alpine Road for private classic car meetings in Austria or dedicate a section of a classic car tour to the charming mountain road. Tip: Organise your own classic car meeting with friends and discover the Dobratsch region with the Villach Alpine Road and numerous beautiful routes to the romantic Carinthian lakes! 

The highest pleasure

Tours for connoisseurs - with your old-timer through Carinthia & Salzburg

In the ‘Tours for connoisseurs’ brochure we have compuled numerous recommendations and tips for a journey on the Villach, for all pleasure drivers and old-timer pilots – with culinary stop-offs and opportunities for overnight stays, important information about opening times, prices etc., as well as tour suggestions for other experience roads operated by GROHAG. Our tip: combine your excursion to the Dobratsch with a drive on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road! The contrasts in the landscape couldn’t be any greater – and the road conditions throughout are just perfect for old-timers.  

You can download the brochure "Tours for connoisseurs" free of charge here.

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