Salzburg to Krimml Falls Cycling Holiday

  • 4.6
    (8 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Salzburg / Salzburg
  • Distance

    164 miles/264 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    004-103CAT
Price From £483

Overview

This cycling holiday leads you through some of Austria’s most impressive alpine scenery. Along the way you’ll see picture-perfect alpine villages, serene mountain lakes, glistening glaciers, tumbling waterfalls and cavernous gorges. While you are always surrounded by alpine vistas, the route sticks to the valley floor offering relaxed cycling along bike paths and low-traffic roads.

This could almost be called the highlights of Austria tour. You start and finish in the charming city of Salzburg, famous with many for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while for others it is inextricably linked with one of the most popular musicals ever made, The Sound of Music.

Krimml Falls - Austria*

Krimml Falls

Leaving the city you cycle into a world of lush meadows, mountain streams and towering peaks. The town of Zell am See on the shores of the Zeller lake has to be one of the most picturesque towns in the Alps. The Kitzstenhorn glacier above the pretty village of Kaprun is an awe inspiring sight as are the thundering waterfalls near Krimml. Stunning views and fresh mountain air are constants throughout the trip and each evening will be spent in cosy, idyllic alpine villages.

The route is mostly along bike paths and quiet roads. Any climbs are gentle and on the whole the route is reasonably level.

Itinerary & Map

The route is mostly along bike paths and quiet roads. Any climbs are gentle and on the whole the route is reasonably level.

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Day 1: Arrive Salzburg

Salzburg - Austria II*

Salzburg

On arrival in Salzburg make your way to your hotel. After check-in you’re free to explore the city of Mozart. As well as being the great composer’s birthplace, Salzburg has plenty to offer. You shouldn’t miss the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle and Mirabell Palace, but we also highly recommend simply sitting in a traditional café and enjoying a coffee and indulgent pastry whilst absorbing the atmosphere of this lovely old town.

Day 2: Salzburg – Bischofshofen/St Johann, 33 to 38 miles/52 to 61 kms

Hohenwerfen Castle and Werfen Village

Hohenwerfen Castle and Werfen Village

We suggest an early start as there is much to see en route today. Head south along the wide Salzach valley past the salt mining town of Hallein to the village of Golling. Here we recommend investing in the short hike to admire the nearby waterfall. A little further on you may also wish to stop and visit the nearby ice caves that stretch for 40 km below the mountains. The ancient hilltop castle at Werfen is quite a sight and a little further on you’ll stop for the night in either Bischofshofen or St. Johann im Pongau, both bustling little towns with plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants.

Day 3: Bischofshofen/St. Johann – Zell am See/Kaprun, 26 to 35 miles/41 to 55 kms

Liechtensteinklamm gorge - Austria*

Liechtensteinklamm gorge

Today you continue south along the Salzach valley and the alpine scenery is breathtaking from the first turn of the pedal to that last. Near the village of Alpendorf you may be tempted to make a short detour to visit the Liechtensteinklamm, a deep and narrow gorge through which a wooden walkway has been constructed for safe viewing.

You then pass through some gorgeous little alpine villages, including Bruck which sits at the base of Austria’s highest mountain – the Großglockner (3798m) before arriving in the Zell am See/Kaprun area. The Zeller lake is a truly spectacular setting and the Kitzsteinhoen glacier high above the pretty village of Kaprun is open for skiing all year long! You’ll spend the next two nights in either Zell am See, Kaprun or the village of Piesendorf.

Day 4: Zell am See/Kaprun – Krimml – Roundtrip, 33 to 41 miles/53 to 65 kms

Krimml Falls - Austria*

Krimml Falls

After breakfast you take the train with your bike to Krimml, 50 kms to the west. From the station at Krimml it is a short 3 km ride up to the head of the valley to the Krimml Waterfalls, the highest falls in Europe. Follow the waterfall trail on foot to get incredibly close to the plunging falls. After your visit, set off on your bike back following a lovely bike trail through the lush meadows and pretty alpine villages. It’s mostly level and easy cycling all the way back.

