Through the mountains and along the water

    Explore Styria on The Enns cycle path

    Lakes and mountains. History and culture. The Enns cycle path is rich in attractions and makes for an unforgettable experience.

    A cycle path full of natural, cultural and culinary highlights

    The Enns cycle path at a glance

    Detailled informations about the signage, transfers and more you`ll find on Enns Cycle path-FAQ.

    • starts at: Flachauwinkl
    • ends at: Enns
    • distance: 263 km
    • stages: 6
    • difficulty: intermediate

    Wow moments along the Enns

    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.

    Jump in the saddle: six stages to go

    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!

    The Enns cycle path at a glance

    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.

    More about the tour

    Stage 01

    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.

    Stage 02

    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.

    Stage 03

    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.

    Stage 04

    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.

    Stage 05

    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.

    Stage 06

    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.

    Variations of the Enns cycle path

    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!

    • Right at the start of the Enns cycle path, you can make a quick detour to Vordere Marbachalm. The perfect opportunity to fuel up on local delicacies while planning the next stage of your trip!
    • In Schladming, you might want to stop over for a hike. Good news: With the SummerCard, one ascent and descent with the local cable cars is free of charge!
    • Between Steyr and the Danube, the Enns cycle path runs along both sides of the river. This gives you the opportunity to make a roundtrip of your excursion.
    Stoderzinken | © Steiermark Tourismus | photo-austria.at
    Worlds biggest monastic library | © Stift Admont | Marcel J. Peda
    Burg Gallenstein (castle) with a view to St. Gallen in the nationalpark Gesäuse | © Nationalpark Gesäuse | Stefan Leitner

    Alternative routes in the Gesäuse and Kalkalpen National Parks

    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.

    Package offers for the Enns cycle path

    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!

    where to eat and stay along the way

    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!

    Accommodation along the Enns cycle path

    Bett+Bike accommodation

    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.

    Other attractions along the Enns

    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.

    Towns and villages along the cycle path

    Many charming towns and villages are located along the Enns cycle path. For instance, strolling through the historic town of Radstadt is like a trip back in time. In sporty Schladming, everything is in motion. Impressive Trautenfels castle in Irdning is a sight to behold. Admont Abbey in the village of the same name is one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions. And the former trade city of Steyr and Austria’s oldest town, Enns, are just as marvellous as they used to be hundreds of years ago.

    The journey continues

    You can also explore southern Styria on two wheels. Leisurely cyclists will love the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Route. Plus, there are plenty of natural highlights waiting for you along the river Mur. Our tour portal gives you an overview of all cycling routes in Styria.