The MTB routes in Tyrol in Austria are a crazy experience for fans of cycling and cycling, and these routes among the most beautiful in the Austrian Alps can create dependence as it has happened to us. With Innsbruck as our point of reference, we have cycled on mountain bikes and e-bikes (i.e. always e-mtb) along the valleys of the Austrian Alps, which offer routes of varying difficulty, length and height difference. We are talking about 6,000 kilometres in the green and sparkling views of the highest and most beautiful mountains of Tyrol, with stops in the mountain huts and refuges for gourmet lunches and snacks based on freshly prepared natural ingredients (forest fruit yoghurts are a divine thing!). The Tyrolean approach to cycling tourism is a serious one: well-marked and signposted trails, refreshment points, many bike rentals, charging points for electric mountain bikes, train and cable car services with often free bike loads, luggage transport. All things to copy even in Italy which, very close, is still far from these standards. And so here are our tips on MTB routes in Tyrol, for a holiday in the Austrian Alps by electric bike or ‘muscular’ bike. Both for experienced riders and for families with children.
MTB routes in Tyrol: from bike tours to nature tours
There are lovers of pedals who spend their summer holidays in the mountains to mountain biking. On the contrary, sometimes they leave their cars at their destination, load weapons and luggage on their bikes and go around the paths sleeping every night in a different place. Most tourists, on the other hand, take it more comfortably, while maintaining their integrity as bike enthusiasts: they just need to rent a mountain bike from time to time to make an excursion in the midst of nature. And if the bike is also pedal assisted, there is not a climb that can withstand it.
For both categories of tourist cyclists, we have seen that mountain biking in Tyrol is the right choice to spend a few days of “holiday in motion”. Just past the Brenner border (two hours from Verona and three from Milan) begins a network of 6000 km of paths of varying intensity and perfectly signposted and suitable for ‘fat wheels’. The paradise of bikers on earth, who can find specific information on the MTB routes here on the official website of Tyrol.
Tips for cycling and mountain biking in Tyrol between valleys, refuges and mountain huts
Around Innsbruck – the capital of Tyrol and, for many, the real capital of all the Alps – there are hundreds and hundreds of kilometers of paths that would take weeks to walk them all. Those who want a quiet and easy approach to mountain biking can instead opt for hikes between mountain huts and refuges, small mountain huts where you can eat and drink great. Here, in fact, the gourmet menus become a good reason to add a little ‘sprint to your hike on the pedals.
Speaking of the Tyrolean alpine pastures, here you will find tips for some regenerating footpaths in every sense that you can do in the summer between the Stubai valley and St. Anton.
Easy mountain bike tour to Alpbach in Tyrol
The first recommended exit is to Alpbach, the “most beautiful village in Austria” at a half hour’s drive from Innsbruck: there are only wooden huts, typical houses with the characteristic Tyrolean architecture of a few centuries ago and elegant hotels, with balconies all decorated with flowers.
Just outside the hamlet of Inneralpbach, a path leads to the Farm Kerala Malm, an 8 km long dirt track that starts slowly, along the Greitbach stream, and then becomes much more challenging in the last section. The altimeter in your outdoor clock will show more than 700 metres of positive final elevation gain, a climb that those who are in good shape (and those with pedal assistance) can easily cope with without too many problems.
It only takes less than three hours between the round trip: the prize is to sit on the benches in the sun on the terrace of the refuge and wait without too much haste for the berries to bring you immersed in the yogurt made in the hut itself.
If you then decide to go down, the return to the starting point will be only an easy and pleasant descent: the bravest and most trained instead can try to climb again – but only on foot! – to the Grosser Galtenberg.
Medium-difficulty mountain bike tour under the highest peaks of Tyrol
The ascent to the Johannishütte hut with departure just outside Prägraten in East Tyrol has the same characteristics (an easy wide gravel road), the same length (16 km between round trip for about 2 hours and a half hours on the pedals) and more or less the same slope (850 meters in height difference).
This mountain bike tour in Tyrol, however, offers a different, more rewarding and stimulating experience, because you ride along the valley floor and halfway along the coast of