Combine a wonderful bike trip with ancient history as you follow traces of the Roman past along the German-Austrian border. The Roman Cycle Path (Römerradweg) combines impressive nature with historical sites dating back to the Roman Empire across seven varied stages.
An adventure along the Roman Cycle Path is great for all cycling enthusiasts. History lovers and families will especially enjoy discovering Roman history en route. Resting spots along the way have information boards that reveal the everyday life of the Romans. You can also visit museums and excavation sites. The route is easy to follow – simply look for the legionary’s helmet on signposts.
You’ll enjoy this route even if you’re not so interested in Roman history. You can expect to see mirages of magnificent castles, dreamy shorelines, shady green woodland and the early morning mist rising above the Attersee Lake. The landscapes here would inspire any impressionist painter.
Your adventure begins in Passau in the Bavarian Forest. From here the path follows the Inn River to Upper Austria and sweeps over the Attersee in the Salzkammergut to the Traun. Follow the water back to the Danube and Enns, the oldest town in Austria. From here, you can either cycle along the Danube back to Passau or take public transport to your starting point.
This Collection guides you along the 261-km (162-miles) long Roman Cycle Path in seven stages. Each ride ends in a town with everything you need to rest your tired legs including accommodation and restaurants. However, it’s a good idea to book your accommodation in advance. You’ll also find plenty of places to stop for refreshments en route.
You will mostly ride along cycle paths and smaller roads that are usually tarmacked and flat. However, there will be some gravel in places. You’ll also have three climbs around Kobernaußerwald and Attersee. You’ll climb a total of 470 metres (1,541 feet) on the hilliest day, reaching over 700 metres (2,296 feet). However, the view from the mountain and a stop for refreshments makes it more than worth it.
The tour starts in Passau at the main train station and is therefore easily accessible by public transport. Before we turn onto the Roman Cycle Path, we make a short detour to the so-called top of the town, which owes the epithet to the three-river city of Passau. This is also where the Passau Planet Path begins, which explains the spacing of the planets in the solar system in a vivid way. A good start to the Roman cycle path: after all, most of our planets are named after Roman gods.Along the waterfront you follow the Inn through our solar system. Please note that cycling on parts of the promenade is prohibited, so please push your bike here. Otherwise you would travel through the solar system at lightning speed and would have to deal with Einstein's theory of relativity or, in this case, the regulatory office.If you want, you can make another small detour to the Roman museum Kastell Boiotro on the other side of the inn. In this case, you follow the tour, otherwise you can simply stay on the planet path until the tour meets him again a short time later. Now you are officially on the Roman Cycle Path: biking is of course allowed from here.At Neuburg am Inn you can decide again whether you want to take a little trip up to the castle. The climb is neat but short-lived. If it is too steep for you, you can simply push your bike. Back in the valley you leave the Roman bike path for the next 15 kilometers and follow the Inn on the Austrian bank. This is more scenic and also offers a better view of the castles and monasteries on the German side.A beautiful swimming lake awaits you at the finish in Pocking. As an alternative to the hotel shower, you can wash away the sweat of the day here. If you prefer to keep it neat like the Romans, you can alternatively cycle six kilometers further to Bad Füssing, the thermal center of Upper Austria.
The second stage leads from Pöcking via Bad Füssen and Aigen am Inn to Altheim in Austria. Similar to the day before, there are no climbs on today's route that would be relevant in any way. You will have a leisurely bike ride ahead, which is no reason to rush.In Aigen am Inn you have the first opportunity to benefit from this immense abundance of time in the back: The local restaurants do not skimp on good cuisine - reason enough to take a long break here after almost half of the day. There are also a few historical buildings to admire afterwards.Alternatively, you can consider whether you don't want to translate to Austria at Egglfing am Inn. You will miss the historic center of Aigen am Inn, but the Inn Cycle Path on the Austrian side is a nice alternative to the Roman Cycle Path, which does not run along the river here. This alternative route also leads through the Innauen, a landscape conservation area that is home to over 300 different bird species.If you choose this variant, it is still worth taking the short detour to Burgschänke Frauenstein. After your foray through the bird paradise you are definitely hungry and above all thirsty. The in-house beer garden quickly remedies this matter and is also an absolute highlight due to its idyllic location. Here you can end the day comfortably, because less than ten kilometers later you have already reached Altheim, today's destination.
