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6 tips from the editors that are bound to get cyclists’ hearts beating faster

Experience freedom on two wheels. Cycle along river banks or on former railway lines to the finest cultural treasures or viewpoints, past mountain panoramas and vineyards. We have plenty of reasons for going on a cycle tour in Lower Austria. So which would you like to try?

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The Thaya Tour: cycling as if on railway lines

Where steam locomotives used to chug along the rails, families and pleasure cyclists can now enjoy the picturesque and idyllic landscape along the Thaya tour route. The trail passes casually by ruins and castles, relics of the former rail track, and sweet temptations like the many wild fruit hedgerows that line the way.

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Culture and pleasure in forests and meadows, © (c) Wienerwald Tourismus GmbH/Raimo Rumpler

Cycling, culture and pleasure on the river

The hill landscape on the edge of the city of Vienna stretches out gently, and the Wiener Neustädter canal reveals a view of wide fields and romantic vineyards. In Baden, where the ancient Romans once bathed and Emperor Franz I had his summer residence, the pleasant climate and charming small town flair still attracts visitors. Our tip for pleasure and adventure cyclists alike is to discover the radiating cycle tours to Laxenburg or through Helenental to Mayerling.

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Euro Velo 6, © (c) Niederösterreich Werbung/ David Schreiber

Danube cycle path: hardly any climbs but plenty of high points

The Danube cycle path has developed into a model route both on land and near the water, earning top marks in route management and infrastructure as well as for its numerous stopping points. Whether pedalling along the towpath by the silvery blue river or in the quiet village streets - the Danube cycle path is an ideal backdrop for a great holiday.

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Traisental cycle route, © (c) Mostviertel Tourismus/schwarz-koenig.at

Traisental cycle path - a pilgrimage to Mariazell

Against the backdrop of the Traisen’s calm babble, the Traisental cycle path goes along quiet secondary roads from the Danube through the picturesque wine region of the Traisental valley and the state capital of St. Pölten to the alpine Mostviertel and Mariazell. The first section, from Traismauer to Kernhof, is relatively easy and very suitable for families.

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Ybbstal cycle path: From Danube to alpine lake

The heart of the Ybbstal cycle path between Waidhofen an der Ybbs and Lunz am See is the domain of wheel spokes rather than train tracks. With your bathing costume in your luggage, it is a relaxed 55 km ride to your destination, when the track finally reveals the deep green Lunzer lake at the foot of the Dürrenstein. The ideal place to rest your tired legs on the quay and unwind.

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