• Cycling in the Weissensee region in Carinthia

    Gravel Austria – The gravel bike route through Austria

    Varied descents on gravel and tarmac - from Lake Neusiedl to Lake Constance. The Gravel Austria route leads along fantastic mountain and lake landscapes, to cosy accommodations and impressive sights. The road is the reward, and your fitness and motivation the limit. This is a cycling holiday the Austrian way.


    Gravel Austria - facts about the route

    • Lenght:
      About 3.000 km (1.864 mi) through Austria
    • Altitude:
      About 50.000 altitude metres (164.000 ft)
    • Timeframe:
      About 14 - 35 days

    Gravel Austria: Everything you need to know about the route

    Gravelbiking is considered the latest trend in cycling and combines the best of two worlds: rides on gravel alternate with those on tarmac - the gravel bike ensures comfort on both terrains.

    The route through Austria covers varied stretches of road with unique mountain and lake landscapes - and takes you off the beaten track. It leads through eight provinces of Austria, up and down the mountains, through forests and lovely villages, past lakes and along cities and rivers.

    And even apart from the picture-perfect surroundings, Austria has a lot that will make gravel bikers pedal even faster: The cosy accommodations are tailor-made to suit the needs of their cycling-savvy guests, and along the way there are numerous opportunities to get to know the country and its people better.

    Tip: Pencil in some extra time to sample all the regional culinary delights - it's worth it!

    Gravelbiking through all of Austria

    •                 Gravel, Südburgenland

      Gravel Austria on Komoot

      Explore Austria 3,000 km (1.864 mi) to 50,000 meters (164.000 ft) above sea level. Take a look at the route and sections here.

      More info about the route

    Things to know about the Gravel Austria Route

    • Is there a gravel tour through Austria?

      The Gravel Austria route is 3,000 km (1.864 mi) long, leads through eight Austrian provinces and takes 14 days to complete. Sections on gravel alternate with those on tarmac. Impressive lake and mountain landscapes are your constant companions. Along the route, gravel bikers will find numerous cosy accommodation options and attractions that are worth taking a day's break from cycling.

    • Who is the Gravel Austria route through Austria suitable for?

      The Gravel Austria route is suitable for all gravel bikers, no matter if looking for a multi-day adventure or individual sections and provinces to cycle. Varied trails and Austria's beautiful scenery are the main focus.

    Gravel Route Austria Map

    Gravel Austria: The 8 provinces along the route in detail

    Gravel, Burgenland

    Gravel Austria in Burgenland

    Flat to hilly through sunny Burgenland

    The Burgenland part of the route leads past Carnuntum in Lower Austria to Berg and then on to Kittsee before continuing to Oggau and Oslip via Parndorf. The section to Oslip is flat and winds its way through the Lake Neusiedl - Leithaberg Nature Park. Making your way further to Wulkaprodersdorf expect a border crossing to Hungary in Klingenbach with short climbs. Continuing to Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg the route becomes increasingly hilly. From Lockenhaus to Stadtschlaining, challenging sections with climbs are the norm.

    The route section is 348 km (216 mi) long and leads from Burgenland near Doiber/Wartegg to Styria.

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Burgenland

    On the road with the gravel bike

    Gravel Austria in Styria

    Vast fields, vineyards and through the thermal region

    The gravel bike route along the Burgenland-Styrian border leads through beautiful stretches of road, with stunning views of vineyards, and to Slovenia and Hungary. It continues on a flat stretch to the historic town of Bad Radkersburg and the hot springs of the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg - a great place to stay! The Mur cycle path R2 takes bikers through the Natura 2000 protected area and the UNESCO biosphere park Murauen, then along the South Styrian Wine Road. Crossing over to Slovenia via the "Radlpass", the route proceeds on a great downhill ride with magnificent views of the Drau Valley. Along the Drava River, the tour then continues to Lavamünd and into Carinthia.

    Tip: Make sure to stop at one of the wineries and wine taverns.

    • Length: 165 km (103 mi)
    • Altitude: uphill 2.515 altitude metres (8.215 ft) , downhill 2.426 altitude metres (7.960 ft)
    • Characteristics: 40 km (25 mi) gravel/bare surface, 125 km (78 mi) tarmac

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Styria

    • Boutique Hotel Wurzenberg

      The boutique hotel sits on the highest point of the South Styrian wine route, boasting fantastic views in every direction.

