3 Absolutely Amazing Routes to Bike in Austria Now!
We have all heard of the long history, cultural riches, and cosmopolitan charm of Austria’s star cities Vienna and Salzburg. If you are looking to explore the countryside with its scenic landscapes, crisp mountain air, and hidden culinary treasures, consider adding to your next vacation one of these 3 amazing routes to bike in Austria.
Explore the Alpine Beauty of Zell am See-Kaprun
If you are in Salzburg and looking to spend a few days biking amidst gorgeous landscapes of glaciers and mountains, the resort of Zell am See-Kaprun (1.5 hours’ south by car or train) would be the perfect place. It offers 150 miles of well-marked trails for people of all levels – from challenging mountain bike routes to downhill riding, e-biking, or just a leisurely cycle around the Lake Zell. Need a little push conquering those hills? You are in luck as there are some 20 rental stations in the area offering electric (booster) bikes.
Craving some local culture? The Old Town (Altstadt) of Zell am See is located on the western shore of the Lake Zell, and its history stretches back to the 8th century when it was founded by monks. Alternatively, visit the 13th – century Kaprun Castle which hosts an annual medieval fair. There are 3 other small resort villages – Thumersbach, Erlberg, and Schuttdorf along the lake coast worth exploring as well.
Traveling with the kiddies? Head for the mountains above Lake Zell for a day of family fun at the e-motocross park where both adults and kids can put in a few fast laps on e-motorbikes, or hike along numerous alpine trails and past several artificial lakes.
Bike Along the Danube
The mighty Danube is Europe’s second-longest river. Once used as a travel route by emperors and kings, today you can explore this historic waterway as you pedal along the Danube Cycle Path. No need to bring your bikes, as there are many rental outlets along the route, as well as e-bike charging stations and numerous accommodation and dining options for every taste and budget.
If you are looking for a one-day biking tour, you can start from the baroque German city of Passau and cycle through the beautiful landscape of the Upper-Danube Valley, past the Schlögener Schlinge – a spectacular river bend located about halfway, and many historical sights to end in Linz – the 2009 European Capital of Culture.
Have another couple of days to bike in Austria? Continue biking east along the Danube from Linz and towards the capital Vienna. Your journey will take you past ancient towns and Baroque churches before reaching the Wachau Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site region resplendent with medieval monasteries, stunning castles, wine cellars, and vineyards. On the next day, keep pedaling south-east to end your trip in Austria’s world-famous capital – Vienna.
Mountain bike in Tirol
With its stunning landscape, variety of accommodation options, endless alpine vistas, and trails to suit all difficulty levels, the Tirol region in Western Austria offers some of the best routes to bike in Austria.
If you love to pedal, there are over 3,300 miles of designated mountain bike trails to explore around Tirol. Anywhere between the Arlberg and Kitzbuhel Alps, the Lienz Dolomites, and the Karwendel Mountain Range, bikers of all levels can enjoy amazing rides. To complement a great day of biking, along the way you will find cozy Tirolean inns and mountain huts, many of which offer traditional local Tirolean cuisine.
the Bike Trail Tirol is the longest mountain bike trail of the Alps and forms a loop around Tirol. To allow mountain bikers of all levels to experience Tirol’s pristine natural beauty, the 620-mile-long path is divided in 32 stages, some of which take as little as 1 hour to cover on bike, while others are longer and much more challenging. Depending on your time and fitness level, you can start at every stage and choose your route.
Prefer biking mostly downhill (who wouldn’t)? Another way to discover Tirol’s awe-inspiring landscapes is the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari which is divided into 16 stages and lets you use cable cars and chairlifts to help you gain precious altitude. The stages vary in length from 20 to 45 miles on mountain bike trails crisscrossing the Heart of the Alps.
Looking to extend your stay in the country after visiting Vienna and Salzburg? Try one of these 3 amazing routes to bike in Austria and you will not be disappointed!