Day 5: Zell am See/Kaprun – Lofer, 29 to 38 miles/46 to 58 kms

Zell am See - AustriaII*

Zell am See

After breakfast you begin your return journey towards Salzburg. This time you will follow the Saalach valley north from Zell am See to the charming little village of Maria Alm. After a pleasant ride along the wide scenic valley you eventually arrive in the picture-perfect village of Lofer surrounded by high granite peaks. If you have any remaining energy take the cable car up to the Loderbichl for some amazing views of the surrounding area.

Day 6: Lofer – Salzburg, 31 miles/49 kms

Lofer

Your final ride continues to follow the Saalach river which is now quite boisterous with rapids and fast flowing sections that attract daring kayakers. The tranquil Saalach valley provides some serene alpine cycling before you ride through a small corner of Germany. In the Deautsche Eck you will visit Bad Reichenhall, a spa town with a distinct Bavarian flair. A short distance further on you arrive back in Salzburg, the perfect place to toast and celebrate completing your alpine cycling adventure.

Day 7: Departure

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

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 May to 05 October 2020

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2020 Prices
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (unlimited, max weight 20kg per piece)
Maps & route information
Train ride on day 4 to Krimmler Waterfalls
Admission to Krimmler Waterfalls
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximatley €2 pppn payable locally)

Supplements

Half board, comfort (£133)
Half board, superior (£147)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, comfort (£67)
Extra night Salzburg, single, comfort (£90)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, superior (£83)
Extra night Salzburg, single, superior (£119)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£74)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£177)

Practical Information

Bikes

Nuvinci hub geared bike

The Nuvinci hub geared bike

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

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively a limited amount of helmets are available to pre-book for rent at the time of booking, €15 to be paid locally.

Accommodation

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, guesthouses and inns.

Salzburg: Hotel Ganslhof
Bischofshofen: Hotel Alte Post
Zell am See: Der Schütthof
Lofer: Gasthof Moorbad Hochmoos
Salzburg: Hotel Ganslhof

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Salzburg: ACHAT Plaza zum Hirschen
St. Johann im Pongau: Alpenland Sporthotel
Kaprun: Das Alpenhaus
Lofer: Gasthof Moorbad Hochmoos
Salzburg: ACHAT Plaza zum Hirschen

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 to Munich’s main station and then an intercity to Salzburg – total journey time approx 2.5 hours.

 

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 8 reviews 4.6
  • Date - 03/09/2018
  • Name - Brenda Quast
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Flexitreks once again provided outstandingly pre-tour service. Promote responses and very efficient.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We were provided with seven speed hub gears instead of the advertised 21 gear bikes. I especially had difficulty with the hills on these bikes. By the second day we knew they weren’t going to work for us and contacted Ally to say we’d take a day off cycling the next day (and to and fro Krimml Falls) so the supplier could change our bikes. This was resolved without issue from either Flexitreks or the supplier.
    Apart from that hiccup, we loved everything about this tour. The cycling tracks, scenery, accommodation were all wonderful. Would definitely recommend this tour.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Brenda, we really appreciate the lovely review.

    Product : Sorry about the bike issue Brenda. The supplier thought he was doing everyone a favour by changing to the new hub-geared bikes but he now realises they are not for everyone. Glad you enjoyed the tour apart from this minor hiccup.
  • Date - 18/06/2018
  • Name - Steve Groves
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - As always, Ally found the perfect holiday for us, listened to our requirements due to a knee injury, and recommended the correct level. Very good advice all the way. Thanks Ally
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Great trip, very easy transfers when flying in/out Salzburg. Cycling with the mountains in constant view was amazing. The Krimml falls are well worth the visit, make sure to get the early train and spend a few hours there.
    Great food, great people.
    Will be going back to Austria.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : You are very welcome Steve. From the photo it looks like you had great weather too which is always nice.

