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Ybbstal Cycle Route

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  • Radeln entlang der Ybbs
    / Radeln entlang der Ybbs
  • / Immer dem Fluss entlang verläuft das Herzstück des Ybbstalradwegs
  • / Ybbstal
    Photo: mostviertel kunden, zVg privat
  • / Ohne Verkehr und Lärm wird entspannt geradelt
  • / Schöne Ausblicke in die Natur säumen den Weg
  • / Einige Pausen am Wasser dürfen da nicht fehlen
  • / Durch die geringe Steigung ist der Ybbstalradweg auch für Kinder geeignet
  • / Rast am Lunzer See
    Photo:, Niederösterreich Werbung
  • / Rastplatz am Ybbstalradweg
    Photo:, Mostviertel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Im Ofenloch
    Photo:, Mostviertel Tourismus GmbH
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Riverside cycling from Ybbs an der Donau to Lunz am See.
Distance 108.1 km
7:00 h
604 m
222 m
Branching off from the Danube in Ybbs, the Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail heads south for 107 km. Hugging the river Ybbs the whole way from the Danube to the mountain lake, the Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail promises splendid scenery and wonderful cycling experiences. The core section between Waidhofen an der Ybbs and Lunz am See, running largely along the old railway track of the Ybbs Valley Railway, is particularly suitable for families and leisure cyclists.

Initially taking in the gently rolling hills of the Mostviertel (Perry Country), then the alpine realms of the Iron Road, the Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail not only links the Danube with Lake Lunz, but also the mild and wild sides of the Mostviertel district.


The centerpiece:

The Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail is a marvel for all pleasure cyclists exploring its 55 km core section between Waidhofen an der Ybbs and Lunz am See: the route here follows the tracks of the former Ybbs Valley Railway – the path is completely flat, far removed from traffic, but remains close to the river at all times. The cycle trail is a complete work of art comprising an elegant route and spectacular scenery. Coast across picturesque round arch bridges and through a short tunnel, traverse a wild and romantic gorge, and enjoy the sunshine and crystal-clear waters by tranquil sandbanks. You will also encounter historical hammer mills and numerous rest spots created especially for this purpose.

For the return journey, a bus service is available (RadTramper Bus) as well as a taxi service offering bike transport (Ybbstal-Radtaxi).


Tip: Three days of riverside cycling in the Mostviertel district


The Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail offers sporty cyclists plenty of options to combine their tour with other cycle trails in the Mostviertel district and the surrounding area. The Small Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail links the town of Waidhofen an der Ybbs with the traditional blacksmiths’ town of Ybbsitz.

Other cycle trail combinations are available along the Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail.

Author’s recommendation

The core section between Waidhofen an der Ybbs and Lunz am See is recommended for families with children!
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Update: June 02, 2021
Highest point
612 m
Lowest point
219 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Schluchtenhütte Opponitz
Konditorei Schwarzlmüller
Radweg-Stüberl Kogelsbach
Gasthof Bruckwirt
Osteria zum Kirchenwirt
Hotel Zum Goldenen Hirschen Kirchenwirt
Hotel Waldesruh

Tips and hints

Mostviertel Tourismus GmbH

Töpperschloss Neubruck, Neubruck 2/10, 3270 Scheibbs

T +43/7482/204 44,


Ybbs an der Donau (219 m)
48.175487, 15.086571
48°10'31.8"N 15°05'11.7"E
33U 506435 5335808


Lunz am See

Turn-by-turn directions

It’s a good 20 km or so from Ybbs to Amstetten. The first ten run on flat federal roads through rural towns. At Blindemarkt, there is an idyllic ridge with wonderful views to conquer. After descending, the Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail snakes towards the district town of Amstetten. As you enter the town, you will be greeted by the sight of commercial parks and shopping centres, but Ybbs soon gets back to nature. Apart from a few small ascents, the trail is flat through the mountainous backdrop of the Iron Road. From Ulmerfeld, the cycle tour follows ten kilometres where the cycle path runs next to the road. After that, the cycle route continues for around five kilometres past industrial estates before reaching the centre of Waidhofen an der Ybbs.

South of Waidhofen, there is a detour along the Kleine Ybbs river to the traditional blacksmiths’ town of Ybbsitz (Small Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail).

Passing through the Ofenloch, a gorge, the route continues to Opponitz along the old railway line. The trail here is flat in the Upper Ybbs Valley. 14 km beyond Opponitz you will come to Hollenstein, followed another 11 km later by the small municipality of St. Georgen am Reith. The route now begins to climb gently to Göstling. From here, the final leg covers 11 km to Lunz am See. By this point you will have covered a total of 107 km.

For the return journey to Waidhofen an der Ybbs, the Radtramper Bus service is available, or you can order a Ybbstal-Radtaxi (taxi service with bike transport). From Ybbs, there is a train connection to Amstetten and Ybbs an der Donau.

Those who aren’t ready to stop cycling yet can pick up the Erlauf Valley Cycle Trail (formerly the Ötscherland Cycle Route) from Lunz am See and cycle back up to the Danube via the Erlauf Valley


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Public transport


Arrival information:

Getting there

A1 Westautobahn, exit Ybbs

Train (Ybbs), or Amstetten and Waidhofen

Information on arriving by car and parking options:




Detailed information:



48.175487, 15.086571
48°10'31.8"N 15°05'11.7"E
33U 506435 5335808
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author



Author’s map recommendations

Radkarte "Fluss-Radeln" with detailed map of the Ybbs Valley Cycle Trail, the Erlauf Valley Cycle Trail and the Small Erlauf Valley Cycle Trail. Available at Mostviertel Tourismus, T 07482/20444,


Touring bikes, mountain bikes or city bikes are recommended. Racing bikes can also be used on the path, which is asphalted throughout (please ensure you cycle at an appropriate speed!).

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
108.1 km
7:00 h
604 m
222 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Linear route Family-friendly


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