Cycling is one of the most popular ways of experiencing Austria and seeing all that it has to offer, from large cities, picturesque towns and villages and stunning countryside scenery. There are cycle routes for all levels of expertise from gentle scenic routes past glistening lakes and rivers to expert mountain levels set amidst snow-capped peaks.
Look out for Euro Velo routes, some of which will combine some parts of Austria within the route.
What is Euro Velo?
EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, is a project of the European Cyclists’ Federation to develop 13 long-distance cycle routes crossing Europe. The total length is 60,000 km (37,282 mi), of which more than 44,000 km (27,340 mi) are in place.
The EuroVelo routes are similar, in length and conception, to Greenway projects such as the East Coast Greenway in the United States and the Trans-Canada Trail.
EuroVelo routes are intended for bicycle touring across the continent, though they are also used locally. The routes are made of both existing bike paths and roads together with proposed and planned cycle routes to connect them. All the routes are unfinished.
In September 2008 the European Union Committee for Transport and Tourism earmarked €300,000 to support EuroVelo.
For a route to be part of EuroVelo it must:
- have no gradient above 6%
- be wide enough for two cyclists
- have an average of no more than 1,000 motorised vehicles a day
- be sealed for 80% of its length
- be open 365 days a year, have provision points every 30 km (19 mi), accommodation every 50 km (31 mi), and public transport every 150 km (93 mi)
Ennsradweg – length:- 930Kms
Starts off at Gasthofalm and the follows the river Enns to the Danube .
Ennsradweg Official Website
Neusiedler See Radweg – length:- 133kms, 38kms which are in Hungary.
You can join this route anywhere that suits you best as it is a circular route. Neusiedl am See has its own station and youth hostel so may provide a good starting point. This route is mainly on flat roads and is therefore an excellent choice for those with children. On route there are opportunities for bathing in the lake.
Neusiedler See Radwegg Official Website
Murradweg – length – 365kms
Begining at Tamsweg and going on to Bad Radkersburg following the river Mur.
Murradweg Official Website
Drauradweg – Length – 366kms
From Toblach in Italy to Marburg, along the river Drau.
Drauradweg Official Website
Taurenradweg – Length – 280kms
(Krimml-Bruck-Salzburg-Bruck/Zell am See.) Starting at Europe’s highest waterfalls, the Krimml Falls, the route follows the River Salzach all the way to Salzburg or go along the Saalach route through Germany.
Taurenradweg Official Website
Pinzgau Official Website
Innradweg – length – 517Kms
Start from St.Moritz in Switzerland. Going through the Engadin, Tyrol, Bavaria and Upper Austria.
Finishing at Passau on the Danube
Innradweg Official Website
Donauradweg – Length – 365Kms
An easy and flat cycle route, following the River Danube through memorable cities such as Passau, Linz, Melk, St.Polten, Tulln, Vienna and then on to Bratislava.
Donauradweg Official Website
Salzkammergut Radweg – Length – 345kms
This a a leisurely cycle trail taking in some of Austria’s most beautiful scenery. The route passes through three of Austria’s provinces – Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria.
Salzkammergut Radweg Official Website
For more information on the above or other cycle routes contact ‘Cycle Tours in Austria’ (Radtouren in Österreich) Official Website
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