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Kamp-Thaya-March-Bike Route

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423,03 km length

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  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 423,03 km
  • Ascent: 2.549 egm
  • Descent: 2.626 egm
  • Duration: 30:00 h
  • Lowest point: 141 m
  • Highest point:623 m


Details for: Kamp-Thaya-March-Bike Route

Brief description

Escape from the Danube and bike on a discovery of Lower Austria along the Kamp-Thaya-March cycling route; one of the most beautifulcycling routes in Austria.

The attractive bike route, in the north-eastern part of Austria, follows three Rivers and in contrast permeates the Wald- and Weinviertel - two romantic Regions on the border to the Czech Republic. Scenic diversity, clever signs, friendly and helpful people and high recreational value - the German magazine "active cycling" describes the Kamp-Thaya March cycle path (KTM)  as excellent.

With four stars and the label "Very recommended" did the editorial staff describe the 400 km long route from Krems an der Donau through Wald- and Weinviertel in the vast landscape of the March to Vienna through a largely undiscovered cycling region beyond main roads and mass tourism. Peace, tranquility and idyllic scenery make this trip an experience. The stages with a length between 30 and 55 km can be varied, while the busiest routes are mainly confined to the Waldviertel. Thanks to the perfect KTM route guide the orientation on the route is easy. On the route, wheel-friendly restaurants and accommodation facilities are included.

Wild nature, deserted villages, medieval castles and cultivated wine make the tour an unforgettable experience on the most beautiful detour from Krems to Vienna.


At the beginning of the tour, you can enjoy beautiful cycling along the Kamp (river), then you can expect steep sections in the Waldviertel. Go through the Weinviertel mostly downwards as the route continues through the soft hilly landscape to reach the Danube. The route is largely on traffic-free freight routes and secondary roads. The line in the Waldviertel is mostly paved, however in the Weinviertel you can also encounter gravel paths. The Kamp-Thaya March cycle path is consistently well signposted. Along the way you can encounter also road signs to the smaller regional round tours (such as the Teich-Tümpel-Tour) and to tours which are named after grape sorts (e.g. Welschriesling). Information about the smaller tours are found in the Weinviertel OST and Weinviertel West maps. On the line a variety of destinations are also offered, such as the Loisium wine world, Schloss Rosenburg, Stift (abbey) Zwettl, National Park Thayatal, Retzer Wine Cellar, Therme (thermal springs) Laa, wine experience world Poysdorf, Schloss Hof (castle) and more.

Starting point of the tour


Destination point of the tour


Route description

Length: 422 km

Description: Varied cycling along three rivers; physically stimulating with some heavy gradients in the Waldviertel; in the Weinviertel the route goes down mostly, then through soft hilly landscapes around Retz and Laa/Thaya to Marchegg. The route is at least a week's tour or longer to plan (e.g. for culinary discovery trips or tours by the nostalgia train and bike into the Thayatal (Valley), the smallest national park in Austria). Highlights along the route: the wine world Loisium in Langenlois, the Renaissance Castle Rosenburg, the Stift (abbey) in Altenburg, Zwettl and Geras, the Retzer experience cellar or the Therme (thermal springs) Laa.

ÖBB Nordanbindung von Hohenau/ March bis nach Angern/ March

More info/links

The free secret bike corners folder and the paid bikeline cycling book from the Publisher Esterbauer, € 9.90 plus postage, helps you plan your perfect bike tour.

All brochures and information available free of charge at Weinviertel tourism.


2170 Poysdorf Kolpingstraße 7

Tel. +43/2552/35 15, Fax DW 4

Author's tip

Stage proposals:

The 420 km long cycle path can be divided into smaller stages. This way the routes are easily cycled.

Section Kamptal

Krems Gars/Kamp - Horn, length: 54 km

Section castles in the Waldviertel

Waidhofen/Thaya - Raab, length: 50 km

Section National Park Thayatal

Raab - Riegersburg - Retz, length: 55 km

Section Kellergassen

Retz - Haugsdorf - LAA / Thaya, length: 50 km

Section Weinviertel

LAA/Thaya - Hohenau, length: 65 km

Section Hohenau - Dürnkrut - Marchegg

Length: 62 km  

Attractions along the route:

Kamptal: Vineyard Langenlois, the baths at the Kamp River, hawks, vultures and eagles in free flight at Schloss Rosenburg (castle), Baroque jeweled and Romanesque-Gothic Urkloster Altenburg (abbey). Everything around wine - Wine Museum, kellergassen,

Vinotheques, Wine Taverns. A look into the past: crocodile skull, Mammoth, shark teeth, and glittering minerals in Eggenburg 

Waldviertel: Stift Zwettl (abbey), mystical stones, Boat trip on the Stausee Ottenstein (lake), castles along the Thayatales

Retzer Land: Retzer Erlebniskeller (Interesting cellar), National Park Thayatal, nostalgic train ride Retz-Drosendorf

Weinviertel: kellergassen and wine experience in the pulkautal (valley), Therme Laa, Laa an der Thaya, Nonseum (museum for nonsense) in Herrnbaumgarten, Burgruine (ruins) Falkenstein Marchauen: Bird ringing station, Herrenschlösser (fortress) in Marchegg. 


Vacation offer: Weinvierteltour

4 Nights including an extended breakfast in 3 and 4 star hotels and good Inns, baggage transport (1 piece of luggage per person), cycling Guide and information and local brochures 

Route: Retz - Laa/Thaya - Großkrut - Mannersdorf/March (153 km)

perPerson in double room from € 251,40

Valid: April to October 2010