Austrian Lakes Cycling Holiday

  • 4.8
    (10 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    6 or 7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Salzburg / Salzburg
  • Distance

    169 miles/272 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

Price From £572


A cycling holiday through the heart of Austria’s beautiful lakes region, staying in picture-perfect villages alongside serene alpine lakes ringed by towering peaks. Cycle at your own pace, stopping where and when you like, be it for a swim, to explore further, or simply to sit and admire the view.

Starting from Salzburg, an elegant, attractive city with lots to see and do, you will cycle through some of the best known and most beautiful villages in Austria. Mondsee, Gmunden, Traunkirchen, Halstatt and St Wolfgang, all fairytale-like places in breathtaking alpine settings.

Beside the scenery, the area is also known for it’s historic and cultural appeal as well as culinary delights such as apple strudel. Of course, the city of Salzburg will forever be inextricably linked with “The Sound of Music”, and during your time in the city you may want to accompany one of the many tours that takes in the sights and scenes featured in the movie.

The highlights of this very popular cycling holiday include Salzburg’s picturesque and bustling ‘Getreidegasse’, the stunning beauty of Lake Hallstatt and the sensational views over Lake Wolfgangsee from the top of the Schafberg cog-railway. The daily rides are interesting and varied and all feature gorgeous alpine scenery throughout.

Cycling at Lake Hallstättersee

Cycling at Lake Hallstättersee

Although you are cycling amongst mountains, the route tends to follow the valley floor and while we can’t say you won’t encounter any hills at all – there won’t be nearly as many as you might think. You’ll be riding on a mixture of cycle paths and quiet lanes with only a few short sections on busier roads. It’s also worth mentioning that e-bikes are a polular option on this highly enjoyable cycling holiday.

Itinerary & Map

Although you are cycling amongst mountains, the route tends to follow the valley floor and while we can’t say you won’t encounter any hills at all, there won’t be nearly as many as you might think. It’s also worth mentioning that e-bikes are available on this tour as well as regular bikes.

If you opt for the 6 night tour then day 5 of the below itinerary is omitted.

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Day 1: Arrive in Salzburg



Check in to your hotel and then spend the rest of day exploring this small but fascinating city. Your welcome briefing and bike handover will take place around 17:30.

Salzburg must sees include the Getreidegasse, a marvellous, old-world shopping street where ornate, wrought iron signs depict what is being sold within. Here you can also visit the birthplace of the city’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the composer lived at No. 9 until he was 17 years old. The city’s most prominent landmark, Hohensalzburg Fortress, is also worth visiting and don’t worry about the climb as there’s a funicular railway to whisk you to the top. Of course the city is also inextricably linked with the ever popular movie “The Sound of Music”, starring Julie Andrews, and tours are offered taking in the sites and landmarks that featured in the film.

Day 2: Salzburg – Trumer Seen Lakes/Lake Wallersee, 28 to 34 miles/45 to 55 kms

Silent Night Chapel - Oberndorf

Silent Night Chapel – Oberndorf

Leave Salzburg cycling north along the banks of the Salzach river. After about 10 miles at a bend in the river you come to the small village of Oberndorf, where the Christmas carol, “Silent Night” was originally composed. You can visit the small Silent Night museum as well as nearby Michaelbeuern Abbey before cycling east through open rolling countryside to the Trumer Seen Lakes where you overnight. A shorter, more direct route is possible if preferred.

Day 3: Trumer Seen Lakes/Lake Wallersee – Lake Mondsee, 31 miles/50 kms

Mondsee - Salzkammergut - Austria*

Lake Mondsee

Cycle through the peaceful nature reserve surrounding the serene Egelseen Lakes and then on to the picturesque village of Schleedorf. Continue on to idyllic Lake Irrsee and then further to Lake Mondsee. Fans of “The Sound of Music” may recognise the beautiful church in the centre of Mondsee town as it was used for the wedding scene in the film. The scenery is breathtaking with impossibly blue lakes reflecting the limestone peaks, pine clad slopes and lush meadows of the Salzkammergut. Spend the night in the Lake Mondsee area.

