Experience a varied journey of discovery from Austria to the Italian coast on the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path. Rugged mountains, wide valleys, historic towns and tranquil villages line the route from Salzburg to Venice and invite you to discover them. Over a length of 410 kilometres, the cycle path connects numerous popular holiday destinations with each other and allows for a sporty exploration of the highlights along the way.
ONCE ACROSS 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 opportunity 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 imposing nature that are worth a short break. Romantik therefore recommends that you take time to explore the special places.
Hotel tip in Salzburg:
Especially in Salzburg, it is worth planning a stay before the start of your cycling tour to explore the beautiful city of Mozart. There are two Romantik Hotels to choose from in Salzburg. On the one hand, the Romantik Spa Hotel Elixhauser Wirt, Austria's oldest family-run hotel, welcomes you just 5 kilometres from Salzburg city centre and offers a relaxing stay on the green outskirts of Salzburg. The hotel's spacious wellness area offers its guests relaxing hours after an exciting exploration of the city of Mozart. In the lovingly furnished parlours and romantic garden of the Romantik Spa Hotel Elixhauser Wirt, guests experience the village idyll.
On the other hand, the Romantik Hotel Die Gersberg Alm is also located in the midst of beautiful nature only 7 km from the city centre of Salzburg. The hosts there 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 city of Mozart.
STAGE 1: FROM SALZBURG TO BISCHOFSHOFEN
A very good level of fitness is required on the first stage, as the route is demanding and has a total ascent of 540 metres in altitude. It leads from the starting point in Salzburg via Hallein, Golling an der Salzach, Salzachöfen, Hohenwerfen Fortress to Bischofshofen. With a total stage length of 58.1 kilometres, there are some sections with loose ground. On average, a duration of more than four hours can be planned for the pure travel time.
Tip: Plan your cycling tour extensively and also consider the many highlights along the way in your planning.
STAGE 2: FROM BISCHOFSHOFEN TO BAD GASTEIN
The second stage of the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path takes you from Bischofshofen 55.1 kilometres to Bad Gastein and is one of the difficult stages due to a total ascent of 1200 metres in altitude. A very good level of fitness is required on the mainly paved paths. With an average speed of 12 km/h you will 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 Klammstein Castle and the Gasteiner Badesee, which is a good place to cool off on hot days. The stage continues to the lookout point at the waterfall and finally ends in idyllic Bad Gastein.
STAGE 3: BAD GASTEIN TO SPITTAL AT THE DRAU
The easy to moderately difficult third stage leads for about 55 kilometres from Bad Gastein to Spittal an der Drau, past the Czernin hunting lodge and through the Tauern Tunnel, which is comfortably passed by train in just eleven minutes. Arriving on the other side of the tunnel in Mallnitz, the route continues along 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 for the day after about 3.5 hours.
Hotel tip at Millstätter sea
At the beautiful Millstätter sea, it is recommended to interrupt the cycling tour for a stay and to let yourself be pampered in the SPA area of the Romantik SPA Hotel Seefischer At Sea in Döbriach after an active day. The Romantik Hotel is located in Döbriach in an unspoilt bay with the hotel's own marina. The hotel is an ideal starting point for its guests all year round, whether it is a swimming holiday in summer, a hiking holiday or a skiing holiday in 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 & 5: SPITTAL AT THE DRAU TO VILLACH
Stage 4 "SPITTAL AN DER DRAU NACH VILLACH": On a ride of a good three hours, the fourth stage of the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path takes you over 42.1 kilometres from Spittal an der Drau to Villach. This medium-difficulty route with largely paved paths takes you via Feistritz an der Drau along the Drau cycle path to Villach.
Stage 5 "FROM VILLACH TO TARVIS": The moderately difficult fifth stage covers a distance of 39.3 kilometres and leads from Villach to Tarvis. You should have a good basic level of fitness for the 410 metres of altitude gain up to the Arnoldstein monastery castle and the Straßfried peak and finally across the border into Italy.
STAGE 6 & 7
Stage 6 "FROM TARVIS TO VENZONE": The demanding sixth stage is 60.7 kilometres long and very mountainous. In total, it is 500 metres uphill and almost 1000 metres downhill. On mostly paved paths, you need to be in good shape 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 does not have paved roads throughout, so you may have to carry your bike for a short time. In 3.5 hours you cycle via Bordano, the Castello di Bragolino, Osoppo and Tavagnacco to Udine.
STAGE 8: FROM UDINE TO GRADO
The last stage of the cycle route to the Mediterranean Sea leads to Grado via Palmanova, Strassoldo, Aquilea and is 62.1 kilometres long, with a journey time of about four hours. On the medium-difficulty route you can look forward to mostly paved paths.
Hotel tip near Venedig:
After an eventful bike tour, Romantik recommends exploring nearby Venice and the beautiful surroundings. Only 15 kilometres away from Venice, Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita is located 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 Road from the hotel and immerse yourself in the world of Prosecco. The Margherita restaurant in the partner hotel will also spoil you with traditional recipes and wines of the Veneto.
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