Cycling in Austria
Discover all cycling routes and bike maps in and around Austria
Austria by bike
Lush lakes, musical mountains and the city of Strudel
Situated in the heart of Europe and full of impressive mountain peaks and serene lakes, Austria is a cyclist's dream. You're guaranteed to find beautiful scenery, challenging routes and warm hospitality here. The great Danube river cuts through some splendid scenery and wine country, and the hills really do seem to come alive with the sound of music. But don't forget to visit the charming cities of the Alpine Republic: whether you prefer leisurely rides along rivers or sweat-inducing ascents between mountain peaks, Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg are all great starting points for first class cycling tours. To top it all off, the Austrians know how to delight with Wiener Schnitzel, apple strudel and great cycling infrastructure.
Cycling in the city
Austria's majestic capital city Vienna keeps making headlines as the world’s most liveable city, not least thanks to its environmental conditions, recreational offers and growing cycling infrastructure. Whether you choose to take in the historical sights while cruising along the Ring Road or venture beyond the city limits to climb the surrounding hills, prepare to be impressed by plenty of green areas, sights and nature within easy reach.
Cycling in the countryside
Although the snow-capped Alps are the country's defining feature, not all of Austria is covered in high peaks. If elevation is not your thing, you'll find much to enjoy along Carinthia's lakes, Lower Austria's valleys and Styria's idyllic wine cycling routes. Another highlight is Lake Constance on the Swiss/Austrian/German border. Take the kids, summon your friends and combine with plenty of fun and relaxation time.
The Danube Cycle Path
Explore Austria along its longest, most breathtaking river
The Danube Cycle Path follows the river’s course through no less than eight countries. The most popular stretch – from Passau to Vienna – is the 325 km (200 miles) route through Austria, and it's easy to see why. As you cruise along the blue river's banks, you'll take in castles, forests and the wonderful Wachau wine region.
The capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava, is only a day trip away from Vienna (65 km / 40 miles). After sampling a Slovak beer or two, the high-speed boats of the “twin city liner” will carry you and your bike back in style.
As part of the European Cycling Network, the Danube Cycle Path may be ridden all the way to the Black Sea for a unique long-distance cycling adventure. Or continue upstream and connect to the EuroVelo 6, which cuts through France to the Atlantic coast.
Steep trails, dizzying views, sheer drops and snowy peaks – the high Alps are not for the faint-hearted. If a challenge is what you came for, you'll want to explore the Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg regions.
Peaking at 3798 meters (12461 ft), Mount Grossglockner and its High Alpine road present a popular route for cyclists looking to work up a sweat against a backdrop of striking beauty. The Alps of Vorarlberg and Salzburg await with a variety of less frequented mountain passes as well as countless lakes and forests perfect for two-wheeled adventures.