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A hilly idyll — Austria’s Mühlviertel Cycle Path

Hermann Prokschi

A hilly idyll — Austria’s Mühlviertel Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Kristof

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

148 mi

13,575 ft

13,750 ft

In Upper Austria on the left bank of the Danube between Bohemia, Lower Austria and Bavaria, lies the Mühlviertel. Gentle hills, romantic villages, small farms, forests and meadows are typical for this region. As it’s sparsely populated, it’s a dream for cycling off the beaten track.

The Mühlviertel Cycle Path is ideal for exploring this idyllic and unspoilt region. The 240-kilometre (149 mi) route is hilly with over 4,200 metres (13,780 ft) of elevation gain. It takes you along the northern border of the Mühlviertel from Niederranna near Engelhartszell on the Danube to Grein, which also lies on the Danube.

The Mühlviertel Cycle Path is an alternative to the Danube Cycle Path if you want to challenge yourself. It’s also very well suited for a road bike adventure, as it’s superbly asphalted almost throughout. Between the villages and hills there are many fantastic sights to discover, such as the Mühlviertel farms with their characteristic stone-block facades or small, peaceful lakes.

In preparation for your trip, I recommend booking your accommodation in good time. Getting to Niederranna by public transport is difficult; it's best to start in Passau (an extra 30 kilometres (18 mi) by bike) or from Linz (65 km/40 mi), both along the Danube Cycle Path. Or you can choose one of the many cycle tour operators who have the Danube Cycle Path in their programme; for a small fee you can have yourself and your bike transported to Engelhartszell.

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13,475 ft

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    Etappe 1: Von Niederranna nach Aigen-Schlägl – Mühlviertelradweg

    Difficult
    04:42
    39.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    4,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The journey through the Mühlviertel begins directly on the Danube Cycle Path between Engelhartszell and the Schlögener Donauschlinge. Since you leave the Danube valley right at the beginning, you start the tour with a hefty climb over 250 meters in altitude.

    

    Arrived on the plateau, you can make a detour

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  • Difficult
    03:07
    26.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,000 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the Mühlviertel cycle path is the shortest and has significantly less altitude than the first, but there are some steep climbs to overcome. As always, great views await you as a reward for the effort.

    

    Today you drive mostly close to the Bohemian border. If you want to extend the tour

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  • Difficult
    03:52
    35.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The series of rolling hills, baroque gems and quiet streets will also accompany you on the third day of the Mühlviertel cycle path. From Bad Leonfelden you wind your way through the villages and it always goes a bit up and down.

    

    Today you will encounter several typical Mühlviertler farmhouses. Even from

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  • Difficult
    04:49
    47.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    3,425 ft
    5,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the Mühlviertel cycle path starts in Sandl. It's the longest and also demanding at over 1,100 meters in altitude, but you've already built up a bit of fitness. In addition, you can enjoy many long descents, finally even back down into the Danube valley.

    

    On lonely streets you drive alternately

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    148 mi
  • Duration
    16:30 h
  • Elevation
    13,575 ft13,750 ft

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