When rivers were the easiest way to travel, traders followed the Mur on their way south from Salzburg to the Slovenian border. On this self-guided tour, you will bike the most diverse scenic river bike path in the Alps following the same river course, through nature at her loveliest. The Styrian Alps are the backdrop and the more than 200 species of birds, the soundtrack that completes this experience.
Contrasted with stunning nature and wildlife, will be your tour through Graz, the beautiful and historic capital of Styria, infused with the wisdom and relics of old and the vibrancy of youth, thanks to the many universities there.
Your tour will end in the fertile plains of South Styria, often called Austria's Tuscany, whose vineyards rival those of Italy. Be sure to enjoy the thermal spas in Bad Radkersburg.
- The landscape of the Mur River
- Graz, Unesco World Heritage Site
- South Tyrolean wine by lake Calterio
- Remote farms of the Lungau mountain farmers
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Day 1: Arrival in St. Michael im Lungau
Day 2: St Michael - Murau, 35 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Murau - Judenburg/surroundings, 43 mi. (65 km)
Day 4: Judenburg/surroundings - Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 5: Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich - Graz, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 6: Graz - Mureck, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 7: Mureck - Bad Radkersburg, 16 mi. (25 km)
All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case, please follow the directions posted on site.
Day 1: Arrival in St. Michael im Lungau
Arrival in St. Michael im Lungau, check-in to your first hotel, and enjoy. You will have a welcome briefing and distribution of tour information and rental bicycles as pre-arranged. The market town of St. Michael's on the upper Mura river used to be a miners' settlement originating in the 12th century. Lungau is the most remote district of the state of Salzburg.
Cat. A: Romantikhotel Wastlwirt
Cat. B: Stofflerwirt
Day 2: St. Michael - Murau, 35 miles (55 km)
Passing first through Tamsweg, a historic market town with a Rathaus (old town) from 1570, and a Baroque parish church from about 1741, you will also find an interesting local museum exhibiting items from peasant life. You will spend the night in the old town of Murau, nestled amid extensive forests in the upper valley of the Mura River. Murau is nestled at the foot of the Stolzalpe mountain, which rises to over 5900'. Sights in Murau, other than the spectacular scenery surrounding you, include the 13th-century Murau Castle, the Gothic church, and the Leonhard Temple. Every year in July, the European Shakespeare Days take place here, where you can watch the performances in English.
Cat. A: Hotel Lercher
Cat. B: Gasthof Lercher
Day 3: Murau - Judenburg/surroundings, 43 miles (65 km)
At the foot of the rauged peaks of Niedere Tauern, the river valley narrows. Passing through Frojach, you might want to visit the railway museum; in Frauenburg, the ruins of the fortress where Ulrich von Liechtenstein, medieval nobleman, knight, and politician, lived and died. Cycling through Sauerbrunn, there is an ancient mineral water spring used during Roman times and still in use today. The final destination of the day is in Judenburg. Located on a plateau above the Mura River, it is an old hill town with many historical sites. The 14th century Magdalene Church, with its beautiful stained glass dating from 1370-1420 is worth a visit. At the southern end of the town's main square, stands the Town Tower, built in the late 1400s. It is 246' high and provides a lovely view of the town. On the banks of the Mura are the remains of a medieval castle worth exploring.
Cat. A: Guesthouse Karl August
Cat. B: Landpension Birker
Day 4: Judenburg/surroundings - Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich, 37 miles (60 km)
Bruck an der Mur is located at the confluence of the Mura and Murz rivers. It was founded in 1263 and was once a medieval trade center. You will want to visit the Göss Abbey, a former nunnery founded in 1004. The church is a large late Gothic building containing an early Romanesque crypt beneath the choir, some important early Gothic frescoes in the chapel of Saint Michael, and an imposing roof. Also very interesting is the town hall and the medieval house of the corn merchants.
