Austrian Lakes Single Centre Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishBad Goisern / Bad Goisern
Distance132 miles/212 kms
On this Austrian lakes cycling holiday you will be based right in the heart of the Austrian lake district in the pretty spa town of Bad Goisern. From here you’ll enjoy daily cycle excursions into the beautiful Salzkammergut countryside, discovering picture-perfect Austrian villages and pristine lakes.
This has to be one of the best ways to experience Austria’s beautiful Salzkammergut by bike. No packing up each day, just enjoy 6 nights in a very comfortable hotel right in the centre of the Lake District. Each day your route notes will lead you on a different route, revealing stunning towns and villages on serene alpine lakes.
Each day will be different but the scenery will always be stunning and by the end of the 5 rides you will have visited no less than 6 lakes including the famous Lake Wolfgangsee and the stunning Lake Hallstatt
And at the end of each day you’ll relish returning to the lovely Hotel Goiserer Mühle, where you can relax in the spa before enjoying a lovely meal in the stylish restaurant.
You’ll cover around 25 miles per day during your week in Austria and the itineraries are pretty easy going. Much of the way will be flat, alongside lakes and rivers, with just a few smaller climbs to contend with. You’ll mainly be using cycle paths and quiet side roads, with just the odd, short section on busier roads.
Itinerary & Map
You’ll cover around 25 miles per day during your week in Austria and the itineraries are pretty easy going. Much of the way will be flat, alongside lakes and rivers, with just a few smaller climbs to contend with. You’ll mainly be using cycle paths and quiet side roads, with just the odd unavoidable section along roads with more traffic.
Day 1: Arrive Bad Goisern
Arrive at the 4 star Hotel Goiserer Mühle in Bad Goisern and settle into your room. Here you will enjoy delicious gourmet meals and a wonderful wellness centre.
This 4 star hotel enjoys an idyllic location on the Mühlbach River close to the centre of the village and makes a very comfortable base for a cycling holiday.
Day 2: Lake Traunsee, 28 miles/45 kms
Take your bikes on the train to the beautiful lakeside resort of Gmunden. Here you can explore the castle and town hall tower before getting in the saddle and cycling along the River Traun to Lake Ebensee. Continue down the Traun to the old imperial city of Bad Ischl where you can admire the Imperial Park and Villa as well as Empress Sissi’s Teahouse. It’s then just a short ride back to your hotel in Bad Goisern.
Day 3: Lake Gosausee, 16 to 25 miles/25 to 40 kms
Today starts with a bus transfer to the village of Gosau from where you enjoy a scenic ride along a pleasant valley to to Lake Gosausee. Here you’re rewarded with magnificent views of the lake and snow covered peaks of the Dachstein Mountains. You then return along the valley, past Gosau, following a mountain stream as it descends to Lake Hallstättersee. From here you enjoy an easy ride beside the Traun River back to Bad Goisern.
Day 4: Lake Wolfgangsee, 34 miles/55 kms
Today you’ll start your bike ride straight from your hotel, joining the River Traun to revisit Bad Ischl. From here you can follow the waters of the Ischler Ache to Lake Wolfgangsee and make your way to St Wolfgang on the northern shores of the lake at the foot of the Schafberg. You can ascend the mountain by rack-and-pinion railway for more great views if you like. Time permitting we also recommend a visit to the famous White Horse Inn that enjoys an enviable position right on the lake shore. A short ferry ride (not included) delivers you to the opposite shore and from there the route leads you back to Bad Goisern via the serene hidden tranquility of Lake Nussensee.
Day 5: Lake Hallstatt, 22 miles/35 kms
You’ll enjoy more wonderful scenery today, heading to Lake Hallstätter See and the picture postcard lakeside town of Hallstatt. Here you can also see the world’s oldest salt mine and venture into the Dachstein ice caves. On the lake, a relaxing boat trip is a must, while the lakeside cycling is as good as it gets, with all today’s attractions just next to the cycle path.
