Römer Bike Path: Bike path into Roman times
They had chariots and practically invincible legions. They also built cities and roads in Upper Austria. What they were not familiar with: bicycles. It's a shame, since that might have meant that the Römer Bike Path from Passau to Enns would have been established a couple of millennia earlier.
The Römer Bike Path doesn’t just connect Passau with the former Roman provincial capital of Wels and the oldest city in Austria, Enns. It is also – as its name foretells – a bike path into Roman times. In addition to conventional path markings, it therefore also has Roman helmets. Again and again, trail riders will encounter find spots on their journey and three-part informational panels provide information about life during Roman times.
The Römer Bike Path first leads from the tri-river city of Passau through the Innviertel to Altheim and Aspach. Two Kneipp facilities along the route make it possible to cool down and get invigorated. The trekking bike section Fornach offers the opportunity to go all out before continuing on through the Hausruck into the Salzkammergut: Once you’ve arrived in Frankenmarkt, you will have the opportunity to take an excursion on a branch of the Römer Bike Path to Lake Atter, where you will have a connection to the Salzkammergut Bike Path.
The main route of the Römer Bike Path leads from Frankenmarkt via Vöcklamarkt and Timelkam to Vöcklabruck. In Lamback, the Baroque Benedictine Monastery is perched high above the Traun and Wels is already within reach. In Roman times, this city was called Ovilava and was the main civilian city on the territory of today’s Upper Austria. Along the Traun (R4) via Nettingsdorf (R10) and St Florian (R14), the Römer Bike Path continues on towards Enns. Here, too, at the location of the former legionnaire camp Lauriacum, the Romans left their traces. The Römer Bike Path is connected to the Danube Bike Path here.