Combine time in glamorous St. Moritz and Innsbruck, Tyrol’s capital, with a week-long ride down the Upper Inn valley.
Imagine saddling up and following the Inn from near its source in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden to Austria’s Olympic city – Innsbruck. Along quiet valley roads and forest tracks, we follow the Inn across the Swiss-Austrian border and downstream through the heart of Austria’s Tyrol. With every bend in the river or narrow gorge, there’s new adventure and a warm welcome in alpine hotels and the cosy mountain restaurants that await us with their authentic cuisine.
As your adventure unfolds, appreciate the contrast between cosmopolitan St Moritz, Graubünden's beautifully preserved sgraffito wall decoration, and magnificent castles like Schloss Tarasp and Burg Schofenstein. Isn’t it time you got on two-wheels to explore this rewarding corner of the Alps? We’ll make it happen.
Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to your base hotel in St. Moritz.
After breakfast we personally equip you with your bicycle to ensure a perfect fit for the adventure ahead. The day is then yours to explore glamour-infused St Moritz and its spectacular surrounds. Will you stroll the Via Maistra and other famous streets of Europe’s most-storied ski town in the footsteps of the Aga Khan, myriad celebrities and leading industrialists? How about riding the cableway up to Corviglia, admiring the neo-gothic clock-tower of the Protestant Church on cobbled Via Veglia, or visiting the domed Segantini Museum? Or maybe you'll cycle along the tranquil shores of Lakes Sils and Silvaplana towards the Inn’s source below Piz Lunghin?
Today we begin our 120 mile (190km) cycle adventure. Imagine filling your pannier with thick slices of Birnbrot and Nusstorten, good bread and local cheeses for a picnic – maybe some local Calanda Bräu beer or a bottle of wine too. Then we’ll leave St Moritz, descend past the ruined Romanesque San Gian Church in Celerina and head towards Zernez, today’s destination. En route, look out for distinctive artisanal sgraffito work on buildings. At La Punt-Chamues-ch, admire the glorious sixteenth- and seventeenth-century houses and Gothic mountain pilgrimage church of San Andrea with its impressive frescoes. Then continue along the Inn, maybe stopping briefly at the Protestant Church of San Luzi in Zuoz with its ‘starry vault’ ceiling and stained glass by Giacometti, Könz and Casty. Later, as afternoon shadows slowly fill the valley, we approach Zernez, gateway to the Swiss National Park.
After a restorative night in Zernez, pedal onwards through sleepy Susch at the foot of the Fluela Pass before saying ‘Bun di!’ to the villages of Lavin and Guarda. In Ladin – a language related to Romansch – ‘Guarda’ means ‘Look!’ And so we should, because the views from this sunny south-facing terrace are stunning. By the way, Guarda is such a well-preserved village that it won the Swiss Heritage Society’s Wakker prize in 1975 – and was marked forever as being of ‘national importance’. Don’t miss this jewel of the Unter Engadine. Later, reach Tarasp, with its lovely little lake overlooked by stunning Schloss Tarasp – probably Graubünden’s best-known, most imposing castle. From here, it’s a short ride into Scuol for dinner and a good sleep after another day’s exploring. If you can, try local meat or vegetarian Capuns, lovingly made from spätzle dough and mouth-watering fillings rolled in a chard leaf. Bon appetit!
With our cycling legs now warmed up after several days’ pedalling, today’s ride is slightly longer – with even more opportunities to enjoy the magnificent valley scenery. As we ride, we'll revel in the Inn’s unfolding delights, enjoy views of the tumultuous waters in the Finstermünzer Schlucht gorge and find ourselves in Austria. Then we continue along quiet valley roads to Ried im Oberinntal. It’s a lovely, quintessentially Tyrolean village at the heart of the Tyrol’s Oberes Gericht microregion. We have two nights here, which gives us a full day to explore tomorrow – or do absolutely nothing at all under the magnificent alpine skies. The choice is ours.