      Hotel Wurzenberg
    • Weinlandhof

      The hotel on the South Styrian wine route has been run by the same family over generations, catering to the needs of bikers in the best way.

      Hotel Weinlandhof
    • Das Schmied

      The family-run hotel opened more than 140 years ago and is all about forests, meadows and wine - all found in plenty in Leutschach.

      Hotel Das Schmied

    Gravel Austria in Carinthia

    Fantastic lakes and the Großglockner High Alpine Road

    In Carinthia, the route takes gravel bikers along the Drau cycle path, through the beautiful Jauntal valley, heading west. The Drau Cycle Path is about 50% tarmac and 50% gravel - perfect for gravel biking. The section from Völkermarkt to Spittal is almost entirely gravelled. Carinthia is well-known for its fantastic bathing lakes, which can be found close to the route, perfect for a nice cool-down from May to October. The last third to Salzburg, the Großglockner High Alpine Road, is very challenging but at the same time one of the most beautiful pass roads in Europe.

    Tip: If you want to avoid the Großglockner High Alpine Road, take the train through the Tauern lock, which connects Mallnitz in Carinthia with Böckstein in Salzburg. The cycle carriage has space for up to 70 bikes.

    Gravelbike tour in the region of lake Wörthersee

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Carinthia

    • The National Park Lodge Großglockner

      Relax amidst stunning nature, enjoy the spa offers and culinary delights while replaying all the day's highlights.

      Hotel National Park Lodge
    • Country Hotel Rosentaler Hof

      This place has everything gravel bikers need: bike garages, repair tools, laundry service and staff knowing all about cycling and the region.

      Country Hotel Rosentaler Hof
    • The Moerish

      The Moerisch has 150 years of history to tell. Today, this gem on Lake Millstätter See has dedicated itself entirely to relaxation.

      Hotel Das Moerisch (in German only)

    Gravel Austria in Tirol

    Two scenic route options from medium to difficult

    The Gravel Austria route is divided into two sections in Tirol: It can be cycled both from west to east and from east to west, and offers challenging and scenic sections.

    • Length: 600 km (372 mi) or 300 km (186 mi) each way depending on the route.
    • Condition: More than 50 % gravel or loose ground, 10 % single trail, rest tarmac.
    • Route east to west: Medium to difficult, covering 3,830 altitude metres (12,560 ft), the part in the Inn Valley is mostly on tarmac.
    • Route west to east: Difficult, covering 5,470 altitude metres (17,946 ft) on gravel and loose ground, partly challenging descents on single trails.

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Tirol

    • Hotel Alte Post

      Sit down and relax after an active day: This hotel in Fieberbrunn has a 800 sqm (8,611 sqft) spa area facing the Kitzbühel Alps.

      Hotel Alte Post
    • Leipziger Hof

      This traditional hotel near Innsbruck's city park welcomes guests with a Finnish sauna made of Swiss pine wood, and a steam room.

      Hotel Leipziger Hof
    • Hohe Salve Sports Resort

      An Eldorado for athletes: Those who are not yet exhausted after the day's tour can continue their training in the weight room, the pool or on the treadmill.

      Hotel Hohe Salve Sportresort
    Gravelbiken in Mellau mit Blick zur Kanisfluh

    Gravel Austria in Vorarlberg

    Idyllic mountain panoramas and the longest climb of the tour

    The Vorarlberg section takes three days on average to complete but very sporty cyclists can do it in two, while it might take more leisurely bikers up to four. The trails, some of them very steep, demand a lot technique- and fitness-wise - but the view of the alpine mountains is well worth it! The Vorarlberg route starts in Montafon, passes the Alpine town of Bludenz, and continues to Lake Constance. After a challenging climb it heads towards Pfänder and into the Bregenzerwald. It continues to Mellau and across the beautiful high plateau at the foot of the Kanisfluh to Au. After Schoppernaum, the longest climb of the tour starts in the direction of Warth.

