Salzkammergut Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Salzburg / Salzburg
  • Distance

    152 miles/245 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Deluxe
  • Tour code

    014-117CAT
Price From £940

Overview

Cycle through Austria’s delightful Salzkammergut region, staying at lovely hotels in some of the region’s most beautiful villages. Starting and finishing in Salzburg, you’ll follow a gentle loop route, staying in selected properties on the shores of Lake Mondsee, Lake Traunsee, Lake Hallstatt and Lake Wolfgangsee. If you want to see the Salzkammergut in style then this is the cycling holiday for you.

After spending a night in the elegant city of Salzburg you’ll pedal out into some of Austria’s most famous and celebrated scenery. The Salzkammergut’s sparking lakes, chocolate box villages and stunning alpine vistas are the perfect surroundings for a relaxing leisure cycling holiday. Each day will finish at a charming 4 star hotel located within another, beautiful, lakeside village.

Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut

Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt – Salzkammergut

The leisurely route takes in all the region’s highlights including; Lake Mondsee – where the wedding scene in the Sound of Music was filmed, Lake Attersee – the Salzkammergut’s largest lake, the sublime village of Traunkirchen on Lake Traunsee, Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt- the most beautiful village in the Salzkammergut, and of course St Wolfgang on beautiful Lake Wolfgangsee where you will spend two nights.

The cycling is mostly easy – flat along the lake shores – but with the odd hill on the connecting stretches between the lakes. E-bikes are available and worth considering if you are at all concerned about the climbs.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Arrive Salzburg

Salzburg

After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore this fascinating city. Take a wander through the historic old town and along the Getreidegasse, a bustling street where shops still hang wrought-iron signs outside depicting their trade or specialty. Here you can also visit the house in which the city’s most famous son – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – was born. Hohensalzburg, the fortress that stands guard over the city, is also well worth a visit as is the Mirabell Palace and its amazing gardens. If, like many visitors to Salzburg, you are fan of the Sound of Music, then you may wish to join one of the many guided tours that visit the sights and scenes around the city that featured in the famous film.

Day 2: Salzburg – Lake Mondsee, 25 miles/40kms

Lake Mondsee

The route leads you out of town alongside the River Salzach. After a while you leave the river and follow a disused railway line out into the countryside. A pleasant ride, past lush, alpine meadows delivers you to Thurgau, a small village  at the foot of the Drachenwand (Dragon Wall) – an impressive rock massif that remains in view all the way to your overnight stop. The village of Mondsee, where you will spend the night, is a tranquil little place enjoying an idyllic location at the tip of Lake Mondsee. The baroque church in the village-centre featured in the wedding scene in the Sound of Music.

Day 3: Lake Mondsee – Lake Attersee – Lake Traunsee, 31 to 44 miles/50 to 70kms

Lake Traunsee

Lake Traunsee

Today’s route begins with a pleasant ride along the shore of Lake Mondsee. The soaring granite peaks on the far shore, separated from the blue water of the lake by a patchwork of bright green meadows and pine trees, are quite a sight. Lake Attersee comes into view shortly after leaving Lake Mondsee and this is the largest lake in the Salzkammergut. Once again, sensational views accompany your ride along the western shoreline. If the weather is warm enough you may be tempted in for a refreshing dip in the clear, sparkling waters.

If you are cycling this route between 01 July and 31 August then you will catch the ferry, that operates during this period, from Nussdorf to Weyregg on the opposite shore. If you are travelling outside of this period then you will continue around the northern tip of the lake to Weyregg using pedal power.

From Weyregg, the route continues via the scenic Aurach Valley to Lake Traunsee and the delightful town of Gmunden. The view down the lake from the town’s lake shore promenade is simply breathtaking with the natural alpine beauty supplemented by the charming Castle Ort, linked to the mainland by a timber bridge.

You follow the eastern lake shore south to the beautiful village of Traunkirchen where you will spend the night. The village enjoys an enviable location on its own tiny peninsula jutting out into the lake.

