Enns bike path
From Radstadt along the Enns up to the Danube
The most recent of Austria's great riverside bike path is considered one of the most scenic local bicycle trails. As an insider tip for all nature lovers, the route leads through the three states of Salzburg, Styria and Upper Austria and their five tourism regions (Salzburger Sportwelt, Dachstein-Tauern- Region, Bergregion Grimming, Naturregion Gesäuse and Nationalpark Kalkalpen). Impressive mountains, romantic valleys, rushing wild streams, idyllic villages and historic towns accompany you through a unique landscape in between of the Dachstein and Niederen Tauern, Salzkammergut, Gesäuse and Reichraminger Hintergebirge!
...a unique journey...
The hilly nature of the tour ensures a challenge for all cyclists. For athletic cyclists there are a variety of attractive detours into picturesque side valleys. Along the route, cozy, selected and controlled inns provide a cyclist-friendly diet and Styrian delicacies for your physical well-being. The lockable bike garages are a matter of course and many insiders tip worth seeing and experiencing a matter of warm hospitality. Those who wish to enjoy even more scenic beauty, will find a number of bike paths branching off the Enns Bike Path, such as the Danube Bike Path, the most famous cycle path in Europe, or the Mur Bike Path that leads all the way to Radkersburg in Southern Styria.
.... through the world of mountains and water
The path begins at 1,200 meters above the sea level, at the foot of the Niedere Tauern mountains. The first stage is dominated by impressive mountain scenary, idyllic swimming lakes and the yet tranquil flow of the Enns river. The contrast between the rought light-colored Dachstein massive to the left and the dark crystalline Niederer Tauern to the right is especially captivating - as the narrow trail widens. About Altenmarkt im Pongau and Radstadt it goes in the middle aged small mountain town of Schladming, the bicycle centre of the Dachstein Tauern region. The narrow cycle track becomes broader. Past the majestic Grimming and the castle Trautenfels, the path leads to the Benedictine abbey of Admont with its famous abbey library at the entrance of the Gesäuse - the most spectacular stretch of the Enns, where the river thunders its way through the Gesäuse National Park.
A scenic alternative to the Enns valley rout between Admont - Hieflau - Altenmarkt - Weyer and Reichraming, is the Buchauer saddle, which leads through the less rugged yet more densely wooded picturesque Reichraminger Hintergebirge mountains. In St. Gallen you should visit the Water-Play-Park.
Between Altenmarkt and Großraming an excursion lures into the heart of the national park to lime nightmares – a regional extremely attractive route poor in traffic. Between the old trading town of Steyer and Enns, Austria's oldest city, the wide and slow flowing river marks the border between Upper and Lower Austria.
... Radstadt, the ideal starting point
The small medieval city is an ideal starting point for the Enns bike trail because of its central location and accessibility (train station) and the tourism assosiaction Radstadt will help you to organise your personal Enns bike path - tour!