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We start the day with a little history and visit the Roman Museum Ochzethaus an Altheim. If you are not in the mood for Roman culture and would rather jump on the saddle, you can just stop at the museum for a pit stop. A small, freely accessible workshop along the Roman Cycle Path invites you to tighten a few screws.The day takes you today from Altheim via Wildenau through some forest in the Kobernaußerwald to Waldzell. With the adjoining Hausruckwald, the Kobernaußerwald forms one of the largest contiguous forest areas in Central Europe. Today, however, we only touch it. Only tomorrow will the deeper into the forest.Before the cozy, first part of the day ends and the route profile becomes increasingly demanding, you can treat yourself to an extensive rest at the Wildenau swimming lake. During the following, second part of the day, we screw ourselves up to almost 600 meters, in places it gets really steep. How good that at the highest point there is a small chapel with a resting place and a spring waiting for you, the water gushing fresh from the mountain.It is now not far to the daily goal in Waldzell. Less than four kilometers are still in your way, and it is still going downhill. Nothing stands in the way of a cozy end to the day.
From Waldzell now goes a little deeper along the Ache into the Kobernaußerwald to Frankenmark. Today is certainly the most demanding of this collection. In the first six and a half kilometers, there is already a climb of 200 meters. After that, the height profile remains rather jagged, but the roughest is done.As a reward, the day also has a small specialty as its goal: a visit to Lake Attersee. Lake Attersee is a bit awkward on a foothill of the Roman Cycle Path and you have to cycle part of the way back, but it would be a shame if you missed it, since the detour is comparatively small.Today the path leads roughly 15 kilometers through dense forest, a remote area without much traffic. Sometimes it happens that large trucks drive along the Roman Cycle Path on their way to the Salzkammergut. The road through the forest is unfortunately not exactly wide. Therefore, pay special attention to traffic during the climb.From Frankenmark we leave the forest behind. There are now several options on the Roman Cycle Path: First, it turns west towards Vöcklamarkt and from there it continues to Vöcklabruck. On the other hand, it leads (as a Roman path) south to Lake Attersee. We also follow this route. There it meets the Salzkammergutweg and then leads back to the Römerradweg via the Salzkammergutweg-Römerweg connecting path.In Attersee am Attersee we put an end to today and enjoy the evening on the lake shore. We'll save the route back to the Roman Cycle Path for tomorrow.
The route from Attersee back to the Römerradweg leads you for a few kilometers along the path you already drove yesterday. Shortly after the Mostschenke Palmsdorf you turn right for a small round around the Buchberg. Here you can expect a short climb to 640 meters in altitude, but you can also look forward to the rest of the day, which the route leads you continuously downhill.On your long descent, you first touch the Vöckla, which then flows into the Ager. Shortly before you meet in Untergallaberg again on the Roman bike path. You foil the Ager, which, like you, comes from the Attersee and later flows into the Traun. Your target for the day, Lambach, is also there, in the estuary.With 45 kilometers, today's stage is the longest in this collection, but thanks to the very pleasant elevation profile, these will fly by and you will find enough time to enjoy the lake and river landscapes of the Vöckla-Agertal on the southern edge of the Hausruckviertel.As a small alternative route, I can offer you to branch off from the Roman cycle path at Attnang-Puchheim and cross it west into the Trauntal valley. There you can visit the beautiful wedding accident north of the village of Viecht. There is also the Traunradweg which leads you northwards back to the Römerradweg and to Lambach.
You are now in the Trauntal, which you will follow towards Danube throughout the day. The Roman bike path leads through shady tree-lined avenues along the Traun and touches the Fischlhamerau nature reserve south of Gunskirchen. Before Wels we leave the Roman Cycle Path for an imaginative journey through the magic forest, before we turn back onto it shortly afterwards and pass the city on its southern edge.Your goal is at the beach area on the Oedtersee just before Traun. Here you can refresh yourself after today's tour and then end the day comfortably before refueling energy for the final stage in Traun.The route profile is just as comfortable today as it was the day before. So you can take your time, for example, to make a short detour into the center of Wels. You may also find an inviting bathing spot on the river bank. In Wels you can also take a pit stop at the bike shop on the edge of the bike path, should it be necessary.
The last stage on the Roman Cycle Path takes you from Traun via St. Florian to the end point of the Roman Cycle Path in Enns. Shortly before the Traun flows into the Danube, you leave the course of the river south of Linz and turn into the hilly country.Here are a few minor climbs. As well trained as you are now, these shouldn't be a problem for you. On the contrary: after yesterday's day in the river valley, you will surely appreciate the view of the country.About 20 kilometers and you have reached your destination. From the Rabenberg you have an excellent view of the oldest city in Austria. Now it is time to start thinking about the way back. The tour takes you to the train station in Enns, from where a train goes back to Passau every hour or two.Alternatively, you can of course cycle back to your starting point on the Danube Cycle Path. Depending on your fitness, you should plan for two to three days.