|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||35 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: May 1-Sep 30, 2014|
|Start city:||St. Michael, Austria|
|End city:||Bad Radkersburg, Austria|
When rivers were the fastest mode of transportation, traders followed the Mur River south from Salzburg to the Slovenian border. This tour along the Mur Cycle Path begins in Lungau, known as Austria's Little Canada. Surrounded by mountains as tall as 6500 to 9000 ft/2000 to 3000 m, you cycle through pristine nature on the banks of the Mur featuring more than 200 bird species. Along with the natural wonders of the route, you will visit Graz, the lively capital of the Styria region.
The tour finishes in the lovely, warm and fertile plains of South Styria complete with vineyards, pumpkin fields and thermal spas. Learn about the local history and way of life as you visit museums, including an open-air farm museum, a wood and forest museum and a beer museum. This is a tour of contrasts as you cycle through Mur and Styria, the Green Heart of Austria.
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Day 1: St. Michael im Lungau
Upon arriving in St. Michael im Langau, a miner’s settlement from the 12th century, there will be a welcome briefing, during which tour information and bikes will be distributed.
Overnight in St. Michael im Lungau
Day 2: St. Michael – Murau (34 mi/55 km)
The first ride of the tour passes through Tamsweg, with a historic market place and the pilgrimage church of St. Leonhard. Forests dominate this stage. You can even visit the Forest and Wood Museum in St. Ruprecht. Your destination for the day is Murau, which features a medieval brewery, beer museum and Obermurau Castle.
Overnight in Murau
Day 3: Murau – Judenburg (41 mi/65 km)
Past Murau the river valley narrows at foot of the jagged peaks of Niedere Tauern. Highlights of the stage include Frojach's railway museum; Frauenburg's fortress ruins, where troubadour Ulrich von Liechtenstein lived and died; and Sauerbrunn's oldest mineral water spring of Styria. The final stop of the day is Judenburg, with historic sites such as the old city tower, ancient fortress, town houses and Magdalene’s Church.
Overnight in Judenburg
Day 4: Judenburg - Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich (38 mi/60 km)
Today's ride passes Maria Buch's Pilgrim Church and Stift Seckau's Benedictine Abbey. Historically this region is Austria's most important industrial region. Many efforts have been made to preserve this heritage seen through carefully maintained old towns, vibrant pedestrian zones and interesting museums, including Abbey Göss and Gösser Brewery. The final stop of the day is Bruck an der Mur, with a mountain castle, medieval house of corn merchants and town hall.
Overnight in Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich
Day 5: Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich – Graz (38 mi/60 km)
A stop along today's route is Frohnleiten's Murlend Park. From there you venture into pristine nature, passing old fruit orchards surrounding ancient farm buildings, Rabenstein Fortress, Lurgrotte stone cave and the open air farmhouse museum in Stübing. Balance nature and culture with Graz, capital of Styria, which features the town's hill castle with clock tower, Eggenberg Castle, the historic Landhaus (seat of the government and town hall), along with several museums and squares.
Overnight in Graz
Day 6: Graz– Mureck (41 mi/65 km)
Upon leaving Graz you ride to Castle Seggau, famous for its royal room, art gallery and 300-year old wine cellar. Today you will also ride to the South Styrian Wine Street before reaching Mureck. Mureck's church, town hall and unique river-mill are charming and worth visiting, as is Castle Obermureck in neighboring Slovenia.
Overnight in Mureck
Day 7: Mureck – Bad Radkersburg (16 mi/25 km)
Today you cycle along all forms of water on this short final stage. The Mur River, Lake Röcksee, Peterquelle Spring and the thermal springs of Bad Radkersburg are among a few. Sights in Bad Radkersburg include the historic old town that unites many different architectural styles. This marks the end of your tour. You can either depart and travel homeward, or you can extend your trip, which we recommend in our category A hotel,
since the admission to the thermal bath in Bad Radkersburg is included in the price.
Additonal trip to the Mur River Spring (34 mi/55 km)
If you would like an additional ride, you can bike with nearly no traffic along the Mur River until you reach the Muhr National Park Commune. You will pass blooming Alp meadows until you reach the Muritzen parking place. You do have the option of being transferred the rest of the way, which costs €60 for 4 people and bikes or €80 for 5-10 people and bikes (payable locally).
From there the route goes through partly steep ascents, with gradients of 12% and 19%, to the Stickler Hut. The last part of the route is by foot, which takes about 1 hour, to the Mur River Spring at an elevation of 6627 ft/1898 m. You then return downhill to St. Michael. Please note that the transfer depends upon the weather, with the end of May marking the earliest possible trip.
