The Via Claudia Augusta is an ancient trail that takes you from Germany to Italy via an epic Alpine crossing. The cycle path mostly follows the ancient Roman road that was used by soldiers and traders all those years ago. It meanders through wide fields, past Alpine foothills, alongside blue rivers, over winding pass roads with breathtaking views, between the high peaks of the Alps and past picturesque orchards.
This 434-mile (700-kilometer) long adventure starts in Donauwörth. From there, the Via Claudia Augusta leads south via Augsburg and Füssen. In Austria, it takes you over the Fernpas before making a small detour into Switzerland and continuing over the Reschenpass to Italy. The Via Claudia Augusta then meanders through the Adige Valley via Merano and Bolzano to Trento. From here, the trail forks into two variants: The first leads you through the Dolomites in Trentino to the Adriatic Sea near Venice. The second is the slightly easier alternative, taking you through the Adige Valley to Verona and on to Po. Whichever you choose, you'll discover true beauty as you pedal, with the only considerations being whether or not you want to continue your ride through the mountains (and up some steep inclines), or whether you'd prefer a more relaxed ride through the river valley.
In this Collection, we bring you both variants. There are 13 stages on the Via Claudia Augusta to the Adriatic Sea and twelve to the Po. The first nine stages from Donauwörth to Trento are the same for both variants of the ride. Following these stages, stick to version a for the Adriatic Sea and version b for Po.
Each stage of this ride is around 40 miles (60 kilometers) long. If you'd prefer to cut them shorter, however — maybe as a result of the elevation/inclines — you can do so freely. You'll find ample accommodation options throughout the ride, so finding a place to lay your weary head won't be a problem.
What's more, the start and the two endpoints of the Via Claudia Augusta cycle path can be easily reached/left on public transport. There are also airports nearby if you need to fly out, with low-cost European carriers serving flights to and from Venice and Verona in Italy and Memmingen and Munich in Germany.
On the Italian side, some sections of the Via Claudia Augusta run along the Etschtal cycle path. If you want to combine both cycle paths in your adventure across the Alps, you can find all the information for extending your trip here: komoot.com/collection/503/on-the-adige-valley-cycle-path-through-south-tyrol
The Via Claudia Augusta is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with four stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde
In Donauwörth starts the Via Claudia Augusta, which brings you across the Alps to Italy. On this first stage, you cycle directly to the train station in Donauwörth, where you can easily reach the train. After crossing the Danube and leaving the city behind you, you drive straight on the Via Claudia Augusta heading south. Today's stage destination there is called Augsburg.
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The first alpine stage of the Via Claudia Augusta is on today. From Füssen you cycle to Austria in the beautiful Ehrwald. You drive out of Füssen along the shimmering blue Lech and accompany the river across the Austrian border. Through the Lechtal it goes on comfortably. On the only slightly rising bike path it is easy to drive, which gives you the opportunity to really enjoy the picturesque mountain panorama.
From Landeck it starts on the sixth stage of the Via Claudia Augusta once moderately going on. Although some altitude meters are waiting for you today, at the beginning these are still distributed on a steady and steady increase, similar to the first stages in Germany. Always along the bank of the Inn you cycle through the narrow, deeply cut valley. To the left and right rise mighty mountains, which provide a unique alpine feeling.