Handpicked for mountain bikers – our signature trails
@ Mountain Bike Holidays | David Karg
Have you planned your summer yet? Maybe a beach holiday in Thailand or perhaps a cultural trip to Portugal? We're concerned that you, unfortunately, might not make it further than the Alps this year. So, we’ve put together an ultimate plan for a fulfilled summer biking. Here are 28 hand-picked signature trails, stretching from Italy to Slovenia via Austria, waiting for you and your mountain bike.
From flowing beginner trails for the whole family to technical full-throttle tracks that were part of the Enduro World Series (EWS), you can look forward to a colourful variety that will make you pine after the mountains. You'll find well-known trail legends, crisp Wadenbeißer routes in the Dolomites, the longest flow trail in the Alps (11 km/6.8 miles!) and hidden MTB jewels in unusual places.
For all trails, we recommend a fully-functional mountain bike and protective equipment (helmet, knee pads, back protector/backpack, elbow pads). Whether you want to ride the trails with a hardtail or fully is up to you. For the more difficult trails, however, we recommend a bike with more suspension. You can also rent a good mountain bike to match the local terrain when you are there.
Most trails can be easily reached by train or car and there is plenty of accommodation. However, you should book in advance, especially during the popular holiday periods in Germany, Austria and Italy. We wish you lots of fun discovering!
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The Isskogel trails in the Zillertal are five combinable singletrails of all difficulty levels. While Iss Flow is the same thing, Iss Natural, Tough and Vertical roots have jumps and drops in the program. In the case of the vertical, you can also look forward to hair-raising steep runs. Such a wide selection justifies the driveway with the gondola. After all, you want to try it all out!In this tour, we have created the entry-level or warm-up combination: Iss Flow and then Iss Shore, which offers simple Northshore elements. On the singletrack scale this trail reaches S1-S2.After Gerlos in the Zillertal you either travel by car on the Inntalautobahn or you take a long-distance train to Jenbach and change there to the Zillertalbahn or city buses.Here's a little taste:
With the Velill Trail in the Mountain Bike Arena Ischgl-Paznaun a real treat awaits you. On nine kilometers of pure downhill fun awaits everything from flowigen residents over steep switchbacks to blocked rock passage on you and your bike. On the singletrack scale this trail is classified as S3.If you want, you can tackle the approximately 1,500 vertical meters Uphill without a gondola. Scenic worth it in any case: For the dramatic, high-alpine panorama you will probably not have much time in downhills. However, you can even drive the trail with lift support twice - also a tantalizing view!Ischgl is best reached by car via Innsbruck or Fernpass. Alternatively, you can also take the train to Landeck and from there take the bus 260 to Paznauntal.Here's a little taste:
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If there was an award for the trail with the best views, the Carezza Trail would be guaranteed to be one of the top favorites. With his view of the world-famous rose garden massif, he alone is worth a drive. In addition, however, to our delight a fantastic, not too heavy singletrack, which brings a lot of driving pleasure.This tour includes the quite crisp driveway at the beginning of the Carezza Trail. However, 1500 meters in altitude are not for everyone and, fortunately, can be significantly defused by the gondola to the Frommer Alm. After that you can expect flowiges up and down, which can be classified on the singletrack scale between S1 and S2.The easiest way to reach the Eggental is by car via the Brenner motorway. You can also take the train to Bolzano and take a bus from there.Here's a little taste:
This Signature Trail is a combination of three trails that together make for the perfect single trail descent. At the beginning, it's off to a relaxed start with the Bartiges Bödele Trail, which flows peacefully through the countryside.On the Rettenbachtrail a bit more attention is required, which is good - because on the Leiterbergtrail you need your full concentration, especially when it is wet. Here it is steep, narrow, wurzlig and rocky, resulting in sunshine a crisp S2, but in wet conditions rather S3 with S4 passages on the singletrack scale. A rest on the Leiterbergalm to strengthen for the last section is certainly not a mistake. Of this trail, you will in the evening in the hotel or on the way home safely rave about!After Sölden you either travel by car via the Fernpass or Innsbruck, or you can take the train to Ötztal station, from where you can take the bus to Sölden.Here's a little taste:
The Sun Trail is a popular flowtrail for beginners and advanced skiers in the Kitzbühel Alps. Flow alternates with a few small technical root passages, but gives the trail a total of one S1 on the single track scale - so not too difficult.You can either extend the trail for a short pleasure trip by conquering the 530 vertical meters, or you can take the mountain railway, which gives you pure downhill fun. If you start up yourself, the Berggasthof Nieding is a great pit stop, from which you can enjoy the panorama.After Kitzbühl you come from Munich and Innsbruck on the Inntalautobahn. By train, the journey is also very pleasant: Brixen im Thale has a regional train station, which is well connected to the larger stations in Wörgl or Kirchberg. There operate long-distance trains.A little taste of the Sun Trail can be found here:
The Cir Trail in Val Gardena is a wonderfully steep flow trail with several lines. The few vertical meters to the trail entrance you can pedal either relaxed and while you look at the trail before, or you take the cable car, which brings you directly to the summit.Downstream are flowy riparians and a few small jumps, but nothing overly demanding. A few Northshore elements for playing, the shaper have donated the trail. The trail is on the singletrack scale a S1.You can either get to Val Gardena by car via the Brenner motorway - or by train, which is a really good alternative when traveling to Val Gardena. You can reach Bressanone from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland by long-distance trains. From there, there is a super-developed regional train network and buses that take you comfortably everywhere.
