The impressive Enns cycle path leads you from the foot of the Niederen Tauern in the province of Salzburg through Styria to Upper Austria. On the way, you will pass numerous swimming lakes, roll past the majestic Grimming massif that rises into the sky and finally dive into the breathtaking Gesäuse National Park through which the Enns thunderously flows. You can explore cultural highlights such as historic towns and buildings such as Trautenfels Castle, the old trading town of Steyr or Enns, the oldest town in Upper Austria, along the way.
Beginning in Flachauwinkl where the Enns rises at the foot of the Ennskraxn, the Enns cycle path is just over 162 miles (260 kilometers) long. This Collection guides you from Flachauwinkl to Enns, the finishing point, in seven stages, ranging in length from 19 to 29 miles (31 and 47 kilometers). On the way, you will cycle on both asphalt roads and gravel as you easily navigate the way. In the Gesäuse, there are numerous climbs waiting for you. But, don't worry, as the daily stages are all quite short, you can take it easy and have regular breaks to recharge your batteries. You will also pass train stations along the route, so you can hop on a train if the weather turns or you want to shorten your ride.
You can reach the starting point Flachauwinkl either via the A10 Tauernautobahn or with the Sportweltbus from the train station Radstadt. The Sportweltbus runs daily from mid-June to mid-September and you can, of course, take your bike with you. At the end of each stage of the Enns cycle path you will find overnight accommodation and refreshments including cozy inns, snack stations and rest areas for breaks. At the end of your adventure, you can easily return home from Enns by train or alternatively take the bicycle ferry across the Danube and continue your cycling adventure on the Danube cycle path: komoot.com/collection/359/the-danube-cycle-path-from-donaueschingen-to-budapest
Start of the Ennsradweg is in Flachauwinkl. Above the village rises at the foot of Ennskraxn the eponymous river of the cycle path, the Enns.The easiest way to get to Flachauwinkl is by car via the A10 Tauernautobahn. If you would like to arrive by train, you will drive to Radstadt. From there the Sportweltbus brings you and your bike to Flachauwinkl.At the start you roll relaxed through the narrow Ennstal downhill. It usually goes directly along the banks of the wild river and you pass alternately refreshing forest and lush meadows. After Flachau, the valley widens and you can enjoy beautiful views over fields and meadows to the mountains.Via Altenmarkt im Pongau and Radstadt, the Enns leads you back into a narrow valley, which is lined with picturesque, wooded mountains. Here, the bike path is a bit hilly, but tends to lead you downhill.About Mandling you drive close to the Enns along to Schladming, the first stage destination. Here you have a wide choice of accommodation as well as connection to the train.
From Schladming you drive on the second stage through the enchanting Ennstal. On paved roads and well-navigable gravel roads you cycle as on the day before always near the river. You can watch how the Enns slowly widening.After mastering two gradients at Haus im Ennstal and Weißenbach over the first few kilometers, you will then comfortably roll along the almost flat route through the valley. Along the way you will find beautiful stretches along the shore and fantastic views of the majestic mountains rising majestically in the distance.On the last kilometers, it gets slightly hilly, but the views are all the more fantastic: on your left, the Ennstal is bordered by the Grimming. The mighty mountain range of the Dachstein Mountains towers impressively into the sky and you can even admire it from Irdning, the destination of the stage.In the waypoint you will find numerous accommodations. A visit to neighboring Trautenfels is also worthwhile, where you can visit the fairy-tale castle Trautenfels. The nearest train station is in Steinach, about two kilometers from Irdning.
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The third stage of the Enns cycle path starts pleasantly flat. You drive across wide fields and through the lush meadows of the Enns. You can always look back and enjoy the majestic sight of the Grimming.The first small climb of the day awaits you in Wörschach. If you feel like it, you can take a break here and also make a detour to the castle ruins Wolkenstein or Wörschachklamm.Afterwards you will cycle on flat paths through the quite wide Ennstal, which is lined by romantically wooded mountains. Here and there a few gray peaks of high peaks flash out from behind the mountains.In the last ten kilometers, it goes to the end slightly up and down, finally you get closer to the Gesäuse. You can already see the mighty mountains of the mountain group in front of you and look forward to cycling through them along the Enns cycle path.But first you stop at the stage destination Admont and collect new strength in one of the cozy accommodations. You can also find a train station in the village.
