This easy paced cycling tour is ideal for those wishing to experience the beauty of the Tirolese Alps in style. The riding is concentrated along historic Via Claudia Augusta, a 2000 year old Roman built road which was, for many centuries, the main commercial route across the Alps, linking Northern Italy with modern-day Southern Germany. Originally used for the transportation of goods and Roman troops, it now serves as the perfect 130-kilometer long biking route through an area of stunning views and historic sites. The three day journey begins at the border between Germany and Austria and takes in some of the most beautiful Tirolean landscapes imaginable—and not forgetting the excellent food: Many inns and restaurants between Füssen and Nauders whip up dishes using Roman condiments to take you out on a historical journey.
- Cycle in the steps of the Romans: The historic Roman Road "Via Claudia Augusta" was traced out as a connection between Italy and the foothills of the Alps in 15 B.C. when Drusus, the Emperor Augustus' son in law, was waging a campaign in the Alps. The road was intended to improve the passage through the Alps for military purposes and to increase Roman control over Rhaetia (modern Southern Germany). The project of converting a pack-animal trail to serve wheeled vehicles was completed sixty years later in 46-47 AD by the son of Drusus, the Emperor Claudius. People and goods could pass between the Adriatic Sea and Augsburg.
- Nowadays, the historic 130-kilometer long route enables cyclists to experience a unique and stunning crossing of the Alps and takes in some of the most beautiful Tirolean landscapes imaginable.
- This rewarding three-day cycle tour takes you from the town of Füssen on the German border to Fern Pass, and all the way to Landeck, Nauders and Reschen Pass on the border to Italy. If you wish you can take the Via Claudia Augusta Shuttle Transfer to conveniently manage the two challenging mountain pass roads.
- Cycling along the Via Claudia Augusta is a great opportunity to explore and get acquainted with the prettiness of the former Roman provinces. The countryside varieties along the entire route are almost unsurpassable in its inherent natural beauty. You’ll cycle past historic sights, building and museums and can gather new strength at one of the many lovely places to eat along the route: Many inns and restaurants between Füssen and Nauders whip up dishes using Roman condiments to take you out on a historical journey.
- The culinary Cycling Package provides a perfect combination of self-guided cycling, great nature exploration and culinary excellence en route.