Today is for filling as you will. Maybe you fancy a gentle sojourn in Ried, exploring the village parish church and impressive Sigmundsried Castle before relaxing by the Rieder Badesee while idly looking up at the surrounding Ötztal Alps. Alternatively, how about heading up to Serfaus, high above the valley at 4688 feet (1429m)? We make it easy with a helping-hand lift to this sublime high-altitude skiing and walking paradise. And after exploring, you can ride down to the ski resorts of Fiss and Ladis. All three resorts offer great gondola-assisted walking and plenty of good hotels, restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy coffee, cake, Kaiserschmarrn or something more substantial before continuing down into the valley.
This morning, after another sumptuous breakfast, we’re ready for the road again and pedal steadily through the Oberes Gericht towards Landeck. Don’t miss the town’s renowned thirteenth-century castle and museum, weathered-timber Gerberbrücke and imposing ruined Burg Schofenstein overlooking the valley. Do pause awhile to try Landeck’s cafés, restaurants and bakeries before following the Inn downstream to Oetz via the the protected Milser Au’s riverside meadows and alluvial forest stand. If time allows, imagine making a spontaneous detour to the Rosengartenschlucht (Rose Garden Gorge) near Imst. From this appealing fountain and church-packed town, it’s a gentle 13 miles (20 km) to Oetz, where another evening’s welcome awaits us.
Our comfortable hotel nestles beneath the 9869ft (3008m) Acherkogel. After breakfast, look forward to walking or cycling in the tracks of Ötzi the Tyrolean Iceman who lived in the Ötztal Alps between 3400 and 3100 BCE. We recommend a gentle ride along the scenic Oetz Valley and back. Alternatively, hike through alpine meadows to the tranquil Piburger See. Or ride the Acherkogelbahn to Hochoetz for spectacular views and high-altitude hiking paths such as the ‘Knappenweg’ miners’ trail.
Today, we’re on the road again and heading for the two-time (1964 and 1976) Winter Olympic city of Innsbruck. Look forward to another ride that takes us past more pretty riverside villages. We definitely recommend visiting the magnificent red-roofed Cistercian Abbey of Stams on the way. It’s one of the Tyrol’s most impressive architectural highlights with its imposing silver cupolas, immaculate grounds and breathtakingly lavish interiors. Leaving the Abbey, perhaps with jars of their homemade honey in your pannier, continue towards Innsbruck. En route, savour the majesty of the near-perpendicular Martinswand (Martin Wall) before reaching Tyrol’s world-famous state capital where we stay for two nights.
Over breakfast, like children in a Maria-Theresian-Strasse sweetshop, contemplate the myriad pleasures waiting to fill your day in Innsbruck. Staying in town, there’s lots to see and do: the romantic Altstadt with its landmark gilded roof (arguably Innsbruck’s most famous symbol); the Hofburg Imperial Palace; the Helblinghaus (Helblazer69); Hofgarten Park; and myriad historic town houses. These sights and more ensure a wonderful day’s exploration on two feet or two-wheels – with traditional Kaffee und Kuchen along the way at a venue such as long-established (1803) Café Munding. Alternatively, you could head out of town with a train excursion to Seefeld on the sinuous, bridge- and tunnel-packed, Mittenwald Railway. And of course, after exploring, there’s the promise of another evening’s delicious Tyrolean cuisine to accompany recalled experiences of your Inn Valley cycling holiday.
Sadly, even the best cycling holidays in Switzerland and Austria must end eventually. Today we bid Innsbruck and the Tyrol a fond ‘Auf Wiederschauen’ and transfer direct to Innsbruck, Munich or Zurich Airport, by train or minibus.
The Hotel-restaurant Corvatsch enjoys a superb location in central St.Moritz-Bad. Its appeal is enhanced by proximity to the famous St. Moritzersee, the equally breathtaking Lej de Champfér and the Silvaplanersee a little further along the Inn valley. Add easy access to St. Moritz Dorf and the wonderful St. Moritz-Bad cable car to Signal and you have the makings of an amazing stay.
