The River Mur Cycle Trail is considered among aficionados to be one of the most beautiful riverside cycling routes in Alps thanks to the sheer variety of its scenery. It starts in the Hohe Tauern National Park and accompanies the Mur to its mouth in Croatia. In the north, mountains, alpine pastures and lakes provide variety; the south is dominated by corn fields and the oil pumpkins that are so typical of the area, as well as vast floodplains where the vineyards are not too far off. Scattered in between are cities such as Graz, culinary capital of Austria and European Capital of Culture 2003, which boasts UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the old town and Eggenberg Castle.
On this cycling tour, the Mur ‒ the largest river in Austria after the Danube ‒ will lead us from the colossal mountains at its source in the Hohe Tauern to the hot springs and vineyards of the south. We will jump into cool lakes and explore one of Europe’s most stunning gorges, the Bärenschützklamm. We will enjoy delicious snacks comprising regional products and maybe a glass or two of fine wine. We will get to know the mining town of Leoben and historic market towns of particular cultural and architectural renown, such as Bruck an der Mur and Bad Radkersburg with their charming old towns.
We will of course pay a visit to Graz, city of culture and culinary pleasures, and experience its Mediterranean ambience. Romantic hillsides clad with vineyards a little off the beaten track will inspire us to climb them. Pumpkin fields, apple orchards and pumpkin seed oil mills will show us that apples, wine and pumpkins aren’t just food in Styria, but pure gourmet indulgence and cultural heritage combined.
In short: We are about to embark on one of the most spectacular bike trips that a person can experience. A trip that will live long in the memory for its breadth and variety.
Rest StopVinofaktur mit dem Genussregal Südsteiermark
Red Bull Ring
Parktherme Bad Radkersburg
Asia Spa Leoben
Brauerei der Sinne
Bärenschützklamm bei Mixnitz
Bäcksteffl - Käferbohnenkabinett
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
Tel. +43 316 4003
If you would like to hire a tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:
tel. +43 316 4003450,
Returning from Bad Radkersburg to St. Michael im Lungau
St. Michael im Lungau
tel. +43 6477 8111
Please register in advance. More information at: Bacher Travelling www.murradtour.info
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.
Detailed arrival information can be found here.
Please visit www.murradweg.com
for an overview of partners, or the "Murradweg" brochure which you can order free at Steiermark Tourismus.
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EquipmentThe right bike: a touring bike or city bike. Racing bikes are not recommended. Breakdowns can occur ‒ and they rarely happen right outside one of the many service points. That’s why it never hurts to ensure you have a basic kit with you comprising key tools and accessories! It’s sensible to bring a replacement hose and/or repair kit, adjustable 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.
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