Biking distance is 35 miles on flat to rolling terrain, primarily on dedicated paved bicycle paths.
In the hotel dining room, choose from a buffet with meats, cheeses, eggs, yogurt, cereals, breads, juices, and hot beverages.
After a hearty breakfast, we will present a lecture on safety, rules of the road, and the IBT Corner System. Our biking on dedicated cycle paths along the Mur River takes us through the green heart of Austria, one of the most densely wooded regions of the country. Just east of St. Michael, we’ll pass Moosham Castle, which attained notoriety for its summary trials and executions of witches, beggars, and other social outcasts during the 17th and 18th centuries.
On your own to enjoy what you like in a small guesthouse in Ramingstein.
We leave the province of Salzburg and cross into Styria, the largest of the nine Austrian provinces, where we enter the forested world of the Murau. Pedal along the Styrian Wood Route where numerous carved wooden reliefs offer insight into the forest, local legends and the region’s most significant natural resource. Wood has been used for centuries as building material, an energy source, and as raw material for musical instruments, toys and crafts. Particularly impressive is the wooden bridge near the twin villages of St. Georgen and St. Lorenzen, which is currently the largest cantilevered wooden bridge in Europe at 85 meters long and 8.6 meters wide. The tranquil town of Murau, home to the Obermurau Castle, awaits our arrival.
In the Hotel Gasthof Lercher dining room, enjoy a three-course set menu plus water; other beverages are available for purchase.
At leisure. Your evenings are free to spend time with new Road Scholar friends, relax, or go exploring on your own.