© Esther Willhelm
© Esther Willhelm

The Karwendel Tour

The Karwendel road bike tour will not only make a fabulous and memorable impression; it also connects the regions of Seefeld and Achensee via Bavaria. This classic route around Karwendel was already used in 1978 for a road cycling event.

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Starting point

Innsbruck

Finishing point

Innsbruck

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

156 km

Riding time

7h

Features

  • Circular route
  • Handicap-accessible
  • Route with e-bike charging station

Difficulty rating

difficult

Altitude

1,260m 580m

Elevation uphill 1,500m
Vertical metres downhill 1,500m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun

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* 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.

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Trail description

The classic road bike "Karwendel Tour" starts in Innsbruck and leads through the Inntal Valley until Telfs. From there the 600 metre ascent to Leutasch begins, which is one of the most challenging sections of this route.

As the route proceeds to Scharnitz, there is only one short ascent which interrupts an otherwise rapid downhill run to where the Austro-German border between Scharnitz and Mittenwald is crossed. At Wallgau, this road bike marathon branches off into the beautiful landscapes of the Isartal Valley, where you should follow the toll road until Vorderriß and continue on until Lake Sylvensteinsee. Once arrived at Sylvensteinsee, turn right in the direction of Achenkirch, from where you will reach the Austro-German border again after around 10 kilometres. Stay on the main road until Achenkirch, then turn off into the village and cycle along the Uferstraße (lakeside road) to Maurach am See. From there you can either join the main road again and enjoy the fast descent down to Wiesing in the Inntal, or turn off at Maurach and take the steep Kasbachstraße Road down to Jenbach. Once back in the Inntal, you can cycle comfortably back to Innsbruck along the Inn river cycling trail or along the main road.

Tip: For several years, this has been the route for an annual open race on the first weekend in May.

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