Between Vienna and Bad Radkersburg, for example, EuroVelo 9 runs exclusively along existing cycle trails, following the route of the Thermal Spa Cycle Trail. It is probably one of the most awe-inspiring cycling trails in Austria. From the small city of Blansko north of Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, we ride through the South Moravian Region and the Weinviertel in Lower Austria until we come to Vienna ‒ this section, incidentally, is called the Vienna-Breclav Cycle Route. Then it’s on through the Vienna Woods and the Viennese Alps towards Styria, which we reach in Mönichwald in the Wechsel mountain area.
On this section, we follow the Thermal Spa Cycle Trail, as we do in Styria until Bad Radkersburg. Passing the border between Lower Austria and Styria, we continue through East Styria over a few small ridges and hills, past famous spa towns such as Bad Waltersdorf, Bad Blumau and Loipersdorf, and through the Thermen- und Vulkanland (“Thermal Spa and Volcano Region”) until we come to the river Mur at Bad Radkersburg. Tired calves are soon soothed at the Parktherme health spa! From here, we continue for a while on the River Mur Cycle Trail until arriving in Spielfeld/Sentilj, where we turn south towards Slovenia and cover the final leg to Maribor, voted European Capital of Culture in 2013.
In addition to the numerous cultural attractions that we will encounter along the way, this cycle trail is a real journey through gastronomic paradise: wine specialities at traditional inns and wine taverns, the famous pumpkin seed oil, Sturm (fermented grape juice) and chestnuts in autumn and much more are all waiting to be sampled. And to rest our weary legs, we can look forward to the restorative waters of the local spas and their hot springs.
Rest StopKellergasse Wolkersdorf
Emergency assistance number: 144
Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?
Tips and hints
The EuoVelo 9 in the Czech Republic:
Radnická 2, 60200 Brno
Tel. +420 542 211123
The EuroVelo9 in Austria:
The Eurovelo 9 in Slovenia:
Partizanska cest 6a, 2000 Maribor
Tel. +386 22 346611
Returning from Maribor via Graz and Vienna to Blansko/Brno: By ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways); more information is available at www.oebb.at
The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.
From Vienna, take the Nordautobahn A5 and the E461 across the border in Drasenhofen, to Brno.
It is just a few more kilometres to the small town of Blansko.
More information about parking in Brno and Blansko can be obtained from the Brno Tourist Information Centre.
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EquipmentTouring bikes or city bikes are recommended rather than racing bikes, as some short sections run on gravel. However, these can be bypassed on federal roads. Tip: It never hurts to ensure you have a basic tool kit with you, containing a replacement hose and/or repair kit, a spanner, air pump, brake and gear cable and a screwdriver.
Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Spoke wrench
- Zip ties
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
- Handlebar / frame / saddle bags
- Mudguards recommended
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.