Lakes and mountains. History and culture. The Enns cycle path is rich in attractions and makes for an unforgettable experience.
The Enns cycle path is a dream come true for cycling fans. The path takes you along the charming river Enns, past distinctive landscapes and marvellous mountain views. Along the way, you have the chance to visit historic towns such as Radstadt, Schladming, Admont or Steyr and experience natural gems like the Gesäuse National Park or Eisenwurzen Nature Park. What’s more, a number of swimming lakes invite you to take a quick dip.
Whether you’re a leisurely or ambitious cyclist: The Enns cycle path offers something for everyone!
Detailled informations about the signage, transfers and more you`ll find on Enns Cycle path-FAQ.
The Enns cycle path is more than an active journey through Styria’s alpine north. It’s also more than just a cycling tour. It’s a way to delve deep into the region’s culture and get to know its people.
The museums along the way invite you to find out about local curiosities such as the “Taschenfeitel” or the agricultural, civil and aristocratic driving culture before the invention of the automobile.
The six stages of the path are dotted with splendid mountain views, breathtaking landscapes and romantic towns. It’s always worthwhile to take a little break and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you.
The sporty version: The Enns cycle path can also be done in four stages, passing by the villages of Aigen im Ennstal, Mooslandl and Großraming. This variation of the cycle path still leaves you with plenty of time for breaks and sightseeing stops along the way. After all, you don’t want to miss out on anything during your holiday!
From the Dachstein to the Danube
Impressive mountains, enchanting valleys, charming villages and historic small towns will accompany you all the way to the Danube. Go on a journey with views of the Dachstein, through the Gesäuse and Kalkalpen National Parks and the towns of Steyr and Enns, the oldest town in Austria.
From Flachauwinkl to Schladming
The Enns river has its source high up in the Radstadt Tauern. Your trip – and the first stage of the cycle path – starts in Flachau. After a stop in the historic town of Radstadt, you cycle along the Enns until you reach this stage’s destination, Schladming.
From Schladming to Irdning
Schladming is all about sports: In summer, the region is known as a paradise for hikers and cyclists. In winter, it is home to the annual FIS men’s slalom “Night Race”. From there, peaceful cycle paths and back roads with little traffic lead you to the village of Irdning at the foot of impressive Trautenfels castle.
From Irdning to Admont
This stage of the tour also takes you through marvellous nature. Don’t forget to stop for a photo with the Grimming, Europe’s highest free-standing mountain, as a backdrop! We also recommend dropping by at baroque-style Admont Abbey to visit the world’s oldest monastery library – one of Austria’s greatest cultural heritages.
From Admont to Weyer/Kastenreith
In the Gesäuse region, the calm waters of the Enns gradually become wilder. At first, they thunder down a one-kilometre-long waterfall. Afterwards, they wind their adventurous way through 20 kilometres of narrow gorges formed by the Buchstein and Hochtor mountain ranges. Attention: a large part of this route is on the road - please note the alternative options and the bike shuttle offer.
From Weyer/Kastenreith to Steyr
After visiting the historic market square of Weyer, continue along the cycle path towards Losenstein and the 1,000-year-old town of Steyr. This charming town is home to one of Europe’s most picturesque town squares, combining Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo elements.
From Steyr to Enns
The last stage of the Enns cycle path takes you to the town of the same name, Enns. In this section of the path, the landscape has become wider, and you can cycle along the Upper Austrian as well as along the Lower Austrian side of the river. This is also where the Danube cycle path passes through, giving you the chance to extend your tour and cycle on to Linz.
Open for new perspectives: Along the Enns cycle path, numerous side trips and detours invite you to venture off the beaten track. Give in to curiosity and discover something new!
Mountain bikers and gravel bikers love the varied off-road cycle trails of the Gesäuse region. The 3.3-kilometre Rauchboden trail runs from Weidendom to Gstatterboden, for instance. Alternatively, the 4-kilometre-long Ennsboden trail leads from Gstatterboden campsite to Kummerbrücke.
Between Altenmarkt bei St. Gallen and Großraming, you can combine R31 Nationalpark Kalkalpenweg and R9 Hintergebirgsradweg. The cycle route from Altenmarkt via Unterlaussa to Reichraming is a rewarding off-road alternative. In parts, the Hintergebirgsradweg trail runs along the rails of the former Forest Railway, through rock tunnels and along crystal-clear mountain streams.
Good to know: Both in the Gesäuse National Park and the Kalkalpen National Park, the Enns cycle path includes long stretches of road. These sections are not for kids! At both locations, bike-shuttle services are available for these sections: Taxi Wagner in Admont, Tel. +43 3613 2406 or Taxi Thalhuber in Landl, Tel. +43 3637 212. For more detailed information about the Gesäuse Sammeltaxi, get in touch with the Gesäuse Tourist Information Centre.
Delicious, classic or sporty – what’s it going to be for you? The package offers in Styria are as varied as your holiday needs and wishes!
Whether it’s only for a quick stop to recharge your batteries or for an overnight stay: Numerous hotels, inns, guesthouses and private rentals are waiting for you along the cycle path. Simply ride along, and see where you’ll end up!
Along the Enns cycle path, you will find several “Bett+Bike” (bed + bike) partners carrying the quality seal of the German Cyclist’s Association (ADFC). These hotels and guesthouses are equipped with special amenities for cyclists and bikers, ranging from bike racks to drying rooms and bikers’ breakfasts. What’s more, the staff there is happy to help you out with tools or contacts to nearby workshops in case your bike is in need of minor repairs.
There is plenty to discover along the Enns, ranging from historic buildings to fascinating museums. Don’t miss the Wollwelt Steiner 1888 or Lake Putterersee, for instance. For a little detour, we recommend Frauenberg pilgrimage church with its charming Garden of Meditation.
By the way: Holders of the SummerCard enjoy free admission to many attractions along the Enns cycle path.