We go to the museum. We read books. But nothing is as exciting as putting your own feet on ground steeped in history or - as in the case of the Roman Cycle Route - "experiencing" history.
The journey through time begins in Passau and ends in Enns, with 242 km of beautiful cycling in between: through gently rolling landscapes, along rivers and lakes, through towns with charm and history. Rest areas along the route welcome tired cyclists, information boards tell about everyday life, life and deities of the Romans. Museums and excavations invite you to stay a little longer. Pedal stroke by pedal stroke you will come across witnesses of the former Roman settlement.
Saddle up your bike and set off into the past and through different regions in Bavaria and Upper Austria. The Roman Cycle Path not only connects the two neighboring countries, it is also a journey into past times on the traces of the Innviertel borders.
Around the Roman Cycle Path you will find smaller and larger communities where culture and culinary delights can be excellently combined. This is also illustrated by the Innviertel's resonant nickname as the granary of Upper Austria. The Roman Museum in Altheim documents this very clearly with exhibits found exclusively in the region. The focus is on agriculture and animal husbandry. For example, the Romans brought new techniques, new plant varieties and animal breeds with them. After their field work was done, the Romans relaxed in their baths. A partial construction of a Roman bath can be visited in Weirading about 3 km east of the Roman Museum Altheim.
The Heavenly Seven - the following stages lead you in the footsteps of the Romans
🚲 From Bad Füssing to Ering
🚲 From Bavaria to the Innviertel to Waldzell
🚲 From Waldzell via Frankenmarkt to Lake Attersee
🚲 From Lake Attersee to Attnang-Puchheim
🚲 From Attnang-Puchheim to Wels
🚲 From Wels to Enns - via Linz and the Danube Cycle Path back to Passau
Passau Land Region:
Bavarias Passau Land is a region rich in history and enjoyment. Along the Danube runs the Danube Limes, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the south of the Passau district, the Rott and Inn valleys, there are numerous archaeological sites, and an inner-Roman border between the provinces of Raetia and Noricum ran along the Inn River. Along the Roman cycle path in the district of Passau there are numerous buildings and facilities that tell interesting stories. The impressive landscape of the Lower Inn Valley and the Bavarian hospitality characterize the region.
Upper Austrian Danube Region:
- UNESCO World Heritage Danube Limes - Romans on the Danube
- Schärding, the baroque insider tip
- Boiotro Roman Museum Passau
- Oberranna Roman fort, Schlögen Roman park
- Culinary tip: Engelszell Abbey with Austria's only Trappist brewery
- Enns, the medieval gem (Lauriacum Museum and Via Lauriacum walk)
- Roman resting places: Along the Danube Cycle Path on the former northern border of the Roman Empire (Danube Limes), 20 Roman rest areas invite you to travel back in time to the history of an era long gone, but still present on the Upper Austrian Danube. The rest stops with information about the Roman heritage in Upper Austria, the Danube Cycle Path and the respective site municipality serve as welcome and varied rest stops for the bicycle tourists on both banks of the Danube. Here, even the break becomes a small attraction.
Wels pulsates: With its historical background and the well-preserved structure of the city center around the magnificent town square, it invites you to stroll, browse and marvel - during the day and at night also with guided tours. The Roman Trail offers a unique opportunity to experience Roman history in the city. In the meantime, the stations of the trail have become a network within the city that is constantly being expanded. History should be able to be perceived in the form of unobtrusive presentation while shopping, walking or having an extended drink in the sunny town square. Each culinary and cultural meeting point should help to create an awareness of Roman Wels and the past.
Numerous connection possibilities:
Danube, Inn, Tauern and Salzkammergut cycle paths, regional cycle paths, circular route via Danube cycle path possible.
Asphalted and well paved on bike paths, side roads and freight roads, hardly any inclines, suitable for all bikes
Green-white signs with Roman helmet (in both directions in Austria R6), from Wels R4 to Traun, then R14 to Enns, signs "In the footsteps of the Romans" between Traun and Enns
Well suited for families. Many rest areas and hardly any inclines. Return to Passau by bike via the Danube Cycle Path or by train or boat.
The starting point is the three-river town of Passau. This is where the "Cycle Routes of the Roman Period" Via Danubia and Roman Cycle Route meet.
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- Suitable for groups
- Suitable for teenagers
- Suitable for seniors
- Suitable for single travelers
- Suitable for friends
- Suitable for couples
- Suitable for children
- Early winter