Austria, with its majestic peaks, imposing fortresses and baroque abbeys offers a dramatic backdrop for cyclists. Its diverse terrain from mountainous roads to country lanes beside lakes and rivers offers all levels of cyclists an opportunity to enjoy Austria in entirety. Most of the cycling routes pass through picturesque lakeside villages dotted with impressive baroque buildings, stunning mountains, especially the Alps, Danube, the lifeline of Austria and its lush green countryside. Following are my top 4 quality cycling holidays in Austria.
Salzkammergut Lake District
This is a leisurely route through Austria’s famous lake district where crystal clear lakes combine with towering mountains to create unrivalled vistas. This wonderful route takes in dramatic Alpine scenery, leading past several of Austria’s most spectacular lakes and featuring charming and traditional houses in idyllic villages. On this route falls the Hallstatt, the jewel of the region and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Passau to Budapest
4 countries, 3 capital cities and a journey by boat and bike is how I would describe this journey. Covering Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary and the capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, this route on and by the mighty Danube takes you through the dramatic Schlogener loop, a 180 degree turn in the Danube’s course, through the ancient streets and alleyways of Bratislava, through the imposing Hungarian capital of Budapest, the historic capital of Vienna and the special Wachau region, famed for its wines and attractive baroque towns.
Into the Valley of the Alps
One of the perennial cycling routes in Austria, this offers some of Austria’s finest mountain scenery from tow beautiful river valleys. From the Tauern national park to the Salzach valley, this cycling route criss crosses Europe’s highest waterfall, pine forests, picturesque villages and flower-strewn meadows. It is on this route that one can also see the snow capped peaks of Austria’s highest mountain range – the Grossglockner at 12,400 feet.
Danube Castles and Vineyards
The gloriously tranquil Danube valley with a glut of imposing fortresses, as well as monasteries and abbeys, is testimony to the ancient struggles of this region. A 40 kilometer stretch in the Wachau region is what will appeal to the cyclists as this region is one of the most picturesque regions of the Danube with its wine producing villages, pastel coloured houses clinging to hills clad with vineyards, forests and apricot orchards. This idyllic cycling route concentrates on the most alluring region of the Danube, between the historic town of Grein and the wine town of Krems.
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