Day 4: Lake Mondsee – Lake Traunsee, 31 to 50 miles/50 to 80 kms

Traunkirchen - Traunsee - Austria*

Traunkirchen – Traunsee

For anyone starting their trip in July and August you will start the day with an enjoyable boat trip to the village of Weyregg on the opposite shore. For all other seasons you will cycle along lake Attersee. Then, cycle along the lake to the Aurachtal valley, which you then follow eastwards to the pretty town of Gmunden situated on the northern tip of Lake Traunsee. This is Austria’s deepest Lake but that doesn’t seem to dissuade the many water-sports enthusiasts who enjoy windsurfing, wake-boarding and sailing here. There are numerous lakeside bathing areas so feel free to stop for a refreshing swim yourself if the mood takes you. Ride down the lake’s western shore past Altmünster, home to a rather quaint bicycle museum, and on to the picture-perfect village of Traunkirchen. Be sure to visit the village church to see the incredibly detailed Fisherman’s Pulpit which took 10 years to carve.

Day 5: Lake Traunsee – Lake Hallstättersee – Bad Goisern area, 13 to 21 miles/20 to 35 kms

This day is omitted if you opt for the 6 night version of the tour

Hallstatt - Salzkammergut - Austria*


Load your bike onto the train and enjoy the one hour ride south to Obertraun on the south eastern corner of beautiful Lake Hallstättersee. If you wish you can take the Dachstein cable car to a height of 1350 meters and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view. You may also choose to visit the extraordinary ice caves, which are a short walk further up the hill from the cable car station. Afterwards, cycle round the lake to Hallstatt itself – the idyllic lakeside village has featured on countless travel brochures covers and epitomises the perfect lakes and mountains scene. Finish the day with a pleasant cycle along the lake-shore to Bad Goisern or nearby for the evening.

Day 6: Bad Goisern area – Lake Wolfgangsee, 22 miles/35 kms

St Wolfgang - Salzkammergut - Austria*

St. Wolfgang

If you opt for the 6 night version of the tour you commence this day from Lake Traunsee, 28 to 31 miles/45 to 50 kms.

Cycle to Bad Ischl, a Spa Town which for centuries has attracted many to it’s brine water health treatments. You may wish to visit the sumptuous Kaiservilla, Kaiser Franz Joseph’s summer residence where he signed the declaration of war against Serbia that precipitated World War I. Cycle on along the Ischler Ache River to Lake Wolfgangsee and then along the shore to St Wolfgang itself. Visit the Hotel Weisses Rössl (White Horse Inn) made famous in the musical comedy and maybe ascend nearby Schafberg Mountain on the quaint, puffing, cog railway. Overnight in Lake Wolfgangsee.

Day 7: Lake Wolfgangsee – Salzburg, 25 to 31 miles/40 to 50 kms

St Gilgen - Wolfgangsee - Salzkammergut - Austria*

St. Gilgen

Cycle to the northwestern end of the lake to St Gilgen, where Mozart’s mother was born. The perfect setting of this pretty village can be best appreciated from above and we therefore recommend taking the cable car up the nearby Zwölferhorn for a truly memorable panorama. You then cycle eastwards past the quiet and pristine Hintersee Lake and through the Strubklamm Gorge to the Salzach Valley. We recommend a visit to Hellbrun Palace where there is lots to entertain young and old, before cycling back to Salzburg along the Salzach River. In the evening you can celebrate the week’s achievement with a lovely meal somewhere in the city.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2021 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 03 April to 09 October

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2021 Prices
Per person
03 Apr
23 Apr
24 Apr
11 Jun
12 Jun
03 Sep
04 Sep
01 Oct
02 Oct
09 Oct
6 Nights
Comfort category
Double/twin £592 £632 £682 £632 £592            
Single £721 £761 £812 £761 £721            
Triple £572 £611 £659 £611 £572            
Superior category
Double/twin £702 £782 £833 £782 £702            
Single £932 £1012 £1062 £1012 £932            
Triple £679 £756 £805 £756 £679            
7 Nights
Comfort category
Double/twin £732 £772 £833 £772 £732            
Single £872 £912 £972 £912 £872            
Triple £708 £747 £805 £747 £708            
Superior category
Double/twin £843 £883 £973 £883 £843            
Single £1083 £1123 £1213 £1123 £1083            
Triple £815 £853 £941 £853 £815            