    • 250 km (155 mi) at 6.200 altitude metres (20,341 ft)
    • Approx. 30 % gravel
    • Kops and the Ganifer valley are very high and not cleared. The stage is recommended only from mid-May/June.
    • The first section at the Kops reservoir is short but considered challenging as it is very steep downhill - you can also push the bike.

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Vorarlberg

    • Hotel Bären

      If you arrive climate-neutral - for example by gravel bike - you will receive one 50-Euro-voucher per room, valid for all services at Hotel Bären.

      Hotel Bären
    • Tempel 74

      The charm of the past meets modern comfort: The apartment house is located in the Bregenzerwald forest, at the foot of the legendary Kanisfluh.

      Apartment house Tempel 74
    • Gämsle

      The Sporthotel combines rustic ambience with lots of wood and cordiality. Isabella, the hostess, is a passionate gravel biker herself.

      Sporthotel Gämsle (in German only)

    Gravel Austria in SalzburgerLand

    Two sections through the Gravel El Dorado

    The Gravel Route in the scenic SalzburgerLand scores with impressive panoramic routes including viewpoints. It leads along picturesque bodies of water such as Lake Zell and the National Park Worlds in Mittersill. The picturesque Mandlwandstraße on the foothills of the Hochkönig mountain, is a highlight along the route.

    The Gravel Route in SalzburgerLand splits into two sections: From Saalbach to Mondsee it covers about 275 km (170 mi) and 6,000 altitude metres (19,685 ft), with 35% of the route being gravel, 65% tarmac. The second section leads uphill from the Großglockner to Passthurn - 90 km (56 mi) and 900 altitude metres (2,953 ft). Downhill, the route covers up to 2,000 altitude metres (6.562 ft) through the Großglockner Road on Salzburg's side. This part is more than 90% asphalted and allows a brisk pace. The old pass road from Mittersill up to Pass Thurn features another longer uphill section.

    Fuschl am See Gravel Bike / Fuschlsee

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Salzburg

    • Hotel Jakob

      If jumping into the refreshing Lake Fuschlsee from the hotel's private lido sounds like your cup of tea, this is your place!

      Hotel Jakob
    • Organic Hotel Rupertus

      Organic ingredients and a climate-neutral philosophy are what makes Biohotel in Leogang - run as a family business - stand out.

      Organic Hotel Rupertus
    • Bikehotel & Skihotel Tauernhof

      The bike accommodation among bike accommodations featuring a pump track, bike workshop and washing area.

      Bikehotel & Skihotel Tauernhof
    Gravel Biken am Gosausee Echerntal

    Gravel Austria in Upper Austria

    Along the Danube to Bad Ischl and the highest pass of the province

    The Upper Austria Route starts at Lake Mondsee and leads to the imperial town of Bad Ischl, before taking a loop through the Inner Salzkammergut and Lake Traunsee region. Past Vöcklabruck, the route continues north through the Innviertel region and towards the Danube River. From here, hard pedalling is essential as the trails to the Mühlviertel region are pretty steep. Along the Austrian-Czech border bikers make their way to Bad Leonfelden, then further east to Freistadt, on to Liebenau and the Koblpass, the highest pass road of Upper Austria, before entering Lower Austria.

    The route includes highlights such as the World Heritage region of Hallstatt and the Krippenstein with the Five-Fingers viewing platform. The Innviertel region has a particularly high density of breweries.

    Gravel Austria in Lower Austria

    Varied nature experience, biking fun and freedom

    Tarmac, forest roads and gravel roads - Lower Austria's landscapes are diverse. The section starts in the Waldviertel region and leads along the Granit Trail towards the Danube. Through the gentle landscape of the Mostviertel it continues via Waidhofen an der Ybbs towards Lunz am See, into the mountainous part of Lower Austria. After a short detour to Mariazell, the route heads north to the Gölsental Valley and the Elsbeere Vienna Woods, through the Vienna Woods Biosphere Park on to Klosterneuburg. Then, it heads east along the Vienna city borders through forests and meadows to the region of Carnuntum, bordering Burgenland.

    • Length of the route section: about 528 km (328 mi)
    • Ascent: 8,920 m / Descent: 9,720 m (29.265 ft / 31.890 ft)
    • Condition: 35 % gravel, 65 % tarmac
    • Difficulty level: demanding

    3 biker-friendly accommodation options in Lower Austria

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