vilstal bei vils
vilstal bei vils

Ranzental Vils Cycle Route

From Musau through the quiet Ranzental valley to Vils: The R8 Cycle Route connects the Tyrolean Lech Valley to the Bavarian Allgäu.

The cycle path leading through the Ranzental valley to Vils is a natural continuation of the Lech Cycle Route R9 from Steeg via Reutte to Musau. The tour starts in Lechaschau near Reutte, where we follow the R9 downstream towards north until we reach Hinterbichl, and further on through the forest to Oberletzen, Rossschläg, Brandstatt and Musau. The R8 Cycle Route starts at the junction after the bend near the hamlet of Riedle. The gravel road leads into the small Ranzental valley on the western side of the Ranzen, a forested hill and natural border to the Lechtal valley.

After a gentle uphill section through the woodland and meadow landscape we reach Vils. The small town on the border to the Bavarian Allgäu offers an interesting local museum. The Ranzental Vils Cycle Route (Radweg Ranzental Vils) continues through the Vilstal valley towards west, running on the side of the Allgäu road. After the German border, the route reaches Pfronten, a village which offers connections to other cycle paths and MTB trails, e.g. towards the Tannheimer Valley.


  • Route: Reutte-Musau R9 (Lechweg), Musau-Vils R8 (Ranzental)
  • Starting point: Musau (820 m a.s.l.) resp. Reutte (850 m a.s.l.)
  • Destination: Vils (840 m a.s.l.)
  • Distance: approx. 7.5 km (Musau - Vils/border) resp. 14 km from Reutte
  • Cycle time: about 1 hour
  • Altitude difference: low
  • Characteristics: partly asphalt road, partly gravel roads

Connection to other cycle routes in Tyrol:


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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