Paznaun-Ischgl: A Mountain Biking Paradise In The Alps

By Mark Barber | 10.05.2013

Ischgl-paznaun MTBThe largest mountain biking area in the Eastern Alps extends from Ischgl and throughout the Paznaun region of Austria’s Tirol right into Switzerland’s Samnaun region.

The infrastructure of the Silvretta Bike Arena provides a perfect all-round service for mountain bikers of all abilities with free cable car transfers, free road books and GPS downloads.

There are also competitive events for those who like a challenge, with the 19th Ischgl Ironbike and 1st Ischgl Overmountain Challenge, aimed at both professional and leisure riders.

Cycling in the Silvretta Mountains of the Paznaun region is exciting and exhilarating, the alpine terrain providing a variety of trails through beautiful scenery.

The revised GPS tour portal has an interactive bike map with plenty of information available so that all the route planning can be done at home; routes are well sign-posted; special bike hotels are geared up for riders; bike service and hire service are available – so freeride, downhill and cross-country riders plus enthusiastic leisure cyclists all benefit from the excellent set-up which makes for a perfect mountain bike holiday.

ischgl  -paznaun MTB In addition, the Ischgl Bike Academy has riding technique workshops and tips for beginners and leisure riders, which can then be put into practice on the peaceful trails through the Velilltal Valley or panoramic routes through the Fimbatal Valley.

Ironbike is on Saturday 3 August. There are three routes to choose from of 79 km, 48 km and 27.5 km rising to differing altitudes and all in stunning scenery. Watch the video of last summer’s Ironbike on

Ischgl Overmountain Challenge is an Enduro mountain bike event and new in the Ischgl calendar. Ischgl is being partnered by Cannondale in the hosting of the event, which is from 13-15 September. Britain’s champion racing cyclist Dan Atherton has already confirmed that he will be taking part in the first European Enduro Open. More on

Go to for more information on the mountain bike arena, plus other activities, events and the accommodation search facility in the Paznaun resorts of Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl and See.


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