The Kaiserjägertrail in Lagorai / Trentino is a classic for all cross-country mountain bikers. This tour is definitely not just about the descent, but also about the crisp climb - and the spectacular views that reward you time and again with your efforts.The Kaiserjägertrail is actually technically a S1 with S2 passages on the singletrack scale. However, the trail is clearly more demanding due to its exposed hillside location. You need your full concentration and should be free from giddiness. Please take enough to drink and snacks for the climb too - 1,300 vertical meters are not enough.To Trentino you travel most relaxed by car on the Brenner motorway or the train. The two main towns Trento and Rovereto are connected to the railway network. On-site there is a distinctive bus network and regional trains, which are designed to transport many bicycles.
The Mex Line 1 is a family-friendly flow trail in Nassfeld. It is aimed at beginners as well as experienced bikers who are looking for a round of "head out, flow on." At Mex Line, there are no technical refinements or jumps waiting for you to surf down to the valley on your bike just enjoying the turns and the wind, the Millennium Express will bring you back up for another lap, and then another, and another.The best way to reach the Trail World of Mountains in Nassfeld is by car via the Tauern motorway. You can also take the train to Villach and change there to the S-Bahn and the regional bus.Here's a little taste:
The Dolomites are already worth one or more trips, but with the Trail N ° 15 they are a must for every mountain biker. On seven and a half kilometers, the trail meanders along a ridge, sometimes it plunges with you into the valley. It is always flowig on the typical alpine scree, which you may already know from Lake Garda. The Trail N ° 15 is classified as S2 on the singletrack scale.The best way to reach Alta Badia is by car via the Brenner motorway or by train to Bruneck railway station. From there it is still 37 kilometers by bus.
The Weißenseetrail is a relatively short, but all the more beautiful nature trail, can be combined with the driveway to Naggler Alm for a pretty half-day tour. It is ideal for beginners who also want to try something other than pure flowtrails (although the trail has more than enough!). And 3.3 kilometers in length is perhaps enough for a start.On the singletrack scale the trail reaches a relaxed S1. Who wants to save the uphill, can also take the mountain railway, which brings you directly to the trail entrance - so is definitely a second round in it!You can reach the Weißensee by train via the Greifenburg train station and continue from there by bus. Alternatively, you can also travel by car via the Tauern motorway.A little taste of the Weißenseetrail can be found here:
The Blindseetrail is a piece of Lake Garda in the Northern Alps. It is certainly one of the most beautiful runs of the entire Tyrolean Zugspitzarena. After a small climb, it's only over boulders and downhill along the slope, then later over root fields and in a steady ups and downs on Blindsee along. After a short carrying passage, you then roll relaxed through the magical nature back to Lermoos.With a ranking of S2-S3 on the singletrack scale you should bring solid driving technique and a mountain bike with enough travel. Also a good idea: swimwear! After the Trailgeballer you have earned a cool off in the lake.You can either travel to Lermoos by car via Garmisch or Reutte, or you can take the train to Lermoos. From there it is only a few meters to the Grubigsteinbahn.Here's a little taste:
The Herrnsteig Trail earned the title Signature Trail for historical reasons alone. It is the oldest built freeride trail in the Alps - and has it all in itself. Over 1,300 meters of depth are waiting to get you into the mountain bike heaven. In addition, the trail also has several variants that make the multiple driveway with the gondola even more worthwhile.The main trail is rated S2 on the singletrack scale. The variants can sometimes be harder. When wet, the Herrnsteig is definitely an S3.The best way to get to San Vigilio is by car via the Brenner motorway or by train via Bologna, Verona or Venice, and then on to regional transport.Here's a little taste:
Dear Trailsüchtige, strapped on, because this tour has it all: You do not have to pedal the 2,100 vertical meters completely (a gondola ride with Europe's steepest funicular takes you about 800 of them), but the remaining 1,300 - and especially the 1,800 Depth meters challenging terrain - will demand a lot from you. Not that this would be a bad thing: the Monte Roen circuit is classic mountain biking in its purest form, including sweaty driveway.But the downhill is a joy: Technically, flowig, playful, hair-raising: You will experience everything on the Monte Roen Trail, what the Trail arsenal so hergibt. At the end, most bikers are enthusiastic about their faces - and hopefully they will! On the singletrack scale, the different sections get values between S2 and S3.After Tramin you either travel by car on the Brenner motorway, or you take a train to Bolzano and continue from there by bus.Here's a little taste:
