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My way through Italy and the donation for ‘Doctors without borders’

I’m really happy about this great article in our local newspaper “Trostberger Tagblatt”.

Just because of your help the online donation site collected 125,- € and a donation box in our “Trostberger Weltladen” (a small shop for fairtade and organic goods run by volunteers) was ‘fed’ with also 125,- € by our costumers – absolutely fabulous!

The online donation site is open till end of July for your help 😉

Thanks a lot for your support to help people in need!!!

(Trostberger Tagblatt, 14.07.2018)

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Along the river Inn to Kiefersfelden/Germany

Cycling day 18/93 km ~ From Innsbruck/Austria to Kiefersfelden/Germany

This morning I left my comfortable singleroom in the youthhostel in Innsbruck and continued on the cyclepath Innradweg with great weather.

Waiting for the forecasted big clouds it was a nice trip as I had just to cycle, no cultural highlights to be visited.

After midday – as usual – the black clouds crossed the mountains into the valley I was cycling in – but they were very friendly to me – and didn’t start crying 😁

As I was travelling along the river my toughts were wandering through these 3 weeks – and slowly I realised that – I’ll be home again tomorrow!!!

I haven’t got a feeling like this, it’s really unusual for me to enjoy the holiday till the last day – hopefully. 😀 These were really 3 great weeks and nearly everything went like I planned it in advance – cool!

As another positive surprise I came along a small lake I passed two years ago on my way to Rome – and also this time there was a swan family with some youngsters…

So approaching my last overnight stay – a campingsite next to a wakeboard area in Kiefersfelden – I came along Kufstein were the Ritterspiele take place – this is for you Christian D. 😎

The castle of Kufstein

Nice campingsite at the wakeboard center

So tomorrow will be my last cyclingday – hopefully with a little bit of sun… 😁

‘Féte de la musique’ in Innsbruck

Cycling day 17/45 km ~ From Bolzano/Italy to Innsbruck/Austria

Yesterday night was not a silent one – we had to open the windows in the youthhostel as we were 4 guys and it had 30 C…as the hostel is situated next to a big street to the station it was very noisy.

I’ve had cancelled the night in the hostel in Innsbruck a few days ago – but laying in bed nearly around midnight I checked again the weatherforecast – so there should be rain and thunderstorms today. In the end I re-booked the room as it was the last – and tonight I’m very happy… 😁

But let’s start from the beginning…I took the train this morning for Brennero and after 11/2 h I arrived at the pass easily.

Brennero Pass
Along the old road to Innsbruck

In my opinion it was okay to downhill the old road to the pass – but I wouldn’t recommend it to cycle upwards – take the train! There is no cyclepath and the cars and trucks go sometimes really quick around the serpentines.

Finally I entered the ancient town of Innsbruck and it was great to explore it – with sunshine.

The ‘Goldene Dachl’ (Golden Roof)

I checked in to the youthhostel which is situated at the river Inn – so you can reach it safe and easy on a cyclepath along the waterway.

Let’s go into the street – I hopped on the Bus ‘O’ (brings you directly into the center in about 15 minutes) and found a cool restaurant, Gelaterie and – the ‘Féte de la musique’. To improve the friendship of Tyrol and France there were young musicians and everybody had fun…

So this was a great day and coincidentally with french music – as I’m already thinking about the next year’s journey…perhaps the EuroVelo 17 ‘Rhone’. This brings you from Switzerland to the Camargue/FraNd nce – and I’m sure it’s also a cool trip!

From Spittal to Tarvisio – Benvenuto in Italia!

Cycling day 5/84 km

Leaving Spittal this morning I had sun in my eyes – just great! Following the river Drau it was easy to reach Villach but I didn’t visit the city as I’d like to go into the countryside.

Cycling along the Drau is a little bit like making the Danube cyclepath – always straight and a little bit boring… but it’s okay.

