In Paznaun, a valley in Tyrol in Austria, magnificent mountain scenery and endless trails await. Under the motto “100% carefree”, the region is inviting you to spend an unforgettable biking holiday in the mountains during these challenging times. Paznaun has endless biking possibilities and awesome trails that make for a great adventure.
With 468 miles (754 km) of trails to choose from, the area belongs to one of the top biking spots in the Alps. You can explore the Silvretta Bike Arena as well as mountain resorts of Ischgl, Galtür, and Kappl. There are 28 routes and seven trails geared towards enduro bikers and e-mountain bikers. The cable cars in Ischgl also run during the summer so you can head up by bike and ride down. If you stay overnight in the region, then you can ride the lifts with your bike free-of-charge with the all-inclusive Silvretta Card. One thing is sure – Paznaun’s network of trails offers something for every mountain biker.
In this Collection, we introduce you to 14 of the region’s routes and trails. You can really let rip on the Paznaun Challenge or take it easy on the Culinary Way of St. James. For foodies, there are five routes which take you to some special culinary highlights where you can try regional specialities. We’ve also included a few insider tips for you too. With these Tours you can enjoy your time in the Alps, 100% carefree.
This glorious freeride tour follows in the footsteps of the ancient smugglers. Why they used this trail in the past, you'll quickly notice it on the go: Except for a few cows, you'll hardly meet anyone here. But always in order. Because before the trail fun begins, you can first sit back and let you from Ischgl from the Silvrettaseilbahn and the Flimjochbahn relaxed to start the tour. Once at the top you enjoy the amazing view, put on the helmet and off you go!Always running along the border, meanders the compact gravel road along the mountain ridge. It requires a lot of fitness - the climbs are sometimes so steep that you have to push the bike a bit. After you have passed the valley station of the Greitspitzbahn, a trail of the extra class for an incredible sense of freedom. At over 2,700 meters, it's always up to the Salaaser head along the ridge. From now on, the downhill part starts.Then a cozy forest road takes you to the mountain station Alp Trider Sattel. Now the Flow Trail provides a lot of downhill fun and leads you to the Alp Trida. Here you can let the Flimsattelbahn take you back to the starting point of the trail. Once at the top there is an almost endless descent back to Ischgl waiting for you.Tip: If you still want to ride a trail, you can extend the tour by the "Duty Free Ride Laret-Samnaun", which starts at the Alp Trida and leads you down to Laret. From there the Twinliner cable car takes you up to the Alp Trider Sattel.
In the front Paznaun valley lies the cozy community of Kappl, which is nestled between alpine pastures, the Alps and the mighty mountains of the Verwall and Samnaun groups and is a nice starting point for this tour. With the help of the slide gondola, you check out the trails northeast of Ischgl today and we can already promise you one thing: 100 percent mountain bike fun awaits you here!The main character of this tour is the brand new slide trail, which was only opened in summer 2018. Its start is in the Sunny Mountain Adventure Park, which you can reach directly with the Dias cable car. So it starts at 1,812 meters. On flowing trails you drive through initially dense forest, which continues to open in the lower part until you roll across open meadows through Egg and on to the center of Kappl. The Dias Trail is truly a picture-perfect single trail, without any artificial neighbors and jumps. If you love nature trails, it is an absolute insider tip.And best of all: thanks to the mountain railway, you can ride it as often as you want or just until you can't. And it's even better because you're spoiled for choice. If you do not turn left, but right on the junction to the Dias Trail, you will get to another great trail that will quickly lead you back to Kappl via quite technical passages. In the end, however, the same question is waiting for you: do you have enough or do you take the gondola up again? Actually, the answer is clear, isn't it?
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In the summer of 2018, another highlight will be in the Paznaun region: the newly-built Flimjoch Trail will start at the Flimjochbahn mountain station at its full height of 2,757 meters, ending at the Restaurant Idalp at 2,320 meters. In between lies 2.5 kilometers and around 440 meters of the finest flow trail fun. The trail is the latest addition to the 1,000-kilometer-long MTB route network around Ischgl.You can also find all the information about the new trail at ischgl.com/en/active/biking-walking/mountainbiking/neu-2018-flimjochtrail.