The Frommestrail, with its starting point at 2,500 meters above sea level, is one of those dream trails that offer endless views of the surrounding Alpine landscape, flowingly and relaxed along mountain ridges and fully develop their technical potential only after an extended break - in phase Tree line falls below. On 10 kilometers downhill you can either really crack it or take it easy with (photo) breaks.On the singletrack scale, the Frommestrail is between S1 and S3. A good driving technique and a technically perfect mountain bike are therefore a prerequisite. But the trail offers about everything that makes the Alps: flow, residents, switchbacks, roots, boulders and steep passages. If you do not come down with a big grin down here, you probably just had bad luck with the weather.The best way to reach Fiss is by car. The train will take you to Landeck, from where you can take a regular bus or taxi to Fiss.Here's a little taste:
The Plamort Trail is a historic trail that passes by old bunkers and tank barriers from the First World War. Here, the state border between Italy and Austria runs - no wonder that it used to be different here in the past.We have planned this tour to the Plamort Trail Tour from Nauders, from where you can take Bergkastelseilbahn and then continue on the flowigen Almtrail to the actual trail entry. The Plamort Trail itself is quite a technical corner and full of roots, boulders and small steps. The S2 on the singletrack scale is earned. Nevertheless, the trail is always surprising flowig - a treat for experienced bikers and a super first challenge for beginners!Attention: The trail does not end in Nauders, but in Reschen, from where you can comfortably drive back on the road.After Nauders you travel best by car over the Fernpass or Innsbruck. You can get to Landeck-Zams by train, from there you can take the post bus or a taxi.Here's a little taste:
The Matzalm Trail is something for nature lovers - also in the trail technical sense. The trail unfolds its beauty at first not by immaculate residents and even ground, but just by the opposite. Root beds, stone steps, moss and steep, earthy slopes prepare technically versed mountain bikers a varied descent.In the second part, it is a bit more relaxed and you can take your index finger back a little bit of the brake. On the singletrack scale the Matzalm Trail is indicated with S2. When wet, the trail is slippery and demanding.After Saalfelden-Leogang you can travel directly by train. Both Saalfelden and Leogang have stations where long-distance trains stop. Alternatively, you can travel by car toll-free via Germany.Here's a little taste:
The Hacklbergtrail is one of the classics among MTB trails in the Alps. Flowig and with fantastic views, the first section up to the Hacklbergalm runs through the high alpine landscape of the Schattberg and makes both beginners and experienced mountain bikers beat their hearts beat faster.The second section is technically a bit more demanding, but still very flowig. There are a few roots and smaller steps, but nothing really wild. On the single trail scale the Hacklbergtrail reaches an S1. Incidentally, in our tour you will find a great extension of the singletrack pleasure over the Buchegg Trail. So you come in a downhill on eleven kilometers downhill.After Saalbach-Hinterglemm you come by car toll-free from Germany. Alternatively you can take the train to Zell am See and from there take the bus to Saalbach.Here's a little taste:
These two trails are for nature lovers. You reach the entry into the Rossalm hut trail either by gondola, or you follow our tour and enjoy the beautiful nature at startup. Thus, the trail round extends to a pleasant day trip (with breaks on the many beautiful huts).After the first driveway you have the majority of the altitude difference for you today. Now you may first turn to the trails: While it is on the Rossalmhüttentrail something moderate, the old alpine trail with technical passages, roots and steep sections is a solid S2 on the single trail scale. How good that in between you can recharge your batteries at the Wegerhütte and enjoy the panorama. The way back you deny on forest roads at a moderate slope.After Feld am See you either travel by car via the Tauern motorway or comfortably by train to Villach or Spittal. From there a bus runs.Here's a little taste:
