8 days
Duration
Moderate to Challenging
Difficulty
Austria
Location
May-October
Availability

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.

Difficulty

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 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
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo travellers

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)

  • Hybrid/Trekking bike (21-gear KTM): €110
  • Child bike (up to 145 cm): €95
  • E-bike (from 158 cm): €180
  • Mountain bike (27-gear): €190
  • Child seat: €75
  • Child trailer: €75
  • Bike helmet: €15
  • 1 Bicycle bag: €15
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.
INCLUDED
7 x overnight stays in pensions and ***hotels/inns
7 x breakfasts
Welcome meeting and drink in service centre in Bad Ischl
Luggage transport to the next hotel (1 piece per person, max. 25 kilos)
1 x cycling map – Salzburg area and further information material (1 x per room)
1 x Boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee (Fuerberg to Ried) incl. bicycle
1 x Boat trip on Lake Traunsee (Ebensee to Gasthof Hoisn) incl. bicycle
Daily cycle and break-down service from 9.00 – 19.00 o’clock (for rented bikes)
Service hotline daily from 9.00 – 19.00 (also on weekends)
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches or dinners
Trains or ferries not mentioned above
Anything else not mentioned in the Included section
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Bike rental
Half-board supplement (€170 pp.)
Single room supplement
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Day 7: Bad Aussee to Bad Ischl

Distance: 35 km | Ascent: 310 m | Descent: 490 m

Your final cycle is yet another beautiful route through the Alpine landscape of the Salzkammergut. Leaving Bad Aussee, you cycle through the Koppental Valley and back along the shore of Lake Hallstatt to the imperial town of Bad Ischl.

Overnight stay in Bad Ischl

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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.


Arrival & departure info

  The closest airport is Salzburg. You can also fly to Vienna airport or Munich airport
Buses from Salzburg
  • The No. 10 bus (Mon-Sat) departs every 10 minutes from the airport to Salzburg city centre. Journey time approx. 15 min.
  • The No. 150 bus departs hourly from Salzburg Mirabellplatz to Bad Ischl. Journey time approx. 1 hr 25 mins.
By Train
  • From Salzburg, you can reach Bad Ischl by train with change in Attnang-Puchheim. Journey time approx. 2½ hrs.
  • From Vienna airport or city, you can reach Bad Ischl by train with change in Attnang-Puchheim. Journey time approx. 3 to 3½ hrs.
  • Train times can be found at Austrian Rail: www.oebb.at.
Salzkammergut cycling holiday © OÖ. Tourismus Erber
The imperial spa town of Bad Ischl
Salzkammergut lakeside cycling © OÖ Tourismus Erber
Unterach am Attersee
Lake Mondsee with view of the Drachenwand
St. Wolfgang evening cycling © OÖ Tourismus Erber
St. Wolfgang, Wolfgangsee
Ferry on Lake Wolfgang
Traunsee cycle path (c) Österreich Werbung / Himsl
Traunkirchen, Lake Traunsee
Schloss Ort & Traunsee, Gmunden
Cycling at Gosausee (c) Oberoesterreich Tourismus GmbH / Ralf Hochhauser
Cycling at Lake Hallstatt (c) Oberoesterreich Tourismus GmbH / Ralf Hochhauser
Hallstaettersee ferry © Oesterreich-Werbung
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hallstatt
Cycling at Lake Hallstatt (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphout
Cycling at Lake Hallstatt (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphout

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