East Tirol’s lovely capital Lienz is the trailhead for this superb four-day loop tour. In the environs of Lienz, riders will be treated to an Alpine wonderland of jagged and rugged mountain peaks, including the highest summits of Austria, Großglockner and Großvenediger. Avid mountain bikers will tackle this amazing route in four days and stay on mountain huts and shelters where they will be warmly welcomed.
- Circular route
- Route with e-bike charging station
Elevation uphill 5,350m
Vertical metres downhill 5,350m
Best time of year
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Day 1: Lienz - Anna Shelter
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,350/50 metres, Ride Time: 4.5 hours, Distance: 17.5 kilometres, intermediate
Trailhead is the train station in Lienz, the capital of East Tirol. Follow the main road across the bridge over the Isel River and turn right onto the cycle path. Follow this path for about one kilometer until you reach the Lienz hamlet of Peggetz. Continue riding along the path and follow the green cycle path signage through a built-up area to get to the banks of the Drau River. Take the riverside cycle path downstream for about 3.5 kilometres and turn left at the fork “Dölsach Zentrum”. Cross the railroad track and turn right onto a dirt road before reaching the bridge. After about 500 metres, cross a small channel on a concrete footbridge to the left. Continue riding for another 500 metres and cross the federal road. This is where the first climb toward Dölsach/Gödnach (Route No. 125) begins. Shortly before reaching St. George Chapel, take the right fork to Gödnach across a timber bridge. The route leads slightly downhill through the small commune before it resumes its climb to Görtschach. There, follow signage to “Ederplan” and stay on the dirt road that leads to Anna Shelter. The final push to the shelter is steep, gaining a nasty 200 vertical metres with some points where you have to hike your bike.
Day 2: Anna Shelter - Lienzer Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,050/1,050 metres, Ride Time: 4 hours, Distance: 24.5 kilometres, intermediate
From Anna Shelter, retrace your steps from the previous day. Having mastered the steep descent, follow the broad forest road until you get to the sign saying “Iselsberg Zwischenbergen” at an elevation of 1,570 metres. Take the fork to Iselsberg and follow it for some 60 vertical metres. Upon reaching a bend, ride downward to Stronach (elev. 1,106m). From Stronach, the path is paved and reaches the federal road after a few hundred meters. Follow the federal road up for about half a kilometer and turn left onto a narrow paved road at the “Iselsberg” village sign. The route goes slightly downhill in the beginning and then meanders into Debanttal Valley past Möserhof Farm. Riding is now on a gravel road again and follows yellow signage to “Lienzer Hütte”. Cross Debantbach Brook shortly before reaching “Zur Säge” Inn. Follow the road into the valley until you reach the destination of this day, Lienzer Hut.
Day 3: Lienzer Hut - Hochstein Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,900/1,850 metres, Ride Time: 4.25 hours, Distance: 35.5 kilometres, difficult
From Lienzer Hut, cycle out of the valley for about six kilometers and pass Seichenbrunn car park until you get to the fork signed “Lienz Faschingalm”. Straight ahead, on the right hand side of the valley, the dirt road climbs until it reaches a bend where it turns onto a paved road. Climb this paved road to Faschingalm Alpine Pasture Hut and on to the base of a chair lift. From here, a gravel road climbs through sparse stands of larch trees and passes a few log cabins. At the fork at an elevation of 1,785 metres, turn onto a meadow road that climbs steeply in its beginning. The route continues through level terrain toward “Zettersfeld Zentrum”. Ride past Gasthof Bidner Inn and Zettersfeldbahn Gondola until you reach a paved road that ascends to 1,880 metres in the first section. Then, the road drops 1,200 metres all the way down to Lienz. Having arrived in the town, ride through Beda Weber Gasse alley, cross the Isel River and turn right behind the church. Cross the federal road to get to the car park at the base of Hochstein Ski Lift. From here, follow way markings 103 and 121. The route gradually climbs in switchbacks, passing Bruck Castle on its way. If you have had your share of climbing upon reaching the fork at an elevation of 1,430 metres, keep straight ahead and about one kilometer of biking will get you to Sternalm Alpine Pasture Hut (elev. 1,505m). Those who want to burn up some extra energy, turn right (121) and continue riding uphill for another 45 minutes to get to the destination of the day, Hochstein Hut (elev. 2,025m). The final push to the shelter is a nasty 150 vertical meter climb along the Russenweg (Russian trail).
Day 4: Hochstein Hut - Lienzer Dolomiten Hut - Lienz
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,050/2,400 metres, Ride Time: 4.5 hours, Distance: 34.5 kilometres, intermediate
From Hochstein Hut, retrace your steps from the previous day and follow the route back down to the fork where the road to Sternalm Alpine Pasture Hut branches off. Turn right here and continue biking to Sternalm, which will take some 15 minutes to complete. From there, take the well maintained forest road (No. 103) down to Leisach until you reach the federal road down at the valley floor. Follow this road out of the valley for about 200 metres until you reach the village sign of “Leisach”. Turn right onto the “Naturlehrpfad Amlach” (interpretive nature trail). Cross the Drausteg footbridge and continue straight ahead to Dolomitenwaldschenke. Turn left there and ride through Amlach on the paved road. At the end of the village, the route continues straight ahead to Tristach. Follow the main road for about 700 metres until you reach the sports field. Take the first right and the second left to get to the natural toboggan track (Rodelbahn). The route along the sledding track climbs considerably to Kreithof (elev. 1,050m). You can also ride the paved road, which runs parallel to the sledding track in a more moderate grade. Having reached Kreithof at the end of the sledding track, turn right onto the toll road that winds up to Lienzer Dolomiten Hut. After your stop-off at the hut, get back to Tristach on the same route.
If you are feeling more energetic, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in splendid Tristachersee Lake. Doing so, you have to ride back on the paved road and take the left fork for the lake (about 500 metres away). In Tristach, stay on the main road toward Lienz. The route then continues on the cycle path that runs parallel to the main road and brings you to the town center. Turning left and crossing the Isel River once again you will eventually reach the Lienz train station (the final 400 metres of cycling are along the main road again).