The Petzen Flow Country Trail at Lake Klopeiner See is a family-friendly, wonderfully shaped roller coaster, which will entice both beginners and experienced bikers to rejoice. It is with 12 kilometers (!!) the longest flow trail of the Alps - over half an hour flying downhill is so hot!With a rating of S0 + to S1 + on the single trail scale, there are few technical challenges awaiting you on this trail. You can file your curve technique calmly and enjoy the wind.You reach the lake Klopeiner both by car and by train without problems. From the train station there is even a bus shuttle that will take you directly to your accommodation.Here's a little taste:
The Petzen Thriller is such a tough downhill announcement that the professionals in the Enduro World Series have already measured it. Flow experienced here only experienced mountain bikers. If you are one of them, you will have difficulty removing the grin from your face.The trail is rated S3 on the singletrack scale, due in part to the rocky terrain and the ever-recurring steep passages that require not only good technique but also nerves like wire ropes. We recommend the full protector program!You reach the lake Klopeiner both by car and by train without problems. From the train station there is even a bus shuttle that will take you directly to your accommodation.Here's a little taste:
The Trailpark Jamnica is not a classic-style signature trail, but a whole network of trails worthy of the title. We fell in love with the Slovenian Alps and do not want to deprive you of this gem on the Austrian border. The operators of the Ecohotels Koros have done a great job here and offer enduro and cross-country bikers not only a lot of downhill fun, but by fantastic uphill singletrack also a highly welcome change to the eternal forest roads in the Alps.We have put together a round trip here, which will bring you closer to the surroundings of the park. Do not worry, you will definitely get your money's worth on the trail - the levels of difficulty range from S1 to S3 on the singletrack scale (you can find easier alternatives for the S3 tracks with a look at the map).After Jamnica, the best way to get there is by car via Graz or Klagenfurt. Unfortunately there is no good train connection.Here's a little taste:
This tour combines two jewels on the Austrian-Slovenian border. On the one hand you will find the Bikepark Petzen, which fans of the Enduro World Series know from numerous races. On the other hand, we take you on our tour across the border to Slovenia to the absolutely brilliant Jamnica bike park, which is run by two very committed mountain bikers as a family business.In addition to sophisticated downhill trails, you will find something here that is a real rarity in the Alps: enduro uphill trails. In addition, there is an idyllic landscape that is still untouched by bike tourism and is literally begging to be discovered by you.In combination, this creates a great day tour for physically fit riders or e-bikers who sometimes feel like doing something different.
The Tremalzo circuit is considered one of THE classic tours among cross-country bikers. It combines everything you could want from a bike holiday on Lake Garda: violent climbs, rocky descents, Italian mountain air and of course the glittering Lake Garda, which tempts you to cool off after a hard day in the saddle.The key figures of this tour are huge. Only the toughest bikers ride almost 2500 meters in altitude and 75 kilometers at a stretch. If you are one of them, you probably know that these distances can only be covered with a light hardtail or an e-bike.Everyone else can either split the tour over several days or save a large part of the uphill by booking a shuttle.Please watch out for other trail users, especially at the beginning and end of the tour. The Ponale is a shared trail and is also very popular with hikers outside the morning hours.Here you get a little foretaste:
The Giglach axis tour is a challenge for mountain bikers who are in good physical condition and whose focus is not on single trails. You have almost 1,500 meters of altitude ahead of you, but every single one is worth it: the Giglach lakes offer a fantastic view. In addition, this part of the Alps quickly creates the feeling of being alone with nature - and isn't that exactly what we're looking for when biking?It starts in Schladming, where you first follow a flat asphalt road into the mountains. After about 15 kilometers, the subsoil changes to gravel and the slope becomes more noticeable. This culminates in very steep switchbacks, from which you can first relax on the beautifully situated Ursprungungalm before continuing even steeper on a single trail to the Giglach lakes.Then the exertions are behind you and you can enjoy the sight of the mountain lakes. Your path now leads you on narrow paths around the two lakes. Before going down the same path again, it is worth taking another break at the Giglachseehütte.