Making a turn and following the small and more wild river of Gail was much more fun! Interesting nature and a nice cyclepath.

So after about 60 km there were some ascent to do – approaching the Austrian-italian border – or what is left of it.

Is didn’t watch out and missed the beginning of the italian part of the cyclepath – just a small path on your right-handside goes up a little bit.

The former italian border

So now there came the most nicely part of the day – through the woods and in the end following a former railway track – you can find even the old signs on the track.

The cyclepath through the woods in Italy – next to Tarvisio
The church of Tarvisio

After 84 km I reached my hotel – they’ve got pizza with organic ingredients – and this I didn’t know before! 😁

Crossing the alps by train

Cycling day 4/55 km

After a good and dry night – there was no rain even if I had a tent for the tent – I’ve started my day quite late at 9:30 h and had to climb up to Bad Gastein.

An old town with so much history, so many famous visitors – and now many closed hotels as there aren’t so many people who like to spend their holidays in an old-fashioned town.

The famous waterfall in Bad Gastein

So I had to hurry to catch the train to Mallnitz through the Tauern – the so-called Tauernschleuse.

Like in my childhood I was now crossing the alps by this train…great!

But when we reached the other side of the mountains I couldn’t believe what I saw…dark and heavy clouds!

So I pushed my self to hurry up and get to Spittal where my next campingsite was. Cycling in the woods the dark clouds where now always behind me so I saw always the sun – but only when I looked in front of me 😁.

Finally I’ve reached my campingsite, met a friendly german couple who invited me for dinner in front of their camper – and we talked about journeys already done or to be done…what a wonderful day – even with the smile of the sun! 😁

Up the mountains

Cycling day 3/53 km ~ Bischoshofen – Dorfgastein

So today I’ve had my first camping breakfast and it was great! Not with the new fantastic ground coffee (I’ve got to use the instant one from last year) but with muesli and a marvellous “Wurzelbrot”, a special kind of bread…

As there were heavy rainshowers in the night I had to dry my tent – but this job was quickly done by the help of the sun.

The first 15 kilometers or so were easy as you just follow the river Salzach. But after Schwarzach it went uphill very steep so I had to pull my bike – well, it’s a travel and not a mountainbike… But I knew already this part of the trip as I cycled the Tauernradweg last year – but that time the other way round – so downhill.

The view were outstanding even with this great weather. So I was proud to to have done this part of the trip.

The next highlight was to enter the valley of Gastein – you have to use the Klammtunnel (1,5 km) which is really noisy.

After leaving the tunnel you enter the wonderful valley and it’s now flat, cycling is easy. Finally I’ve reached a really cyclist-friendly campingsite – with a tent for the tents, a roofed restingplace and – two trees for my hammock! 😎

So tomorrow my journey will bring me to Bad Gastein and the train through the Tauern called Tauernschleuse.

This trip is a really relaxing one – I enjoy it so much! See you tomorrow! 🏕🗻🚲

Discovering the ice cave ‘Eisriesenwelt’ at Werfen

Cycling day 2 – From Salzburg to Bischoshofen (40 km)

This morning I left Salzburg at the home of my friends and followed the EuroVelo 7 along the river Salzach which was great. So at the small town of Golling I took the train as it was recommended in my guide book because of the traffic on a narrow road for just 15 minutes.

I arrived in Werfen and took a bus to reach the valley station of the cable-car. After that you’ve had to walk another 20 minutes to reach the entrance of the ice cave.

In the cave it was not allowed to take pictures as the guide would have to wait all the time – so there are perfect pics on Facebook.

If you want to make this visit you need about 4 hours and a warm suit – there are only 0 Degrees C – as there is ice 😉

The ice cave ‘Eisriesenwelt’

After being back to my bike I cycled only a few kilometers, set up my tent, cooked a meal – and it started to rain like cats and dogs – but fortunately on this campingsite you’ve got a big tent with chairs where you can enjoy a beer or pizza – and WiFi 😁

On to road to Italy

Cycling day 1/64 km ~ Salzburg

Finally I’m on to road for my next trip – and this time the preparations were much more relaxed than last year.

