The most popular cycle route in the region showcases the diverse landscape and scenery of the Burgenland province. The gentle gradients and steady expansion of the route network guarantee an enjoyable ride for all ages. The cycle path leads around Central Europe’s largest steppe lake, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sections on the eastern side of the trail take you through the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, where reed beds, saline ponds and marshes draw in rare water birds. In fact, the nature reserve is home to more than 300 bird species, making it popular spot for birdwatching experiences.
Continuing on the cycle path along the reed belt, you'll glimpse fantastic views of the lake. For those well-earned breaks, stop off at the impressive designer rest stops. The old town of Rust and the wine cellar streets of Purbach and Breitenbrunn are popular for culinary and cultural pit stops, as well as the many wine taverns along the route.
The 366-kilometer 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.www.drauradweg.com
In 6 days and across 3 mountain ranges, from Salzburg via Carinthia and Friuli to the Adriatic Sea: this transnational tour offers splendid scenery, cultural attractions and culinary highlights which reflect the special features of each region.www.alpe-adria-radweg.com
Recreational cyclists, road racers and mountain bikers can choose between countless routes along lakes and rivers, up hills and mountains or cross-country when cycling in Carinthia - alone, with friends, or with the whole family.www.cycling.carinthia.at
Lower Austria boasts eight wonderful routes through landscapes of great natural beauty: the Danube Cycle Path, EuroVelo 9, Kamp-Thaya-March Bicycle Trail, Traisental Bicycle Trail, Piestingtal Bicycle Trail, Triestingau Cycle Trail and finally the Triesting-Gölsen Valley Trail. All roads are well signposted and there are plenty of inns and taverns along the way, as well as a steadily growing number of service stations and good train connections for cyclists.www.lower-austria.info
The 111-kilometer Traisental Bicycle Trail leads from the shores of the Danube to Mariazell, linking the lower with the upper Traisental. The route travels through lovely scenery and diverse landscapes: the Traisen marshlands near Traismauer, the vineyards and cellar lanes in Traisental, the baroque and modern city of St. Pölten, the pre-Alpine fields and meadows of the Mostviertel cider region, the majestic Ötscher Mountain and the lovely pilgrimage town of Mariazell. As the route follows old pilgrimage trails there are plenty of hotels, guesthouses and inns along the way. If you do the trip in reverse, i.e. cycle from Mariazell towards the Danube, you can enjoy easy downhill cruising with a 700-meter difference in altitude between start and finish.www.lower-austria.info
The Danube Cycle Path is Europe's most popular classic bicycle ride and not without good reason. It has magnificent scenery, fascinating places to visit along the way and a wide cultural diversity. Parts of the route lead through Wachau and the Donau-Auen National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will pass the castle ruins of Aggstein and Dürnstein, splendid monasteries like Melk, Göttweig and Klosterneuburg, as well as impressive castles and palaces such as Artstetten and Schallaburg and the baroque castles of Marchfeld. En route you will find a great selection of eating options, including everything from exquisite award-winning restaurants to friendly inns and quaint taverns.www.donau.com
From the baroque city of Passau through the beautiful landscape of the Upper-Danube Valley, the Danube Cycle Path takes you past the Schlögener Schlinge – a spectacular bend in the Danube – and many historical sights to Linz. Your journey through time takes you on past towns from Roman times, baroque monasteries and churches to the wild romance of the Strudengau and to Grein. Allow history to come to life on an excursion and then look to the future – in the UNESCO City of Media Arts, European Capital of Culture 2009, and Upper Austrian capital: Linz, situated right on the banks of the Danube.www.donauregion.at
A pristine world of glittering lakes, majestic mountains and world-famous holiday resorts awaits cyclists along the Salzkammergut Cycle Path. Covering a total of 345km, several tour operators (such as Wheel2Wheel Holidays, Inntravel or OÖ Touristik) offer bike packages along the route which include luggage transport and overnight accommodation.www.salzkammergut.at
The Grenzland Bike Path winds its way trough the mystical granite formations of the Mühlviertel in Upper Austria. Starting at the Danube, this route leads through the gently rolling hills of the Bohemian Forest and invites you to explore a fascinating primeval landscape.www.upperaustria.at
The Römer Bike Path(German language page only) takes you on a journey into Roman times. It connects the city of Passau, which is located at the confluence of three rivers, with pristine Lake Attersee, one of the most popular bathing lakes in Upper Austria. This fascinating trail features old Roman attractions along the way.www.upperaustria.at
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 mountain valley. The Ennstal Bike Path starts at the Limestone Alps and ends in Enns, Austria's oldest city.www.upperaustria.at
