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    Alpe Adria Radweg Photo: Franz Gerdl, Kärnten Werbung
  • Photo: Heiko Mandl, SalzburgerLand Tourismus
  • Alpe Adria Radweg in Bad Gastein Bruecke über Gasteiner Wasserfall
    Alpe Adria Radweg in Bad Gastein Bruecke über Gasteiner Wasserfall Photo: Daniel Simon, SalzburgerLand Tourismus
  • Alpe Adria Radweg Grado Photo: Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg
  • Draubrücke Photo: Kärnten-Werbung
  • Salzburg Blick vom Müllnersteg Photo: Eduardo Gellner, SalzburgerLand Tourismus

Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg 

In One Week from Salzburg to Grado
The route leads us from Salzburg City of Mozart (elev. 425 m) through the Salzachtal and Gasteinertal valleys to Böckstein. From here we take an 11-minute train ride to Mallnitz (1,191 m), before biking again from Carinthia via Spittal a. d. Drau, Villach and Arnoldstein to the Austrian-Italian border. Now on Italian soil, the route leads us – occasionally along abandoned railway lines – via Tarvisio, Gemona, Udine and Aquileia to Grado on the Adriatic Sea. Our companions along the way are idyllic towns, imposing sights and magnificent natural landscapes!


As of today, Tuesday 16th June 2020, the travel restrictions between Austria and Italy have also been lifted. As a result, nothing stands in the way of a cross-border bike tour on the Alpe Adria cycle path to Grado, at the Adriatic Sea.

The idyllic towns, impressive sights and stunning natural landscapes can now be explored again on both sides of the border, along with the very different cuisine in SalzburgerLand, Carinthia and Friaul-Giulia Venezia! (status: 16th June, 2020)

Alpe Adria Radweg- Grado Gianluca
Photo: Baronchelli
The 7th edition of the “Alpe Adria Radweg” guidebook – from Salzburg to the Adriatic – was just recently published by Verlag Esterbauer (bikeline). All of the details about this marvelous bike tour have been completely updated. 

132 pages, maps (scale 1:50.000), precise route descriptions from Salzburg to Grado, lodging catalogue. German only.

The guidebook can be found in bookstores for a price of EUR 14.90. Full information as well as online orders available online at


Ciclovia Alpe Adria Bikeline 2018
At the "Salzburger Rennradverleih" fully equipped racing bikes can also be rented, including luggage bags, lights and an individual setup. Bikes can be delivered directly to your hotel in Salzburg. There is also a route briefing with tips and suggestions. It is additionally possible to return the bikes in Grado.


Rennrad Stadt Salzburg Photo: Heiko Mandl
Due to the many enquiries we have received about a tour that would be suitable for road bikes, we have developed a route that bypasses all of the unpaved sections of the Alps-Adriatic Bike Tour. In those cases, riders simply have to switch to the nearest (main) road, though this only affects around 20 percent of the entire tour. 80% of the road-bike variant still follows the original route of the Alps-Adriatic Bike Tour!

>> Download the GPS track of the road-bike Alps-Adriatic Bike Tour here


Rennradregion Salzburger Land Photo: Markus Greber
On the Alpe Adria cycle path with Fondriest


Discover the ALPE ADRIA Cycle Path from Grado to Salzburg in 4 daily stages from 100 to 120 km per day, accompanied by the world cycling champion Maurizio Fondriest.


Mr Fondriest will take you on a wonderful tour of enchanting landscapes, crystal clear lakes and delicious aromas.


Start: 31st August to 8th September, 2019


Duration: 9 days and 8 nights


Services: Meals including tour assistance, jerseys for cyclists. Price for cyclists: € 1,140 Euros; Accompanying persons: € 990 Euros.


Booking Contact: Moving Events 045534564 /


This cross-border event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020.


Photo: SalzburgerLand Tourismus

From: Salzburg or Grado

Finish: Grado or Salzburg

Length: 410 km

Elevation changes:

Salzburg – Grado: ^ 2417 m / v 2842 m  (^ = up, v = down )

Grado – Salzburg ^ 2842 m / v 2417 m


The route in SalzburgerLand is signposted as a Tauern Cycle Path and Gasteinertal Cycle Path and additionally signposted with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo.


In Carinthia, the route from Obervellach is signposted as the Glockner Cycle Path (R8) and from Möllbrücke as the Drau Cycle path (R1). Also in Carinthia, the entire route is additionally signposted with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo.


In Italy, there are still some sections “under construction”. The section from Tarvisio to Moggio Udinese on the route of the former Pontebbana Railway is already perfectly developed and signposted as the Alpe Adria Cycle Path. The signage with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo is gradually being installed.


The “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path” project
An example of cross-border cooperation


In the beginning, behind the Italian-Austrian “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path (CAAR)” project was a common wish of the three participating counties Friuli Venezia Giulia, Carinthia and SalzburgerLand. This wish was a cross-border cycle path that crosses the Alps and connects the Central European cycling network directly with the Adriatic Sea.
In 2008, the project entered the preparation phase, during which the Salzburg-Villach-Udine-Aquileia/Grado route was defined. The advantage of this route was that it was usable within a relatively short time, because cycle paths were already available or under construction on longer sections and low-traffic secondary roads were available for the remaining sections.


The project, which cost a total of 1.2 million Euros, was the winner in the call for tenders carried out under the European inter-border cooperation programme Interreg IV Italy-Austria 2007-2013.


It is managed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Partners are the province of Udine, the state of Carinthia, the state of Salzburg, Carinthia Advertising and SalzburgerLand Tourism.
The strength of the project lies in the cooperation between the project partners in the realisation of the infrastructure (cycle path construction) and the joint marketing measures.
The infrastructural work has already been completed, and thanks to the co-financing by the European Union, the following three important sections of the Alpe Adria Cycle Path have been realised:


  • Werfen in SalzburgerLand

  • Arnoldstein - Thörl Maglern in Carinthia

  • Cervignano - Grado in Friuli Venezia Giulia

    A first, major cross-border event took place in June 2010 when the Arnoldstein - Thörl Maglern stage was opened in the presence of the two State Governors of Carinthia and Friuli Venezia Giulia. They were accompanied by hundreds of cyclists from Austria, Italy and Slovenia on the route from Villach via Arnoldstein and Coccau to Tarvis. Another opening event took place in June 2014 in Palmanova.

    The “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path (CAAR)” project is a good practical example of EU-funded cooperation aimed at not only improving cross-border links and developing border regions. It is also essential to increase sustainable mobility as a concrete measure in view of the European Union's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.


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