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 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.
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.
Rest StopSchluchtenhütte Opponitz
Osteria zum Kirchenwirt
Hotel Zum Goldenen Hirschen Kirchenwirt
Tips and hintsMostviertel Tourismus GmbH
Töpperschloss Neubruck, Neubruck 2/10, 3270 Scheibbs
T +43/7482/204 44, firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting thereA1 Westautobahn, exit Ybbs
Train (Ybbs), or Amstetten and Waidhofen
Information on arriving by car and parking options: https://www.mostviertel.at/mit-dem-auto-zum-ybbstalradweg
ParkingDetailed information: https://www.mostviertel.at/mit-dem-auto-zum-ybbstalradweg
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EquipmentTouring 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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
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
- 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
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- 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.