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Cycling the Lakes of Salzburg 13

Cycling in the Salzburg Lake District

Overview

Explore the beauty of Austria’s Lake District, where dramatic mountains plunge into sparkling blue glacial lakes, creating fjord-like landscapes. Salzkammergut lies to the east of Salzburg, the city of Mozart, in the shadow of the Dachstein Summit (2,995 m). It certainly belongs to one of the unique natural treasures of Europe. The area offers impressive mountain scenery, traditional villages scattered in the valleys, and quaint lakeside roads perfect for cycling.

  • The historic city of Salzburg
  • Wolfgangsee with its imposing Schafberg
  • Gmunden
  • Attersee
  • Mondsee
  • Bad Ischl

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Itinerary

Day 1: Salzburg

Individual arrival and bike hand over (if you have rented a bike from us). Use the extra time for a stroll through the picturesque old part of this fascinating town. Overnight Salzburg.

Day 2: Salzburg – Wolfgangsee | 45 km

You begin the tour exploring the birthplace of Mozart. Cycling along the breathtaking Drachenwand, you reach the beautiful Mondsee. Enjoy the downhill ride to St. Gilgen. Overnight St Gilgen.

Day 3: Wolfgangsee – Traunsee | 41-49 km

Today, after a relaxing boat ride on Lake Wolfgang, you cycle to the old imperial resort village of Bad Ischl, where you find traces and follow Emperor Franz Josef’s footsteps and his Empress Sissi all over the area. A must-do is a stop at the famous pastry shop Zauner. Along the river Traun, you cycle to Traunkirchen. Overnight.

Day 4: Traunsee – Attersee | 32-40 km

One of the many highlights on this tour is the stop-off in Gmunden. Gmunden is a scenic village on the northern bank of the Traunsee, and nowadays, it’s well known for its beautiful handmade ceramics. Move along further to the gorgeous area of lake Attersee.

  • Cycling for the day: approx. 32 – 40 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Spitzerwirt*** or similar

Day 5: Attersee – Mondsee | 33 km

Follow the light blue Attersee to Unterach. After passing through a narrow valley, you will discover the beautiful Mondsee. Cycle along the northern bank until you reach the picturesque lakeside town.

Day 6: Mondsee – Trumer Seenland | 33 km

Riding comfortably through the hinterland of Mondsee, pass the Irrsee and reach the Trumer Seen. Beer connoisseurs must visit the Trumer brewery!

  • Cycling for the day: approx. 33 km
  • Accommodation: Gasthof Neumayr*** or similar

Day 7: Trumer Seenland – Salzburg | 46 km

Enjoy nature’s beauty and pristine surroundings while cycling to Salzburg, with opportunities to take a dip in the small lakes you pass by. Overnight Salzburg.

  • Cycling for the day: approx. 46 km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Nord*** or similar

Day 8: Departure

Individual departure or extend your stay in Salzburg.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in welcoming 3-star hotels and country inns. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour. Hotel upgrade is possible in Salzburg, Wolfgangsee, Traunsee & Mondsee.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at your hotel or nearby restaurants.

Difficulty & terrain

The cycling is on country roads, dedicated cycling paths and dirt roads. The terrain is hilly with some short uphill stretches. Please be informed that there will be more car traffic on country roads during the summer holidays (read more about difficulty grades). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.

More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to go

This trip is available from May until October. Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Alps. The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the weather is most stable. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25°C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Our recommended airport for this tour is Salzburg (SZG).

By train or bus
  • The No. 10 bus (Mon-Sat) departs every 10 minutes from the airport to the city centre. Journey time approx. 15 min.
  • The No. 2 bus runs daily every 10/20 minutes between Salzburg Main Station and the airport. Sundays and public holidays every 20 min. Journey time approx. 23 min.
  • For more information, use the Omio planner above.

Inclusions

Included

  • 7 nights in a private en-suite double/twin room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport (1 piece per person/max 20 kg)
  • Boat ride on the Lake Wolfgang incl. bike
  • Ferry ride St. Wolfgang – Abersee incl. bike
  • Handlebar bag with maps and information materials (1set  per room)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Half Board option (add 5 dinners – not included in Salzburg)
  • Bike rental (helmet not included, to be requested separately)
  • Hotel upgrade (4-star hotels or the best 3-star hotel in town if no 4-star hotels are available)

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