The Austrian Alps around Lungau are full of opportunities for cyclists – both on the roads and in the mountains. We have hundreds of family-friendly cycle paths and challenging cross-country routes, which are suitable for cyclists of all abilities.
The roads in Lungau are generally quiet and if you know where to go, which we do, it’s possible to cover tens of kilometres without ever seeing a car. In some places, cars simply aren’t allowed, which means there are miles and miles of flat, asphalt surfaces just for you and your road bike.
Trail and Mountain Biking
This is one of the Lungau region’s biggest selling points. Generally our trails are well signposted, which means you can take your bike (or hire one of ours) and head off into the hills on your own. We’ll set you up with a map and give you some instructions on where to head, or you can join one of our organised bike rides. As well as unmarked trails, there are 15 marked trails of various difficulty levels and elevation changes, covering a total of 560km. Bike transport is included in the Speiereck lift price, which means you can spend all day bombing down, then use the gondolas from St Martin or Mauterndorf to get back up again.
Most inns and restaurants are cyclist-friendly, many of which have outdoor seating and gardens where they can serve you all manner of local specialities. If you’d rather not bring your own bike, there are plenty of hire centres in St Michael and we’ll happily organise this on your behalf, prior to your visit.
Throughout the spring, summer and autumn we lead our own cycle tours. These vary from short trips taking no more than a morning, to 300km+ tours of the Mur Valley. Our approach is relaxed and we’ll try to organise groups according to ability and experience. If you’d prefer to head out alone, we’ll talk you through our favourite routes and provide a map of the local area. Whatever your level, there’s something here for you.
Tour de Mur
If you’re interested in taking on the Tour de Mur, here are a few highlights:
- Distance: 365km – barrier free!
- Elevation change: 1,078 vertical meters (this is the total climbs – the landscape is generally gently undulating).
- Route: start at the headwaters of the Mur in the Lungau and finish in the thermal resort of Bad Radkersburg in Styria.
- Difficulty: easy to moderate (beginners welcome)
- Surface: paved or well-compacted gravel bike paths
- Recommended time to complete: Around one week incl. time set aside for sightseeing
- Ideal time of year: mid-April to mid-October
- Markings: Green signs marked “R2- Murradweg”
- Barrier-free (therefore suitable for wheelchair users using handbikes!)
- Read more here
Sportfex in the village of St Michael has a fleet of the newest, coolest bikes (and fastest in the case of the ebikes) in town. They are the perfect way to explore Lungau, where you can pedal up to 90km around, up and down the mountains, with 45 recharging stations (for bike and rider!!) dotted around the region. There’s even one on the top of Speiereck!!
Sportfex are offering our chalet guests discounted deals on their bike hire and the option of pre-ordering your bike before you arrive. They’ll even deliver your bikes to your chalet and collect them again. Their e-bikes use a rechargeable battery to help add power to your peddling and you can recharge your battery at a number of charging stations. Just ask us for a map.
So whether you feel like tackling something on the edge of your personal limits or you have someone in the party that would normally stay at home, e-Bikes are the perfect tool for giving those legs a boost. See their fleet of bikes and prices here: www.sportfex.at.
You can easily add a half day or a few hours cycling during your visit, so either let us know in advance or ask us to book them for you when you arrive!