From Salzburg to Vienna
You begin your journey in the Mozart city of Salzburg and cycle across the gentle, lakescape of the Salzkammergut. In Linz you reach the Danube. From here follow the Danube across the Strudengau and the Wachau until you finally reach Vienna. In Salzburg and Vienna we recommend additional nights, so you can experience these two cities. It's worth it.
1. day Arrival in Salzburg
The festival city of Salzburg welcomes you with a lot of charm and top-class sights, because since 1997 the Salzburg Old Town and the Schönbrunn Palace are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In your hotel you will receive the travel documents. Here is also the bike issue (when booking rental bikes).
2. day Salzburg - Attersee 60 km
You leave the Mozart city of Salzburg in easy up and down direction Wallersee. A break in Mondsee is worthwhile, because the place offers you a pretty center and a beautiful waterfront. Afterwards you will cycle on the shores of the picturesque Mondsee to the largest inland water body of Austria, the Attersee.
3. day Attersee - Traunsee 30 km + boat tour Traunsee
Today is a short climb to Weißenbachtal. However, a rapid descent compensates for the river bank of the Traun. Then follow the Traun comfortably to Ebensee am Traunsee. By boat you drive on to your destination of the day, the ceramic city of Gmunden. Visit the manufactory of the famous, hand-painted ceramics.
4. day Traunsee - Lambach - Linz 30 km + train
Today you follow the flat path along the river Taun to Lambach. In the afternoon you travel by train to Linz (incl.). The famous Linzer cake tempts people to taste and to the city's coffee houses, but the city itself, the 2009 European Capital of Culture, is also worth a visit.
5. day Linz - Grein/surrounding ca. 60 km
Through meadows and through forests you cycle to St. Florian today, visit the famous monastery and follow the beautiful cycle path to Enns, the oldest city in Austria with its 60 m high city tower. After Enns, continue along the Danube until you reach the wonderful baroque town of Grein.
6. day Grein/surrounding- Wachau 65 km
A beautiful section of the Danube awaits you today. Enjoy your ride along the historical Nibelungengau and take your time for the pilgrimage Maria Taferl. From the Marienheiligtum, which is picturesquely situated on a hill 233 m above the Danube, there is a magnificent view over the Danube valley and the hilly landscape of the Mostviertel up to the Alpine chain, which spreads over a width of more than 300 km in front of the visitor.
7. day Wachau - Tulln - Wien 65 km + train
The ride through the Wachau offers a true cultural fireworks. Be it a visit to the wine cellars or the unique cultural landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage region. From Tulln you go by train to the center of Vienna (incl.). Take time for the capital of Austria, marvel at St. Stephen's Cathedral and treat yourself to a slice of cake in one of the typical coffee houses.
8. day Vienna depature
Today your bike tour from Salzburg to Vienna ends after breakfast. The return journey by train to Salzburg is included (without bike). On request, we book extra nights, so you can explore the city.
prices & services
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
- Boat trip on the Traunsee (20.05.-28.09.) Or train journey (pre- and post-season) incl. bike
- Train ride Lambach - Linz incl. bike
- Train ride Tulln - Vienna incl. bike
- 1 bottle of Wachauer wine per room
- Train return Vienna - Salzburg (transfer of own bikes not included)
- Zone ticket Wiener line (hotel - train station)
- Your personal route in an individualized bike book, as a digital application for computer and mobile phone, GPX data for your navigation device
- handlebar bag
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about Salzburg - Vienna
Below you will find specific information to the bike tour from Salzburg to Vienna. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Salzburg is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Salzburg. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
In the parking garage Linzer Gasse (entrance Glockengasse, about 4 minutes walk to the center), parking facilities are available. The costs for a weekly ticket amount to approx. € 63,00. You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of the journey.
Condition of cycle paths
From Salzburg to Passau, without many interruptions you cycle usually on well passable, but not paved bike paths along the river there. The bike route along the Danube is very well developed, virtually everywhere there are paved bike paths or roads with little traffic, mostly even on both sides of the Danube. Only short stretches are not paved.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel and e-bikes. Included are two saddle bags for each bike. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Transfer back from Wien to Salzburg
The return journey from Vienna to Passau by train is included in the travel price. Costs for taking your own bikes are not included.
