The Alpe-Adria cycle path: An adventure route through Austria and Italy
Experience a varied journey of discovery on the Alpe-Adria cycle path from the Austrian Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. Rugged mountains, wide valleys, historic towns and tranquil places line the route from Salzburg to Venice and invite you to explore. On the 410 km long cycle path you will find a unique nature. The cycle path connects beautiful and very popular holiday destinations and allows you to explore the numerous highlights along the route. Since 2012, the Alpe-Adria cycle route has been very popular with cyclists from all over Europe, especially in the months of June, July and September. Due to the good signage and mainly asphalted paths, this crossing of the Alps is technically and conditionally a little less demanding. On up to eight stages - depending on fitness and planning - you will experience Austria and Italy in one week from a different perspective and enjoy regional highlights after a day full of movement.
Once over the Alps: the discovery tour for cycling fans
For many cyclists it is a wish to cross the Alps by bike. The Alpe-Adria route offers this possibility not only for top athletes. In one week, the route leads from Salzburg to the Italian Mediterranean coast and is lined with idyllic places, impressive sights as well as nature, which are worth a short break. Romantik therefore recommends you to take time to explore the special places.
Hotel tip in Salzburg:
Especially in Salzburg, it is worth planning a stay before starting your bike tour to explore the beautiful city of Mozart. In Salzburg there are two Romantik Hotels for a relaxing overnight stay. On the one hand, the Romantik Hotel Gmachl, Austria's oldest family business, welcomes you only 5 kilometres from the centre of Salzburg and offers you a relaxing stay on the green outskirts of Salzburg. The hotel's spacious wellness area offers its guests relaxing hours after an exciting discovery tour of the Mozart city. In the lovingly furnished rooms and in the romantic garden of the Romantik Hotel Gmachl, guests experience the village idyll.
On the other hand, the Romantik Hotel Die Gersberg Alm is located in the middle of beautiful nature only 7 km from the city centre of Salzburg. The hosts welcome you warmly in elegantly furnished rooms and offer excellent cuisine as well as exquisite wines. Enjoy a delicious dinner on the terrace with the best view of the beautiful Mozart city.
The stages of the Alpe-Adria cycle path
Tip: Plan your bike tour extensively and remember the many highlights at the edge of the cycle path in your planning.
Stage 1: From Salzburg to Bischofshofen
On the first stage, a very good physical condition is required, as the course is demanding and has a total ascent of 540 metres. It leads from the starting point, Salzburg, via Hallein, Golling an der Salzach, Salzachöfen, the fortress Hohenwerfen to Bischofshofen. With a total stage length of 58.1 kilometres, there are some passages with loose ground. On average, a duration of more than four hours can be planned for the pure journey time.
Stage 2: From Bischofshofen to Bad Gastein
The second stage of the Alpe-Adria cycle path leads you from Bischofshofen 55.1 kilometres to Bad Gastein and is one of the difficult stages due to a total ascent of 1200 metres. On the mostly paved paths, very good physical condition is required. With an average speed of 12 km/h you reach Bad Gastein after about 4.5 hours. The stage passes Sankt Johann im Pongau, the Liechtensteinklamm, which is considered a hiking highlight, the Gasteiner Klammtunnel as well as the castle Klammstein and the Gasteiner lake, which is ideal to refresh on hot days. The stage continues to the viewpoint at the waterfall and ends in idyllic Bad Gastein.
Stage 3: Bad Gastein to Spittal an der Drau
The easy to medium difficult third stage leads on about 55 kilometres from Bad Gastein to Spittal an der Drau, past the Czernin hunting lodge and through the Tauern tunnel, which is easily reached by train in just eleven minutes. Arriving at Mallnitz on the other side of the tunnel, we continue over the old railway embankment, past Trabuschgen Castle via Obervellach to Spittal an der Drau. At a speed of about 16 km/h you will reach your destination after about 3.5 hours.
Hotel tip at the lake Millstätter See:
At the beautiful Millstätter See it is nice to interrupt the bike tour for a stay and to pamper yourself after a day full of movement in the SPA area of the Romantik SPA Hotel Seefischer am See in Döbriach. The Romantik Hotel is located in Döbriach in an unspoilt bay with its own marina. The hotel has the whole year an ideal starting position for its guests, no matter whether bathing vacation in the summer, hiking vacation or also ski vacation in the winter. The Romantik SPA Hotel Seefischer am See offers its guests a spacious wellness area and enables a relaxing holiday directly at the picturesque lake.
Stage 4: Spittal an der Drau to Villach
The fourth stage of the Alpe-Adria cycle path leads you from Spittal an der Drau to Villach over 42.1 kilometres on a journey of a good three hours. On this medium difficult route with mostly paved paths, you will drive via Feistritz an der Drau along the Drau cycle path to Villach.
Stage 5: From Villach to Tarvis
The medium difficult fifth stage covers a distance of 39.3 kilometres and leads from Villach to Tarvis. You should be in good physical condition for altitude difference, because it goes up to 410 m to the monastery castle Arnoldstein and the summit Straßfried and finally over the border to Italy.
Stage 6: From Tarvis to Venzone
The demanding sixth stage is 60.7 kilometres and is very mountainous. In total it is 500 meters uphill and 1000 meters downhill. On mostly paved paths you need a good physical condition to master the route in just under four hours. From Tarvis the stage takes you via Maborghetto Valbruna, Pontebba, Chiusaforte, Resiutta, Moggio Udinese to Venzone.
Stage 7: From Venzone to Udine
The seventh stage leads 56.4 kilometres from Venzone to Udine and has some unpaved paths, so you may have to carry your bike for a short time. It takes 3.5 hours to get to Udine via Bordano, Castello di Bragolino, Osoppo and Tavagnacco.
Stage 8: From Udine to Grado
The last stage of the cycle path takes about four hours to reach Grado via Palmanova, Strassoldo, Aquilea in a total of 62.1 kilometres. On the medium difficult route, you can look forward to mostly paved paths.
Hotel tip in the surroundings of Venice
After an eventful bicycle tour, Romantik recommends exploring nearby Venice and its beautiful surroundings. This popular destination can be ideally discovered by three Romantik Hotels.
The Romantik Hotel Venissa Wine Resort welcomes you on the island of Mazzorbo, one of the original islands of Venice. The rooms are located in an idyllic country house in the heart of the lagoon. In the mornings the hotel spoils you with a gourmet breakfast on the terrace with a unique view of the vineyards and garden. The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant offers exquisite specialities prepared by the talented chefs Francesco Brutto and Chiara Pavan.
On the island of Burano, the Romantik Hotel Casa Burano welcomes you and allows you to stay among the locals. The high-quality rooms are located in different places on the island and are directly on the colourful canal. Thanks to its proximity to Venice, you can experience the city and the lagoon at the same time. The twelve impressive rooms have been furnished by renowned designers and guarantee guests an unforgettable stay.
The Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita is located only 15 kilometres from Venice, in the middle of a centuries-old park. In elegantly furnished rooms you can relax after your bike tour. You can also discover the famous Prosecco street from the hotel and immerse yourself in the world of Prosecco. The Margherita restaurant in the partner hotel will also spoil you with traditional Veneto recipes and wines.