Yesterday I’ve packed everything till 7 pm and had a nice dinner on my balcony.

Today the plan was to leave my home at about 9 am…could have worked – but coincidentally Theo came along with his recumbent-bike. He lives just a few kilometers away from my home and wanted to explore the area – so we’ve been talking for about half an hour about our special kind of bikes.

So I left my hometown and cycled through the outstanding countryside of upper Bavaria – really great and fantastic weather!

One of the highlights were the lake Waginger See which is not that far away so I made a rest there.

Here you can have your perfect lunch

Finally I’ve reached Salzburg where I’ll stay overnight at a friends house and continue my trip tomorrow. Looking forward to explore the ‘Eiswelten’ at Werfen.

Part Three – From Italy back home over the alps to Bavaria

So now we are on the last part of my trip – starting with a wonderful (short) boat trip over the Lago di Garda from Manerba to Garda. From here I´d like to make a walk on
one of the surrounding mountains.
After that I´ll continue along the eastern coast road of the lake which is a fantastic
place for surfers up in the north of it. So I come back into the Adige Valley and cycle
up to Bolzano where I´ve booked already a youthhostel for one night.

As I know the cyclepath from the other side I´m going to take the train up to the
Brennero Pass – this will cost me many points in the ranking 😉

Back in Austria my way will lead my down to Innsbruck using the old road and
having a night on a cool campsite at the Natterer See including an organic food shop.

On my last kilometers along the River Inn I´m going to cross the german border
in Kiefersfelden and go back to my hometown…

This will be a – hopefully – sunny and relaxing holiday with some ascents –
looking forward to my upcoming trip!

My trip from Lago di Garda over the alps back home to Bavaria

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Part One – Crossing the alps on the Ciclopista Alpe Adria heading towards the Adriatic Sea

For those of you who are following my trips every year you know that the last year was a big trip. The preparations started already in September, it was the most expensive journey I´ve done because of the ferries and visa – and it was sometimes cold and rainy.

Considering all these facts for me it was absolutely clear this year trip had to be cheaper with much more sun and less wind or rain. And it had to be much more easier to be prepared.

So looking back to my previous trips and thanks to my colleague Matthias who made some fantastic pics in my new/old travelling-region – under these conditions there was just one option – Italy!
And I´d like to use almost every night my tent – as I hope the weater will be nice!

Thinking back to ideas of other travellers or warmshower guests I remembered the tip from the couple from Patagonia last year visiting my home.
It was the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg they´ve taken from Grado to Salzburg and they told me it was nice and comfortable – if you go the other way round…
So it was perfect to get to the Adriatic Coast!

Ciclovia Alpe Adria – the cyclepath from Salzburg/Austria to Grado/Italy 


So here comes the plan…starting at home I´m going to visit a friend in Salzburg and use the Ciclovia Alpe Adria heading towards Bad Gastein.
On my way I´m going to visit some highlights like the Castle Werfen or the Celtic Museum in Hallein. The first night in my old and smaller tent will be in Bischofshofen.

Starting after a hopefully silent night with a great cup of coffee – I´ll be using the first time a real coffee and not just a soluble café – my way will be along the Gasteiner Tal approaching Bad Gastein where I´ll use the Tauernschleuse railway on the next day.

Crossing the Tauern via train you exit the tunnel in Mallnitz and have to have safe brakes – 600 m decent! Cycling through the fantastic Drau valley you are going to visit the nice towns Spittal and Villach.

Leaving Villach you are going to roll along some rivers like the Gailitz and Fella.
I´m going to use old train tracks which are converted to cyclepaths and head towards
my first of three destinations – Grado!

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My trip from Bavaria to Grado/Italy on www.bikemap.net