Arrival in Salzburg
Individual arrival to Mozart town Salzburg. Winding alleyways and squares are inviting for a stroll. You should visit a typical café to taste some Austrian delicacies. With every step you breathe in culture and history. Stroll through Getreidegasse, discover Mozart’s birth house or take your time for some shopping. In the afternoon distribution of rental bikes, if booked.
Your bike tour starts in Salzburg and you continue through the shady Salzach lowlands along the river. You cycle to Hallein, which was due to its excavation of salt a rich Celtic city in former times. Hallein impresses with its romantic old city, small alleyways, gates and precious houses. Main attraction is the popular Celtic museum. Along the river you reach the water fall, the beautiful market square and the fortress from 13th century in Golling. If you want to extend your tour you can make a tour through romantic valley Bluntautal.
From Golling up to Pass Lueg, enjoy the views onto the beautiful mountain range. You will even not notice the slightly climb. The mountains are coming nearer and the water is getting louder. You pass the so-called “Salzach-Öfen”, an imposing canyon which was built through the river. At the foot of mountain Hochkönig you reach Werfen. The biggest ice cave in the world is inviting you for a loop tour through the bewitching world of shimmering ice (duration about 4 hours). A last view onto fortress Hohenwerfen before you continue to Bischofshofen. Within a few kilometres you reach St. Johann. We recommend visiting the dome with its towers and the wild romantic Liechtensteinklamm (gorge).
You start your third tour towards Schwarzach. Astonish palace Schernberg, before you continue your bike tour. Behind Schwarzach you leave the river to cycle along the Gasteiner Arche through the wild romantic valley. Within the next 2 ½ kilometres you have to manage an altitude difference of 130 metres. Afterwards you will be rewarded with a great view, therefore you should plan a stop in the nearby guest house. And the next highlight is already awaiting you: The Klamm tunnel with a length of 1, 5 km (with separate bike path). Who wants to skip this section can go by train or shuttle service. Afterwards you continue comfortable. Via Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein to the popular winter sport resort Bad Gastein at the foot of the Upper Tauern which offers a lot historic and architectonic places of interest. Emblem is the water fall which was motive of many painters and poets. Also numerous precious buildings of well-known architects and master builders are inviting for a stroll through the alleys.
By train (approx. € 5 per person incl. bike) through the Tauern lock to Mallnitz, duration about 10 minutes. Enjoy the great descent (approx. 8 km) to Obervellach. Just behind Obervellach fortress Falkenstein is inviting for a (photo) stop. The last kilometres to Spittal an der Drau are comfortable. You should visit the renaissance palace Porcia which was built in 16th century.
Enjoy this route – it leads slightly downhill along river Drau. You should plan a stop in Paternion with worth-seeing churches and palaces. Within short distance you reach Villach with beautiful old city, southern flair and homelike pubs and restaurants.
Departure or extension
Unfortunately, you have already reached the end of your bike tour. Today you will start your journey home full of new impressions and experiences. Or you can just continue cycling from Villach to Trieste - The Adriatic coast is calling!
No panic! This bike path leads through flat and slightly hilly terrain, even if the surrounding mountain area is not far away. Two longer climbs can be skipped by going by train. You cycle on asphalted roads and nature paths. An about 8 km long descent leads along a road with more traffic.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Salzburg Train Station
- Salzburg Airport
- Hotel car park or public park garage for about € 50 - € 80 per week. Reservation is not possible
- Return transfer Villach – Salzburg every Saturday a reservation is necessary, € 85 per person incl. Bike
- Return journey by train (duration about 2 ½ hours, about € 36 per person). You have to reserve an extra space when bringing your bike.