In moderate up and down you cycle at the beginning of the fourth stage close to the Enns. The mountains around you are getting higher and the valley narrower. After ten kilometers you reach the entrance to the breakthrough valley of the Enns. From now on, the climbs become brighter and more frequent, the scenery all the more breathtaking.Past rugged rock faces on one side and the roaring Enns on the other side and surrounded by mysterious forests you drive right through the Gesäuse National Park. From bridges and higher points you can enjoy breathtaking views of the narrow valley.In the National Park you can always take breaks at cozy resting places. At least in Hieflau on the edge of the Gesäuse National Park you will also find refreshments to strengthen.With new strength you cycle on through the Enns valley to the final destination Großreifling. If you feel like it, you can also explore one or the other enchanted side valley of the Ennstal on the way there. In Großreifling itself and the neighboring Landl you will find various inns and hostels. There is also a campsite on the other side of the Enns.
On the fifth stage you do not start on the Enns for a change, but follow the Mühlbach on a quiet road through its wild and romantic valley. To the left and right of you fairy-tale forests pull up the slopes of the mountains. Through this beautiful landscape you work your way up a long climb. At the highest point you will enjoy an unforgettable view of the mountains and the castle Kassegg.It follows a long descent with short ascents. Past meadows and forests you roll over the villages of Sankt Gallen and Weißenbach an der Enns back to Ennstal Here you can take a break about halfway in Altenmarkt near Sankt Gallen and relax.Freshly strengthened you are then ready for the second half of the stage, which leads you in constant ups and downs through the narrow Ennstal. Along the way, you will always enjoy picturesque views of the river's loops, the wildly overgrown banks and the beautiful mountains around it.Finally you reach the stage destination Anger via Kleinreifling. Here you will find the station Kastenreith and about two kilometers from neighboring Weyer different accommodation and also a train station.
Today, a couple of steep climbs await you again, before it becomes flatter again and even somewhat steep towards the end of the sixth stage of the Enns cycle path.On the first kilometers you will cycle along the tree-lined banks of the Enns, surrounded by the most beautiful nature, and will always be able to let your gaze wander over the blue waters and the magnificent landscape of the valley.Shortly before Heinzl you climb the highest point of the stage. Once at the top you can stop and rest for a while. Thanks to wide meadows, you have a great view down to the valley from here. After a rapid descent to the riverbank you follow the happy loop of the Enns. It goes steadily up and down.For strengthening breaks, you can stop in one of the many places you come from. Here you will find cozy restaurants with delicious regional specialties. From Ternberg it is then flatter and you have the Gesäuse finally left behind.Past rolling meadows and colorful fields you roll the last few kilometers to the stage goal Steyr. Here you can end the day comfortably in the lovely old town and finally relax in one of the numerous accommodations for the final stage of the Ennsradweg. Of course you also have access to the train service in Steyr.
The seventh and last stage of the Ennsradweg is also the shortest and easiest. A nice end to the unique bike ride along the Enns.You follow the Enns from the stage town of Steyr. Due to the tributary of the river Steyr, the Enns has now become quite wide. On flat bike paths you drive behind the city over wide fields and meadows. You can enjoy magnificent views up to high mountain peaks on the horizon.Small villages along the river Enns and shady woodland break through the field and meadow landscape, through which you cycle. After 25 kilometers you finally reach the city of Enns. Here the Enns cycle path ends. If you feel like it, it is worthwhile to continue for a while: After you have crossed the city, you will reach the Danube. On its shore, you drive to the mouth of the Enn, where you can say goodbye to the river that you have accompanied over 260 kilometers.If you suddenly feel a yearning or even more thirst for adventure, you can take the bicycle ferry to the other side of the Danube and continue on the Danube cycle path. Otherwise, you cycle back to Enns, where you can start the journey home from the station.