Daily: May 1-Sep 30, 2014
|Low season:||May 1-May 30; Sep 1-Sep 30, 2014|
|High season:||May 31-Aug 31, 2014|
|Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels and inns|
|Category B: 3-star hotels, guesthouses and inns|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Landhotel Stofflerwirt, St. Michael
Day 2: Hotel Gasthof Lercher, Murau
Day 3: Frühstückspension, Weisskirchen
Day 4: Gasthof Pichler, Oberaich
Day 5: Hotel Mercure Graz Messe, Graz
Day 6: Pension Steirerland, Mureck
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved at time of booking):
Equipment available with bike rental:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
We recommend that you bring or buy your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The routes on this bike tour are mostly on a downhill slope. From the spring to the Slovenian border, the Mur cycle path descends by a height of around 5500 ft/1700 m and a length of about 226 mi/365 km. From St. Michael to Bad Radkersburg the bike path continues to decline by 2800 ft/870 m. On the first two days there are several short uphills, but they are always followed by longer downhill sections. The Mur cycle path is well signposted and completely away from traffic. However, there are some short stages on minor roads with heavier traffic only when entering Graz.
This tour is recommended for cyclists in average physical condition.
Nearest airports: Salzburg, Austria or Munich, Germany
Nearest train station: Lungau, Austria
Nearest airports: Salzburg, Austria or Munich, Germany
Nearest train station: Graz, Austria
You can take a train from Salzburg, public post bus or a transfer bus to St. Michael. Details available upon request.
Another option includes a return transfer from Bad Radkersburg to St. Michael by Bicycle Taxi Bus. It costs €49 (payable locally) and departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 11 am. Reservations for the bike taxi have to be made when booking your initial tour package.
There is also the option to return from Bad Radkersburg to Graz for €30 per person or to Bruck an der Mur for €38 per person (bike included).
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Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
The following article was written by BikeToursDirect founder and president Jim Johnson in 2004. It covers the northern end of the Mur Bike Path route, in Austria's Lungau region.
Austria’s Hidden Paradise
In a country where eager tourism has left few secrets, Austria’s Lungau region may surprise even the most jaded traveler. Located in Salzburg Province’s sunny south, it’s one of Europe’s most stunningly beautiful and culturally authentic areas.
Four distinct arms of the Alps form a daunting border around the region. The peaks of the Tauern Alps block off the region’s northern and western boundaries, while the gentler slopes of the Nockberg Alps reach mile-high plateau to the south and east. Fifteen valleys join in a sprawling basin.
These primary valleys give access to further side valleys—with serene farmland, dense woods and mountains, and the occasional hamlet.
Most of the region’s 24,000 residents live in 15 towns and villages—few of which have made it to guidebooks despite travelers’ treasures of ancient churches and mighty fortresses. There are neither traffic lights nor rotaries. Much of the region is wilderness. Tiny villages and sprawling farms set off a rich countryside against a backdrop of mountains and waterfalls. Dense forests hide more than 60 mountain lakes. Streams come together in raging rivers.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that the Tauern Tunnel connected the Lungau to the rest of Salzburg province and, to some extent, to the world. Even today, most tourism concentrates in the winter months when the region transforms into a skiing wonderland. During the other months, life goes on. Thanks to this relative isolation, visitors find an authenticity more often associated with Eastern Europe but with the infrastructure and fiscal strength of a Western nation.
There’s minimal commercialism, no pretense, and no artificiality. Tourism is secondary to the life they've been living for decades and centuries.
Still, the tourism infrastructure is strong. While visitors will find no five-star hotels and just a handful of four-star establishments, it’s a treasure trove of family-owned and—dare we say—gemütliche establishments. While tourism may be a relatively recent development, hospitality is deeply rooted.
“Tourism doesn’t drive the economy, so we’re not driven by profit,” says Matthias Rauter, an 11th-generation farmer and 2nd-generation innkeeper. “We’re driven by our hearts. It’s a softer tourism here.”
Even the valleys are 1000 meters (3,300 feet) above sea level—at their lowest. Whether it’s the altitude, the generally sunny climate or the isolation, there’s a different quality to both the air and the people. The landscapes seem more distinct and set off from modern influences. And the people carry themselves with self-sufficiency and quiet pride.
“In the Lungau, the experience is much more authentic and pure,” says Rauter. “In other parts of Austria, tourism has shaped the traditions. Tourism is still young here, and the traditions are strong.”
It’s traditional but not backward. Even Rauter’s 17th-century farmhouse lodge offers a high-speed Internet connection for its guests. There’s a thriving economy with new cars, modern appliances, and all the comforts.
