An elder statesman of central Europe, Austria’s cities and landscapes are a top destination for many cycle tourists. The cities are an eclectic mix of contemporary life and classic charm; the plazas, parks, and squares are filled with a vibrant life that can only be found in Austria. The rural countryside contains some of the most picturesque views in the world, with rolling valleys and snow-capped mountain peaks connected by dedicated cycling pathways. Austria is in the center of Europe where the influence of the surrounding countries can be felt, yet it somehow remains quintessentially Austrian at its core.
Situated in the center of the European continent and bordering seven countries - Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia - the Austrian cities of Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz, Salzburg, and Linz have been crossroads for travelers for thousands of years. The classic capital, Vienna, offers the best impression of Austrian culture, while the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck is your gateway to the Alps. Graz, Linz, and Salzburg all feature some of the best culture and scenery in all of Europe, giving you plenty of urban options to explore.
Rural Austria is dominated by the Alps in the southwest; opposite, the rolling hills of the central and northern regions making for perfect cycling no matter your skill level. Austria is connected to the surrounding countries by highways, rural roads, separated bicycle pathways, and even ski lifts, which means plenty of tour options to take you through central Europe. The fairytale-like countryside is filled with castles, rivers, alpine meadows, and idyllic villages, all perfect to explore by bicycle.
Austria is the perfect cycling country for those seeking a summer destination that includes all levels and types of bike riding. The cycling infrastructure is amongst the best in the world with separated bike pathways, bike parks, and dedicated cycling routes that connect the urban centers with the natural landscapes that surround them. Get lost in the Alps, or find Mozart in Salzburg, all from the seat of your bike.