Cycling & Mountain Biking

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Experience the freedom of cycling and mountain biking in the Hohe Tauern National Park during your vacation in Carinthia! The choice is yours: you can either explore the picturesque cycle paths at a leisurely pace or challenge yourself on a mountain bike tour. One thing always remains the same: you immerse yourself in untouched nature and enjoy breathtaking views. Discover the variety of landscapes and experience unforgettable vacation adventures on your bike in the Hohe Tauern National Park!


Altitude meters

over 250km

Bike paths


Experience factor

ÖBB Tauernsprinter - Summer offer

Direct connection from the city and lake to the Hohe Tauern National Park

Great offer for leisure cyclists and hikers: From July 6 to September 8, the ÖBB Tauernsprinter runs once a day from Villach to Mallnitz in the Hohe Tauern National Park and back again. From May 30, you can also use this offer on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. A 75-kilometer cycle route starts from Mallnitz to Villach with many interesting stopover options. The new connection is not only ideal for cyclists, but also for hikers and makes for a successful day trip with friends and family!

Bike trekking on the Drau cycle path R1

For those who are less interested in altitude meters and like to roll along comfortably in the valley by bike, we recommend our bike paths. The Drau Cycle Path has been designated a 5-star quality cycle path by ADFC and is one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Austria. Between the Lienz Dolomites and the Carinthian lakes, a top-class cycling experience awaits you with lots of nature, recreation and leisurely pleasure cycling tours.

Alpine Highlights on the Glockner Cycle Path R8

Many wonder, "Can there be a comfortable, family-friendly bike path in the high mountains?" There is. With the Glocknerradweg you take a very special "cycling" attraction under your tires and cycle along one of the cleanest rivers in Austria. Highlights along the Glockner Cycle Path:

  • Pilgrimage church St.Vinzenz in Heiligenblut
  • Jungfernsprung waterfall near Heiligenblut
  • Gartl waterfall near Großkirchheim
  • Toll tower in Winklern
  • Raggaschlucht gorge in Flattach
  • Groppenstein Gorge near Obervellach
  • Kreuzeck panoramic railroad

In summer there is also a bike bus between Spittal/Drau and Heiligenblut.

By bike to the sea - CICLOVIA Alpe-Adria Cycle Route

The designation "Alpe-Adria" usually stands for something very special; this is also the case with the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path. In one week you can cycle from the Mozart city of Salzburg to Grado by the sea. In the process, you will pass through the Tauern lock to Mallnitz by train and then cross the Hohe Tauern National Park region. The views of the Hohe Tauern will inspire you before you continue cycling across Carinthia and head for the Austrian-Italian border.

Mountain biking in the National Park

On the mountain bike tours of our region, athletes get their money's worth. The Hohe Tauern, above all the 3,798 m high Großglockner, offer an incomparable backdrop for extensive mountain bike tours. More than 25 day tours with a total length of about 250 km and almost 26,000 meters of altitude difference are available. Cyclists look forward to challenging climbs, playful trails and cozy huts.

TOP mountain bike tours in the Hohe Tauern National Park:

  1. Tauerntalrunde: 7.7 km, 103 m elevation gain, EASY. Tip: Visit the BIOS National Park Center Mallnitz
  2. Obervellach - Himmelbauer: 7.6 km, 633 hm, MEDIUM. Tip: historic mountain farm
  3. Pfaffenberg - Round: 11.5 km, 532 hm, MEDIUM. Tip: panoramic round tour
  4. Obervellach - Launsberghütte: 2.8 km, 224 hm, EASY. Tip: romantic hut
  5. Oscheniksee: 16.7 km, 1,742 hm, HEAVY. Tip: steep tour to beautiful lake
  6. Leppner Alm - Ochsnerhütte: 9.8 km, 1,130 m elevation gain, DIFFICULT. Tip: great panoramic view of the Drau Valley
  7. Oberberger Alm - Emberger Alm: 24.8 km, 1,250 m difference in altitude, HARD. Tip: for sporty hunters of delicacies

Rent a Bike

The National Park Region is part of the Carinthia-wide bike rental system of the company Papin Sport.

You can use a cross-regional bike rental system in which all Carinthian regions are integrated. It is therefore possible to rent a bike in all of Carinthia and return it later at around 50 rental stations throughout the province.

Prices for bike rental 2023    1 day 1/2 day
City Bike € 21,- € 15,-
Mountain Bike € 21,- € 15,-
Trekking Bike € 23,- € 17,-
E-City Bike € 45,- € 33,-
MTB Race € 28,- € 19,-
E-mountain bike € 50,- € 37,-
MTB Kids 20/24 € 13,- € 10,-
Child trailer € 13,- € 9,-
Dog trailer € 15,- € 11,-
Trailing € 13,- € 10,-
Child seat € 4,- € 4,-
Helmet € 2,- € 2,-
Bike lock € 1,- € 1,-
Bike basket € 1,- € 1,-

Return fee if the bike is not returned at the drop-off point: € 7,- per bike


20% discount for 3 days 30% discount for 5 days 40% discount for 7 days

Rental points in the Hohe Tauern National Park

National Park Info Toll Tower Winklern

Winklern 9, 9841 Winklern, +43 4822 227-16

Wolligger Sports KG

Mallnitz 3, 9822 Mallnitz, +43 4784 322

DrauSport - Shop at the bathing lake Greifenburg

Seeweg 299, 9761 Greifenburg, +43 4712 8388

Camping at the forest pool

Raßnig 8, 9772 Dellach, +43 4714 288

Return options in the vicinity


Seehofstraße 25, 9871 Seeboden, +43 4762 81669

What people think about cycling in the Hohe Tauern National Park

"The variety surprises us every time. We enjoy sporty mountain biking and also like to go on a racy bike tour during our family vacations. That's totally fine for my family, because the next day we're all out and about together enjoying the beautiful countryside. For us, it offers exactly the regeneration we need to tackle another long MTB tour the next day ...!"

Ready to pedal?

If you would like to experience the most beautiful cycling or mountain biking routes in the Hohe Tauern National Park region, you should plan a vacation with us as soon as possible.
For more information & details, please contact us or send us a non-binding vacation inquiry. We are at your disposal by telephone on +43 4824 2700!