You're interested in cycling holidays in the Austrian Alps. But you'd prefer to do it the easy way. Then we got the perfect bike tour for you. A tour through the Salzkammergut provides quiet bicycling along lake shores and through pristine countryside. Not far from the city of Salzburg, the landscape of Alpine foothills has a charm of its own. Small peaks tower above the background of the clean lakes and invite again and again to stop and take in the scenery. You bike past lush green meadows, mighty woods and jagged rocks. You bike through pastures and moor lands, imperial towns and picturesque villages, often taking a narrow gauge train or lake steamship to help you along.
Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Day 2: Salzburg - Trumer Seen/Wallersee, ~45-55 km
Along the Salzach you cycle up to Oberdorf ("Silent Night" chapel). You go on to the Augustinian Monastery Michaelbeuern and then into the Trumer Lakes Country (Obertrumersee, Mattsee Grabensee). The overnight stay is at the Trumer Lakes or the lake Wallersee.
Day 3: Trumer Seen/Wallersee - Mondsee/Attersee, ~40-55 km
First, the route goes through the Euro-Wenger Moor Nature Reserve and then to the Irrsee (also called Zellersee). At Mondsee Lake, one of the warmest lakes in the Salzkammergut, note the remarkable castle and Benedictine monastery. The overnight stay is at the Mondsee or Attersee.
Day 4: Mondsee/Attersee - Traunsee, ~55 km
Today's bike tour starts with a boat ride to Weyregg (note the seasonal timetable!). From here you ride on to explore the Aurachtal and soon the beautiful ceramics city of Gmunden and the stunning Traunsee Lake (Seeschloss place, Renaissance town hall with ceramic chiming mechanism). Further south on the lake is Traunkirchen (old fisherman’s area).
Day 5: Traunsee - Hallstätter See - Bad Goisern/surroundings, ~30 km
Morning ride from Ebensee to Obertraun am Hallstättersee with the mighty Dachstein glacier. You will cycle along the lake up to Hallstatt (since 1997 "World Cultural and Natural Heritage" by UNESCO). The ossuary and the salt mine should definitely be visited before you take the boat back to the eastern shore and continue your tour to Bad Goisern/surroundings.
Day 6: Bad Goisern/surroundings - Wolfgangsee, ~30 km
from Bad Goisern area you continue along the Traun river to the imperial and spa town of Bad Ischl (Teahouse of the Empress Sissi, Imperial Villa, Imperial Park, Lehar estate). Along the Ischler Ache you come to Strobl. Anyone who wants can take the cogwheel train up the mountain and enjoy the view.
Day 7: Wolfgangsee - Scharfling - Salzburg, ~60 km
Today's stage you cycle half on the Ischl route (the historic rail link Salzburg - Bad Ischl was here from 1891 to 1957). Along the shoreline, you will travel first to the Mozart village of St. Gilgen. After a cruise downhill after Scharfling you continue along the Mondsee back on the second part of Ischlerbahn route to Salzburg.
Day 8: Departure or extra nights
7 nights in 4**** and 3*** hotels
7x tourist taxes
boat trip on the Attersee during season (01.07 - 31.08.)
boat trip on the Hallstatt lake (market to station)
train from Traunsee lake to Hallstatt lake
maps and tour description
GPS sat nav data
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (790,00 €/person in double)
season II (+80,00 €/person)
season III (+120,00 €/person)
route (1)-(2): ~260-285 km/162-175 miles
on mostly flat terrain with some small hills that anyone can do, uphill sections are avoided by using buses, trains or ferry boats
variations and extra nights
you can add additional nights in each town. all prices on request.
how to get there
by car: motorway to Salzburg
by train: station Salzburg
by plane: airport Salzburg
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