Location and a warm welcome at this family-run hotel make it the perfect base hotel on arrival in St Moritz. The rooms combine traditional furnishings in Engadine style with the modern comforts we look forward to after our journey to Switzerland – or a day exploring glamorous jet-set St. Moritz. These include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, safety deposit box and private bathroom.
Feeling hungry? We’re perfectly placed to explore St. Moritz and sample its huge range of restaurants and cafés. Alternatively, how about enjoying the Italo-Swiss and barbeque specialities on offer in the Hotel Corvatsch’s Engadiner Restaurant? If you’re like us, you’ll never tire of that delightful hand-carved wooden furniture with its romantic, quintessentially-Swiss, heart motifs. En Guete!
Come morning, whether you choose Swiss, continental, Italian, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options, the buffet breakfasts at Hotel Corvatsch are sumptuous and filling. They’re perfect for fuelling up in true Swiss style before another day’s adventures in the Engadine Alps’ champagne atmosphere.
Park your bicycle after a day on the road and relax on the Hotel Baer & Post’s sunny terrace with a well-earned drink. As you savour the sights and sounds of today’s ride, you’ll know you’ve reached another charming, family-run, home-from-home on the edge of Switzerland’s National Park.
Engadine life doesn’t come much more chilled than here in lovely Zernez where the Inn and Spöl rivers meet. After a long day, we’re welcomed by the stylish fusion of traditional and contemporary interior design in our allergy-free Gästezimmer with satellite TV, en suite bathroom and free Wi-Fi. It’s everything we need before exploring this corner of Switzerland further – there’s even a convenient on-site Mini-market. And if you feel like emulating Roger Federer, a couple of courts await. Anyone for tennis?
How about some restorative post-ride pampering? The Baer & Post’s spa lounge and relaxation area awaits, with the temptations of a sauna, massage and infra-red cabin to ease weary muscles. And with views of impressive Piz d’Urezza, Piz Nuna and Piz d’Arpiglias to savour, who can resist pre-dinner drinks on the terrace?
For supper, the hotel’s restaurant will delight with local specialities. Try the Capuns Engadinais, Bündner Gerstensuppe or mouth-watering vegetarian Röstipizza – as well as arrange of fish and pasta dishes. And then, after a restoring night’s rest, look forward to another fortifying Swiss breakfast before hitting the road again…
Bainvegni! The Engadine’s welcome continues at Scuol’s Hotel Traube with its salmon-pink rendered elevations, traditional interior woodwork details and sun-drenched central location by the Clozza stream that tumbles down to meet the River Inn.
Our base in Romansch-speaking Scuol is typically well chosen. This hotel is another delight, reached after pedalling up narrow Via da l’Ospidal with another day’s adventures behind us. After our journey, how about relaxing on the sunny roof terrace or walking to the nearby ‘Bogn Engiadina’ wellness centre for some well-deserved pampering. Then, let’s relax before revisiting the day’s activities over a delicious supper of fresh seasonal and regional specialities in our hotel’s Ristorante Üja.
Later, after night has fallen over the majestic surrounding mountain landscape, alpine dreams are sweet in light, imaginatively appointed, non-smoking rooms with private bathrooms and Wi-Fi. Some rooms even have balconies and views over the cheerfully bubbling Clozza stream. Can you feel the workaday cares slipping away? Why aren’t we surprised!
After a great night’s sleep, plan another day’s activities over a delicious buffet breakfast before exploring Scuol and continuing your Engadine adventure towards the Austrian frontier at Martina.
Another treat awaits us here in pretty Ried im Oberinntal, Austria. The Hotel Linde, family-run for over a century, promises to charm us with a sublime blend of relaxing grounds, swimming pools, and an exclusive, sublimely tranquil, spa area among some of the Tyrol’s most spectacular scenery.
