The first stage starts quite flat, preparing you for the following two days. As you would expect for a trip to the mountains, these stages have more elevation gain, especially the final stage. Because of this, bear in mind that the section between Kernhof and Mariazell may not be suitable for families with small children.
However, this route allows for many variations, useful if you are travelling with your kids in tow. For example, you can simply skip the section between Kernhof and Mariazell, finishing in the Camel Theatre just behind Kernhof instead. The Camel Theatre is a worthy destination and will most likely keep the little ones better entertained than the Mariazell Basilica.
You can cycle the three stages in the opposite direction downriver, which halves the ascents and allows you to take it easy. However, the section between Mariazell and Kernhof is still not very suitable for a family outing, unfortunately.
For the average cyclist, however, the Traisental cycle path should not present any problems, despite its somewhat more demanding elevation profile. Often you won't even notice the ascents thanks to the good condition of the path. The route is paved the whole way so you can bring your touring or racing bike along for the ride – just be aware of other cyclists and cycle at a safe pace. If you’re low on power, you’ll find plenty of opportunities along the way to replenish your energy reserves and try one or two (or more) local delicacies.
If you are used to long days on the bike and want to push yourself, you can combine the route into two stages or take a detour from the open countryside to Türnitz. Here, the cycle path runs along a former railway line, passing through several tunnels, so it’s also a nice choice for a small round with the family. For the two-day variant, an overnight stay in Hohenberg is a good option. Those who want to make the detour to Türnitz will find plenty of accommodation there, too.
Overall, all sections of the trail are well served by public transport. Traismauer, St. Pölten and Lilienfeld are all connected to the ÖBB railway network. Between Kernhof and St. Pölten, the bike hitchhiker bus runs once a day and you can take the Mariazellerbahn from Mariazell to St. Pölten. You are free to choose how you travel to and from your adventure as both the start and endpoint are well-connected. You could even extend your ride and cycle back to the Danube via the Ötscherland Cycle Route or the Ybbs Valley Cycle Route. (komoot.de/collection/913456)
It starts at the Traismauer naval harbor, directly on the Danube. If you arrive by train, you start a little further south at the Traismauer Bahnhof just a few 100 meters east of the Traisen. If you are arriving by car or camper, you can either park directly at one of the Park & Ride parking lots in Traismauer (at the train station or at the post office) or alternatively at the Traismauer-Nord motorway junction.
The beginning of the tour is predominantly dominated by the rolling hills of the Traisental wine region. The ascent of the route can hardly be made out until you reach the foothills of the Mostviertel Alps at the end of the day. Therefore, this section of the cycle path is also a good tip for families with children. Today should also leave enough time in time to benefit from the sights and leisure opportunities along the way. So why not dip your feet in the water right at the start? For example in the Traismauer natural swimming lakes. If this refreshment is just a little too early for you and you prefer to sweat a little before you dip your body in the cold water - no problem: it is only 20 kilometers to the next swimming lakes near St. Pölten. This time they even invite you to take a generous break thanks to their great all-round offer.
Or would you prefer to enjoy a fresh, home-brewed beer in the Flieger-Bräu? - In St. Pölten you have the choice. Today's destination is the town of Traisen. You can find accommodation here either at the local campsite (there are also small huts for rent) or at the Linko inn, which also produces its own regional beer. In my opinion, the perfect way to round off a nice cycling day.
The second day takes you deeper into the region of the Mostviertel Alps, the mountain slopes to your side are becoming increasingly steep and the forest is becoming increasingly dense. After a few kilometers you will reach Lilienfeld, where the first opportunity to rest is waiting for you in Moti's beach bar, the Salettl Lilienfeld. It is worth stopping, because part of the bar practically floats on the Traisen, which in itself is a little special. You can also enjoy an excellent view of the Lilienfeld Abbey from the terrace. For a photo of the pen, I recommend you go to the bridge in front.The further the Traisen winds in the Alps, the more noticeable is the height profile. But apart from a few short climbs here and there, there is hardly anything to be noticed from the mountains. The further route takes you along the disused railway line from Schrambach to St. Aegyd am Neuwalde. Accordingly, there is a museum for field and industrial railways in the open air, which is particularly worth a small visit with children who are enthusiastic about railways. There the Traisen then divides into its two source rivers: While the Rechtstraisen makes the detour to Türnitz, we follow the Unrechttraisen to St. Aegyd. Just ten kilometers before today's goal, you can make a short stop at the two veils. You can easily reach the lower one from the street, but the upper one can only be reached on foot, which is why you should park your bike somewhere safe. Arrived in St. Aegyd you can visit Anna Mahonie's sweet shop. You can celebrate your arrival with a cup of coffee or a sweet specialty in the pretty, old station building that has been converted into a café. The café is also a good choice for breakfast the next morning.You will find a handful of guest houses and inns in the center of St. Aegyd for overnight stays. There is sure to be something that meets your expectations.
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As already mentioned, the most demanding section of the entire cycle path begins in Kernhof. It is an approximately four kilometer long climb up to the so-called Gscheid, just before the border to Styria. The route is quite steep and winding here. That's why many cyclists get off and push. For families with small children, it is therefore only recommended to cycle to Kernhof. - A visit to the local camel theater (including the "white zoo") rounds off the bike tour at this point and is definitely THE highlight for all young cyclists. The Radtramper bus drives from Kernhof back to St. Pölten in the afternoon.Once the climb up to the Gscheid has been made, it goes gently downhill to Hubertussee. On the way it is worth taking a short break with the Wuchtlwirtin, where you can replenish your strength reserves with a regional specialty. At Hubertussee, too, it pays to do a little extra round. Apart from the mountain panorama, which benefits from a small change of perspective with every meter around the lake, monuments erected on the riverside path remind of the history of the lake. Shortly before Mariazell there is still a small climb to do on the so-called Kreuzberg, then you have made it. You can already see the famous Basilica of the Nativity behind the hilltop. If you like, you can now officially call yourself a bicycle pilgrim. It is worth staying a little longer in Mariazell to explore the idyllic town in all its facets. It also has a lot to offer in culinary terms. There is also no shortage of accommodation options.The Mariazellerbahn takes you back to Traismauer. This runs several times a day to St. Pölten. There you change to an ÖBB train and you're back at the starting point.