Alpa Adria Radweg: One of Europe’s Best Bike Paths

Have a week free this summer? Then you might want to check out the Alpa Adria Radweg, which runs 410km from the Austrian city of Salzburg to Grado in Italy, on the Adriatic coast.

Alpa Adria Bike Path

It’s just been named one of Europe’s top bike paths by the Fietsenwandelbeurs — a major, annual fair held in the Netherlands and focused on cycling and walking adventures.

The route is described as one that mostly leads cyclists over dedicated bike paths, and as one of the easiest routes over the Alps, thanks to an 8km long tunnel under the highest hills. The Austrian portion of is partially made up of the Tauernradweg and the Drau Radweg, while the Italian section follows an old railway line (rail trail).

The Italy Cycling Guide (itself a good resource) also highly praises the trail.

This is one of the very best of Italy’s long-distance cycleways with a high proportion on well-surfaced traffic-free cycleways. Centrepiece of the route is the cycleway on the old rail line between Pontebba and Chiusaforte, as it follows the river, criss-crossing it on a series of restored railway bridges. The cycleway takes you through a series of historic towns including Venzone and Udine, and on to Grado on the Adriatic coast via the World Heritage site at Aquileia.

Alpa Adria Bike PathThere’s a free information folder you can download, though at the moment it’s only in Italian and German.

German speakers can also buy a Bikeline guide to the path, and the official website offers a free download of the GPS track.

If you’re interested in more great bike paths through Europe, see last year’s list of nominees for Europe’s best bike path.


  1. Nick Chapin
    12th January 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Looks like a great tour. And the official site (in passable English) is very interactive!

    Thanks for the heads up on this path!

  2. Andy Miller
    21st January 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi guys

    There is a roadbook in English produced by the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. The download links are in my article (click the ‘see also’ tab).

    • Andy Miller
      21st January 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      I should have said, ‘English as well as German and Italian’.

    • friedel
      1st February 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      Oh great, thanks for sharing! And nice website 🙂

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