A nice but also exhausting tour to the neighbouring holiday region Reutte.
Quality of experience: ******
- Refreshment stops available
- Cultural/historical value
With about 1,500 meters of altitude difference, the tour to the Raaz Alpe is a bit "crisp". However, wonderful impressions are waiting for you. The nature through the Klausen forest past the ruins hides something mystical.
For demanding bikers there are 15 bike routes with a total of 150 kilometres, which have been approved and uniformly signposted by the province of Tyrol. Furthermore, the Tannheimer Tal is the starting point for the newly designed route "Bike Trail Tyrol". The big round tour with over 800 kilometres and the many connecting stages with another 500 kilometres are designed in such a way that the bikers can put together their own personal route.
Cycle paths away from the roads
You can get to know the surroundings on the "Radwanderweg Tannheimer Tal" (cycle path Tannheimer Tal), which passes the most beautiful corners of the Tyrolean high valley on 40 kilometres. The cycle paths are off the main road and uniformly signposted. Via Schattwald in the direction of Rehbach you will reach Ober- and Unterjoch in the Allgäu - stop for a moment at the moor pond "Floschen". Or cycle through Tannheim and Grän on the new lakeside promenade at Haldensee to Nesselwängle. A side trip to the nature reserve Vilsalpsee will certainly please you.
The mountain bike guide
The mountain bike guide Tannheimer Tal contains tour descriptions, altitude profiles, tips and maps. All tours can be combined and are clearly signposted. The blue marked routes are for the connoisseurs. Red signposted are the medium-difficulty tours and the black signage is a sporting challenge.
The MTB-guide costs € 3.00 and can be purchased at the Tourist Office Tannheimer Tal.
Always following the color...
The right mixture makes the difference - this also applies to the mountain bike offer in the Tyrolean Tannheimer Tal. Whoever gets on the pedals here has the choice between 15 tours and more than 300 mountain bike kilometres for every level of ability and fitness. All routes can be combined and are clearly signposted.
Blue route - easy
Mountain bike beginners or safe cyclists as well as e-bikers follow the blue signs in the Tannheimer Tal. The paths, which are easy to ride on throughout, have only minimal gradients and are therefore ideal for family outings in the saddle, where monotony is certainly not an issue: the Kneipp circular path, for example, offers a refreshing descent depending on your mood. After all, the almost six kilometres and 198 metres of altitude difference are all the easier to cycle with well-circulated legs.
Red route - medium difficulty
Whoever sees red in the Tannheimer Tal is happy. And this over medium-difficult and scenic mountain bike routes, which require sporty cycling skills and particularly defensive riding behaviour. Tip: On the approximately 11-kilometre-long "Haldenrunde" bikers cover almost 500 metres in altitude and are rewarded with a wide view of the Tannheimer Tal and the mountains Rote Flüh and Gimpel, the landmarks of the Tyrolean high valley, when they arrive at the Berghotel Zugspitzblick. With good visibility, the view even reaches up to Germany's highest mountain.
Black track - heavy
A total of 3 tours are - not least because of their length - classified as difficult and require strength and mountain biking experience. Like the route to the Raaz Alpe, where 47 kilometres and 1,512 metres in altitude await the mountain bikers. The diversity of the Tyrolean high valley is shown on the "valley tour": On 67 kilometres and 1,280 metres of altitude difference the route offers the whole range of mountain bike sports. By the way, bikers can enter or leave the "Tour de Tannheimer Tal" at any point.
---> Tip: The Tannheimer Tal is the starting point for the Bike-Trail-Tyrol, the longest continuous circuit for mountain bikers in the Alpine region with 1,000 kilometres.
From the car park at the eastern end of Nesselwängle (Schneetalalm) uphill to Gaicht and drive through the village. Continue along the "Alte Gachtstraße" to Weißenbach. (In case the "Alte Gachtstraße" is closed, please take the main road) Follow the signs to the Lech. There turn left towards Reutte. In Höfen, just after the sports field, turn right over the bridge to Ehenbichl. Continue in the direction of Reutte, to the Tränkesiedlung. Cross the road around Sintwaghügel in the direction of the hospital and on to "Gasthaus Waldrast". Right, on the narrow gravel path up to the hermitage. Pass under the castle and the castle head, into the Klausen forest. Beautiful descent through a beech forest. Do not miss the turnoff to the Rotlechtal reservoir! Moderately steep climb to the reservoir. From here it goes a little bit more crisp up to the "Raaz Alpe". The alp is situated in a wide clearing and invites you to rest. Go back the same way. Past the reservoir and on to Rieden. From there to Weißenbach and again on the "Alte Gachtstraße" into the Tannheimer Tal to the starting point.
Visit the Highline 179, the longest suspension bridge in Europe.
It should be noted that mountain biking may involve an increased risk of accidents and injuries. Despite careful route planning, a basic risk always remains. Tour preparation through endurance sports, appropriate technical training and further education as well as personal prudence reduces the danger of accidents and risks. But please never forget that the weather in the mountains can change very quickly. Stay on the marked paths.
Drive on the "safe side" in Tannheimertal
In Austria, mountain biking is generally prohibited by law on all forest and hiking trails, with the exception of mountain bike trails expressly approved for this purpose. The entrances on forest roads are sometimes marked with signs prohibiting driving and additional information such as "Cycling prohibited". Hiking trails do not have these prohibition signs, but nevertheless it is forbidden to use the trails.
The personal equipment must be safe and serviceable and meet the relevant technical standards. Every mountain biker is recommended to inform himself about the planned tours in technical literature or on site. Full mountain bike equipment is highly recommended, even for experienced cyclists!
Tourismusverband Tannheimer Tal
On the motorway A7 at the exit "Oy-Mittelberg" on the B310 towards Wertach and to Oberjoch. There follow the signposting "Tannheimer Tal" B199 until you reach the car park at the eastern end of Nesselwängle.From the Tyrolean side via Reutte on the B198 in the direction of Lechtal to Weißenbach, over the Gaichtpass along the B199 to the car park Ost in Nesselwängle.
By train to Sonthofen, Pfronten/Ried or Reutte, then by bus to Nesselwängle.
Car park east of Nesselwängle.