Cat. A: Hotel Landskron
Cat. B: Guesthouse Pichler
Day 5: Bruck an der Mur/Oberaich - Graz, 37 miles (60 km)
Through the lush green that is Styria, this bike tour in Austria follows first to Frohnleiten, a typical example of a medieval market that has grown into a roadside village. Then, passing ancient farm buildings surrounded by old fruit orchards, you cycle by the fortress of Rabenstein into the Tanneben pine forest. Austria's largest stalactite cave, Lurgrotte, is located here. Also, the Austrian Open Air Museum, Stuebing, is very interesting. It is among the 10 largest and most spectacular open-air museums in Europe. There are original, historic rural buildings from all over Austria. Stuebing gives an insight into the peasant culture of Austria in the past. You will spend the night in Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, overlooked by the prominent hill, the Schlossberg. Graz is known for its value on education as manifested by the six universities that are located here. The roots of Graz can be traced back to Roman times when a small fort was built where the city center is today; Slovenians later built a larger fortress in the same place. You will want to visit the clock tower on the Schlossberg hill, also, Castle Eggenberg, which is the oldest family-owned brewery in Austria. It dates back at least to the year 999 A.D. At this time the beer was brewed only for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages. Since 1681 the Castle Brewery Eggenberg has been brewing on a commercial basis. About 200 years ago the ancestors of the present owner bought the castle. There are also several museums in Graz that are worth a visit. The Old Town of Graz was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999 due to the blend of typical buildings from different time periods and architectural styles.
Cat. A: Hotel Drei Raben
Cat. B: Star Inn
Day 6: Graz - Mureck, 41 miles (65 km)
A highlight today will be the Seggau Castle, rising above Southern Styria's wine-growing area. It can be seen for miles around. Its history goes back to Roman times and the lover of such will find satisfaction in the royal room with its perfectly preserved baroque furnishings, considered a true artistic treasure. The wine connoisseur will covet the 300-year-old wine cellar stocked with wooden barrels. The castle's vineyard was once episcopal, dating back to the baroque period. Be sure to visit the unique river mill, the church and the town hall. Or perhaps venture to neighbor Slovenia and the Obermureck castle.
Cat. A and B: Pension Steirerland
Day 7: Mureck - Bad Radkersburg, 16 miles (25 km)
On the short final stage, you will find water of all kinds: the Mur River will guide you, you can swim in Lake Röcksee, visit the mineral water spring of Peterquelle and relax in the thermal waters of Bad Radkersburg (a historic old town with many different architectural styles!). At the end of the day, you will leave your rental bike at the designated location, and either extend your stay or depart. You can take advantage of a return transfer by bus to St. Michael, (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 2 pm, and every Sunday at 11 am) - see pricing. Advance reservation is required. We do recommend booking an extra night since an admission to the thermal bath in Bad Radkersburg is included in the price.
Trip to the Spring of the Mur River approx. 35 mi. (55 km)
There is little traffic along the Mur River to the national park village of Muhr. You will cycle through lush meadows to the car park, Muritzen. Her (transfer possibility for €70,- for up to 4 people incl. bikes, 5-8 people: € 90,- incl. bike). From there, you will cycle uphill, on a partly very steep route (gradients of 12 % and 19 %) to the Stickler alpine hut. The last part of the way, you will walk to the spring of the river Mur on 1898 meters in altitude (about one hour hike). Then, you will ride your bike downhill back to St. Michael. Transfer possibilities depend on the weather and operate from the end of May at the earliest! Due to varying weather conditions, the information about transfer possibilities is subject to change.
Hotels & Bikes
You have two options for accommodations for this tour. Option A features 3 and 4-star hotels and guest houses and Option B features mainly 3-star hotels, guesthouses, and inns. On each day’s details, you will find the preferred hotels listed. Please note that the final hotel list is based on availability. If the preferred hotel is not possible, you will be accommodated in a hotel of equal standard.
