An enjoyable week of cycling with start and end in the Mozart city Salzburg
Cycle among the most beautiful lakes in the Salzkammergut and the Salzburg region
Mostly easy cycling through spectacular mountain scenery
Discover iconic locations from The Sound of Music, as well as the birthplace of the carol Silent Night
Cycling in the Salzburg lake district
This self-guided cycling holiday offers the perfect mixture of culture and nature. Starting and ending in the fairy-tale medieval city of Salzburg, you will discover historical sites associated with Mozart, Emperor Franz Joseph, The Sound of Music and the Christmas carol Silent Night. You will also enjoy some excellent cycling paths which wind their way through Salzburg’s stunning lakelands in the foothills of the Austrian Alps.
This trip is graded easy to moderate overall. The daily cycling routes do not have any technical difficulties. There are very few ascents; a couple of steep but short sections as you go over the Scharfling pass on days 3 and 4. The cycling is generally through gently undulating landscapes with relatively short daily distances.
A reasonable fitness level is necessary to enjoy this trip as well as cycle equipment like sneakers, rucksack, sun- and rain protection, comfortable sports cloths, jacket, jumper, and so on. The routes are suited for trekking/hybrid bikes – mostly asphalt cycle paths, with a few stretches of gravel and some forest paths. If you prefer not to cycle on any particular day, there is generally an option to take public transport instead.
As with all of our self-guided cycling tours, this trip includes luggage transportation and very comfortable accommodation.
|A tree for your booking
Respect for our planet’s limited resources and climate-friendly mobility are two major challenges of the 21st Century. We are therefore delighted to cooperate with the Austrian Federal Forest Authority on the “tree for your booking” project; a new tree planted for each hiking or cycling tour booked through us in the Salzkammergut region! Along with your travel documents, you will receive a photo of “your” tree, which you will even have the chance to visit during your trip.
|8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
|From €870 per person sharing*
*Discounts available for children (under 14) sharing their parents’ room
|If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. All bikes are provided with chain locks and a daily cycle and breakdown service is included.
We deliver the bicycle at your first accommodation and pick it up from your last accommodation after your last cycling day. You just need to give us your body length, so that you receive the correct bike size, and we take care of everything else.
*Please note: Price on request for extra-large bikes (body height > 190 cm)
|7 overnight stay with breakfast buffet in *** inns and ****hotels (2x in Salzburg and 1x in Bad Ischl).
*Note: Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as ‘Austrian Twins’ and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.
|You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 29th and October 9th.
Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Visit Mozart’s birthplace and walk in the footsteps of the famous composer around the streets of the historic old town. Marvel at the spectacular Hohensalzburg Fortress, perched high above the city on the Festungsberg hill. Explore the beautiful manicured parks and maybe take in a classical music concert in the evening.
You will receive your travel documents and bicycles (if booked) in the hotel in Salzburg.
Overnight stay in Salzburg.
Day 2: Salzburg to Thalgau
Distance: 23 km | Ascent: 273 m | Descent: 142 m
Your first cycle is relatively short, so you have time to explore the many attractions of Salzburg in the morning. Then, heading out into the idyllic countryside, you will cycle along the former “Ischler Bahn” railway line, past Eugendorf and to the market town of Thalgau.
Overnight stay in Thalgau.
Day 3: Thalgau to Bad Ischl
Distance: 43 km | Ascent: 315 m | Descent: 386 m
Today’s route takes you first through a forest to the village of St. Lorenz am Mondsee, at the foot of the Drachenwand (‘Dragon Wall’ mountain). You then follow the shore of Lake Mondsee, before a short but steep ascent over the Scharfling pass to Lake Wolfgangsee. A pleasant lakeside path then takes you to Strobl, from where you continue to the spa town of Bad Ischl. This historic town is known as the gateway to the mountains and lakes of the Salzkamergut, and was once the summer residence of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph l.
Overnight stay in Bad Ischl.
Day 4: Bad Ischl to Lake Mondsee
Distance: 29 km | Ascent: 289 m | Descent: 269 m
The cycle path starts in Bad Ischl, goes through Pfandl – Radau, then along the northern shore of Lake Wolfgangsee to the town of St. Wolfgang. From here, you will take the boat with your bicycle (ticket included) to the Mozart village St. Gilgen (his mother’s birthplace). You will cycle once more over the Scharfling pass and past Lake Krottensee to Lake Mondsee. You will follow the lake shore to St. Lorenz and further to Mondsee. Be sure to visit the basilica of St. Michael, famous from the wedding scene in The Sound of Music.
Overnight stay in Mondsee.
Day 5: Lake Mondsee to Seekirchen
Distance: 37 km | Ascent: 355 m | Descent: 338 m
Leaving Mondsee, you could perhaps visit the “Rauchhaus” or the “Bauernmuseum” outdoor museums dedicated the farmer’s everyday life in the region. You then follow the Salzkammergut cycle path to Lake Irrsee and cycle along the western shore to the town of Oberhofen. Here, you branch off to Neumarkt, then follow the shore of Lake Wallersee to Seekirchen. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim at one of the town’s lakeside beaches.
Overnight stay at Lake Wallersee.
Day 6: Seekirchen to Seeham
Distance: 34 km | Ascent: 315 m | Descent: 313 m
Today you will follow the Mozart cycle trail through the Salzburg lakelands. From Lake Wallersee, you cycle through unspoilt rolling countryside, through the pleasant villages of Köstendorf and Schleedorf to the shores of Lake Mattsee. You then take a circular tour around the lakes of Mattsee and Obertrum, finishing in Seeham on the shore of Lake Obertrum. This holiday town in the Salzburg Lake District is known for its magnificent views, the picturesque lake with public baths, and fabulous theatre and musical performances on the Seeham Lake Stage.
Overnight stay at Lake Obertrum.
Day 7: Seeham to Salzburg
Distance: 34 km | Ascent: 289 m | Descent: 389 m
You first cycle from Seeham to Oberndorf on the Salzach river. Be sure to visit the tiny church of St. Nicola, where the Christmas carol Silent Night was written and first performed. The Salzach river marks the border between Austria and Bavaria in neighbouring Germany. You will follow the Mozart cycle path along the river, which takes you back into Salzburg.
Overnight stay in Salzburg.