E-Biking in Autumn: Trails under 20km
Eager to get in on the e-bike hype? Austria's e-biking infrastructure is superlative. In the Kitzbühel Alps and Kaisergebirge mountain range alone, there are 89 e-bike hire stations, 77 battery exchange points and over 1,000km of routes.
To kick off e-biking holidays with a short but exciting ride, for visitors turning their hand to e-bikes for the first time, or tourists passing by and looking to cycle for just one afternoon during their trip, here are four snappy and scenic routes measuring less than 20km.
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Olympiaregion Seefeld: Route 551, 11.6km
This trail is one of the region's most popular, leading through an area once voted the most beautiful place in Tyrol by the television show '9 Places, 9 Treasures'. It begins with a gentle ascent on a forest path, which offers panoramic views aplenty, before runnning alongside the Leutasche Ache river, passing the charming Gaistal and Tillfussalm moutnain huts. The rider is brought to Lake Seebensee, where cyclists can stop for refreshments at the Seebenalm or take a half hour walk to the Coburger Hütte for delicious regional food and stunning views over the crystal clear Drachensee and Seebensee lakes, out to the majestic Zugspitze mountain.
Find out more about Route 551 in Olympiaregion Seefeld here.
Saalbach Hinterglemm: Wetterkreuz Tour, 13.3 km
If you're holidaying in Saalbach Hinterglemm, there's a chance you're already pretty serious about bikes. This region of SalzburgerLand is world-leading for mountain biking, which makes is the premium choice for e-bike adventures - and this tour is a great relaxing route with which to kick off your trip on two wheels. The Reiterkogel lift (fully outfitted to transport bikes) whisks the riders to lofty heights, at which a lovely, relatively flat trail with a short ascent to a viewing platform awaits. Alpine huts such as the Reiteralm, Rosswald Hütte and the Wieseralm invite cyclists in for drinks and nibbles along the way.
Find out more about the Wetterkreuz Tour in Saalbach Hinterglemm here.
Carinthia: Lake Ossiach to Lake Wörthersee, 17.8km
Within Austria, Carinthia is known as the 'land of lakes'. Its many bodies of water are of drinking water quality, and reach temperatures above 25°C during the sunny soutern summer - perfect for swimming. This e-bike route takes visitors from Lake Ossiach, on which one can watch windsurfers and paragliders, to Lake Wörthersee, which is the largest in the province. The trail follows a well sign-posted path, crossing the wooded Ossiacher Taurern mountain range, and scaling peakest of up to 1,069m above sea level. This route is short but sporty, and rewards cyclists with spectacular views and the chance to cool off in one of the region's most gorgeous bathing lakes.
Find out more about the Lake Ossiach to Lake Wörthersee route in Carinthia here.
Vorarlberg: Kriegerhorn Tour, 16.4km
The Kriegerhorn Tour is a more demanding e-bike trail under 20km, with which serious bikers might want to begin their cycling holiday. Riders head uphill from Oberlech to the Grubenalpe via the Tannegg viewpoint, before continuing onwards and upwards to the Kriergeralpe. Cyclists can choose to stop here for refreshments and delicious Vorarlberg food. One sight to look out for on the next leg, which passes a reservoir and dam, is the 'Chluppa' - a stone wall erected in 2010, in which each stone bears the name and birth year of a Lech Zürs am Arlberg resident. Finally, cyclists conquer the mountain and reach the Krigerhorn summit cross. Take a breather here to admire the views and look forward to more e-bike adventures in the days to come.
Find out more about the Kriegerhorn Tour in Vorarlberg here.