East Tirol’s lovely capital Lienz is the starting point for this superb four-day loop. In the stunning Dolomites around Lienz, riders will be treated to a wonderland of jagged and rugged mountain peaks, including the highest summits in Austria: the Großglockner and Großvenediger. Avid mountain bikers will tackle this amazing route in four days and stay in mountain huts and shelters where they will be warmly welcomed. Good fitness is required to complete the loop. E-bike riders will find several charging stations along the way.
Four-Day Mountain Bike Ride
Anna-Schutzhaus, Lienzer Hütte, Hochsteinhütte, Lienzer Dolomitenhütte
- Circular route
- Route with e-bike charging station
Elevation uphill 5,325m
Vertical metres downhill 5,325m
Best time of year
* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.
Lienz: car park at the train station in Lienz (pay-and-display)
Debanttal: Seichenbrunn car park, 11.3 kilometres north of Iselsberg-Stronach above Lienz
Bannberg near Lienz: Hochsteinhütte car park
Places serving food & drink
- Day 1: Anna-Schutzhaus
- Day 2: Lienzer Hütte
- Day 3: Hochsteinhütte, Gasthaus Venedigerwarte (2 km detour), Gasthof Moosalm (2 km detour)
- Day 4: Sternalm, Lienzer Dolomitenhütte and various other locations along the route
Day 1: Lienz - Anna Schutzhaus
Uphill/downhill: 1,368/54 vertical metres, distance: 17.9 kilometres, highest point: 1,988 metres, difficulty: difficult
The ride begins at 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 kilometre until you reach the settlement 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 railway tracks 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 125) begins. Shortly before reaching St. George Chapel, take the right-hand 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 Schutzhaus. The final push to the shelter is steep, gaining a nasty 200 vertical metres with some points where you have to get off and walk.
Day 2: Anna Schutzhaus - Lienzer Hütte
Uphill/downhill: 1,096/1,110 vertical metres, distance: 24.6 kilometres, highest point: 1,988 metres, difficulty: intermediate
From the Anna Schutzhaus, 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 (1,106 metres). From Stronach, the path is paved and reaches the federal road after a few hundred metres. Follow the federal road up for about half a kilometre 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 the Debanttal Valley past the Möserhof farm. Riding is now on a gravel road again and follows yellow signage to “Lienzer Hütte”. Cross the Debantbach stream shortly before the Gasthaus Zur Säge inn. Follow the road into the valley until you reach the destination of this day, the Lienzer Hütte.
Day 3: Lienzer Hütte - Hochstein Hütte
Uphill/downhill: 1,831/1,786 metres, distance: 36.2 kilometres, highest point: 2,023 metres, difficulty: difficult
From the Lienzer Hütte, 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 the Faschingalm hut and continue on to the base of a chairlift. 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 begins with a steep climb. The route continues through level terrain toward “Zettersfeld Zentrum”. Ride past Gasthof Bidner 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 along the Beda-Weber-Gasse road, cross the Isel river and turn right behind the church. Cross the federal road to get to the car park at the base of the 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 kilometre of biking will get you to the Sternalm hut (1,505 metres). Those who want to burn some extra energy should turn right (121) and continue riding uphill for another 45 minutes to get to the destination of the day, the Hochstein Hütte (2,025 metres). The final push to the shelter is a thigh-burning 150-verticalmetre climb along the Russenweg ("Russian trail").
Day 4: Hochstein Hut - Lienzer Dolomiten Hut - Lienz
Uphill/downhill: 1,033/2,377 vertical metres, distance: 35.2 kilometres, highest point: 2,023 metres, difficulty: difficult
From the Hochstein Hütte, retrace your steps from the previous day and follow the route back down to the fork where the road to the Sternalm 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 (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” (nature learning 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 run (Rodelbahn). The route along the sledding track climbs considerably to Kreithof (1,050 metres). You can also ride the paved road, which runs parallel to the toboggan run in a more moderate grade. Having reached Kreithof at the end of the toboggan run, turn right onto the toll road that winds its way up to the Lienzer Dolomitenhütte. After your stop-off at the hut, return back to Tristach on the same route.
If you are feeling more energetic, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the splendid Tristachersee lake. To do so, you have to ride back down the paved road for about 6 kilometres and then take the left fork for the lake before riding uphill for about 500 metres.