Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg
The idyllic towns, impressive sights and stunning natural landscapes can now be explored again on both sides of the border, along with the very different cuisine in SalzburgerLand, Carinthia and Friaul-Giulia Venezia! (status: 16th June, 2020)
132 pages, maps (scale 1:50.000), precise route descriptions from Salzburg to Grado, lodging catalogue. German only.
The guidebook can be found in bookstores for a price of EUR 14.90. Full information as well as online orders available online at
Discover the ALPE ADRIA Cycle Path from Grado to Salzburg in 4 daily stages from 100 to 120 km per day, accompanied by the world cycling champion Maurizio Fondriest.
Mr Fondriest will take you on a wonderful tour of enchanting landscapes, crystal clear lakes and delicious aromas.
Start: 31st August to 8th September, 2019
Duration: 9 days and 8 nights
Services: Meals including tour assistance, jerseys for cyclists. Price for cyclists: € 1,140 Euros; Accompanying persons: € 990 Euros.
Booking Contact: Moving Events 045534564 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This cross-border event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020.
Finish: Grado or Salzburg
Length: 410 km
Salzburg – Grado: ^ 2417 m / v 2842 m (^ = up, v = down )
Grado – Salzburg ^ 2842 m / v 2417 m
The route in SalzburgerLand is signposted as a Tauern Cycle Path and Gasteinertal Cycle Path and additionally signposted with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo.
In Carinthia, the route from Obervellach is signposted as the Glockner Cycle Path (R8) and from Möllbrücke as the Drau Cycle path (R1). Also in Carinthia, the entire route is additionally signposted with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo.
In Italy, there are still some sections “under construction”. The section from Tarvisio to Moggio Udinese on the route of the former Pontebbana Railway is already perfectly developed and signposted as the Alpe Adria Cycle Path. The signage with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo is gradually being installed.
An example of cross-border cooperation
In the beginning, behind the Italian-Austrian “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path (CAAR)” project was a common wish of the three participating counties Friuli Venezia Giulia, Carinthia and SalzburgerLand. This wish was a cross-border cycle path that crosses the Alps and connects the Central European cycling network directly with the Adriatic Sea.
In 2008, the project entered the preparation phase, during which the Salzburg-Villach-Udine-Aquileia/Grado route was defined. The advantage of this route was that it was usable within a relatively short time, because cycle paths were already available or under construction on longer sections and low-traffic secondary roads were available for the remaining sections.
The project, which cost a total of 1.2 million Euros, was the winner in the call for tenders carried out under the European inter-border cooperation programme Interreg IV Italy-Austria 2007-2013.
It is managed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Partners are the province of Udine, the state of Carinthia, the state of Salzburg, Carinthia Advertising and SalzburgerLand Tourism.
The strength of the project lies in the cooperation between the project partners in the realisation of the infrastructure (cycle path construction) and the joint marketing measures.
The infrastructural work has already been completed, and thanks to the co-financing by the European Union, the following three important sections of the Alpe Adria Cycle Path have been realised:
Werfen in SalzburgerLand
Arnoldstein - Thörl Maglern in Carinthia
Cervignano - Grado in Friuli Venezia Giulia
A first, major cross-border event took place in June 2010 when the Arnoldstein - Thörl Maglern stage was opened in the presence of the two State Governors of Carinthia and Friuli Venezia Giulia. They were accompanied by hundreds of cyclists from Austria, Italy and Slovenia on the route from Villach via Arnoldstein and Coccau to Tarvis. Another opening event took place in June 2014 in Palmanova.
The “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path (CAAR)” project is a good practical example of EU-funded cooperation aimed at not only improving cross-border links and developing border regions. It is also essential to increase sustainable mobility as a concrete measure in view of the European Union's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.