Salzburg and the land of lakes

Cycling in Salzkammergut

Highlights

Salzburg imperial city
Salzkammergut, 76 lakes, UNESCO World Heritage Region
Northern pre-Alps
The many bike paths

Cycling in Austria between lake and mountain in the Salzburg region.

Nature and culture

It is in the city of Mozart that this stay begins. Salzburg, which means “salt castle”, is a charming town, on the German border and at the foot of the Alps. Its size makes it an ideal starting point to discover Austrian culture in this stay. The historic section, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a testament to a thriving economy and today allows you to walk in beautiful streets and between splendid facades.

Cycling, the beautiful bike paths, your stay takes you to tour the wonderful alpine lakes in a relaxing and imposing nature. In this region of the “Trumer-Seen-Land”, cycling is king. This tour allows you to fully enjoy the views of the mountains that surround you.

Around the lakes and along the Salzach River, the route is totally flat. The vast majority of the course is on bike path. A few kilometers of connections to change valleys take you back on shared roads and require some effort to cross the valleys. Despite rare steep slopes, the course is accessible and offers some of the most beautiful landscapes that Austria and the Alps have to offer. This wild but peaceful nature offers a very pleasant active rest for your holidays. The air and the atmosphere of the mountain awaken the senses!

The program proposed in 9 days is also possible in 7 or 8 days.

Carte itinéraire à vélo Salzbourg et le pays des lacs
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

SALZBURG

Arrive on your own in Salzburg. Check in in your hotel. Meet with the local representative of our agency for a last briefing. First walk in Salzburg

Day 2

From SALZBURG to DORFIBM 50km 40m Niveau Forme

Today you follow the cycle path along the river Salzach to Eiferding, first crossing the village of Oberndorf, where the Christmas song “Silent Night” was composed. Then you pass two small lakes, the Höllerersee and the Holzöstersee to reach a little later Franking or Dorfibm.

Day 3

From DORFIBM to LAC DE WALLERSEE 38km 285m Niveau Forme

Your day takes you to the edges of the three “Trumer Seen” (Obertrumer See, Mattsee, Grabensee) and then to the banks of the Wallersee.

Day 4

From LAC DE WALLERSEE to LAC DE MONDSEE 35km 275m Niveau Forme

Today, your itinerary continues by the Egelseen Nature Reserve and the idyllic Lake Irrsee. You spend the night at the edge of the Mondsee.

Day 5

From LAC DE MONDSEE to TRAUNKIRCHEN 68km 430m Niveau Forme

In July and August, the day begins with the crossing of Lake Attersee by boat. Outside of this season, you go around this same lake, lengthening the stage by 15km. If the distance seems too much, there is a train to link the arrival along the way (easy to take with the bikes).After Lake Attersee, you follow the Aurachtal Valley to reach the Traunsee. Continue to Gmunden where you visit the castle and the old town, then continue along the lake to Altmunster (bike museum) and Traunkirchen.

Day 6

From TRAUNKIRCHEN to BAD GOISERN 35km Niveau Forme

From the shores of the Traunsee, you take the train with your bikes to Obertraun. You follow the shores of Lake Hallstatt to the city of the same name, which boasts of being the most beautiful lake village in the world. After the visit, you follow the lake bike path, to arrive at your stage.

Day 7

From BAD GOISERN to LAC DE WOLFGANGSEE 30km 230m Niveau Forme

The small town of Bad Ischl, dear to the heart of Empress Sissi, is on your itinerary today. You visit the park, the imperial villa and the tea house that the empress built. Your bike path follows the course of the Ischl river that flows into the Wolfgangsee lake at Strobl. Following the banks you arrive at Wolfgangsee, you can refresh yourself on the terrace of the famous Auberge du Cheval Blanc!

Day 8

From LAC DE WOLFGANGSEE to SALZBURG 60km 1180m Niveau Forme

By following the bike path you will reach St. Gilgen, the village wher Mozart’s family is from.There, you find our team that takes charge of your bike. You continue on foot on a beautiful hike of about 1 hour which leads you to the Kühleiten Alm (945m) where the panorama of the lakes is great. Your bike is waiting for you on the other side for a nice descent to the Tiefbrunnau valley. You drive along the lake Hintersee and go through the gorges of the Strubklamm. Shortly before reaching Salzburg, you have the opportunity to visit Hellbrunn Castle. End of your ramble in Salzburg.

Day 9

SALZBURG

End of stay after breakfast. We recommend extending your stay by one day if you can to enjoy enjoying the unique atmosphere of the old town of Salzburg and visit the fortress Hohensalzburg.

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Starting from 700€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 880€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Quote on request | Contact us

A “homemade” tour by a local partner, specialist in Austria:
  • Routes picked with the Abicyclette Voyages team for their tourist & cycling interests, completely identified, removed from trafic
  • Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
  • A great flexibility of organization which adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.

Assistance close at hand :
  • A personalized reception on the first day of your trip by a local guide that will provide you travel documents (reception in English or German , documents and presentation film in French to be sure everything is understood)
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • Local telephone assistance from 8h t 20h
  • Luggage transfer service

Simple route tracking:
  • guideA logbook to find all useful addresses and tourist information, maps and a description of the circuit km by km.
  • A route marked by our local team

 


And also:
  • Confortable bike rental, ideal for this route on the banks of the Danube.
  • The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected

Getting here

Meeting Point

Salzbourg, Austria

Salzbourg by car¹

From Rennes on the A4 then A8 : 1330km 13h00
From Paris on the A4 then A8 :  1000km 10H00
From Berne on the A1 and A96 : 600km 6H00
From Bruxelles on the A8 : 900km 9h00
From Munich on the A8 : 150km 1h40

To travel on motorways in Austria, you must have a special sticker that you can buy at gas stations near borders and motorway entrances. More information here: https://www.asfinag.at/toll/vignette/

Parking in Salzbourg : parking in Salzburg: parking at the hotel subject to availability, payable on site, no reservation possible (about 10€ per day)
If the hotel parking is full, Salzburg offers public parking, about 60€ a week.

Salzbourg by train*

Train station in Salzbourg

For schedules and reservations, you can visit : http://www.cff.ch/home.html

Salzbourg by plane*

Airport in Munich and Salzbourg.

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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