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Ybbstal Cycle Route

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107,49 km length

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  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 107,49 km
  • Ascent: 717 egm
  • Descent: 327 egm
  • Duration: 7:00 h
  • Lowest point: 219 m
  • Highest point:612 m

Features

Details for: Ybbstal Cycle Route

Brief description

The Ybbstal cycle trail is one of the three Danube-Alp routes for cyclists in the Mostviertel district. The distance from the mouth of the river at Ybbs an der Donau to Lunz am See is 107 km. Over its main section between Waidhofen an der Ybbs and Lunz am See, it largely follows the route of the former Ybbstalbahn railway line. In this area, the cycleway is a constant 2.5 metres wide and scores with its rest and picnic areas along the Ybbs river as well the spectacular historical railway bridges that cross it.
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Description

The recommended direction is to go from Ybbs an der Donau to Lunz am See southwards from the Danube into the eastern Alps, in other words upriver; progress is gradual and has no appreciable climbs. Before setting off on the tour from Ybbs, you should take a look at the town. The starting point of the trail has a delightful old city centre as well as the Schiffmeisterplatz (Shipowner Square) on the Danube. It is also worth visiting the Bicycle Museum (Fahrradmuseum) which will take you back to the days of motorless mobility, dominated by wooden impellers, elegant penny-farthings, and mighty treadle wheels.

The first few kilometres are completely on the level, as the trail takes you through farming villages, from Ybbs to Blindenmakt. This is followed by a moderate climb on a hill ridge, which will reward you with grand views of the plain in the north and the gradually rising mountains in the south. Up to this point, the trail crosses the Ybbs a few times, but after the district town of Amstetten, the Ybbs and the cycle route frequently run close by each other. At times, the route offers deep views of the river bed, before diverging again from the Ybbs at extended valley stretches. Already from a distance, the towers of the Basilika Sonntagberg indicate the direction of travel. Paper and profile steel are still produced at the foot of the pilgrimage mountain to this day. In contrast, the days of iron processing in the nearby Waidhofen an der Ybbs are long over. The city centre with its historical houses, façades and arcades is also worth seeing. Only relics remain from the medieval fortifications. It is worth staying a while and going back in time as you enjoy the view of the nineteenth century burgher houses.

Waidhofen an der Ybbs is also where the new centrepiece of the Ybbstal cycle route begins, which opened in 2017. From here, it largely follows the former Ybbstalbahn railway line and offers plenty of wonderful views of the surrounding nature, combined with a safe and comfortable route quality, with no perceptible uphill climbs. 

Iron processing is still an important activity at Ybbsitz, which can be reached by taking the small Ybbstal cycle path that branches off in Gstadt. The bridge from the past has been effectively brought into the present and future - Ybbsitz is one of the main centres of forging craft in Europe. 

Still before Opponitz, there is the natural monument of Ofenloch, a fissured gorge that leads to the town of Opponitz. The gravel banks of the Ybbs constantly invite visitors to take a break and a refreshing paddle in the water. The route is now embedded in the mountain world of Eisenwurzen, and up to Göstling it is characterised by its imperceptibility - the difference in altitude is as indiscernible as the three extended loops of the route.

One sight that remains in view for quite a while is the church of Hollenstein on the hill. The well-being of its inhabitants was for centuries associated with the iron industry. More than a hundred years ago, the upper Ybbs valley was a location of summer recreation. The open air swimming area in Hollenstein and the station building of the Ybbstal railway from Kogelsbach can still be seen and gives you a chance to wallow briefly in nostalgia. Göstling offers a combination of river bathing and gastronomy, perfect for a refreshing visit. And at the end of the tour, the municipality of Lunz am See is a good place to mix cycling enjoyment with fun on the water in the form of pedal boats. If you wish to give your tired legs a rest as you enjoy the idyllic lake atmosphere, you can also use an electric boat, which follows the same principle as an electric bike. For the return journey, there is a bus that will transport both the cyclist and his bicycle back to Waidhofen an der Ybbs, but places have to be booked in advance.

And for those who still haven’t done enough cycling, there is also the Ötscherland bicycle route, which leads from Lunz am See via the Erlauftal back towards the Danube.

 

Starting point of the tour

Ybbs an der Donau

Destination point of the tour

Lunz am See

Route description

It is a good 20 kilometres from Ybbs to Amstetten. The first ten are on flat country roads, leading through farming villages. At Blindemarkt, the route crosses the Ybbs for the first time, before the climb up an idyllic ridge begins, with superb views of the surrounding nature. After descending again, the Ybbstal route snakes its way towards the district town of Amstetten. While the entrance to the town is dominated by commercial parks and shopping centres, the Ybbs soon regains its natural habitat on leaving. Apart from some small rises, the route continues on the level towards the mountain and hill landscape of the Eisenwurzen. From Ulmerfeld, the cycle route passes through a ten kilometres stretch, where it frequently lies directly alongside the road. This is followed by a section of about five kilometres which leads past industrial buildings, until you finally reach the centre of Waidhofen.

To the south of Waidhofen, there is also a detour that follows the Ybbs to Ybbsitz.

The route now passes through the Ofenloch gorge on the former railway line to Opponitz. The profile of the course here in the upper Ybbs valley is largely flat. Another 14 kilometres past Opponitz lies the town of Hollenstein, followed 11 kilometres later by the small municipality of St. Georgen am Reith. The route now gradually begins to rise very gently to Göstling.

From here, the final stretch of 11 kilometres partly follows the federal highway to Lunz am See. By then, you will have covered a total distance of 107 kilometres. For the return journey to Waidhofen an der Ybbs, there is a bus service available. ('Radtramper' bus, Mostviertel line MO1, between Lunz am See and Waidhofen an der Ybbs). Or you can also arrange a taxi with bicycle transport service (this must be ordered two hours in advance). Detailed information about the mobility services is available from www.ybbstalradweg.at .

 

Directions

A1 Westautobahn (motorway), Ybbs exit

Rail Ybbs or Amstetten and Waidhofen For directions by car and parking facilities, see: https://www.mostviertel.at/mit-dem-auto-zum-ybbstalradweg

 

Parking

Railway station at Ybbs, Amstetten, Waidhofen an der Ybbs
Detailed information: https://www.mostviertel.at/mit-dem-auto-zum-ybbstalradweg

 

The Ybbstal cycle route is easy to reach via the Amstetten and Ybbs intersections in the north using trains run by the ÖBB and Westbahn on the line between Salzburg and Vienna. Tip: the carriage formations of the trains are displayed on the platform, where cyclists can find out which carriages will take bicycles.  A regional train runs every hour from Amstetten to Waidhofen an der Ybbs (please note that between 30 June and 4 September 2017, this stretch is run as a replacement bus service, and it is not possible to transport bicycles in this period) and stops at several stations along the cycle route. Workdays. Different times apply on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Radtramper line MO1 between Lunz am See and Waidhofen/Ybbs (Tel. +43 810/ 22 23 24), timetables available from www.vor.at. Travel details: https://www.mostviertel.at/anreise-und-transfer-zum-ybbstalradweg

 

More info/links

Mostviertel Tourismus GmbH

07482/204 44

www.ybbstalradweg.at

 

Equipment

Trekking bicycles

Map recommendations

The "Fluss-Radeln" cycle map shows details of the Ybbstal, Ötscherland and Meridian cycle routes. Available from Mostviertel Tourismus, Tel. 07482/20444, www.mostviertel.at/prospekte