Arriving in Ried after another fascinating day exploring the Inn, meet your friendly hosts and settle in to a beautifully decorated room. The Linde’s bright, allergy-free bedrooms are appointed with all the comforts cyclists look forward to – including LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom. Many have balconies with stunning mountain and valley views too.
Next, how about relaxing over drinks and Tyrolean snacks such as mouth-watering Tiroler Nusskuchen or Prügeltorte? Or maybe a restorative massage, a sauna – complete with stunning mountain views – a game of tennis or a pre-dinner garden stroll appeals. The Linde does, after all, call itself the Tyrol’s Gartenhotel. And all the time, we’re contemplating the Austro-contemporary promise of tonight’s gourmet dinner choices. Much of the hotel kitchen’s produce is sourced from the family’s own organic farm! Gesegnete Mahlzeit!
After a perfect evening, deep restorative sleep comes easily before another day dawns. And with the rising sun over the Oetztal Alps, we’re tempted by the Linde’s delicious buffet before climbing into the saddle again.
As we ride into lovely Oetz, we can’t fail to be impressed by the stunning blend of tradition and style awaiting us at the historic Posthotel Kassl. Our base in Oetz, with its beguiling gingerbread architecture, has welcomed weary travellers since 1605 – including King Ludwig of Bavaria. If anyone here knows about quintessential Austrian hospitality, surely it’s the Posthotel Kassl’s family team.
Count on a memorable stay as you linger and relax in the historic lounges and rooms. They contribute so much to our hotel’s character and personality – just imagine the tales they’d tell if only they could talk…
Look forward to a great night’s sleep in en suite rooms that deliver stylish modern comforts amidst the history-permeated fabric of this remarkable building. But before we retire, there’s the Posthotel Kassl’s extensive spa to enjoy – with highlights including an indoor pool, herbal sauna, infra-red cabin, Kneipp water-treading basin, fitness room and wonderful massages.
Feeling hungry after the day’s exploration? You’re perfectly placed to explore Oetz and visit nearby eateries, or enjoy the well-rated cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant. In the morning, of course, another mouth-watering mountain breakfast awaits, before we hit the road. Talking about exploring, if time allows, do ride up to Hochoetz (2020m) on the Acherkogelbahn cable car – its valley station is just 350m along Hauptstrasse from the Posthotel Kassl.
‘Exclusive tradition’ promises the Hotel Innsbruck as we reach its entrance on the city’s famous Innrain. We won’t be disappointed here in the heart of the Innenstadt; a wonderful welcome complements our delightful Inn-side location – it’s a great base for our stay in the Tyrolean capital.
Before we set out to explore town, let’s settle in to our comfortable air-conditioned room with minibar, safe, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. How about a relaxing hour in the indoor pool or one of two inviting spa areas? Sauna anyone? What could be better for pampering pleasantly-tired bodies after another amazing day in the Austrian countryside?
All that cycling has given us hearty appetites too. We could stay in and sample classic Tyrolean specialities, international and Mediterranean dishes in the Zirbenstube restaurant. We’re having the sublime Schlutzkrapfen – spinach dumplings. What about you? Alternatively, our Innenstadt location places us perfectly for the vibrant café and restaurant scene in this two-time Olympic city. And if we should decide to venture out of town by train, we’re only a short walk away from the main station. By the way, if you love mountain railways, don’t miss the Hungerburgbahn with its futuristic Zaha Hadid-designed stations.
Tomorrow, before getting to know Innsbruck better, we’ll fuel up at the Innsbruck’s generous breakfast buffet. Now, where’s that golden roof everyone says we must see?
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room without flights and transfers.
Triple room: £10 per third person per night.
Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses e.g. food or cots, to be paid direct to the hotelier.
Children under 12 years: £15 off per night.
Single room: £36 per night.
E-Bike: £20 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
Tandem: £15 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
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