radwanderweg gurgltal bei imst
radwanderweg gurgltal bei imst

Gurgltal Cycle Route

The cycle route from the Inn Valley south of Imst through the Gurgltal to Nassereith is almost 15 km long. It leads mainly through the forest or along the edge of the forest and corresponds to a section of the Via Claudia Augusta Route.

The cycle path through the Gurgltal valley is one of the more leisurely sections of the Via Claudia Augusta route. It proceeds mainly through the shady forest at the edge of the valley, is perfectly integrated into the Tyrolean cycle path network and offers connections in the south to the Inntal Cycle Path and in the north to the cycle route via the Fernpass as well as to the Mieming Cycle Route to Telfs.

South of Imst, in the Inntal valley, the route branches off from the Tiroler Oberland Cycle Path into the Gurgltal valley. On the first 1,500 metres we pass the motorway junction towards the industrial area in the Fabrikstraße road, but two minutes later on we find ourselves in the beautiful natural and cultural landscape of the Gurgltal valley. Through meadows and at the edge of the forest we follow the course of the Gurglbach brook slightly uphill to the turn off to Tarrenz (Knappenwelt Gurgltal). Via the district of Strad we reach the next section through the forest. About 1.5 km before Nassereith the path leaves the forest and continues on dirt and side roads to the village centre.

The Gurgltal Cycle Plath can be perfectly combined with the cycle path R4 across the Mieming Plateau to Telfs, making it a medium-difficult day tour (way back from Telfs to Imst via the Inntal Cycle Path).

Our tip for leisurely cyclists: the trail R5 leads past Imst - the following route is recommended for those who want to make a side trip there: following the signpost R31 resp. Via Claudia Augusta you will reach the pretty district capital at the foot of the Lechtal Alps via side roads (after about 1 km). From there the route continues to Tarrenz where it meets the Gurgltal Cycle Path again. The detour to Imst costs about 100 additional metres in altitude and of course you have to plan enough additional time to take a leisurely look around the town.

Route: Radwanderweg Gurgltal, R5
Starting point: Imst south (connection to the Inntal Cycle Route near the Pitztal Bridge), 715 m a.s.l.
Destination: Nassereith (830 m a.s.l.)
Distance: approx. 15 km
Cycling time: approx. 2 hours
Altitude difference: 130 m uphill, 30 m downhill (direction towards Nassereith)
Characteristics: partly asphalted, mostly on gravel surface
Train & Bike: the starting point of Imst is reachable by train (train station Imst-Pitztal)
Connection to other cycle routes in Tyrol:
1. in Imst south: Inntal Cycle Route R1 towards Landeck/Switzerland or towards Innsbruck/Kufstein
2. in Nassereith: Mieming Cycle Route R4 via Mieming to Telfs
3. in Nassereith: Via Claudia Augusta Cycle Route towards Fernpass / Reutte / Germany (R31)

Attention: the described cycle routes are only sectionally cycle paths in the narrower sense. They often proceed on byroads where also car and tractor traffic is allowed. Please take care!

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