The scenic Tauern Cycle Path leads from the Krimmler Waterfalls along the Rivers Salzach and Saalach, past numerous sights and attractions, to the city of Salzburg and on to Passau and the start of the Danube Cycle Path. Highlights along the way include Liechtenstein gorge and Hohenwerfen castle. The 270-kilometer long Tauern Loop, which leads from Salzburg via Lofer back to Zell am See, is also becoming more and more popular.www.tauernradweg.com
The Mozart Cycle Path - which starts in Salzburg - is 450 kilometers long and features several stations from the life of the genius composer. The route is marked with the head of Mozart and leads through the stunning Salzburg Lake District via Oberndorf into Bavaria where it continues along Lake Chiemsee. The cycleway then follows the River Inn upstream to Rosenheim before returning to Austria. Here the route heads to Kufstein and continues via Lofer and Bad Reichenhall before bringing you full circle back to Salzburg.www.salzburgerland.com
SalzburgerLand boasts an incredible 4,000 kilometers of mountain bike trails for all levels of experience and countless events for bikers. With Bikepark Leogang, Europe's leading bike park, and the Mountainbikepark Wagrain, freeriders will find plenty to keep them entertained. Need to hire a bike? Rennradverleih.com delivers and picks up your bike free of charge and even offers a range of gear to rent.www.rad.salzburgerland.com
The 365km long River Mur Cycling Path is the longest bike path in Styria. It follows the river from its source in the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park all the way to Bad Radkersburg, Styria's southernmost point. Enjoy scenic cycling through spectacular and diverse scenery from spring until autumn.www.murradweg.com
The vibrant natural landscapes of the Schladming-Dachstein region offer everything a biker's heart desires - from idyllic routes that promise pure enjoyment to short up- and downhill stages that will push you to the max.www.schladming-dachstein.at
The cross-border Via Bavarica Tyrolensis cycle path extends over 220km from Munich through the gentle Alpine foothills into the Isartal valley and along Lake Tegernsee into the heart of the Alps. Once in Austria, the cycle path travels through the picturesque Achental valley and past Achensee, the largest of the bathing lakes in Tirol. The trail then continues on through the Inntal valley towards Wiesing. As there are only few and moderate climbs, the route is ideal for families with children and recreational cyclists. To make a great cycling day complete, there is a great choice of cosy Tirolean inns, serviced mountain huts and snack stations catering for the hungry pedal pusher. Many of these eateries offer traditional Tirolean cuisine, prepared with the best of local produce available.www.muenchen-venezia.info
The 920-kilometre network of bike trails in Tirol offers a host of regional culinary delicacies. Take a break during your cycling and mountain biking explorations and recharge your battery at one of Tirol's many inns.www.tyrol.com
This popular cycleway travels 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. There is a great choice of accommodation along the Lake Constance Cycle Path including hotels, guesthouses, youth hostels and campsites. Advance booking is highly recommended throughout the holiday season.www.bodensee-radweg.com (German only)
Cycle past Vienna's sights along the Ringstrasse Route with its splendid imperial buildings, or join a guided cycling tour of Vienna's magnificent art nouveau buildings and the bizarre Hundertwasser House. The Prater and beautiful Lobau also always make for a great day out by bike. Vienna offers a whole host of cyclist-friendly accommodation for all tastes and budgets, as well as plenty of bicycle rentals.www.wien.info
When should I go on my cycling trip?
Anytime from May to October is perfect for cycling. Be prepared for hot days during the month of July and August.
Where can I rent a bike?
Intersport Rent offers discounts on bike hire in Austria when booking online, and they'll have the bike ready to go as soon as you get there. So you'll not just save money, but also precious holiday time.
How can I transport my bike while in Austria?
The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) offer substantial services for cyclists. Practically all local trains will carry your bikes in the baggage car. For long-distance trains (IC or EC trains) carefully check the timetable for a bicycle symbol next to the train number. You will need to purchase a ticket for your bike and personally bring it to the baggage car for loading. This will make sure that your bike will be on the same train with you.
What do I need to watch out for?
Austrian law sets specific requirements for bicycle equipment: at least two independently operating brakes, a clear headlight and a red taillight, yellow reflectors on the pedals, at least one white or yellow reflector in the spokes of each wheel and a clear sounding bell as a warning signal.
There is no helmet law for bicycles but we highly recommend the use of a helmet, especially if you travel on roads shared by other vehicles.
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