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Cycling away from the crowds – Austria’s Kamp-Thaya-March Cycle Route

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Cycling away from the crowds – Austria’s Kamp-Thaya-March Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Ben

4-9

days

3-6 h

/ day

266 mi

10,725 ft

11,025 ft

Lower Austria’s longest continuously signposted cycling route offers you great roads, far away from any crowds. Starting at the town of Krems on the Danube, the route leads along the Kamp, Thaya and March rivers before returning to the Danube near the Slovakian border. The Kamp-Thaya-March Cycle Route (KTM for short) is considered an insider tip. It reveals many of the most scenic spots of Austria’s largest province.

First, you ride through well-known wine-growing regions around the town of Langenlois. You pass through the Kamptal valley which exudes an almost southern charm. Next, you reach the high plateaus of the Waldviertel, where you are greeted by panoramas that stretch into the horizon. The route runs along the Thaya River and brings you into Austria's smallest national park. From the town of Retz, the terrain flattens out for the time being, as you ride through the Weinviertel. The final stretch is defined by the Morava River and its beautiful floodplain landscapes.

This route can be quite challenging. At the beginning, the climbs are plentiful and often steep along the Kamp. Don’t expect a classic bike path here, like along the Danube. Instead, you ride along field paths, side roads and, in some sections, along main roads. Well-built bike paths are included too. This makes the route very varied and also demanding. I recommend a bike with robust tyres that can manage the gravel sections that feature again and again. I personally found the Tour very enjoyable on a gravel bike, but a trekking or touring bike would work just as well.

At over 400 kilometres (248 mi), the route is long. You should plan your stage lengths and accommodation in advance. The stages I suggest here always end in a place with sufficient accommodation. If you don't want to do the whole Tour, I recommend the section from Krems to Retz. The train station in Retz has good connections to Krems or Vienna from where you can continue your journey home.

I particularly enjoyed the small towns along the route, which are always worth exploring. Whether Zwettl, Waidhofen, Drosendorf or Raabs, they all offer historical town centres, nice pubs and a cosy flair. The signposting is great too, so you barely have to look at your mobile phone.

If you want to discover an exciting part of Austria and are looking for a bike Tour that is a bit off the beaten track, then I can unreservedly recommend the Kamp-Thaya-March Cycle Route.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:55
    26.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kamp-Thaya-March cycle route begins in Krems an der Donau. After a short exploration tour through the beautiful old town, you leave the city to the east and you go through the vineyards that are so typical of the region. This is followed by an ascent through Rohrendorfer Kellergasse, which is considered the longest cellar lane in Lower Austria. The following section to Langenlois runs through a wine-growing area and offers great views towards the Danube and towards Kamptal.

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    34.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,350 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Immediately after Rosenburg, a longer climb takes you up to Altenburg with its impressive pen. Here the landscape changes suddenly and you can enjoy the Waldviertel region for the first time. On side streets and gravel paths you drive away from traffic, past other sights, such as Greillenstein Castle. After a demanding gravel section through the forest, you approach the Ottensheim reservoir, where the camp is dammed up to generate energy.

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    35.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After the start, the route leads you first over a bike path and then over beautiful side streets. It's constant, but never steep, uphill and you reach the highest point of the entire route. Here you cycle through a typical Waldviertel landscape with fields and forests and views to the horizon.From this high plateau it goes with a few …

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  • Difficult
    04:15
    41.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start the day again on the wonderful railway cycle path, but leave it at Waldkirchen and turn again into the Waldviertel hill country. The following section to Raabs is again a perfect example of the beauty of cycling in this area due to the quiet roads. You then complete the last piece in the medieval city of Raabs on …

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    40.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The fifth day of your discovery tour through Lower Austria will once again take you to enchanting places and through exciting landscapes. Large parts of the stage also run along the Czech-Austrian border and offer you some exciting insights into the history of the region.You naturally leave the Thayatal with an ascent that takes you up into the hills …

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  • Difficult
    04:07
    41.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today the character of the route changes again, because there are some vertical meters to conquer. You leave Laa and follow farm roads up to the Galgenberg. The lovely landscape is characterized by rolling hills and vineyards and offers a lot for the eye. Via the villages of Ottenbach and Kleinschweinbarth you continue uphill before you leave for Falkenstein. The …

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    46.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The last day of the route is all about the March, whose alluvial forests you follow to your destination at Stopfenreuth. The stage has no climbs and always offers information about nature and meadows. After Hohenau you follow the bike path past the former landing basins of the local sugar factory, which today represent a habitat for numerous species of birds. It goes on relaxed on mostly asphalt roads through a landscape that is characterized by agriculture.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    266 mi
  • Duration
    27:46 h
  • Elevation
    10,725 ft11,025 ft

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