Kronberg Castle on the Inn Cycle Path, © Tirol Werbung / Oliver Soulas
Kronberg Castle on the Inn Cycle Path, © Tirol Werbung / Oliver Soulas

Culinary Cycling Adventures: Bike Rides for Foodies in Tirol

Cycling and cuisine – the perfect combination! Tirol is home to a number of specially designed bike rides inviting guests to enjoy some of the best local food as they ride from one location to the next. Scroll down to find out more.

A traditional breakfast to start the day, a fresh salad for lunch and a hearty dinner in the evening. Cycling is hard work, especially in the mountains of Tirol, so riders need to keep their energy levels topped up to get through the day. The region's 1,000 kilometres well-signposted paths and trails includes a number of specially designed routes combining pedal power with fine food. The rides take in not only some of the best restaurants and guesthouses in Tirol but also plenty of other attractions such as castles and fortresses. Here are three of the best culinary cycling adventures.

1) Nature, Culture, Cuisine: Traditional Tirolean Food by the Inn River

Riding and relaxing, © Tirol Werbung/Oliver Soulas

No climbs worthy of the name, a cool location next to the river and lots of sights and attractions en route make the 200-kilometre-long Inn Cycle Path perfect for families and cruisers. The relatively short stages take in castles, fortresses, medieval oldtowns and untouched nature – plus, of course, cafés, guesthouses and restaurants. Dumplings with beer or coffee and cake? It's up to you!

2) Rolling, Riding and Relaxing on the Banks of the Drau

Culinary bike ride by the Drau river, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer

This bike route along the Drau river in East Tirol takes in some spectacular scenery but is easy to ride even for families as it remains on the valley floor from Sillian to Lienz and over the border into the neighbouring province of Carinthia. The Drau Cycle Path even gives riders a bit of Mediterranean flair as it passes through this region near Italy known for its mild climate. Some of the local delicacies on offer en route include Schlipfkrapfen, Kaiserschmarrn, Pregler schnapps and the hearty Melchermuas.

3) Via Claudia Augusta: A Culinary Journey Back in Time

Via Claudia Augusta, © Tirol Werbung / Frank Bauer

This long-distance cycle path follows the route of an old Roman road which once crossed Tirol from north to south. The Via Claudia Augusta is today a popular cycle path taking in idyllic valleys, rushing rivers and plenty of top sights and attractons. It measures 130 kilometres and can be completed in three stages. En route there are plenty of guesthouses and restaurants with traditional cuisine.

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