    Product : Thank you so much Steve and great tip regarding Krimml Falls.
  • Date - 04/08/2017
  • Name - Julie Wainwright
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful, answered questions very promptly, excellent!
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - This was a great trip, it was a challenge for 2 non serious cyclists though! On our second day, it poured down ALL day which was a real mental challenge and something we hadn't predicted! By the end of the day we were as wet as we could be and cold. However. things could only get better! And they did! The views were beautiful, the hotels were great, sometimes a little quirky, and the breakfasts always set you up well for a day in the saddle. Luggage transfers were one thing we didn't even have to think about which was great, and the bikes... Well, the bikes were superb! Plenty of gears, good quality, comfy saddles, plenty of panniers and brilliant handlebar bag and map holder - altho even the best map holders couldn't keep out our second day's hours and hours of rain!
    We found that the cycling was pretty much all we did each day, apart from stopping for lunch and drinks and taking snaps, but this would perhaps depend on your fitness level. By the final 2 days I had given up on trying to cycle up hills as the thighs were screaming, but walking up the hills wasn't a problem.
    Austria really do know how to do cycle paths. There are so many very good paths! We spent some time on roads but they were nearly always quiet (with just one exception). And most paths were tarmacked, making cycling easier. (But Austria do not do credit cards like we do so beware, you do need cash!)
    All in all, we really enjoyed our first cycling holiday, it was a real challenge which is no bad thing, but next time I think we'll go for e-bikes!!!
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the very thorough review Julie and we're glad you enjoyed your first cycling holiday experience. None of us are that keen on cycling in the rain so well done for persevering and not putting the bikes on a train. E-bikes are available on most of out tours so that decision shouldn't narrow your choice too much for next year's trip.
  • Date - 03/08/2017
  • Name - Jennifer James
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Listened to my requirements and acted promptly.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Very good holiday, lots to see and do extra to the cycling.
  • Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed this wonderfully scenic tour Jennifer.
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Peter
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally in the office was excellent and timely about answering questions
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - The only problem was the limitation of the map for leaving Salzburg. Street names are not marked and it made it hard to follow.
    The hotels were excellent and the bag transfer was seamless.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Peter. We're liaising with our local supplier to see how the Salzburg map and directions can be improved. Glad everything else went well though.
  • Date - 20/07/2016
  • Name - Michael
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Flexitreks answere all our questions and organized a great tour.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - The use of the Achat Plaza was a good choice because it was an easy walk from the train station and was convenient to the old city.

    The map to lead tours out of Salzburg need to be improved. There should be a detailed map.

    The hotels were all excellent. Luggage transfers were always efficient. The bikes were more than adequate.

    The route was very scenic and an excellent tour.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the positive review Michael. In light of your comments the Salzburg route notes are being reviewed but we're glad this issue didn't seem to mar the holiday too much.
  • Date - 31/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Easily contactable and very willing to accommodate individual requests.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Wonderful experience to cycle through the glorious Austrian countryside - green meadows covered with golden wild flowers, birdsong, cowbells, towering snow-capped mountains - idyllic! Then a comfortable stay in lovely hotels at the end of the day with our luggage waiting for us.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for your kind comments as they are much appreciated. We are glad to hear you had a good cycling holiday from Salzburg and found it a 'wonderful experience'. I hope you are already thinking of a trip in 2016 and feel free to call us on 01273 410 550 where we will happily help you select your tour. Many thanks for now. Ally and the Flexitreks team.
  • Date - 09/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful when booking. Easy to contact and speedy to reply. Would definitely recommend as the company seemed very keen to accommodate requests.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The holiday was a wonderful experience - a great way to admire the scenery in peace and quiet. Fantastic cycle paths, excellent accommodation, an amazing holiday.
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for your kind comments as we do appreciate them. I hope you are already thinking of a trip for 2016 and so feel free to call 01273 410 550 or email us at info@flexitreks.com and we will be here to help you choose another 'wonderful experience'. Many thanks again the Flexitreks team.