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From the babbling brook to the mighty river – the Inn Cycle Path

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High up in the mountains of Eastern Switzerland, springs the Inn River. The bubbling mountain stream quickly turns into several lakes and then flows wildly and thunders through the Engadine. After arriving in Austria, the Inn meanders through its wide valley, traversing Tyrol from east to west before becoming a stately river in Bavaria. In Passau, the Inn finally flows together with the Ilz into the Danube.

In this Collection, you will accompany the Inn for more than 340 miles (550 kilometres) from Maloja to Passau, passing through three countries and discovering unique natural landscapes, historic and lively cities, and marvellous views of high mountains and idyllic rivers. We have divided the Inn Cycle Path into ten routes in this Collection. All stages end in cities where you can find plenty of accommodation, ranging from campsites to boutique hotels. You can also explore many cultural highlights and enjoy a variety of dining options. Although you always follow the Inn, the stages are not always flat. As the river is buried deep in the mountains, the bike path runs high above the river. However, the breathtaking views are simply unforgettable.

The Inn Cycle Path is mostly signposted, although not everywhere and sometimes not consistently. Often, you also have the option of either going to the left or right of the river. In this Collection, we have chosen the path that we find most beautiful. You will start in the Upper Engadine in Maloja which you can easily reach by public transport. From here, you will ride along the lakes of Upper Engadine to Scuol in the Lower Engadine. Here, the saying goes "there are eight months of snow and four months are cold". Bear in mind that you may start at over 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) and experience snow even in August, so make sure to come prepared for cold weather.

After crossing the Engadine, you will cycle through Tyrol. Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, is the largest city on the Inn. At Kufstein, you will cross into Germany for the first time. Here, the Inn Valley narrows again and the bike path becomes more hilly. Between Simbach and Passau, the Inn forms the border between Germany and Austria and has become a stately river surrounded by tranquil meadows. After a good 340 miles (550 kilometres), you finally reach the three-river town of Passau. The Inn Cycle Path ends in this baroque pearl and you can then either return by train or continue your adventure on the Danube Cycle Path.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:16
    34.5 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    2,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your exciting journey along the Inn starts in the pretty Engadin village of Maloja. The best thing to do is to travel to St. Moritz on the Rhaetian Railway and from there take the bus which also takes bicycles with you. From Maloja you can see the rugged mountains where the Inn rises beyond 2,500 meters.The Upper Engadine Lake District is hard to beat in terms of beauty. Snow-capped mountains are reflected in crystal-clear lakes. You drive along the banks to St. Moritz. The town is best known for the Winter Olympics and countless five-star hotels, but also for the exciting Segantini Museum dedicated to the Engadine artist. If you drive up to the center of St. Moritz you can run down the "Cresta Run". In winter, this bike path is converted into a natural bobsleigh track. Or you continue to follow the Inn.On your way lie picturesque Engadin villages, such as Zuoz and S-chanf, where Romansh culture is still alive. Later, the bike path leads through the forest just above the river. After a few climbs, the descent to Zernez follows, the end of the first stage. An interesting highlight in the village is the Nature Park House, an interactive exhibition on the nearby National Park.

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  • Difficult
    02:35
    18.7 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Before you lies a short but crisp stage. Here, the Inn Valley is so narrow that there is no bike path along the river. Therefore, you drive on beautiful little streets through idyllic villages above the Inns.From Zernez you drive via Susch to Lavin. After you have crossed the covered wooden bridge, a slope follows in the place whose inhabitants are jokingly called "the Kuhwürger". Past the interesting, small church follows a long slope. From the track, a unique panorama of the valley and mountain peaks opens up.The next town along the way is Guarda. It is one of the best preserved villages in the Engadine. Especially the pretty houses with the sgraffito decorations are worth seeing. Continue to Ardez and after another long climb you will reach Ftan. The place was hit several times by avalanches, once even so violently that the place was divided into two parts.In Ftan begins the rushing descent to Scuol. On the way you have great views of the castle Tarasp. Once in Scuol, countless mineral and mineral springs await you, as well as the Bogn Engiadina mineral bath, where you can relax after the steep stage.

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  • Difficult
    04:35
    40.8 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,950 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Also on this stage you expect some altitude in a stunningly beautiful landscape. You leave the main town of the Lower Engadin over the impressive Gurlainabrücke and drive along the Inns. At this stage you will cross some interesting bridges.On great forest trails you drive in the direction of the Austrian border. In the village of Strada you will find a small piece of jewelry: the stamp printing museum Stamparia (stamparia.ch). Here significant writings of Romansh literature were printed.Martina is the border crossing with Austria. But Italy is not far away either. From the border crossing to the actual border, it is about six kilometers, which you drive on the general road. Shortly before the border there is again a bike path. You follow him over small villages like Pfunds and Prutz to Landeck, your stage destination, and cross the Inn several times.

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    31.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    800 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Landeck, the Inn kinks and unites with the Sanna. From here you follow the Inn Valley eastwards through Tyrol. Today's stage is much flatter than the last two. It goes mostly flat there with a few smaller increases.After Imst begins a magnificent route through the forest. The path leads just above the Inn and lets you look into the wild riverbed. The Inn Valley often changes its appearance. Sometimes the Inn flows in a narrow gorge, sometimes in a wide riverbed. The Inntal is particularly fertile on the broad spots, as you can see from the many apples on Haiminger Apfelstraße, for example.Cultural highlight of this stage is undoubtedly the Stams Abbey. Although there are no more Cistercian monks living in the Baroque jewel of the Inn Valley, the monastery has an interesting museum on the history of monastic life and, of course, a distillery. From Stams it is only a few kilometers to your stage town Telfs. The third largest community in Tyrol is a lively place where tradition and modernity come together.