Visitors won’t find folk music evenings with yodeling and dancing. Instead travelers can experience true tradition at the frequent village festivals that local residents hold for themselves, as they have centuries, with you as willing and welcome guest. There’s the Prangstangen Pageant in late June, when parishioners spend a week to attach more than 50,000 flowers to wooden poles. On Assumption Day in August, the flowers are removed, dried and stored to be used as incense during a winter procession.
On Holy Saturday, scores of “Easter Peace Fires” are lit in the mountains – a tradition that may precede the birth of Christ.
“When you see us celebrating, we’re not doing it for the tourists,” Rauter says. “We’re doing it for ourselves.”
Some of these customs are unusual and even take other Austrians by surprise. For example, there’s the Samson procession. At several times during the year, an honored (and strong) townsman carries a huge figure—about 20 feet (6 meters) high and weighing nearly 175 pounds—on his shoulders. Costumed musicians and guards with muskets surround Samson, who dances to the music as they wind through the alleys and squares. At the end of the procession, the guards shoot off an “honor round.”
For centuries, the procession has demonstrated townspeople’s own belief in the power of God to protect them, just as Samson protected the people of Israel from the Philistines. In all of Austria, the Samson procession happens in just 10 Lungau towns and villages, each of which has its own distinct Samson figure and tradition.
Rooted in religion
As with so many Lungau traditions, Samson is tied to deep religious beliefs. It’s common to find processions going from farm to farm, accompanied by music, as they pray for a bountiful harvest and a safe year. Several times a year, parishioners make full-day pilgrimages to churches and other sacred sites across the region.
Throughout the Lungau, townspeople have built monuments in thanksgiving or hopes of protection, central elements of their faith and belief systems. Altars, chapels and shrines appear in all sizes and forms like the marterl, wooden pedestal crosses put up by farmers or others.
“We’re strong believers,” says Margit Schlossleitner, a Lungau native who recently returned home to head the regional tourist office.
Many buildings have small murals like Jesus raising his hands in blessing over cattle or St. Florian extinguishing flames bursting through a barn roof.
Continued devotion to religion is revealed powerfully and graciously in theHoly Family in the Pines. The Prodinger Family, which owns adjacent grazing land, commissioned artist Ernst Adelsberger to carve images of the holy family as thanks for their prosperity. In 1999, Adelsberger found three trees that had grown together with a massive trunk. He spent much of the next two years, using local residents as models, to carve wooden images that are surprisingly lifelike, right down to dimples. The three figures are joined at the base and still rooted in the ground.
Schlossleitner leans forward toward the wood, takes a deep breath and sighs: “This is Lungau.”
Exploring the region
Although the region is small, the Lungau’s towns and villages have distinct personalities.
In Tamsweg, the administrative center of the Lungau, the market square is surrounded by 15th-century inns and shops that were “modernized” during the 17thcentury. High above the town, the gothic Church of St. Leonard has welcomed pilgrims for nearly 600 years and awed them with its magnificent stained glass windows.
Mauterndorf is the quintessential medieval village lovingly maintained not as a show town for tourists but out of pride and love for community. Statues of saints perch over doors and windows. From the town’s 16th-century bridge, strollers can look down to the glacial waters of the Taurach River.
Restored to medieval magnificence, Mauterndorf Fortress is a primary Lungau attraction. Many of the fortifications—like the six-story tower with its battlements—date from the 13th century, when it was built as a toll station and residence of Salzburg’s archbishops. The gothic chapel features an altar from 1360 and frescoes from the 1200s. A compelling feature is the “Fortress Experience” exhibition, a series of detailed and thorough displays showing life in the Middle Ages—specifically, life at Mauterndorf Fortress. Nothing is idealized, and even those who yawned through high school history will remain wide-eyed. Signs are in English and German, and audio tapes are available in English. Enjoy lunch in the Italianate receiving rooms or in the inner courtyard.
Moosham Castle stands a short distance away over the town of Unternberg. It’s the Lungau’s answer to Salem, with a frightful history of witch trials and executions.
Mariapfarr’s parish church is considered the “mother church” of the Lungau. For many, that makes the town the region’s emotional heart. The church was first mentioned in 923 and has elements—like the Romanesque fresco in the choir—that date from the 1200s. At night, from a distance, lights focus on the steeple cross and make it seem to float above the body of the church.
A Roman road first crossed a narrow side valley into Thomatal in 50 A.D. The village church stands on the site of a former pagan temple and is still aligned with the sun as it rises during the summer solstice. During a recent renovation, workers found Roman coins. Even this small church shows distinctive styles from different periods in its history, with Romanesque styling to the west and gothic to the east, where the 30-meter (102-foot) tower rises over an ornate late baroque high altar. The 17th-century pews are hand carved, and the plank floors worn smooth by devoted parishioners.