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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

6 or 7 nights in your chosen accommodation. See practical information
6 or 7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (Unlimited, max weight 20kg per piece)
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Train Lake Traunsee - Lake Hallstättersee (7 night trip only)
Boat ride on Lake Attersee (Arrivals starting in July/August only)
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)


Half board: 6 x dinner (6 nights) comfort (£146)
Half board: 6 x dinner (6 nights) superior (£173)
Half board: 7 x dinner (7 nights) comfort (£163)
Half board: 7 x dinner (7 nights) superior (£198)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, comfort (£56)
Extra night Salzburg, single, comfort (£80)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, 20 June -04 Sep, comfort (£71)
Extra night Salzburg, single, 20 June - 04 Sep, comfort (£95)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, superior (£66)
Extra night Salzburg, single, superior (£102)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, 20 June - 04 Sep, superior (£84)
Extra night Salzburg, single, 20 June - 04 Sep, superior (£140)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Regular Plus bike with pannier & lock (£136)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£198)


Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information


Mens bike

Regular bike

On this tour you can choose between a regular bike, a regular Plus bike or an electric bike.

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

The regular Plus bike offers a step up in terms of components (hydraulic Magura brakes HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) and the frame provides a more sporty riding position. High quality, suntour suspension forks ensure a comfortable ride on these bikes. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Regular plus bike

Regular plus bike

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available to buy (payable locally, €35). This must be advised at the time of booking.


Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels, inns and guesthouses.

Salzburg: Hotel Ganslhof
Trumer Seen/Wallersee: Gasthaus Mitterhof
Attersee/Mondsee: Landhaus Meingast
Traunsee: Hotel Landgasthaus Hocheck
Bad Goisern: Pension Maria Theresia
Wolfgangsee: Gasthof Aberseehof

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Salzburg: Achat Plaza zum Hirschen
Trumer Seen/Wallersee: Hotel Walkner
Attersee/Mondsee: Hotel Leitnerbräu
Traunsee: Hotel Post Traunkirchen
Bad Goisern: Gasthof Moserwirt
Wolfgangsee: Hotel Weisser Bär

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to Salzburg airport and then take the regular public bus into the city. Alternatively you can also fly to Munich airport followed by a commuter train into the centre and then an intercity train to Salzburg – total journey time approx 2.5 hours.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research train times here.


Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 10 reviews 4.8
  • Date - 01/05/2019
  • Name - Ernest Munro
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  • Service comment - As always very good. Very helpful for advice regarding the tour.
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  • Product comment - Very good bikes and support from the bike people.Hotels very good.Scenery is wonderful and picture book! Some of the riding is very tough particularly day two.I would recommend an ebike unless you are a very strong and competent cyclist.We will be back!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Great, we really appreciate the kind comments - thanks Ernest
    Product : So glad all went well Ernest and yes, even though the routes stick predominantly to the valley floor, there are some unavoidable ups and downs along the way.
  • Date - 04/10/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Very good - quick in response to questions and made sure we had the right paperwork
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  • Product comment - It was a beautiful route, varied scenery, almost all on cycle paths, good distances each day and some interesting stuff to see and do along the way. It was the perfect holiday!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Many thanks for taking the time to provide this review.

    Product : So glad you enjoyed the perfect holiday in this stunning area.
  • Date - 13/07/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Very prompt. Able to offer advice and answered all concerns we had.
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  • Product comment - It was such a fun week. Flexitreks advised some pre-work which was important ensuring we minimised routing errors. Definitely recommend downloading GPX maps.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Excellent - we're glad you were happy with everything.