 

 

Day 4: Lake Traunsee – Lake Hallstatt, 28 miles/45 kms

Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut

Hallstatt

After breakfast you leave Traunkirchen and continue south, alongside Lake Traunsee, to Ebersee at the lake’s southern tip. You then follow the Traun river south to the large town of Bad Ischl – a good place for a lunch break – and then along the wide, sunny Goisern Valley to the village of Bad Goisern. Shortly afterwards you reach the northern tip of Lake Hallstatt. Pine-clad flanks of the surrounding high granite peaks plunge down into the deep blue lake creating a dramatic natural amphitheater that will take your breath away. A ride down the eastern shoreline will bring you to Hallstatt, by common consent the prettiest village in the Salzkammergut and your home for the night.

Day 5: Lake Hallstatt – Lake Wolfgangsee, 25 miles/40kms

St. Wolfgang

You head back along the Traun River to Bad Ischl in the morning. Here you are invited into Café Zauner for a sweet treat to energise you for the afternoon ride. You then head west along a wide sunny valley of green pastures to the village of Strobl at the eastern end of Lake Wolfgangsee. After an enjoyable and scenic ride along the south-facing shoreline you arrive in the picturesque village of St. Wolfgang where you will spend the next two nights in the world famous Weisses Rössl Hotel, directly on the lakeshore.

 

 

Day 6: Rest day Lake Wolfgangsee

Salzkammergut - cyclists

You don’t have to cycle today but of course if you want to use the bikes then you could circumnavigate the Lake if you like. Alternatively, we suggest taking the cog-railway to the top of nearby Schafberg Mountain (1782m) to enjoy some fabulous views of the lake and surrounding countryside. You could also take a boat trip on the lake if you like or even venture in for a swim if the weather is conducive. The village itself is a delight to explore on foot and there are also plenty of walking routes in the surrounding hills.

Day 7: Lake Wolfgangsee – Salzburg, 31 miles/50km

St. Gilgen

Your final day of cycling leads you around the lake shore to St. Gilgen, another charming lakeside village. Here you leave the bikes with our local representative and embark on an hour’s walk into the Tiefbrunnau Valley. At the end of the pretty walk your bikes are waiting for you and you continue along quiet lanes to secluded and serene Lake Hintersee. Thereafter, you ride through a series of impressive gorges to reach the wide Salzach Valley and the City of Salzburg where your adventure began 6 days ago. En-route into the city we recommend a short diversion to visit Schloss Hellbrun with it’s amazing, trick water fountains.

On arrival back at your hotel in Salzburg all that remains is to find a convivial restaurant somewhere in the old town to celebrate completion of your Salzkammergut Cycling Holiday.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrival every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 20 April to 05 October

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2019 Prices
014-117CAT
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09 May
10 May
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21 Jun
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06 Sep
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26 Sep
27 Sep
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05 Oct
 
Deluxe category
Double/twin £972 £1033 £1090 £1033 £972          
Single £1326 £1387 £1443 £1387 £1326          
Triple £940 £999 £1054 £999 £940          
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation in charming hotels. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Boat ride on Lake Attersee between 01 July & 31 August only
Zaunerstollen pastry & coffee, at famous Cafe Zauner
Bike transfer at Tiefbrunnau, day 7
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Extra night Salzburg (double/twin), deluxe (£143)
Extra night Salzburg (single), deluxe (£224)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£80)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£191)

Reductions

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

Bikes

Mens bike

Hybrid bike

On this tour you can choose between a standard hybrid bike, a hybrid plus bike or an e-bike.

The standard hybrid 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 hybrid plus bike offers a step up in terms of components (hydraulic Magura breaks 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.

Hybrid plus bike

Hybrid plus bike

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.

 

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.

Deluxe: Charming hotels and guesthouses.

Salzburg:Hotel & Villa Auersperg
Mondsee: Hotel Leitnerbäu
Traunkirchen: Hotel Das Traunsee
Hallstatt: Heritage Hotel
St. Wolfgang: Hotel Weißes Rössl

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.

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