Travelers familiar with Austria‘s mountainous geography might not immediately think of the country as one of the best destinations for cycling tours in Europe, but the routes along Austria’s larger rivers are flat (or even gently slope downhill). Large numbers of enthusiasts from all around the world flock to Austria each summer to enjoy this popular pastime.
The most frequented routes feature dedicated cycle paths and a combination of country lanes and traffic calmed roads. These routes are safe enough and mild enough for all ages and levels of fitness. Take it easy and plan short trips, or push yourself a little harder and embark on an extended journey.
Some of the most popular routes include an approximately 8-day journey from Passau to Vienna along the beautiful Danube river, a 7-day tour of ten different lakes near Salzburg, the week-long trip from St. Moritz to Innsbruck, and the cyclist’s paradise that is the south of Carinthia, with its peaks (the highest in Austria), grasslands, lakes and rivers.
For internationally oriented cyclists looking to cross a few borders, there are numerous routes between Budapest and Vienna, as well as one spectacular itinerary that winds through 4 countries (Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary) before ending in the Styrian city of Bad Radkersburg.
It’s possible to plan any of the above trips (and countless others) on your own with a little bit of research, but there are also numerous travel agencies and tour groups that will help you organize itineraries, book hotels, and arrange for logistical support.