    Product : Yes, a small amount of pre-trip work familiarising oneself with the GPX tracks and app is definitely time well spent!
  • Date - 24/06/2018
  • Name - Peter Allen
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  • Service comment - Easy access on phone, quick responses.
    Oner important e-mail from office to me landed in my spam. Perhaps advance warning that this might happen would heklp?
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  • Product comment - Eurobike: Good, but some details could be improved:

    Bikes in very good condition, no punctures or breakdowns, this was a massive positive
    Except the pick up on the milometers was only working on 2 of the 4 bikes – this was a major negative

    Detailed written directions were mainly good but to make this system work easily it depends on having a functioning milometer – which our navigator didn’t have
    Maps are too small scale
    We'd prefer directions drawn on large scale maps

    Some detail in the guidelines not correct: bus from Salzburg airport to hotel ganstlhof bus stop takes 30mins not 10,
    Some detail in the guidelines not clear: day2 we got lost coming into Steindorf & wasted some time going up & down the main road.
    Some detail out if date: day 3 Gasthof Schneiderwirt doesn't exist anymore, day 5 large part of central section out of date as R2 route that we follow has been diverted to follow a new (very scenic) route alongside the River Ischl from Kreutern to Weinbach.

    Tips were much appreciated eg the salt mines in Hallstatt were very good,
    Some tips out of date - we were told that the Schleedorf cheese factory closed 5yrs ago

    "Bathing opportunities" are mentioned in the eurobike guide. On some lakes the lakeside is almost totally carved up into private ownership so public swimming locations are very hard to find. Esp Irrsee & Mondsee & Attersee & Wolfgangsee. More detail on public swimming locations would be appreciated. If one thing were to be changed about the organisation of the trip then this would be it.

    Hotels were excellent.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Peter. Spam issues do arise every now and then but they're usually quickly resolved with a phone call.

    Product : We're glad you enjoyed the holiday overall Peter and appreciate the constructive feedback. The bikes are checked before each outing and we're very sorry that two of the milometers on your group's bikes were not working. Our local supplier tells us he would have been happy to rectify this issue if it had been reported to him at any point during the holiday. Your recommendations regarding navigation errors are very much appreciated and rest assured that all are being addressed in the forthcoming revised road books for this route.
  • Date - 15/11/2017
  • Name - Sven Kirkland
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  • Service comment - These guys really know their stuff! We went through quite a few options before we finally decided on this tour and Ally was patient and helpful throughout.
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  • Product comment - We'd heard the Salzkammergut was a beautiful area but this holiday still surpassed our expectations. The towns and villages along the way were unbelievably pretty and we were so lucky with the weather too. Everything went according to plan except for a puncture on day 3 which we finally fixed after quite a bit of messing around (out of practice!). The hotels were lovely and the cycling easier than expected, which was great.
  • Flexitreks response - We're blushing - thanks so much Sven. Everyone imagine cycling in the Alps is going to be hard but as you saw this route disproves that theory.
  • Date - 04/07/2017
  • Name - Andrew Williamson
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  • Service comment - Very good advice from someone that really new the tour and the information that we needed.
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  • Product comment - The trip, scenery, weather and tour was wonderful. I'd really recommend it to anyone.


    1. instructions on first day to go to Hotel Achat Plaza zum Hirschen dont include the address. It was also a little annoying because a Dutch Group (the same day) got their bikes dropped off directly at Hotel Ganslhof GmbH;

    2. as you will know, we had a terrible experience at Hotel Ganslhof GmbH where no twin room was available on our last night and as such I would not recommend you continuing to use this hotel. The owner was rude and uncaring;

    3.on day 4 we were quite confused as we had different instructions in (a) the document provided by Flexitreks; and (b) the booklet provided by Eurobike. We followed the document by Flexitreks in the end;

    4. the Flexitreks instructions on Day 4 would be more understandable if they started with "Cycle from your hotel along the lake to Ebensee Station, and take the train from their to Obertraun Dachsteinhöhlen Bahnhof".
    The words after the comma are missing, and there are two Obertraun stations! Especially as Ebensee is at the end of lake Traunsee (I must be stupid, but I didn't realise I had to take a train... and pay for bicycle too"

    5. The instructions for STAGE 5: BAD GOISERN – LAKE WOLFGANG APPROX. 35KM were terrible. We lost the km postings around St Wolfgang (12 kms and didnt recover them until kms 24.4. While the arrows on the signs provided the route, the instructions were almost redundant.

    Sorry for all the negative feedback, it was still a brilliant Holiday!
  • Flexitreks response - Oh dear, sorry to read all this and thank you for the feedback.

