Sometimes in life, you just want to escape. You want to get away from your everyday worries and experience everything at a slower pace. When I get this feeling, I know it’s time for a bike tour. Not the kind of bike tour involving gnarly downhill trails and adrenaline. The kind of bike tour that cruises gently through Tirol’s amazing landscapes, where life is slow and care-free and you can feel at one with the world. If this is the kind of bike tour you need right now, here are 4 routes to try.
1. Navis Meadows Tour
Tirol is full of beautiful unspoilt valleys, and the Navistal Valley is one of its finest. Its traditional farmhouses, luscious meadows and breathtaking scenery make it a mini paradise for both bikers and hikers. This tour takes you on a loop of the Navistal Valley’s most tranquil spots.
The tour starts in the village of Navis. Follow the windy forest path up to the Naviser Hütte hut and then onto the Poltenalm hut. From there, take the right-hand fork towards the Klammalm hut, set next to the beautiful Klammbach stream. Stop here for a rest in the sunshine. After that, head towards the Peeralm and then finally back down to the starting point in Navis.
What’s so great about this tour is the peace and quiet of the Navistal Valley. While riding, you don’t have to worry about overtaking or watching out for families. You can simply go at your own pace, and take everything as it comes.
2. Pfeishütte Tour
The Karwendel mountains are known for their rugged, isolated valleys and spectacular scenery. Nestled in the middle of this mountain landscape is the remote Pfeishütte, a beautiful mountain hut where you can also stay overnight. Sleeping on the mountain, with only the starry sky for company, is a great way to feel refreshed and ready to take on the world again.
Scharnitz is the starting point for this tour. Follow the turquoise Isar river away from the town, before turning right and heading towards the Möslalm hut. This first part of the tour crosses beautiful meadows and farmland alongside the stream. From the Möslalm, things get steeper and craggier as the path climbs high into the mountains.
Eventually, just when you think you can’t go on anymore, you will see the Pfeishütte hut. Chill on the terrace with a well-deserved beer and enjoy a good night’s sleep in the peaceful hut. Then ride back down to Scharnitz the following morning.
3. Lechtal Tour
Sometimes it’s good to just let your bike roll, and this is one of those tours. The Lechtal Valley is one of Europe’s most unspoilt river wildernesses and a truly gorgeous part of Tirol. Suitable for families and beginners, the tour starts upstream and gently winds down the valley crossing back and forth over the river.
The route is extremely well sign-posted and does not require much explanation. Start in the village of Steeg and head towards the river. Then simply follow the path downstream, taking breaks along the way to enjoy the stunning scenery. Many people choose to end their tour in Weissenbach am Lech, although it is possible to go further if you’re feeling up to it.
This is the perfect bike tour if you’re after a chilled day out. It is one of the easier long-distance tours in Tirol, and you really can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the nature all around.
4. Pendling Tour
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It’s easy to feel on top of the world when you’re standing on a mountain looking down at the landscape below. The Pendling mountain, near Kufstein, offers a panoramic view so spectacular, it will lighten even the heaviest heart.
Begin your tour at the Thiersee lake (a beautiful destination in itself). Follow the gentle forest road up to the Kalaalm hut and make a quick stop to admire the view. Then continue uphill to the Pendlinghaus hut. As you reach the peak of the mountain you will be treated to a beautiful view of the Wilder Kaiser mountains, the lowlands of Bavaria, and on a good day, Austria’s highest mountain the Grossglockner.
You will feel very far away from the world down below.