March 2, 2024

Land of rivers: Cycling in Lower Austria

Lower Austria is back at ITB Berlin 2024 promoting itself as a top-level cycling destination. The Austrian region’s rivers shape a diverse natural and cultural landscape, which can be explored on a developed network of bicycle paths. With no notable gradients, they are ideal for pleasure cyclists and families.

Traisental bicycle trail
From the hills south of the Danube to the mountains of the Mostviertel Alps, the 111-kilometre-long family and pilgrim Traisental bicycle path leads through areas full of rivers perfect for skipping stones between Herzogenburg and Traismauer. Not far from the regional capital St. Pölten, the Viehofen lakes with their meadows open to picnics are an alternative to open-air swimming pools.

Ybbstal cycle path
Branching off directly from the Danube, the Ybbstal cycling path leads 107 kilometres south, from Waidhofen an der Ybbs along a former railway line to Lunz am See. The Ybbs meanders as a green thread in Mostviertel’s landscape. Bikers should still plan a break on warm days at one of the bathing spots such as the enchanting natural swimming pool in Kematen or in the nostalgic Hollenstein river pool, directly on the Ybbs.

Kamp-Thaya-March Cycle Tour
Lower Austria’s longest cycle route of 420-km offers is great for sporty or pleasure cyclists. Along the rivers Kamp, Thaya and March and on quiet back roads, it goes through the romantic Weinviertel, the mystical Waldviertel and the floodplain landscape of the March. The historic wine town of Krems, the picturesque river landscape of the Kamptal with its picturesque wine villages or the ancient Weinviertel cellar alleys are highlights of the route, as is the fjord-like Ottenstein reservoir with its abundance of fish. An opportunity to enjoy fishing or try fish in a nearby restaurant!

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