Mountain biking in the Eisenerz Ramsau | © STG | Jesse Streibl Mountain biking in the Eisenerz Ramsau | © STG | Jesse Streibl
Bike parks, trails and tours

Mountain biking in Styria

Out and about on a pleasurable tour of exploration or while cruising down a beautiful trail: Mountain biking in the green heart of Austria fulfils the wishes of summer sports enthusiasts in a myriad of ways.

Lots of variety for active nature lovers

Mountain bike tours – from the alpine north to the Mediterranean south

The Schladming-Dachstein region is very popular with mountain bikers. No wonder: With over 40 signposted routes and trails, the local MTB specialists have created a paradise for bike enthusiasts.

Its beating heart is the Dachstein Tour, spanning a distance of 269 kilometres and with an impressive 7,900 metres of elevation gain. Thanks to three different routes for varying preferences and skill levels, everyone can pedal to their heart's content there. What's more, e-bikers also get their money's worth: The specially signposted route with start and finish in Ramsau am Dachstein leads past sparkling Lake Hallstatt, through the idyllic Ausseerland region, and to the Ennstal valley.

A must-do for nature lovers: the Trans Nationalpark tour. The route of 470 kilometres and 13,300 metres of elevation gain leads through the Gesäuse and Kalkalpen National Parks and can be divided up into stages.

The "Four tousanders" mountain bike circuit in the Graz region is somewhat shorter, but no less exciting: on this route you can follow in the footsteps of mountain bike world and European champions.

Discover Styria by mountain bike

Multi-day tours in Styria also show one the scenic diversity of Styria. Some of the tours also lead to neighboring provinces, such as Upper Austria or Salzburg.

Cycling at the Schattensee in the Styrian Krakau | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm

Tour-tipps for mountainbikers

All routes for mountain bikers can be found in our tour portal.

All routes for mountain bikers at a glance

For some extra adrenalin

Trails that make mountain bikers' hearts beat faster

A constant up and down awaits mountain bikers in the bike parks and trail areas of Styria. Because when the snow has melted, action-packed trails can be found in many different locations. Take the cable car or chairlift up the mountain, and ride your bike down into the valley.

Bikepark Planai boasts 35 kilometres of trail fun – from a bike area for little ones to flow and jump lines or thrilling downhill trails. Reiteralm is an eldorado for kids thanks to the Junior Trails. The Reiteralm trails are popular with everyone – from laid-back to ambitious mountain bikers. The trails at Schöckl Trail Area offer plenty of fun and variety on two wheels as well – and they're open year round. A chairlift takes riders and their bikes up to the Bike Arena Aflenz, where they can head to the Bürgeralm alpine pasture. From there, a variety of trails can be accessed. On Turracher Höhe, the Kornock Flowtrail offers a beautiful view of the surrounding Nock Mountains. In the Kids Area and on the Mini Trails, even the youngest visitors can gain their first MTB experiences. In Trail Land Miesenbach in East Styria, a shuttle lift takes mountain bikers to six trails and a pump track.

Seven cable cars – seven mountains

Take the cable car up the mountain and bring your bike!

Would you like to take it a little easier? Seven cable cars in Styria are open in summer as well, taking bike enthusiasts up into the mountains. Once at the top, they get to explore a variety of routes and trails. Children can practice their tricks in the lovingly designed kids' parks.

Summer cable cars offering bike transport:

By the way: Holders of a Sommercard can use the summer cable cars of the Schladming Dachstein region free of charge.

Twice the fun thanks to Bike & Hike

Why choose between mountain biking and hiking? The Bike & Hike option in the Schladming-Dachstein region combines the best of both worlds. Visitors can cycle along forest roads to the starting point of the hike.

The advantage: Combing both activities saves time and offers variety. If you are travelling by e-bike, you can charge your e-bike at a Bike & Hike station while you're out on your hike. Out of a total of 24 charging stations, 20 offer charging options for Bosch batteries.

A race for the world's elite riders

A special highlight: the Alpentour Trophy

In June, the mountain bikers take over – and have the mountains around Schladming (almost) all to themselves. Because that's when the crème de la crème compete for valuable points for the UCI world rankings at the Alpentour Trophy. And the route is certainly no piece of cake – riders tackle 220 kilometres and 8,800 metres in elevation gain.

10 guidelines for a Joint mountain biking experience in Styria

  1. Pedestrians take precedence!
    Please be considerate of pedestrians and hikers! If you would like to ride past them, be sure to use your bicycle bell to alert them, and then pass them slowly. Trails heavily frequented by hikers should be avoided.
  2. Show consideration for nature!
    Do not litter and avoid unnecessary noise. Only ride past wild or grazing animals during daylight hours.
  3. Stay on the trails!
    Only use marked roads and trails.
  4. Only ride as fast as visibility allows!
    Ride at a controlled speed, always ready to brake. To be able to react to oncoming traffic as quickly as possible, ride only as fast as visibility conditions allow.
  5. Never ride without a helmet!
    The helmet serves as protection and should be worn on every ride.
  6. Observe the rules!
    The road traffic regulations must be observed on forest roads as well. Only use marked routes, and observe possible road or trail closures.
  7. Close pasture gates!
    Always approach grazing animals at walking pace and close all gates after passing through them. This prevents the animals from panicking and fleeing.
  8. Only use mountain bikes that are completely free of defects!
    Mountain bikes must be regularly checked and serviced.
  9. Bring an emergency kit with you!
    Don't forget to pack a repair kit and a first-aid kit.
  10. Know your limits!
    For your own protection, do not exceed your personal limits with regard to your riding technique, strength or endurance.

Heartily recommended by Styria