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.
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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 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.
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.