Follow quiet cycle paths through the mountains and lakes of the Salzkammergut
Beginning in the spa town of Bad Ischl, summer residence of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I
Visit the world heritage town of Hallstatt on the shore of the stunning Lake Hallstatt
Relax in pretty lakeside towns such as Gmunden, St. Gilgen and St. Wolfgang
Cycling in the Salzkammergut
This week-long cycling holiday takes you through the picture-perfect Alpine landscape of the Salzkammergut. With 76 crystal clear lakes, and lush green pastures contrasted against the surrounding jagged rock faces, the Salzkammergut is a region of dramatic beauty.
The Salzkammergut is criss-crossed by a network of excellent cycle paths, which link the pretty Alpine villages and lead you through areas of remote wilderness.
In December 1997 the “Hallstatt – Dachstein / Salzkammergut” region joined the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. The UNESCO recognized a large part of the Inner Salzkammergut as a World Heritage site worthy of preservation.
The cycling routes don’t have any technical difficulties. There are a few steep but short ascents on days 3 and 6. On day 5 there is a long cycle of more than 70 km, but this can be shortened.
The routes are suited for hybrid/trekking bikes – they mostly follow asphalt cycle paths, with a few stretches on gravel and forest paths.
A reasonable fitness level is necessary to enjoy this trip as well as basic equipment like sun and rain protection and comfortable sports clothes. If you prefer not to cycle on any day, you can cover most distances by public transport such as bus, train or boat.
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||€599 per person sharing*
*Discounts available for children (under 14) sharing their parents’ room
|BIKE RENTAL||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)
|ACCOMMODATION||3 overnight stays with breakfast buffet in *** inns/hotels and 4 overnight stays in pensions with breakfast.
It is also possible to upgrade to a 4* hotel in Bad Ischl and 3* hotels/inns for all other nights. Please enquire for prices.
*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.
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between May 19th and October 4th.|
Day1: Arrival in Bad Ischl
Your trip begins in the imperial spa town of Bad Ischl, which was a favourite summer residence of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I. Bad Ischl is known as a gateway to the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut region. You can pick up your travel documents at our local service centre in the town.
Overnight stay in Bad Ischl.
Day 2: Bad Ischl to Lake Attersee
Distance: 19 km | Ascent: 299 m | Descent: 289 m
You start out from Bad Ischl, following the Traun river in the direction of Ebensee. In Mitterweißenbach you leave the river, turning left into the Weißenbachtal valley. You cycle slightly uphill at first through shady forests, passing the Weißenbachklamm gorge with its picturesque chapel. This path takes you eventually to the shores of Lake Attersee; the largest lake in the Salzkammergut. Here you will find your accommodation for the night in the village of Weißenbach am Attersee. If you wish you can continue and circumvent the beautiful Lake Attersee (approx. 50km)
Overnight stay in Weißenbach.
Day 3: Lake Attersee to Lake Wolfgansee via Mondsee
Distance: 48 km | Ascent: 594 m | Descent: 534 m
You start off this morning by cycling along the southern shore of Lake Attersee as far as the village of Unterach. Here you turn left and follow the path to Lake Mondsee. Turning right at the lakeshore, you follow a beautiful lakeside path through Loibichl, Mondsee town and St. Lorenz. Don’t miss the historic medieval abbey in Mondsee; the cloister church was used as the site of the wedding in The Sound of Music. Continuing along the lakeshore shore to Scharfling, where you turn right (short ascent to the Scharfling pass) past the small lake Krottensee towards St.Gilgen, on the shore of Lake Wolfgangsee. Continue along the western shore of the lake, to your accommodation in the lakeside town of Abersee.
Overnight stay at Lake Wolfgangsee
Day 4: Relaxing day at Lake Wolfgangsee
A day to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Wolfgangsee. You can do some swimming, take a boat trip or maybe take the old cogwheel railway up to the 1,783 m Schafberg mountain on Lake Wolfgangsee’s northern shore. At the summit you’ll find Austria’s oldest mountain inn, as well as spectacular views over the surrounding mountains and lakes
Overnight stay at Lake Wolfgangsee
Day 5: Lake Wolfgangsee to Bad Goisern via Lake Traunsee
Distance: 76 km | Ascent: 569 m | Descent: 644 m
The first part of today’s cycle takes you back to Bad Ischl, via Strobl. You follow the Traun river once more, this time continuing to the town of Ebensee on the southern shore of Lake Traunsee. You will take the ferry to to Gasthof Hoisn, below Mount Traunstein. Continue around the lakeshore to Gmunden and Traunkirchen, back past Ebensee and Bad Ischl and further to your accommodation in Bad Goisern.
Overnight stay in Bad Goisern
Day 6: Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee via Lake Hallstatt
Distance: 27 km | Ascent: 535 m | Descent: 361 m
Today’s cycling route is relatively short, allowing time for a visit of the world heritage village of Hallstatt. Leaving Bad Goisern, you will follow the eastern shore of Lake Hallstatt to Obertraun. Here you can take a ferry across the lake to Hallstatt. Approaching by ferry is the best way to fully appreciate the dramatic setting of this picture-perfect village. Then, crossing back over to Obertraun, you will follow the course of the Traun river on a shady path through the Koppental Valley. After a steep incline, the Koppenpass takes you into the spa town of Bad Ausee.
Overnight stay in Bad Aussee
Day 7: Bad Aussee to Bad Ischl
Distance: 24 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 575 m
Your final cycle is yet another beautiful route through the Alpine landscape of the Salzkammergut. Leaving Bad Aussee, you cycle north past the crystal-clear waters of Lake Altaussee, at the foot of the Loser mountain. At the Gasthof Berndl, you branch off toward the traditional Blaa Alm mountain hut. You continue from here along a gravel road through the romantic Rettenbachtal valley back to the imperial town of Bad Ischl.
Overnight stay in Bad Ischl
Day 8: Departure
Your cycling holiday in the Salzkammergut comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional nights. Bad Ischl has good public transport connections to Salzburg and Vienna for onward travel.