The cycling paradise of the Thayaland region offers 111 km of leisurely cycling. The Thaya Circuit Cycle Trail mainly runs along old train tracks and is particularly suitable for families because of its gentle terrain. The heart of this trail comprises two abandoned railway lines – between Göpfritz an der Wild and Raabs an der Thaya and between Waidhofen an der Thaya and Slavonice in South Bohemia, Czech Republic. It offers a unique experience of nature for both young and old.
Back then, the steam locomotives couldn’t manage steep climbs and the railways engineers made the landscape less steep. This means it is now ideal for a leisurely bike ride – particularly for families.
There is a lot to discover on the trail: old relics of the railway, the milestones, which testify the exact number of kilometres travelled and the hedgerows of wild fruit, which invite you to stop for a quick snack.
In Dobersberg Nature Park you will find the exciting rock formations of the Farnschlucht (Farn Gorge). The banks of the meandering River Thaya are thick with alder, willow and birth. Cyclists can marvel from the cycle trail.
At places to swim along the cycle trail you can still find the rare Thaya mussels in the sand. Back in times of crises, people used them to make pearl buttons. Today Thaya mussels are protected and they may no longer be used for making buttons. There are attractions along the entire route: in Thaya you can marvel at the Haidlkeller, which can be visited by boat. In Waidhofen is the world’s largest aviary, the Waldrapp. Raabs an der Thaya has the Bücherburg, a castle, and the huge ruins of Kollmitz, while in Groß Siegharts there is a textile museum that introduces the town’s textile tradition.
The large bridges give you a great view of the Thaya’s beauty and power. In summer, the large number of places to swim offer an opportunity to cool off, while the wooden beach huts recall the Thayaland’s heyday as a summer resort. Don’t miss out on the chance to swim in this natural environment.
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Beginning in Waidhofen an der Thaya, the continuous asphalt trail leads through up a gentle slope to Dobersberg. The trail continues along the old tracks of the Thaya Valley railway until Slavonice without any notable climbs. The Czech part of the circuit sometimes runs along minor roads with light traffic. Back in Austria, by Schaditz, the trail leads into gentle hills and the romantic town or Raabs an der Thaya, where the German and Moravian branches of the Thaya converge. The trail then returns to a freshly asphalted railway line track that climbs gently for 17 km via Groß Siegharts to Breitenfeld. The trail then branches off and continues through gentle hills for the last 18 km via Weinpolz and Windigsteig to return to Waidhofen an der Thaya.
Ideal time to travel
April - October
Thayarunde Radweg (Thaya Circuit Cycle Trail)
Mobility & Return transfer:
From Vienna to Göpfitz with the Franz-Josefs-Bahn railway. Tel. +43 (0) 5 1717, www.oebb.at. Sufficient parking and direct access to the trail in Göpfritz. May – October: Waldviertel bus with cycle trailer from Drosendorf via Raabs and Dobersberg to Slavonice and back. Tel: +43 (0) 810 22 23 24, www.vor.at
Cycling accommodation providers in Austria Thaya Circuit Cycle Trail
You will find bicycle-friendly accommodation establishments with the ADFC bett+bike seal of quality all along the best cycle trails in Austria. They range from small inns to 4-star hotels. If you’re looking for accommodation on particular cycle trails or in particular Austrian states, you can use the filters options.
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