Standard touring bike
The standard rental bikes are 7 or 24-speed bikes. There are two types of frames available, a men's frame or a unisex frame. These bikes also feature:
- Modern V-breaks
- Aluminum rims
- Aluminum frame
- Handlebar bag
- Bicycle repair kit with tools, a pump, a spare inner tube, and a combination lock
- Comfort gel saddles (seatpost diameter is 27.2)
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights in selected hotel category
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing and presentation of tour
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Detailed route descriptions and documentation including maps, route-book, points of interest, important phone numbers (1 package per room)
- 7-day service hotline
- 21-speed city touring bike (based on KTM design)
- GPS tracks (must be requested in advance)
- Bicycle protection
What’s Not Included
- Lunches and dinners
- Visitor’s tax approx. €4-7 per person (payable upon arrival)
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Daily departures from May 1 up to & including September 25, 2021
Cat. A Cat. B Season 1 $ 1311 £ 730 $ 1,271 € 828 NZ$ 1411 kr 8545 $ 1,017 $ 1105 £ 615 $ 1,072 € 698 NZ$ 1190 kr 7204 $ 857 Season 2 $ 1422 £ 791 $ 1,379 € 898 NZ$ 1531 kr 9268 $ 1,103 $ 1216 £ 677 $ 1,179 € 768 NZ$ 1309 kr 7926 $ 943 Single supplement $ 252 £ 140 $ 244 € 159 NZ$ 271 kr 1641 $ 195 $ 204 £ 114 $ 198 € 129 NZ$ 220 kr 1331 $ 158
Electric bicycle: $ 174 £ 97 $ 169 € 110 NZ$ 187 kr 1135 $ 135
Rental Bike Plus: $ 79 £ 44 $ 77 € 50 NZ$ 85 kr 516 $ 61
Season 1 & Season 2 Cat. A Cat. B St. Michael $ 150 £ 84 $ 146 € 95 NZ$ 162 kr 980 $ 117 $ 93 £ 52 $ 91 € 59 NZ$ 101 kr 609 $ 72 Single room $ 190 £ 106 $ 184 € 120 NZ$ 205 kr 1238 $ 147 $ 123 £ 69 $ 120 € 78 NZ$ 133 kr 805 $ 96 Bad Radkersburg $ 166 £ 93 $ 161 € 105 NZ$ 179 kr 1084 $ 129 * $ 119 £ 66 $ 115 € 75 NZ$ 128 kr 774 $ 92 Single room $ 190 £ 106 $ 184 € 120 NZ$ 205 kr 1238 $ 147 * $ 196 £ 109 $ 190 € 124 NZ$ 211 kr 1280 $ 152
*includes admission to the thermal bath Parktherme
Extra nights are available in every city, please ask us for pricing!
Minibus to St.Michael: $ 87 £ 48 $ 84 € 55 NZ$ 94 kr 568 $ 68 Minibus to Graz: $ 55 £ 31 $ 54 € 35 NZ$ 60 kr 361 $ 43 Minibus to Bruck an der mur: $ 68 £ 38 $ 66 € 43 NZ$ 73 kr 444 $ 53
(Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 2 PM, and every Sunday at 11 AM, incl. bike, to be paid on site, advanced reservation needed)
Skill Level — Moderate
From the spring of the Mur River to the Slovenian border, the Mur cycle path inclines by a total of 1,700 meters in altitude at a length of about 365 kilometers. From St. Michael to Bad Radkersburg you will cycle downhill another 870 meters in altitude, highlighting that the Mur cycle path mostly leads downhill. Some slight climbs have to be cycled during the first two stages, but you will always find yourself on tranquil bike paths. The route is well signposted and almost completely devoid of traffic. Daily distances are from 15 to 40 miles.
The closest international airport (s) to your tour start in St. Michael im Lungau is Salzburg International Airport (SZG) located 1.5 hours distance or Munich International Airport (MUN) located 2.5 hours distance.
SZG is approximately 57 miles from St. Michael im Lungau. Public buses go at regular intervals between Salzburg Airport and Salzburg main railway station. A taxi bus transfer (supplemental fee) is then available from main railway station in Salzburg to St. Michael. Also, public transportation travels 3 x daily to St. Michael for about €15 per person.
Please check local conditions before arrival and don’t forget your raingear.
Day of Rest
It is possible to request an extra night in any overnight destination based on availability which would provide a full day to rest a relax and explore the destination.
Highly recommended to arrive a day or two early in St. Michael’s to explore Lungau, "Austria’s Little Canada". You can bike to the spring, the source of the Mura River, by following the course of the river in the Mura National Park. You can also cycle part way and then be transported up to the peak. (€ 50, up to 4 persons, incl. bicycles, needs to be reserved in advance.) The spring is an approximate 1 hour walk from the hut.
Electric bike rental is available for this tour. See pricing. The touring bike available to you for rental is high quality 27 gear sportier hybrid with a Suntour suspension fork which provides riding comfort on various terrains.
Important to know
It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with the country or countries you plan to visit. This includes and is not limited to passport validity, visa requirements, and acquisition, blank passport pages required for your destination (s), etc.
US citizens: A good website to research the requirements of the Schengen Agreement and entry into other countries is travel.state.gov.
Non-EU and EU residents: Please research the requirements of your country of residence for international travel and your destination country or countries.
*Important note: Please check on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) status as once implemented, this will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Extra nights are possible in St. Michael and Bad Radkersburg upon request. If you book an extra night in Bad Radkesburg in Category A accommodations, a spa entrance is included.
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