The EuroVelo 9 at a glance
Starting in the small town of Blansko, it runs through the South Moravian karst to Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, made famous by the UNESCO World Heritage Site Villa Tugendhat. It heads through the Pálava mountains and Břeclav to Austria. In Lower Austria, the wine roads typical of the wine district take us into the art of Austrian wine culture that is lived from the Czech-Lower Austria border to the Styrian-Slovenian border. Through Vienna the journey continues into eastern Styria, which is called the 'Garden of Austria' because of the variety and quality of its culinary products. The route leads through the thermal springs country and Vulkanland, finally reaching Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia.
- Route: From the Czech Republic via Austria to Slovenia - the individual stages can be designed and combined as you wish. In any case, get yourself some good maps (such as the bikeline guide "EuroVelo 9", published by the Esterbauer publishing house), because there are so many great detour routes and side trips for discovering the hinterland too.
- Recommended schedule and route planning: You should take about 10-12 days, including some spare time for sightseeing. The tourism associations and cycling hosts along the EuroVelo 9 are happy to help you 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: 568 km (without additional variations)
- Highest / lowest point: 945 m / 153 m
- Difficulty: Medium-difficult, for touring cyclists. In most cases, the path winds gently through the diverse landscapes, but now and again there are also inclines that await you. In particular, the climb towards Mönichkirchen on the 6th daily stage (Bad Erlach - Mönichkirchen) requires good physical condition. The Andreas Graf taxi and travel service from Mönichkirchen offers a transfer service here, which can be accessed via tel. +43 (0) 2649 319 or mobile phone +43 (0) 664 155 38 88. A detailed altitude profile for the entire route can be found on the tour portal of EuroVelo 9.
- Route: Consistently paved or well-established bike paths.
- Ideal travel time: From late April to mid-October
- Arrival and departure: the combination of bike & rail in particular is offered here, whereby the quickest way to get from Graz to Brno is by Railjet. Graz is not directly located on the EuroVelo 9, but it is easily accessible via the Mur Cycling Path from Spielfeld/Šentilj. The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have a special offer here with the Sparschiene tickets to the Czech Republic. You will find more information about mobility options here.
- The right bike: Touring or trekking bike
- Signage: In the Czech Republic there are yellow signs with black lettering, in Austria green signs with white lettering and in Slovenia please orient yourself using the blue signs with a white cyclist. Along the entire route you will find signs with the EuroVelo 9 logo (circle made of 12 yellow EU stars on a blue background with the number 9 in the middle). Details about the signage can be found here.
- 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 EuroVelo 9 can be very easily managed with electric bikes. Many hosts and towns 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!