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    Active holidays on two wheels

    Cycling & mountain biking in the Murau region

    Whether you prefer cycling or mountain biking: In the Murau region, a diverse network of routes full of adventures are waiting for you. Loops for leisurely rides, impressive scenic routes and the Murtalbahn as a bicycle train make for a comprehensive range of offers for cyclists and mountain bikers.

    Along the Mur, over gently undulating hills, through cool forests and idyllic valleys or up to the summits of the region’s eight enchanting mountains: The picturesque landscape between the Niedere Tauern and Nockberge mountain ranges is perfect for every type of bike enthusiast. If you prefer to master the climbs without breaking quite as much of a sweat, you can explore the region on an e-bike.

    The Murau region is also perfect for spontaneous bike tours: Various rental shops have bikes, e-bikes and accessories ready and waiting for you.

    All cycling routes in the Murau region

    One of the region’s highlights for cycling enthusiasts is certainly the Mur Cycle Path: The stage through the region around the town of Murau is about 45 kilometres long and boasts beautiful views as well as an impressive route.

    If you’re in the mood for a little MTB adventure, you should visit the single tracks at Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park  and on Turracher Höhe. A challenge even for experienced mountain bikers: Mühlsteinboden single track. The trail through Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park with a difficulty of S2 first leads across meadows before it takes you onto a narrow, technical cart path.

    If there’s one thing that the Murau region has enough of, it’s variety. From leisurely routes to demanding road cycling tours: You’ll be spoilt for choice and will quickly find your favourite.

    Tip: the cycling map of the Murau region. All routes are marked with their respective level of difficulty. The routes are divided into three levels:

    • Easy routes marked in blue can also be mastered by beginners.
    • Intermediate routes marked in red require a little more stamina and endurance.
    • Difficult routes marked in black are intended for seasoned cyclists only.

    Insider tips for cyclists and mountain bikers

    The mountain bike routes in the Murau region are incredibly diverse. If you want to cycle towards summit joy, you can choose between the peaks of Grebenzen, Kreischberg, Frauenalpe or Hochwald. They invite you to go on exciting journeys of exploration against a unique natural backdrop.

    And one thing’s for sure: No matter where you go, the tour will be impressive in every respect. Every muscle of the body gets challenged, at the latest on the last few metres. But once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the scenery. After a restful break, the descent tops off this wonderful experience in nature.

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    • ... stimulates blood flow and, in the long term, strengthens the heart, making it more efficient.
    • ... supplies the lungs with more oxygen during a tour.
    • ... facilitates movement that is easy on the joints. This means that muscles and joints receive the best possible blood flow without putting them under too much strain.
    • ... improves endurance if you go on regular tours.
    • ... strengthens the leg muscles, the back and abdominal muscles as well as the shoulder and arm muscles.


    From the trail area on the Turracher Höhe to a pump track in St. Georgen and trails in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park, the Murau region offers a wide range of options.


    In St. Georgen am Kreischberg there is a pump track where young and old can pump over the waves on bikes, scooters, roller skates or other rolling sports equipment. 

    This year there is a practice track for beginners and runners, a training loop and an advanced course for the pros.

    Location: Kreischberg car park

    Bike rental & bike service

    If you don't have your own bike with you or need to get your bike serviced or repaired, you're sure to find what you're looking for in the Murau region: It boasts an excellent cycling infrastructure with many partners who are happy to help.

    Whether you want to rent a standard road bike, an e-bike, or a mountain bike: One of the many bike rental points is always close by. The same applies, of course, to the service stations, whose staff carry out minor and major repairs.

    The right equipment for cycling

    • ​​​​​A fully equipped bicycle and a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet are important.
    • The bicycle needs to have two independent brakes.
    • The pedals must be non-slip and equipped with reflectors.
    • A bell should be attached to the handlebars.
    • A bright bicycle light should be installed at the front, a red rear light at the back of the bike. Yellow spoke reflectors are recommended as well.
    • A water bottle and air pump are just as much part of the basic equipment as good shoes and windproof – preferably reflective – clothing.

    Special equipment for mountain bikers

    • A helmet is a must for every mountain bike tour!
    • Sports goggles ensure optimal vision and protect your eyes.
    • The right dress code for mountain biking includes functional cycling shorts and a jersey. The following applies: the tighter, the more race-oriented. In spring and autumn, you shouldn’t forget to bring a jacket. You might get cold, especially during the descent.
    • Your shoes should match the bike! Some mountain bikers prefer clipless pedals for the best possible power transfer.
    • The faster you go, the more important it is to have appropriate protective gear. For this reason, we recommend wearing gloves and protectors.
    • A backpack is especially important for tours lasting several hours. It has enough space for a first aid kit, a repair kit, bad weather clothing, snacks and drinks. Some backpacks even come with an integrated back protector or a hydration system.

    Safety tips for cyclists in the Murau region

    • Pedestrians and hikers always have the right of way: Friendly and respectful interactions with others take priority. When encountering pedestrians, please make your presence known by ringing the bell, then pass slowly and greet them.
    • Nature in the Murau region is unspoilt and rich in flora and fauna. To keep it that way, it is important not to litter and to avoid unnecessary noise.
    • To not disturb the local wildlife, the mountain bike trails may only be used during the day:
      • from 1 June to 15 September from 9:00 to 19:00
      • from 16 September to 31 October from 9:00 to 17:00
    • Please only use marked trails that are open to cyclists and never ride off them! Road traffic regulations must be observed on forest roads.
    • Adapt your riding speed and style to the prevailing visibility and trail conditions. Riders must always be ready to brake and stop when necessary! On forest roads, scattered wood and motor vehicles are to be expected. There may also be hikers and other mountain bikers on the trail.
    • When encountering grazing livestock, please reduce your speed to walking pace so as not to irritate or frighten the animals! Please always close all pasture gates!
    • When cycling past equestrians, it is important to let them know you are there in due time – with gentle signals so as not to frighten the horses. In addition, please reduce your speed and keep a safe distance.
    • Appropriate self-assessment of your skills and fitness level is necessary in any sport to avoid accidents and injuries.
    • Please observe the safety signs along the route!
    • Before each tour, your mountain bike should be checked to ensure that all parts are fully functional and in optimum condition!​​​​​​

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