Mostviertel mountain bike mixed tour

Annaberg in the Mostviertel stands out as a compact and versatile leisure paradise for mountain bikers and hikers.

Picturesque mountain bike circuits and trails for young and old. Annaberg in the Mostviertel has something to offer for all ages and skill levels.

Younger biking enthusiasts and beginners can work on their skills at the freely accessible Mini-Bikepark Annaberg opened in 2017 – it includes a pump track, skills track, flow line and skills line. However, the  Mariazell Bike Park offers two downhill trails each measuring approximately two kilometres for beginners and professionals. From St. Sebastian you float up here on the four-seater chairlift of the Bürgeralpe. At the top you can choose from either the family trail for beginners or the unlimited trail for pros.

Circular tours

If you prefer circular tours on your bike, you can draw on abundant resources. For example, if you start from Annaberg, you can reach the following nearby routes: The Lake Hubertussee tour of more than 30 kilometres with a 400 metre climb and the Walsterursprung-Strecke with 13.5 km and a climb of 400 metres as well – both are a secret tip among passionate mountain bikers because of their natural beauty. Other routes for example, include the Ötscher Trekking Tour or the Erlauf-Walster Tour from Mitterbach to Mariazell.

Cold, clear water

When sweat shoots out of your pores during a bike tour, all you want to do is throw your body into cool waters – this can be done is several places in Mostviertel. Just a few kilometres away from the Mitterbach town centre, you will find the turquoise green Erlaufsee, not to be confused with the Erlaufstausee reservoir. Enthusiastic swimmers, daredevil divers and skilled fishermen can be seen here. Families can enjoy perfect refreshments and make use of the paddling pool at the Freibad Reith  [lido] in Annaberg directly on the Mariazellerbahn . Alpenbad Mitterbach with a 25 metre heated pool, baby pool, elephant slide and diving courses is also perfect for the whole family.

Came to stay

Although you should always have small snacks when you go on a long mountain bike tour, it is never really enough for a big appetite. So why not enjoy Lower Austrian delicacies in one of the inns of the region? At Seegasthaus Ötscher-Basis for example – directly at the Wienerbruck reservoir and the Mariazell Railway you can enjoy sheep's milk cheese from Annaberg or game from the region. The Anna-Alm am Hennesteck is just as popular – a particularly cosy, romantic experience in the Panorama-Stüberl. If you want to make use of the diverse leisure offer of the region for more than a day, the region has many top-notch overnight accommodations available. Such as the family-friendly JUFA Annaberg right by the den Annaberg lifts – with a private wellness area or a water world in the children's activity area and the Café-Restaurant Reidlhütte with two sun terraces. Bicycles can be borrowed from JUFA Annaberg. The youth and family guest house, Junges Hotel Annaberg, is approximately one kilometre away from the pilgrimage church of St. Anna – and it has a barbecue area and leisure facilities. A little further up, at an altitude of 900 metres, you will find the Bio-Kräuerbauernhof Höchbauer with a unique panorama view of the Gemeindealpe, Ötscher, Hochstadelberg through to Säbel. When you make a booking with one of the so-called Wilde-Wunder hosts in the Mostviertel mountains or in the country side around Mariazell, the Wilde-Wunder-Card ensures free access to approx. 50 excursion destinations.

Sustainable natural alternatives

If you want to do something good for the environment and travel on public transport, you can take a bus from Vienna Central Station to Annaberg. Or you get on the Mariazell Railway at the main railway station at St. Pölteln and enjoy a journey into the Pielach Valley, characterized by picturesque landscapes. After arriving there, Annaberg has even more leisure activities to offer in addition to all the mountain bike routes. A few of them can be booked for free or at discounted rates when using it combination with the Lower Austria card. Exactly like the Zipline Annaberg – Lower Austria's first facility of this kind, which is highly recommended by adventurers. You can race down on four ropes tightened next to one another at speeds of 100 km/h in 90 seconds – the ascent is free with the Lower Austria card. Everything is a little more gentle on the Naturlehrpfad Annaberg [natural trail]: The forest ecosystem is described in more detail on 21 stations. Excursions from the Naturparkzentrum Ötscher-Basis [natural park centre] are also highly recommended in order to explore the Ötschergräben. Just as impressive is the Falkenschlucht Türnitz, directly next to the Innerebengrotte natural monument. For those that like it a little quicker, you can go on the Mountain carts and plunge into the valley from Gemeindealpe Mitterbach.