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Thaya Cycle Trail – Cruising on disused rail tracks in Lower Austria

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Thaya Cycle Trail – Cruising on disused rail tracks in Lower Austria

Bike Touring Collection by Tobias

4

Tours

06:21 h

65.8 mi

2,450 ft

Are you looking for the perfect bike adventure for the whole family? The Taya Cycle Trail is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed bike ride. Cycle paths, refreshing swim spots, and impressive historical ruins and castles come together along two former Thayatal railway lines. You can follow these paths to roam through the gentle terrain of Lower Austria’s Waldviertel.

Historically, as steam locomotives could only cope with gradual gradients, railway lines were leveled wherever possible. Today, this is great for cyclists, especially young bikers, as there are hardly any ascents. This means that the cycling pros of tomorrow can pedal at lightning speeds, perhaps even faster than you would like them to.

The Thaya Cycle Trail begins in Göpfritz an der Wild. From there you cycle via Raabs an der Thaya to the Czech border. After crossing the border, you visit the Czech part of the Thaya Cycle Trail and the village Slavonice. Next, a short ride south brings you back to the Austrian border where you cycle via Waidhofen an der Thaya back to Göpfritz, which is almost entirely flat.

The 106-km-long (65-mile) Thaya Cycle Trail offers four days of cycling fun for the whole family along tarmacked paths. If you are looking for a sportier challenge, you can easily bundle the stages together. It’s up to you how to plan your adventure as each stage always ends in a place with plenty of accommodation. Nevertheless, I recommend that you reserve your overnight stays in advance.

Please note that due to the current situation (COVID-19) the following restrictions apply: Unfortunately, due to entry restrictions, the Thaya Cycle Trail cannot be navigated in the Czech Republic. However, there is an alternative route that runs along the border on the Austrian side. I will briefly explain this to you in the corresponding stage (2). Furthermore, the alternative route is also signposted on site.

The ideal time to travel on the Thaya Cycle Trail is from April to October. If you want to take a shortcut, the Waldviertel bus runs from May to October and takes you and your bike from Drosendorf via Raabs and Dobersberg to Slavonice and back. You can call +43 810 22 23 24 for more information.

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    Easy
    01:15
    14.7 mi
    11.7 mph
    175 ft
    750 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start in Göpfritz an der Wild at the train station. You can reach it by train from the west, for example from Linz via St. Pölten and from the east from Vienna. Depending on the connection, the journey time can be between two and four hours. If you are arriving by car, you will find a parking space specially designed for the Thaya circuit directly on the bike path a few 100 meters north of Göpfritz.

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  • Intermediate
    01:56
    18.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,150 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage of the Thayarunde you leave Austria after about a third of the day's route and cross the border to the Czech Republic. But first, after the leisurely previous day, a short but decent climb awaits you, from the valley of the Thaya valley up to Modsiedl. In this region of the forest district, mainly hazelnut trees …

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  • Easy
    01:45
    19.0 mi
    10.9 mph
    450 ft
    525 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Slavonice you drive south to Austria. The border is not far away, so you are back in the Lower Austrian Waldviertel after just under three kilometers. From Slavonice you now follow the second former railway line, the Thayatalbahn. Especially in the border area there is hardly anything to be made out of it - the tracks were torn down shortly after 1945 to close the iron curtain without exception during the Cold War.

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  • Intermediate
    01:24
    13.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    700 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage along the Thaya round starts in Waidhofen an der Thaya and leads you gently ascending over a little more than 20 kilometers back to your starting point at Göpfritz an der Wild. In Waidhofen you start at the main square and can now decide whether you would rather follow the Thaya on the outskirts or take a …

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  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    65.8 mi
  • Duration
    06:21 h
  • Elevation
    2,450 ft

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