Across the street, in the Lungauer Webstube, Ingrid Korbuly demonstrates traditional weaving methods and sells her colorful wares. (Elsewhere, guests can visit woodcarvers, distilleries, glassmakers, and even an organ-builder who is currently building a 4,500-pipe instrument that will be Vienna’s largest.)
In the village of Bundschuh, the Hochofen Museum gives a taste of life in the 19th century, when mining and forestry dominated the economy. Visitors can walk through remnants of a 19th-century blast furnace and along the foundations of the old mining settlement. Nearby, an open-air museum shows replicas of foresters huts with dried-bark walls stretched across log frames. Smoke from the hearth turned the ceilings black. This was home for weeks on end as recently as 70 years ago.
Much of the region is just collections of farmhouses. Most stand on stone foundations topped by hewn logs display decorative carving and painting. Flowers pour from windows. Firewood often fills racks built into the sides. Troadkästen are popular features on farms: two-story barns that once stored bacon, seeds, grains and other goods. Many date to the 16th century and feature intricate woodwork and ornate frescoes.
Elsewhere, sprawling meadows line the road, and an occasional brook etches its way through moss and grass. Bubbles spit as the stream hits a rock. With the exception of an occasional farmer’s hut or hunter’s stand, wilderness spreads for miles. Occasionally, cows block the road.
For the adventurous, it’s a hiker’s paradise and a cyclist’s El Dorado. Paddlers won’t get bored, and cable cars above Mauterndorf speed access to mile-high peaks. A network of mountain huts covers most of the region. Although some mountain huts are accessible just by foot, most have road access for cars or the popular Tälerbus (Valley Bus).
One of the most popular is the Ludlhütte at Prebersee Lake, which offers a cozy log cabin for chilly days and sunny deck overlooking the lake for the more common sunny days. Sausages, meats, cheeses, fruit juices and fresh buttermilk are all produced locally.
Getting to the Lungau by public transportation is a challenge. There are no airports (save a small field), and train service follows a circuitous route that either connects with a private, narrow-gauge railway or bus service.
Driving is simple and scenic and follows one of two primary roads. From the northwest, the route travels through the Tauern Tunnel and opens into an expanse of hills, valleys and mountains. From the northeast, the route follows an ancient Roman route (complete with Roman milestones) along switchbacks through the Obertauern Pass and Taurach Valley. After Tweng, a hamlet where post riders once swapped horses, the road swoops down toward Mauterndorf. (As an interesting point of reference, Venice is closer than Vienna.)
Van transfers are also available from Salzburg (about 2 hours and €18 one-way) or Vienna (about 5 hours and €40 one-way).
For getting around without a car, the best day-to-day option is to use theTälerbus, which offers frequent access to all villages and most attractions. Even if you do have a car, consider hiring a taxi for (through the Tourist Office) with a local guide. You’ll pay about €150-200 per day depending on how much you want to travel, but you’ll get local insight and flavor and find treasures that don’t make it into any guide book or perhaps even into this publication.
Elevation: 3,300-9,200 feet (1,000-2,800 meters)
Regional Tourist Office: Rotkreuzgasse 100, A-5582 St. Michael, tel: +43 / 6477 / 8988, fax 8988 / 20, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web www.lungau.at (most towns and villages also have their own tourist offices)
Nearest Airports: Salzburg Airport 62 miles (100 km), Klagenfurt 75 miles (120 km)
Nearest Train Stations: Radstadt 28 miles (45 km) with connecting bus service; Tamsweg (limited service)
Transfers are available from Vienna and Salzburg through Bacher Reisen, Marktstrasse 94, A-5582 St. Michael, tel: 43 / 6477 /8111 , fax: 81114, E mail: email@example.com
Driving Distances (to Mariapfarr):
Innsbruck 296/km/183 miles
Klagenfurt 130 km/81 miles
Munich 255 km/158 miles
Salzburg 124 km/77 miles
Venice 349 km/216 miles
Vienna 374 km/231 miles
Zurich 567 km/251 miles
Eurofun Touristik, also known as Eurobike, was founded in 1993. The company stands for long-term experience in tourism, specializing in cycle holidays. The company has continued to expand over the years, adding "Rückenwind Reisen” in Oldenburg/Germany to the Eurofun group in 2002 and "Eurohike" was founded to service the growing demand for hiking holidays in 2004.
Eurofun's strenths include professional and meticulously researched routes, modern and regularly maintained bicycles, tour guides who know the country accompanying group tours and very detailed travel documentation for individual tours. Along with these aspects, Eurofun offers excellent working support service, luggage transfer and accommodation in hotels with a comfortable ambience and cozy atmosphere.
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