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).
Feeling fresh and rested you start your third leg to Schwarzach im Pongau. Marvel at the pretty Schloss Schernberg on the hill above the village before hopping onto the saddle. Shortly after Schwarzach you leave the Salzach and will be accompanied by the Gasteiner Ache through the wild and romantic Gastein valley. Gather your strength before travelling uphill to the “Ausgleichsbecken”, which will see you cover 2,5km with an elevation change of 130metres – you’ll definitely build up a sweat. Now comes the Klamm Tunnel, where you can cycle its 1,5km on a cycle path. If you want to avoid the tunnel, you can take a train or shuttle service from Schwarzach (about a 10 km drive). Via Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein you cycle to the renowned spa and winter sports resort of Bad Gastein, at the foot of the Hohe Tauern, which offers a wealth of natural history and architectural sights. It is then only a stone’s throw to Böckstein, where a train from the Tauernschleuse takes you to Mallnitz on the other side of the Alps in just 10 minutes (self-paid about €5/person). Back in the saddle you can enjoy rushing downhill to your hotel in the Mölltal.
First off, as you travel along the river Möll you cycle through impressive mountain landscape. In Möllbrücke the Drautal begins, and the sunny south of Austria. Take a leisurely pedal over the last kilometres to Spittal an der Drau. In the middle ages this city was an important junction for pilgrims. Here you can visit the Renaissance Porcia Palace, built in the 16th Century in the style of Italian palazzo – sometimes referred to as ‘the most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps’.
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
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.
Category: 3*** Hotels, Inns and Guesthouses
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing (German, English)
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English) with route maps, route descriptions, local attractions, important telephone numbers
- 1 train ride Böckstein –Mallnitz incl. your bike
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
- Return transfer by minibus to Salzburg every Saturday morning, costs EUR 85 per person incl. your bike, to be paid for in advance, reservation is necessary
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Salzburg train station
- Salzburg airport
- Hotel car park about EUR 8 to EUR10/ day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible/necessary! Public park garages approx. EUR 65 / week
- Good train connections from Villach to Salzburg
Things to note
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!