The perfect tour for the enduro biker who loves Trailfun! With the cable car it goes to the Idjoch, there starts from the Velillscharte away a trail frenzy of the special kind: The Velilltrail as enjoyment departure of Trailsolutions designer and Vertrider legend Christian Piccolruaz revised and in the upper part with attachments, step-up and a Holzdrop conceived super nice to drive. Gentle, excessive curves, smaller floaters and a lot of flow make a runway to fall in love. At the upper Velillalpe you can then decide whether to circle along the much harder and steeper trail along the Velillbach or on the gravel road to the Prennerhang speedet. So the Velilltal offers something for everyone and is a legendary touring highlight of the region.
The name is program. This newly created trail on Swiss soil brings a lot of fun. The trail starts at the Alp Trida saddle. To get there, you first gondelt from Ischgl to Idjoch and then down to the Alp Trida, then to hover with the Alp Trida Sattelbahn to the start.The Swiss know how to do it and have built a great, but not too demanding trail that still brings fun after several rides. Beginners can dare the first attempts and who has his bike under control, heats up by the slightly excessive curves. This short trail can also be combined with the newly built Alp Trida Enduro Trail (see Tour No. 22), which leads from the Flimjoch down to the Alp Trida.
On this tour you will take a sweaty but promising trip from the valley floor to the high mountains and back. More than 1,200 meters of altitude await you on the long climb up to the Ascherhütte, but also an exhilarating descent back to the starting point in See, the first place in the beautiful Paznaun valley.The tour begins at the valley station of the Medrigjochbahn and runs a very short distance along the road into the valley. But soon the route bends to the left and initially runs over asphalt through the districts of Klaus and Maierhof. When you have passed the last houses, a forest road begins, which you follow on a gentle incline in a few serpentines through the forests. It is best to take it easy now, so that you do not get too much out of breath, because from now on it is uphill, sometimes a bit steeper.After a little more than eight kilometers you will reach the mountain station of the Medrigjochbahn at the Medrigalm, where you can treat yourself to a break. Along the ski slopes, you then follow a forest path, some of which is a little steeper, to the top station of the Zeinisbahn. There follows a longer flat section with a short final climb to the Ascherhütte. Here you have more than earned an extensive break! Enjoy the mighty panorama of the high alpine mountain peaks and treat yourself to a tasty refreshment on the sun terrace of the hut. Rested and with new energy you are then ready to go back to See.Tip: As part of the Culinary Way of St. James, top chef Andreas Spitzer cooks on the Ascherhütte. More information at ischgl.com/de/Events/Sommer-Highlights/Kulinarischer-Jakobsweg.
It starts in the center of Galtür and you can hardly remember that you are sitting on your bike for the next ten kilometers: uphill. 600 vertical meters are waiting to be mastered by you. This is quite demanding, but luckily the climb is moderate and absolutely feasible except for a short passage just before the mountain arrival if you take it easy. In addition, breathtaking views of the glaciated peaks of the surrounding mountains invite you to take a little break.In terms of landscape, the quiet valley is characterized by typical Tyrolean alpine pastures, so different grazing animals are your constant companions. On the way, you have the opportunity to strengthen yourself several times: Two of the alpine pastures - the Menta Alm and the Scheibenalm - are open in summer and invite you to take a relaxing break. Towards the end of the climb, it gets increasingly steeper: You shouldn't underestimate the short tour to the hut. The view above is a wonderful reward for your efforts, as is the cozy atmosphere in the hut and of course the descent that awaits you on the way back down to the valley.Tip: As part of the Culinary Way of St. James, top chef Hermann Huber cooks at the Jamtalhütte. More information at ischgl.com/de/Events/Sommer-Highlights/Kulinarischer-Jakobsweg.
The Heidelberger Hütte is the ultimate biker destination in Ischgl - hundreds of Transalp bikers cycle up from Ischgl every day in summer to reach the Engadine via the Fimber Pass. If you only trust your own muscle power, take the steep asphalt ramp along the Fimbabach, everyone else takes the cable car to the middle station. That really makes sense, because from here the driveway becomes much flatter, before that it's gruelingly steep. It is always easy to ride on asphalt to Bodenalpe - the first refreshment stop - and on gravel to the Heidelberger Hütte (which is already on Swiss soil), always with the fantastic sight of the mighty Fluchthorn in front of you. After the snack you roll back to Ischgl on gravel and asphalt.Tip: As part of the Culinary Way of St. James, top chef Gunther Döberl cooks at the Heidelberger Hütte. More information at ischgl.com/de/Events/Sommer-Highlights/Kulinarischer-Jakobsweg.