Day 6: Lake Altausseer See and Lake Grundlsee, 22 to 34 miles/35 to 55 kms
Catch the train to Bad Aussee then choose how far to cycle. You may want to extend the day’s biking by checking out Lakes Grundlsee and Toplitzsee or instead head straight for Lake Altausseer See. From there you’ll ride to the beautiful Rettenbachtal valley, which leads you back to to Bad Ischl. You’re invited to stop at the exquisite Cafe Zauner to try a slice of Zaunerstollen (chocolate decadence) with a coffee before riding back to Bad Goisern.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2020 Arrival Dates|
|Arrival every Sunday and Thursday from 12 April to 04 October|
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|Deposit per person||£100|
6 x Buffet Breakfast
6 x Buffet Breakfast & 6 x Dinners included for arrivals between 26 July and 29 August
Free use of the hotel spa
Admission to the public outdoor pool
Zaunerstollen pastry & coffee at famous Cafe Zauner
One way train Bad Goisern - Gmunden, day 2
Bus transfer to Gosau, day 3
Return train Bad Goisern - Bad Aussee, day 6
Introductory cooking class with the chef
Maps & route information plus GPS route data
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (payable locally)
Ferry, day 4 (approx €4 pp payable locally)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Regular Plus bike with pannier & lock (£136)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£198)
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults
On this tour you can choose between a regular bike, a regular Plus bike or an e-bike.
The regular bike is perfect for this style of tour and offers 21 speeds and a comfortable saddle. The alloy frame provides and upright riding position.
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 e-bikes used on this tour have a good weight distribution and a low balance point. Overall weight amounts to approx. 23 kg. An illuminated LCD display allows you to select from three different modes of assistance and the battery will easily last each ride assuming it is fully charged at the start.
All bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, pump and a repair kit.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, you are able to buy a helmet locally for around 35 euros. It must be requested at the time of booking.
The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.
Superior: You will spend 6 nights at the delightful Hotel Goiserer Mühle in Bad Goisern. This good quality hotel enjoys an idyllic location on the Mühlbach River close to the centre of the village and makes a very comfortable base for a cycling holiday.
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
Fly to Salzburg airport and then take the public bus or train from Salzburg to Bad Goisern. The bus and train journey will take about 2 hrs. Alternatively, you can fly to Munich and take a train from Munich’s main station to Bad Goisern. The train jouney will take about 4 hrs.
- Date - 19/09/2018
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - very helpful throughout, supplied all the information and detailed route discriptions, very good
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - the bike tour is run by Euro Bike who I have used several times. There organisation is usually good, my only gripe is sometimes they supply you with information in German, But not this time.
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : Excellent - thank you for your review
Product : Many thanks, we always ensure we provide our customers with route notes in English.
- Date - 10/12/2015
- Name - Anna Trubshaw
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - The staff at Flexitreks were very helpful and friendly. We were attempting to book a holiday last minute and knew what we wanted to do and Flexitreks went out of their way to make it happen - Thanks to all the team!
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Great central location of the hotel - walk into village and for cycling tours. The staff were friendly and helpful. Offered a wide selection on the buffet breakfast and delicious dinner. Rooms were very spacious and comfortable. The place had character - a little like stepping back in time.
It was great to have our bikes ready and waiting for us, complete with itinerary and routes and even organised lifts to one destination - so we could cycle back. Each day/route was an adventure - the discovery of beautiful scenery, a stunning Austrian Lake, quaint villages and optional tourist sites. All in all a fabulous holiday - highly recommend it! Flexitreks - we will be back :)
- Flexitreks response - Dear Anna,
Thank you so much for the great feedback as we really do appreciate this. We are glad you had a good cycling holiday in Austria. I really like your comments that 'the place had character - a little like stepping back in time' as this really does depict the region. If you are thinking of a trip in 2016 feel free to email us on email@example.com and we will certainly help you choose another wonderful tour. Many thanks again, Ally and the Flexitreks team.