    It is sometimes possible to arrange bike delivery to the hotel for larger groups of cyclists and I presume that was the case with the Dutch party.

    The route notes have recently been reviewed for this tour but in light of your comments I will ask our local supplier to re-check the sections you mention.

    I'm glad Ally was able to resolve the issue with the hotel in Salzburg to your satisfaction.

    I'm glad that despite these issue you still found it to be a brilliant holiday.

  • Date - 22/06/2017
  • Name - Pat McIntyre
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  • Service comment - The specific requests I made regarding the beds and the bikes seemed to be dealt with perfectly by Flexitreks. There was however a misunderstanding by 1 hotel regarding the requirement for twin beds as opposed to a double room. I think perhaps the the terminology on the Hotel list could be clarified by stating specifically 2 separate beds, I think it said double or DBL on the hotel vouchers though this may be outside of Flexiteks control.
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  • Product comment - The trip was wonderful. Superb scenery most of which is seen from very quiet roads or dedicated cycle tracks. The route was not too taxing - we are certainly not regular long distance cyclists and we found it fine though we did resort to a bit of bit walking and pushing in places, mainly because of the rather hot weather. The hotels/pensions ranged from adequate to excellent which was fine as the excellents outnumbered the adequate. The unisex bikes provided by Eurobike were very good quality and well maintained, comfy seats too. My only criticism is that it was not really catering for English speaking clients. The trip descriptions were in English but the maps were German. The key to the maps did have translation but the text used was so small and faint that it was barely legible with out a magnifying glass. There was a steep section of the journey where we walked on waymarked paths and trails mainly through forest. The bikes were transported for us and we were given a map showing the collection point. We could not find the bikes at the end of this section. Having walked well beyond where we expected them to be we backtracked and called at a farm house to enquire. Fortunately the lady there spoke English. She looked at the map which we had been given and told us that we had coincidentally called at the place where the bikes used to be left on previous trips and that the map we had been given was out of date. We had to walk further back up steep roads to collect the bikes. It added an extra hour and 4 km to our walk was quite a tough walk to start with. I was really not happy with the situation. I would have given this trip 5 stars if this had not happened.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Pat. In light of your comments we are reviewing the route notes with our local supplier to ensure future customers do not have the same problem. I am glad that, aside from this small glitch, you had a wonderful time.
  • Date - 07/08/2016
  • Name - Michael
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  • Service comment - The Flexitreks team were very helpful and in regular communication.
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  • Product comment - Had a FANTASTIC time. Weather wasn't perfect - but it can be rainy any time during the summer.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Michael. Yes, the alpine summers can be a bit hit and miss at times but we're glad you had a fantastic time anyway.
  • Date - 20/07/2016
  • Name - Susan Hay
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  • Service comment - I felt that this was a very personalised service. Excellent help, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to meet our needs.
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  • Product comment - Day one is very challenging but your legs (and derriere) soon get used to the punishment! You'll cycle through peaceful, beautiful spots - very rural and quiet most of the time. There is so much to see and do en route...just not enough time, spending one day in each place, to do it all! We took an extra day in Bad Ischl and were very glad we did so.
    There are hills on the way, as you would expect, but these are quite manageable. My husband had a sore neck from looking behind him to see where I was! Sometimes to be found pushing my bike up said hill....
    You will need to hone your map-reading skills as we did wander from the routes a couple of times but never got completely lost.
    Each of the hotels was a good three star standard and the owners could not have been more helpful. Most speak English well. Breakfasts were all excellent and set us up for the day.
    Time in Salzburg at beginning and end of the week was appreciated. Beautiful city. Don't miss the trick fountains at Helbrunn Castle or the city beer gardens - some of which are hidden.
  • Flexitreks response - Hi Susan, Thank you so much for the lovely review and photos. The sore neck comment brightened our day!
  • Date - 13/06/2016
  • Name - Jenny
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  • Service comment - Sabina was very helpful and explained the details very well and the workings on the E Bikes
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  • Product comment - Beautiful scenery, cycle tracks and roads. The snow capped Alps and the rolling green landscape withe small villages, you touched the heart of the country.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the lovely review Jenny - we're so glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday in Austria.