Enjoyment and Culture on the Alpe Adria Trail

Alpe-Adria Cycle Path


The impressive Carinthian mountains, the cosy way of life in South Tyrol and the Mediterranean flair of the Italian Adriatic make up the special charm of the cycle tours along the famous Alpe-Adria cycle path. Find out some interesting facts here.

Cultur in Trieste on the hiking tour Alpe Adria Trail

Short info about the popular Alpe-Adria cycle path

From the historic city of Salzburg, the famous cycle path leads through the Salzach and Gastein valley to Carinthia, then onto the Austrian-Italian border and on through enchanting cities like Taravisio and Udine until ending in Grado, on the Italian Adriatic. Altogether, the whole route covers about 410 kilometres by bike. All in all, you can proudly look back on about 2400 vertical metres, which is cycled uphill and about 2800 metres of downhill.  But of course, you don’t have to pack the whole 410 kilometres into one journey. Of course, Eurobike has a tour for every performance level and taste.

The most beautiful stages and cycle tours on the Alpe-Adria cycle path

Salzburg – Villach

The first part of the famous Alpe-Adria cycle path starts in the city of Mozart, Salzburg. Cycle through the beautiful valleys of the province of Salzburg to Carinthia, where you can end the tour in the charming town of Villach.


Villach – Grado

From sunny Carinthia we finally cross the border into Italy. Marvel at the wonderful views on your way to the Italian Adriatic and enjoy the light sea air that fills your lungs.

  • If this is to your taste, then please inquire more about our cycling holiday Villach – Grado.


Salzburg – Grado

Do you want to be able to say you cycled from the Salzburg Alps to the Italian Adriatic? And in just a week? Or do you want to take it easy? No problem. Our brand-new cycle tour from Salzburg to Grado leaves nothing to be desired.

Villach – Grado – Trieste

Of course, our well- trodden classic on the Alpe-Adria cycle path can’t be forgotten. Enjoy sunny hours and the Italian zest for life. Because with each turn of the wheel things get a little more Italian.

The course of the Alpe-Adria cycle path

Breathtaking Alps panorama view

From the mighty mountains to the cool sea

The famous Alpe- Adria cycle path starts in Salzburg, Austria. From the capital of Salzburg, it then travels through the Salzach Valley and the Gastein Valley towards Carinthia. Spital an der Drau, Villach and the southern Arnoldstein are just a few of the stages you pass on the way to the Italian Adriatic. The route will eventually take you through famous Italian cities such as Tarvisio and Udine to Grado. Look forward to the incomparable landscapes, picturesque villages and beautiful cycle paths.

Elevation profile

The most beautiful towns along the Alpe-Adria cycle path

View over the city of Salzburg and the fortress Hohensalzburg

The Mozart city of Salzburg

The home of the greatest musician of all time has so much to offer visitors: visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress, stroll through the historic Getreidegasse, enjoy the sun on a park bench in the flowery Mirabell Gardens and taste the fluffy Salzburg Nockerln. A little tip: you can’t go wrong with an extra night in the city!

View over cycle path along the river Drau

Villach – the charming city on the Drava

It’s not only because of the famous carnival that you will know this city. The sunny city of Villach is known to every visitor to Austria. Perfectly nestled in the middle of the beautiful lakes of Kärnten, Villach is a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. Hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and of course us cyclists all love to stay in Carinthia’s second largest city.  Oh, and don’t forget to try the famous Carinthian Kasnudeln!

Fountaine in the centre of Udine

Udine – the heart of Friuli

Probably the most important city economically, and the second largest city of the Italian region Friuli is called Udine. Until spring of 2018, Udine was even the capital of the province. The typical Italian charm, the numerous historical and cultural sights and its beautiful cityscape make Udine a northern Italian pearl that is worth visiting.

Hiking tour Alpe Adria Trail with seaview

The sunshine island of Grado

The charming town of Grado is located on an idyllic island, which is a very popular holiday destination, especially in summer. However, Grado is not only attractive to families looking for bathing fun. We cyclists too have already discovered the golden island. With the beautiful old town, small restaurants and typical shops Grado is a worthy destination on the Alpe-Adria cycle path.

Trieste on the hiking tour Alpe Adria Trail

Trieste – the birthplace of Italian coffee

But stop! We almost forgot an important city. But only almost, because the fantastic city of Triese is hard to miss. The bustling port city whose architecture is strongly influenced by the K.u.K. Monarchy, impresses with its history, charm and multicultural cuisine.

Did you know…

  • …that the most famous son of Salzburg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was only 150cm tall?
  • …that almost twice as much coffee is drunk in Trieste than in the rest of Italy? Much of the Italian coffee comes ashore in the port of Triest. That’s why a very special coffee culture has developed here.
  • … dass der berühmteste Sohn Salzburgs, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, nur 158 cm groß war?
  • … dass in Triest beinahe doppelt soviel Kaffee getrunken wird, als im Rest Italiens? Ein Großteil des italienischen Kaffees kommt im Hafen von Triest an Land. Deshalb hat sich hier eine ganz spezielle Kaffeekultur entwickelt.
Cyclists biking along the river Salzach

Perfectly organised cycle tours along the Alpe-Adria cycle path

Anyone who embarks on the Alpe-Adria adventure can be really proud of themselves, because not everyone can claim to have cycled from the mighty Austrian Alps to the Italian Adriatic. But if you decide to tackle the Alpe-Adria cycle path you should do it with a bit of comfort. This is easiest with Eurobike! We are experts in our field and make your holiday a beautiful memory. We book the ideal hotels for you, provide you with well-prepared travel documents and maps from the company Bikeline. In addition, we deliver your luggage on time to your next accommodation and are available daily on our service hotline. If you wish, you can also hire perfectly maintained bikes from us. So you see, there is nothing standing in the way of a perfect cycle trip!

Eurobike – your reliable partner for bike travel in Europe!

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"I am looking forward to your questions about our cycle tours along the Alpe-Adria cycle path!"
Christine Pölzleitner, Customer Service

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