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Cycling Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Austria is a real gem when it comes to bike breaks. The major cycle paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.

Family Cycling Break © Oesterreich Werbung / Mooslechner

Upper Austria - Lower Austria - Vienna: Danube Cycle Path

Beautiful valleys, quaint farmhouses, buzzing cities and baroque monasteries provide a fantastically scenic backdrop for the classic bicycle ride through Austria, the Danube Cycle Path. Discover the delights of the colourful Danube as you pedal through Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Vienna.

 

SalzburgerLand - Styria: River Mur Cycling Trail

The 365km long River Mur Cycling Trail follows the river from its source in the scenic National Park Hohe Tauern via the foodie-heaven of Graz all the way to Bad Radkersburg, Styria's southernmost point. Enjoy scenic cycling through spectacular scenery and Styrian wine and spa landscapes from spring until autumn.

 

Eastern Tirol - Carinthia: Drau Cycle Path

The Drau Cycle Path starts at the source of the River Drau in Toblacher Feld in Italy and follows the course of the river all the way through the East of Tirol and Carinthia to Maribor in Slovenia. It forms part of the R1 European cycleway and is one of Europe's most beautiful routes thanks to its great scenic and cultural diversity. Depending on your level of fitness and interest in the cultural attractions along the way, it takes about four to seven days to complete the entire route.

 

Lower Austria: Kamp-Thaya-March Bicycle Trail

The Kamp-Thaya-March Bicycle Trail leads through Lower Austria’s north-eastern corner consecutively following the three river valleys. It starts in Krems on the Danube, heading up the Kamp Valley into the Waldviertel region, until the Czech border. There the trail connects with the Thaya and leads eastwards through the Weinviertel region. When the path reaches the March, it takes a turn to the south and leads along the Slovak border back to the Danube. Highlights along the way are the Ottenstein Reservoir, the National Park Thayatal and the town of Retz, famous for its wine culture.

 

SalzburgerLand - Upper Austria: Tauern Cycle Path

Among Austria's most scenic bike rides, the Tauern Cycle Path leads from the impressive Krimmler Waterfalls along the rivers Salzach and Saalach to Salzburg, then on to Passau and the start of the Danube Cycle Path. Make sure to stop off in the unique Zell am See-Kaprun region where glaciers meet mountains and lakes, the Liechtenstein gorge near St. Johann im Pongau, as well as Hohenwerfen Castle and the ice caves near Werfen.

 

SalzburgerLand - Styria - Upper Austria: Ennstal Bike Path

Once upon a time, the valley of the River Enns was filled with the banging of iron hammers, which brought wealth to the region. Nowadays, cyclists pedal their way through the unspoiled landscape into one of the most history-laden valleys of the country. The Ennstal Bike Path starts at the Limestone Alps and ends in Enns, Austria's oldest city.

 

SalzburgerLand - Upper Austria - Styria: Salzkammergut Cycle Way

A pristine world of glittering lakes, majestic mountains and world-famous holiday resorts awaits cyclists along the Salzkammergut Cycle Way. The route passes a total of 13 lakes and the most beautiful Salzkammergut villages. Highlights along the way include the city of Salzburg, the imperial town of Bad Ischl, the thermal spas in Bad Aussee and Bad Mitterndorf, Lake Wolfgang and the pilgrimage village of St. Wolfgang, the Hallstatt world-cultural-heritage region, Lake Grundlsee and Gmunden with Schloss Ort Castle. Several tour operators offer bike packages along the route, which include luggage transport and overnight accommodation.
 


Vorarlberg: Lake Constance Cycle Path

The 273km long Lake Constance Cycle Path leads you along the Austrian, German and Swiss shores of Lake Constance and is lined with numerous attractions (don't forget to bring your passport!). Parts of the route can be done by boat and shortcuts are possible at Konstanz-Meersburg and Friedrichshafen-Romanshorn, where you can take the ferry. The Austrian part is only about 30km long, but holds one of the highlights: the city of Bregenz, which is renowned for its festivals and cultural offerings.