This particular cycling holiday in Austria is a road bike tour of the mountains and lakes around Salzburg. Around the city of Salzburg, you will find many road cycle trails, even the world road cycle championship was held here in 2006. Whenever you leave the state of Salzburg, you have to cross over a mountain pass. Some of them are little and the others demand some fitness. On this tour, you will cycle into the medium-size mountains of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria regions. On this cycling holiday, you will stay for an overnight in the Unesco World Heritage site of Hallstatt, will pass wonderful lakes and will enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery.
On this bike vacation, you will mainly follow small side roads, cycle trails and some small sections on larger roads. You can shorten days by using the train or boat on the lake. There will be a number of ups and downs and some can be demanding, but they are not long (2km to 5km).
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrival to Salzburg, if you booked a rental bike, it will be at the hotel at about 8 p.m.
You will follow the castle road out of the city and will cross the border to Bavaria. Enjoy the wonderful ride around the mountain lake Königssee where you take a boat trip. Afterwards, you cycle through the national park of Berchtesgaden and around the mountain massive of Untersberg. If you are fit enough, cycle up to the mountain pass where you will have a wonderful view towards Salzburg and the eagles’ nest in Berchtesgaden. 52-64miles, 85-105Km, difference in altitude + 550 to 1200 metres and – 550 to 1200 metres.
You will leave the city on the cycle trail along the river Salzach. Right afterwards you will have two choices to get to Hallstatt. The more demanding one leads you up to a high road with fantastic views and the alternative route follows the river valley to Golling. Afterwards, you will cycle into the Lammer valley where cross the first mountain pass into Upper Austria where you will see the famous mountain lake of Gosau. On nice days you will see the glacier of Mount Dachstein in the lake. Afterwards downwards to lake Hallstatt and the picturesque village of Hallstatt. Overnight Hallstatt or Bad Goisern.
52-65 miles 85-105 Km, difference in altitude + 750 to 1250 metres and – 620 to – 1100 metres
You will start your tour following the lakeside road to the little pass through the Koppen valley. On the other side, a wide valley will open and on the long tour, you will cycle around the huge mountain of Grimming. First, you cycle down to the Enns valley where you see the so-called “small alps” where you find famous winter sports resorts like Schladming. Afterwards, you will cycle upward back to the Ausseerland and over to Lake Grundlsee and on to Lake Altaussee. You will certainly enjoy the scenery with the lake and mountain. If you are really in a good shape you may cycle up to an alpine pasture along a wonderful mountain road (1600 meters). Overnight Hallstatt or Bad Goisern.
50-65 miles 80-105 Km, difference in altitude + 705 to + 1050 metres and – 550 to – 1010 metres
A quite easy day which gives you time to visit the famous emperor city of Bad Ischl. First, you will follow the road along the lake and afterwards the brine pipeline road to Bad Ischl. In Bad Ischl, you have to decide which trail you will take – both a very nice. One leads you to lake Wolfgangsee which is famous for a musical, the Mozart village of St. Gilgen and a view which you see at the starting of the movie of Sound of Music. Anyway, on both trails, you will see lakes and mountain. Today you will stay in St. Georgen which is in the countryside but only a view minutes away from lake Attersee.
43-56 miles 70-90 Km, difference in altitude + 550 to + 750 metres and – 420 to – 560 metres
Today the landscape will change a little bit. You will cycle in the slightly hilly area to the beautiful city of Gmunden. Enjoy a coffee and the view of the lake promenade. The old town is also worth seeing. Afterwards, we will lead you upwards next to the mountain range called “devil mountains”. Turn back for a nice view and right afterwards it will go downwards to lake Attersee. This time you will cycle around the lake back to St. Georgen (or cross the lake with a boat). Overnight in St. Georgen.
52 miles 85 Km, difference in altitude + 790 metres and – 650 metres
In the morning you will pass fields and little hamlets on your tour to lake Mondsee where you can visit the wedding church of the movie Sound of Music. You also will notice that the landscape will change again the small softer hills but there will be again some lakes along the tour. After Mondsee, you will pass lake Irrsee and there will be the only real climb of today up to “summer wood” where you find a little church and an impressing view backwards to the Lake and Mountain district. The last 12 km you will follow the former railway Salzburg – Bad Ischl. Always slightly downwards till you reach the Salzach river. Turn left and you will be in the centre of Salzburg. Overnight Salzburg.
46 miles 75 km, difference in altitude + 570 metres and – 690 meters
Depart after breakfast.
By plane to Salzburg or to Munich or Vienna and then by train.
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