The EuroVelo 14 cycling route is about 740 kilometres long and connects the countries of Austria and Hungary. It takes cyclists from Zell am See in the Salzburger Land region through Styria and Burgenland to Lake Balaton and the Budapest area.
The route presented here follows the completed section from Zell am See to Szentgotthard in Hungary: It's a west-east crossing through Austria starting in the Salzburger Land region, continuing through Styria and Burgenland to the Hungarian border town. Of course, cyclists can also follow the route in the opposite direction, as it's signposted in both.
By the way: Running from east to west, the route connects several existing EuroVelo routes. These include EuroVelo 7, EuroVelo 9 and EuroVelo 13. Due to a continuous accompanying railway line, it's perfect for anyone wanting to combine cycling with rail travel.
EuroVelo 14 is also called the "Waters of Central Europe" cycling route – and with good reason! The cycling route connects several important waterways.
Even its starting point is located by the water, namely at Lake Zell. The Hohe Tauern and Niedere Tauern mountain ranges with the Dachstein and the rivers Salzach on the Tauern Cycle Path and the Enns on the Enns Cycle Path are all part of the initial stages of this marvellous cycling tour.
After a little more than half of the route, you will reach the city of Graz, UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design. Water is present here as well: The Mur flows through the centre of the city. It gave its name to the famous Mur Cycle Path, which is considered the "main cycling artery" of the cycle path network in southeast Austria.
The rest of the way from Austria to Hungary follows the river Raab from Gleisdorf, an idyllic small town at the entrance to Eastern Styria. By the way, the Raab is one of the largest rivers in Styria and also in Hungary. At the end of this water-rich cycle tour, you'll visit Hungary's largest lake, Lake Balaton, on the journey from Szentgotthard towards Budapest.
Good to know: EuroVelo 14 runs exclusively along existing cycle paths:
Along the cycling route, riders not only encounter numerous bodies of water but also exciting excursion destinations that are well worth stopping for:
Anyone interested in handicrafts and culinary delights should visit Berghofer Mühle (mill) near Fehring. The scent of freshly ground flour and freshly pressed Styrian pumpkin seed oil will make your mouth water.
Thanks to numerous railway stations along the entire cycling route, it is easy to combine cycling and rail travel. There are many Bed+Bike establishments along the route as well. This allows cyclists to plan their route flexibly, depending on the weather or personal preference.
Throughout the cycling route, there are numerous opportunities to get to know the region as well as the country and its people.