Costs which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel. The city tax (about € 1,00 - 2,50 per person / night) has to be paid at the hotel.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
An up-to-date overview of applicable measures and travel and safety advice regarding Covid-19 for all countries in the EU and Switzerland can be found here:
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Corona virus and holiday planning
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Salzburg is unique – in every regard. Anyone who has ever immersed themselves in the magic of the world-famous City of Mozart can never escape it again. The harmonious interplay of landscape and architecture, art and culture, as well as traditional and modern, all within a surprisingly small area, merely adds to the special charm of this place. Salzburg is the city where W. A. Mozart was born and the shooting location for "The Sound of Music". The narrow lanes and broad squares of this baroque city have taken their deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The internationally acclaimed Salzburg Festival, the magnificent panorama and the countless temptations of Christmastime make Salzburg a complete artwork in its own right, and one that is quite beyond compare.
Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as "The Three Rivers City". The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the Neolithic. Passau was part of the Roman Empire for more than 400 years. It became an Episcopal seat in the year 739 AD. Passau was an independent prince bishopric for over 600 years. Finally in 1803 Passau was annexed into Bavaria. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes.
Dom St.Stephan Passau
St. Stephen's Cathedral is a baroque church built in 1688. Since 730, there have been many churches built on the site of the current cathedral. The current church, a baroque building around 100 metres long, was built from 1668 to 1693 after a fire in 1662 destroyed its predecessor, of which only the late gothic eastern side remains. The cathedral's overall plan was made by Carlo Lurago, its interior decoration by Giovanni Battista Carlone, and its frescos by Carpoforo Tencalla.
Organ of St. Stephen's Cathedral
The small village of Spitz ranks among the prettiest villages of the Wachau and is certainly the one with the funniest name. "Spitz" means "pointy", a word that is also used in German for "horny" with the same metaphorical value.
Basilika Maria Taferl
This church to the Virgin Mary sits picturesquely enthroned on a hilltop 233 m above the Danube. From this perch, visitors enjoy a sweeping, 300 km view extending over the Danube Valley to the hills of the Mostviertel and beyond to the Alps.
The cornerstone of the church was laid on April 25, 1660. The site had been a shrine with devotional images of the Virgin Mary on a panel, hence the name ("Maria Taferl", i.e. Mary Panel). The building was constructed according to the plans of an unknown master builder, initially under the supervision of Georg Gerstenbrand, a Lower Austrian court architect. Carlo Lurago, an Italian architect working mostly in Bohemia, took over from him starting in 1671. He was followed in 1707 by Jakob Prandtauer, who was commissioned to complete the project.
The Mechanical Crib of Maria Taferl is a unique, protected monument. It consists of more than 300 different figures and tells the story and origin of this largest place of pilgrimage in Lower Austria, connected with representations of the Holy Scriptures. Fully automated with light and sound, visitors can experience this unique work of art in Austria.
Cathedral of St Mary, Linz
The Cathedral of St Mary was completed in 1924 and has space for around 20,000 people. Of particular interest are the window paintings such as the “Linz Window” or the “Emperor Window”. The interior gallery is open to the public on guided tours and provides a fascinating view from a height of 15 metres. There are daily guided visits of the spire with its magnificent views over Linz.
On over 10,000 m² area the Linz Schlossmuseum provides comprehensive insight into the natural, cultural and art history of Upper Austria from the beginning of life into the 21st century.
There is a wide spectrum of permanent exhibitions in the historic castle and in the new southern wing. They range from geological to contemporary history and bear witness to diverse and extensive special areas.
The permanent exhibitions are flanked by diverse special exhibitions on current international and regional, as well as cultural, natural and contemporary history topics.
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.
St. Stephen's Cathedral is 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide. It has four towers. The tallest of these is the south tower at 136.44 meters. The tower room, from which there is a gigantic view across Vienna, is reached via 343 steps.
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Located in Vienna, the Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace. It blends an imperial flair with unrivalled masterpieces of art. The historical setting of this internationally acclaimed modern museum makes a visit to the Albertina an unforgettable experience. The city’s largest residential Habsburg palace boasts 21 beautifully furnished staterooms, making it one of the most exquisite classical palaces in the whole of Europe.
Since it reopened in 2003, the Albertina has presented an impressive number of exhibitions, showing foremost works of art dating from the 15th century to the present day. With its special “Albrecht Dürer”, “Picasso” and “Van Gogh” exhibitions, the Albertina has drawn a record number of visitors during the past few years. The Albertina is one of Austria’s most popular museums, making it a major attraction for city visitors and cultural travelers from all over the world.
St. Charles' Church, Vienna
A magnificent religious building with a large cupola: St. Charles' Church, the last work of the eminent baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
The church, finished in 1739 by his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, was built as the result of a vow taken by Emperor Charles VI during a plague epidemic. The church is consecrated to the patron saint of the Habsburg emperor, Saint Karl Borromeo: The exhibits in the small Museo Borromeo include the traveling clothes of the Bishop of Milan.