Cycling in Styria
Cycling in the Murau-Kreischberg region
As a visitor to the region, you have ample opportunity to use the existing cycling infrastructure. Rent out your bike or e-bike at the local hire stations. If you are travelling with your own bike, there are of course service stations that will deal with repairs both big and small.
The right equipment for cycling
- A fully fitted bike and a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet are important.
- Your bike will need two independent brakes.
- Pedals must be non-slip and fitted with reflectors.
- A bell or similar should be fixed to the handlebars.
- A light headlamp must be mounted at the front; a red back light on the rear of the bike.
- A red reflector is just as necessary as two yellow spoke reflectors.
- Drinking bottle.
- Good footwear and windproof clothing, preferably reflective.
- Air pump.
Cycling has a positive effect on your health!
- Cycling stimulates the blood circulation; over the long term your heart will become more efficient.
- As you cycle, your lungs are equally supplied with oxygen.
- Cycling helps to protect your joints as you exercise; it facilitates good blood flow to the muscles and joints.
- Cycling strengthens the back muscles.
- Regular cycling trains your endurance levels.
- Cycling trains your leg muscles, back and abdominal muscles, and shoulders and arms.
Which cycling tour is most suitable for me?
The Murau-Kreischberg region offers numerous cycling trails at varying levels of difficulty. You decide which is best suited to you:
- Easy cycling tour: distance up to 50 km with no climbs to speak of. Average speed is around 15 km/h
- Moderate cycling tour: for experienced and trained cyclists, routes of up to 110 km. A bike with gears is recommended. Average speed is around 20 km/h
- Difficult cycling tour: routes of up to 250 km, some with large differences in elevation. A bike with good derailleur gears or very good hub gears is essential. Average speed between 20 and 25 km/h
What cyclists can expect in the region
Murau itself will impress you with its picturesque old town. Stroll down the narrow streets, browse the shops, enjoy the atmosphere of this 'town of beer'. Pick from among the various cycling tours available, from easy to moderate to difficult, depending on your physical fitness, stamina, mood and ambition. A real secret tip to enhance your cycling experience is the Murtalbahn steam railway, which accepts bikes. This small narrow gauge railway runs between Unzmarkt and Tamsweg and will transport you and your bike from A to B. It's even free to bring your bike on board!
Tip: Cycling along the River Mur
The Mur Cycling Path (Murradweg) is fundamentally a leisurely family route. There are a few climbs, but only at the start. From Murau, you have the option to go to the source of the River Mur or start upriver of Murau and arrange your first night there if you are cycling the Murradweg in full.