Bicycle paths cover Austria like a blanket. The top tour cycling routes of Austria listed here are for foreign visitors who want to see the country while on a bicycle tour of Europe.
Route 1 – Danube Bike Trail
The Danube Bike Trail starts in the Black Forest of Germany and after passing through Budapest ends at the Black Sea. The most popular and best section is in Austria. Actually it begins in Passau, Germany right on the border and continues for 326 km (202 miles) to Vienna. The route itself is paved and well signed the entire distance on a bicycle trail or quiet roads over flat or gently rolling terrain. Bicycle rentals are available from the train station in Passau.
Hotels and campgrounds are used to cyclists. There are ferries across the Danube just for those bicycle touring and many restaurants also cater especially to cyclists.
Highlights include the slender river boats on the blue Danube; the cathedral in Passau with the largest organ in the world; Melk Benedictine Abbey; the Wachau wine region; and Vienna with Schonbrunn Palace and more.
Route 2 – Tauern Bicycle Trail
This route is as well known in North America, but you have seen it if you have ever watched a movie titled, “The Sound of Music”. Those who are bicycle touring can start in either Krimml with the highest waterfalls in central Europe or Bad Reichenhall in Germany. The Tauern Bicycle Route then follows the Salzach River Valley surrounded by the majestic Alps into Salzburg, before continuing to Passau on the Danube.
Highlights include the waterfalls at Krimml; one of the largest caves in the world at Werfen; the historic fortresses and old town area of Salzburg. A gentleman named Mozart lived here once and you can also visit his home.
Route 3 – Salzkammergut Bicycle route
The Salzkammergut is the Austrian lake district with several different gently rolling bicycle routes around the various lakes. The lakeside village of Hallstatt is a world heritage site; St. Wolfgang is very picturesque with the mountains in the background. The bicycle ride down a gradual hill into Salzburg at the end is one of the greatest cycles in the world.
Route 4 – Inn Bicycle route
This route actually starts near St. Moritz in Switzerland and continues through famous Innsbruck. The bicycle route goes into Germany and passes through the resort area of Rosenheim until it reaches the Danube at Passau.
Highlights include the alps in Switzerland; Olympic city of Innsbruck; and Lake Cheimsee in Germany. Easy bicycle touring route along the River Inn Valley.
The best time to bicycle tour in Europe including Austria is in late May, June or September. Avoid the heat and crowds you will find in the summer, particularly during the Salzburg music festival. Any of these Austrian cycling adventures will provide you with bicycle touring vacation.