The Friedrichshafener Hütte is a well-kept mountain inn built of natural stone, about 700 meters above Mathon with a beautiful panoramic terrace. The views from here into the Silvretta Group to the south are impressive, but even during the ascent the summit views motivate you to continue pedaling. Anyone who has cranked up the long gravel road peppered with many serpentines knows what he has done and can look forward to the fantastic view while enjoying a hearty snack. For the descent you have the choice depending on your skill level: Less experienced driving technicians simply take the gravel road back, all trail fans claim their suspension in the upper, sometimes very rough section and train their balance on the narrow forest and meadow trail, the direction below Mathon leads.Tip: As part of the Culinary Way of St. James, top chef Benjamin Parth cooks at the Friedrichshafener Hütte. More information at ischgl.com/de/Events/Sommer-Highlights/Kulinarischer-Jakobsweg.
On this short round you get a great impression of the diverse possibilities that Kappl and the surrounding area offer. No matter whether on the e-bike or with conventional drive by calf - there are great trails, cozy alpine huts and breathtaking views!You start below in Kappl and first follow a quiet side street. Shortly before Oberhaus you turn onto a forest path, which now slowly takes you uphill over several serpentines. When you pass the Bergli-Alpe, the trees are slowly becoming fewer and the breathtaking view of the valley and the surrounding mountain peaks opens up in front of you - a little foretaste of what's to come.The highlight in the truest sense of the word is the Dias Alpe at almost 1,900 meters. Here you can take a little break and strengthen yourself. If you still have time and desire, there are many opportunities up here to extend the tour a bit. For example, you can make a detour to the Sesslad Alpe. A visit to the Sunny Mountain Adventure Park is also worthwhile, especially if you are traveling with children. The way back is a highlight in any case. You come back to Kappl via a beautiful forest path - alternatively you can take the action-packed slide trail. It starts at the top of the adventure park and also ends at the bottom in Kappl.Tip: As part of the Culinary Way of St. James, top chef Martin Sieberer cooks in the Almstüberl. More information at ischgl.com/de/Events/Sommer-Highlights/Kulinarischer-Jakobsweg.
This short round is for real connoisseurs. Because you can cover most of the vertical meters comfortably right from the start with the Medrigjochbahn. After that, it is mostly downhill and you can discover the varied mountain world without exhausting yourself.So once you have reached your "travel height" by mountain railway, you will surely want to enjoy the magnificent view from the Medrigalm. Maybe you take a seat on the sun terrace of the snack station and treat yourself to a coffee with the best panoramic view?Then it goes gently downhill with a great view before the long climb to the Gamperthunalpe begins - here an e-bike can really flex its muscles. Once at the top at 2,070 meters, you can enjoy a fantastic view and have earned a hearty snack.Are you ready for the long descent? Then you can start: From the Gamperthunalpe it is almost all downhill - pretty relaxed after the demanding ascent. Once at the bottom, cross the road briefly to follow the varied valley path back to See on the other side of the valley.
“Explore and discover” is the motto of this tour and the name says it all: this tour is perfect for discovering the wonderful landscape in Paznaun from Ischgl. The impressive mountain panorama is always present between Silvretta and the Verwall Group, but you never have to worry that you will get lost or that you will run out of strength far away from civilization. You always follow the course of the Trisanna and can shorten the tour at any time by simply rolling down into the valley and starting on the way back.The turning point of the round is the picturesque Kops reservoir. But on the way there you will be captivated by the breathtaking landscape. You ride on a panoramic bike trail that partly follows the course of the Bike Trail Tirol from Ischgl to St. Anton. Splashing mountain streams, wonderful views and cozy places to stop for refreshments always provide good reasons for a short break. At the latest at Lake Zeinissee you deserve it. Bring a delicious picnic and make yourself comfortable on the lakeshore!At the Kops reservoir, immense deep views await you at the dam, followed by a wonderful path that leads around the lake. This unique landscape always creates astonished faces - you will be impressed by the beautiful scenery and make your way back to Ischgl from here with unforgettable memories. This is how a bike holiday in Tyrol can begin!