The Enns Cycling Path at a glance
There are impressive mountain and landscape personalities that you experience on your tour along the Enns. You will be impressed by how the cosy quiet Enns builds into the roaring, raging river in the Gesäuse. It's as if it were angry that the valley is not wider. Then it gets more and more gentle before ultimately flowing out into the Danube. To make your trip on the Enns Cycling Path the best it can be, you will find a concise overview of the most important facts about it here.
- Route: From Flachau, the route runs via Schladming and the national parks Gesäuse and Kalkalpen to Enns on the Danube. There are many roads that lead to Rome, or in our case, to Enns. In any case, get yourself some good maps (such as the bikeline guide "Enns Cycling Path", published by the Esterbauer publishing house), because there are so many great detours and alernative routes to take. The individual stages can therefore be designed and combined as you wish. Those who want to can travel independently or trust in the proven organisation of the tour organiser. The accommodation options are as diverse as the opportunities to link up with other cycling trips, such as the Danube Cycle Path, the most famous cycling path in Europe, or the Mur Cycling Path R2 that takes you through Graz, the culinary capital of Austria, and through Southern Styria to Styrian thermal springs country and impressively reflects the natural beauty of Austria.
- Recommended schedule and route planning: You should take about a week, including some spare time for sightseeing. The cycling hosts along the Enns Cycling Path will help you to plan your route. They will of course also provide you with information about bike hires and service points and have all kinds of good tips for you for additional attractions along the tour.
- Length: 263 km (without additional variations)
- Highest / lowest point: 1,026 m / 240 m
- Degree of difficulty: Medium; there are climbs in parts in the Gesäuse and Kalkalpen national parks that can also be challenging, but you will be rewarded with a stunning landscape. Detailed altitude profiles can be found on the trip portal of the Enns Cycling Path.
- Route: Paved and well-established cycling trails and low-traffic side roads; in the Gesäuse and Reichraminger Hintergebirge partly busier country roads (this section is unsuitable for children) with scenic attractive alternatives and "piggyback transportation option": in general, up to 5 bicycles can be transported on all ÖBB [Austrian Federal Railways] postbus routes of line 910 and 912 with the bike symbol or that have the words "limited bicycle transport possible". The rate is independent of distance and is € 3.10 per bike. Children's bicycles are free. Information can be found and any reservations can be made at +43 810 222 333 (daily from 6 am to 10 pm). You can find details about the timetable here. Another option for the St. Gallen - Mooshöhe route is provided by the Hensle Inn bike transfer. Please call +43 3632 7171 for more information.
- Ideal time to travel From mid-May to mid-October
- Arrival and departure: There are various possibilities here. Bike & rail is a popular combination. However, on the Enns Cycling Path, Huber Travel from Flachau and Habersatter Travel from Radstadt offer a bike shuttle along the Enns Cycling Path. Further information can be found here.
- The right bike: Touring or trekking bike
- Signage: Continuous with green signs and white lettering "R7 Enns Cycling Path" or occasionally "R7 Enns Valley Cycling Path"
- Out and about with children: The trip is recommended only with a Bikeability qualification or training course and the corresponding experience of riding bikes on public roads.
- Electric bikes: The Enns Cycling Path can be very easily managed with electric bikes. Many Enns Cycling Path hosts have charging stations or will help you to ensure your e-bike is fully recharged the next day. Please ask your host about this directly when making the room reservation. Please do not forget your charger!