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  • Easy
    01:42
    18.7 mi
    11.0 mph
    75 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, as a breather, you have a 30-kilometer-long, flat stage in front of you. Then you have plenty of time to explore the lively student city of Innsbruck. You start the stage in Telfs and follow the course of the Inn.In Zirl you drive past a huge, gray mountain. The striking Hechenberg slopes steeply to the south and is barely overgrown. In the hillside you can see the Kaiser-Max-Grotte and the partially carved in the rock railway, which leads from Innsbruck to Mittenwald.A short time later you will reach your stage destination Innsbruck. The colorful capital of Tyrol awaits you with all kinds of charming buildings, streets, squares and countless inns, cafés and pubs. The historic Old Town with the Golden Roof, the winding streets and the courtyard garden is particularly worth seeing.

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    42.2 mi
    10.8 mph
    275 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You leave the capital of Tyrol and follow the Inn. You drive through the Olympic Village, where the athletes lived during the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. After about ten kilometers you will reach the next gem on the Inn: Hall in Tirol. The many cafes in the narrow streets of the beautiful old town are ideal for a short coffee break.Today's stage is flat and tends to go downhill. In Tyrol, the Inntal is quite wide and densely populated. In Jenbach two railways have their starting point: the Zillertal Railway and the Achensee Railway. With the latter you can make a trip to the Achensee, a lake surrounded by a great mountain scenery.Further in the Inn valley you reach Rattenberg. The smallest municipality in terms of area and according to the number of inhabitants the smallest city in Austria is a beautiful medieval spot. About an hour later you reach your destination, the small town and the former health resort Wörgl.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    33.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    200 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage is flat again, as you continue to follow the course of the Inn in its vast valley. After about 15 kilometers you reach the border and fortress town Kufstein. The city is dominated by its huge fortress. This was also necessary because Kufstein was again and again the scene of border disputes between Bavaria and Tyrol.Shortly behind Kufstein you reach the border and thus first on the Inn Cycle Route Germany. The Inn forms the border between Bavaria and Tyrol for a short time. You make another short detour across the border to Erl. This small town is known for the Tyrolean Festival Erl.The other bike path to Rosenheim is completely flat. You can even cycle on both sides of the Inn. On the way are several beautiful lakes, such as the Neubeurer See or the Hochstrasser lake. After a total of 55 kilometers, you will reach the town of Rosenheim at the confluence of the Mangfall and the Inn. Many beautiful parks and countless cafés invite you to relax after the stage.

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    48.1 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The longest stage of the Inn Cycle Path with a good 77 kilometers is in front of you. After the Mangfall in Rosenheim has flowed into the Inn, the river has already reached a stately size. Several tributaries, tributaries, ponds and small lakes accompany the Inn.After 20 kilometers, the river picture changes and the bike path becomes hilly. In Attel, which is known for its former monastery, the valley narrows and the Inn begins to flow in loops. Wasserburg is located in one of these loops. The old town is almost completely surrounded by the Inn and is only accessible via a narrow headland and a bridge. You cross this bridge and climb the Innleiten.From here you have a fabulous view of the medieval old town and the striking Innschleife. It continues hilly until you reach the dam Jettenbach at Waldkraiburg. Shortly thereafter, you drive between the Inn and the Inn Canal to your destination Mühldorf am Inn. The historic city is known for the impressive city square. There you will surely find a café or a restaurant where you can relax after the longest stage of the Inn Cycle Path.

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  • Difficult
    04:43
    36.5 mi
    7.7 mph
    400 ft
    550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    On this stage are beautiful bike paths through the beautiful nature in the foreground. From Mühldorf you drive a bit between the Inn and the Inn Channel towards Neuötting. A trip across the bridge in the center is well worth it, because there you will find many beautiful, historic buildings.Until Marktl, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI, you drive on an idyllic path along the mighty Inn. On the way you will find several lakes that will cool down your stage. A recommendable detour from Marktl is the detour via Burghausen with its huge castle and its romantic old town.Soon you will reach the confluence of Inn and Salzach. The area around the confluence is a special natural paradise. Here, the Inn Cycle Path also merges with the Tauern Cycle Path and from here the Inn again forms the border between Austria and Germany. Past the next bathing lake you reach your intermediate destination Simbach am Inn.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    41.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    700 ft
    850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last leg of the Inn Cycle Path is in front of you and it will be really nice again. You will cycle through beautiful meadows and beautiful baroque and colorful towns. The first step is Braunau, which you will reach as soon as you cross the bridge and thus the border with Austria at Simbach.You cycle through a flat, beautiful natural landscape along the Inn and reach after almost 30 kilometers Obernberg with its colorful houses on the market square. Then you cross the river again and drive along the German side to Neuhaus. There you change the page again and are in Schärding.The small town on the Inn is perfect for a longer break. Countless cafes and restaurants await you at the town square with its many late Baroque houses. From the castle park you have a great view of the Inn and the Inn Bridge.The next and last kilometers are a bit hilly. You drive to Wernstein, where you cross the Inn again. Following the Innschleifen the path leads you through the forest until you reach Passau. From the cycle path, the unique city panorama of the baroque three-river city opens up. The last bit you drive through the old town or you push over the river promenade to the top of the village. Here the Danube, the Ilz and the Inn flow together and here you have over 500 exciting kilometers on the Innradweg behind you.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    346 mi
  • Duration
    38:55 h
  • Elevation
    9,375 ft14,325 ft

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