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Tauern Bike Trail

Round trip from Salzburg

Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
Velociped-Partner-Tour
easy to moderate
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799.00 €
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Start on a dream journey in a bicycle saddle.
On this 285 km long round trip you will discover the most scenic region of the Salzburg region on cycle paths and roads with little traffic. Quaint farming villages and towns, colorful flower meadows and wild nature, as well as the festival and Mozart city of Salzburg await. The multitude and authenticity of the sights and the fascinating phenomena of nature (such as the roaring Krimml waterfalls, the largest ice caves in the world, ...) are impressive and will make the holiday a very special pleasure which will be remembered for a long time. Enjoy a fantastic panorama and fascinating views of the imposing mountains on your daily stages. Let yourself be impressed by Watzmann, Großglockner and the Kitzbühel Alps.

Highlights

Fortress Hohensalzburg Salzburg
The 900-year-old fortress Hohensalzburg, the landmark of the city, is Europe's largest and best preserved castle. The fortress built by Archbishop Gebhard during the investiture period in 1077 served to protect the clergy and the population.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Keltenstadt Hallein
The dreamy alleyways, the romantic corners and the lovingly renovated houses make Hallein, the historic town center as a whole, a jewel of medieval architecture. A walk through the old town is a journey on the trail of the time when salt was still called "white gold". This was the basis for the development of the townscape, its inhabitants, as well as trade, crafts and trade for many centuries.

Keltenstadt Hallein

Ice world Werfen
The Eisriesenwelthöhle is a cave labyrinth of over 40 kilometers total length. The formation took place as in all caves over a very long period of time. The first crevices and clefts in the limestone rock originated already in the course of the mountain heights before approx. 100 million years ago and was enlarged and developed by chemical dissolution procedures and water erosion over a thousand years. The caves in the Alps are still undergoing a development process, although many cave systems - including large parts of the ice giant world - are not significantly further developed by dehydration.

Eisriesenwelt Werfen

Castle Hohenwerfen
For more than 900 years, the mighty castle of Hohenwerfen has been perched on its steep, 155-meter-high rocky cliff above the Salzach Valley. The powerful defense system was built at the same time as the fortress Hohensalzburg and is considered one of the best preserved buildings of the late Middle Ages. Over the centuries it was the site of attacks and sieges. Great rulers and landlords such as Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau were prisoners in the castle.

Burg Hohenwerfen

Kitzlochklamm
The name comes from the young goat folk, who in the summer liked to see the cooling gorge and the stollen. In the gorge, the Rauriser Ache has drilled through the limestone slate and carved in vertical walls. The tunnel you pass is called the Ritzstollen, because it was attacked by Bergknappen in 1553 for ore mining and gold mining.

Kitzlochklamm

 

Tauern Bike Trail

easy to moderate
Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
from
799.00 €
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Tour

Individual arrival in the festival, Mozart and cultural city of Salzburg. Winding alleys and squares invite you to take a stroll around. Charming, cozy cafes offer Austrian coffee specialties. You breathe in culture and history with every step. You can stroll through Getreidegasse, discover Mozart's birthplace or take the opportunity to go shopping. Outside the festival season, too, you can expect a diverse and sophisticated range of concerts, theater performances and exhibitions.

Your bike journey begins in Salzburg, where the Mozartkugel rolls. You roll slowly through the shady Salzach floodplains to Hallein, a Celtic town that used to be rich in salt mining. Hallein surprises with a romantic old town with small alleys, archways and houses with magnificent facades. The main attraction of the cute city is without a doubt the world-famous Celtic Museum. Past the Gollinger waterfall, the Tauern cycle path winds through beautiful meadows. If you are ready to cycle a few more kilometers today, we recommend a more than worthwhile loop (approx. 8 km) through the romantic Bluntau valley.

Finally you will reach the picturesque town of Golling with its pretty market square. Stretch your legs again in the evening, stroll through Golling or enjoy good cuisine in one of the many restaurants.

The Lueg-Höhe Pass is the first on the program today, followed by the "Salzachöfen", an imposing gorge created by the Salzach, from which the loud roar of the water can be heard from afar. At the foot of the Hochkönig you reach the atmospheric village of Werfen. The world's largest ice cave invites you to take a tour through a fairytale world made of glittering ice (duration approx. 4 hours). Your path continues through the Salzach Valley. Already visible from afar, the Hohenwerfen Fortress sits enthroned high up here. You pass the district town of Bischofshofen, where the final of the four-hill tournament takes place every year, and enjoy the wonderful view of the striking Tennengebirge on the Salzachdamm. The towers of the Pongau Cathedral greet you in St. Johann. We recommend a visit to the wild and romantic Liechtenstein Gorge.

You cycle through the Gastein Valley towards the first highlight of the day: the Kitzlochklamm near Taxenbach, an imposing natural spectacle. From afar the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner with the Großglockner High Alpine Road, beckons, but you stay well in the valley. If you have too much strength, we recommend going around Lake Zell (approx. 18 km). After all, only a few kilometers separate you from Bruck from the former mountain guide village of Kaprun. From here you have excellent bus connections to the high mountain reservoirs.

After breakfast, take the local Pinzgau Railway to Krimml (included in the tour price). The famous Krimml Waterfalls, which tumble 400 meters down here, are a must. Your way through the Hohe Tauern National Park is characterized by the untamed nature of the high mountains and the colorful mountain farmland with meadows, forests and alpine pastures. Almost always downhill you pass the many sights of the small villages and hamlets of Oberpinzgau (the Kammerlandstall in Neukirchen, the Emerald sites in the Habach Valley, the local museum in Mittersill, Kaprun with its glacier ski area, ...). You roll back to Kaprun at a leisurely pace.

If you count the mountains around Kaprun, you will come across at least 250 two and three thousand meter peaks. Start the day with a cable car ride to the Schmittenhöhe and enjoy the view of the mountains and Lake Zell, which lies picturesque on the lake side, from where the route continues through lush green alpine pastures and meadows to Saalfelden. Here, Ritzen Castle and the Ritzensee are worth a visit. A short but worthwhile detour takes you to Maria Alm, surrounded by the peaks of the Steinernes Meer. Shortly before Lofer, the Lamprechtshöhle, the deepest water-bearing cave in Austria, awaits you. Your  destination Lofer welcomes you atmospherically framed by the imposing mountain ranges of the Loferer and Reither Steinberge. At the end of the day, visit the center of Lofer with the Gothic parish church from the 15th century.

You leave Lofer with its splendidly preserved town center and winding alleys and head towards Unken on quiet paths and through the wonderful meadow landscape of the Pinzgau Saalach Valley, in the midst of beautiful mountain forests, between the narrow passages of the Knie and Steinpasses. You cycle over the "Little German Corner" and thus the well-known health resort Bad Reichenhall (Germany), surrounded by the mighty mountain scenery of the Berchtesgaden and Chiemgau Alps, along the Saalach back to Salzburg In Salzburg you can also find a palace that an archbishop had built. There is still enough time to stroll through the alleys and streets.

Unfortunately, you have already reached the end of your bike tour through the imposing valley of the Hohe Tauern and along the Salzach and Saalach. But one thing is certain: you will start your journey home today full of new impressions and experiences.

Your trip includes the journey on the Pinzgaubahn from Kaprun to Krimml incl. bike.

The Pinzgaubahn was severely damaged by a storm in 2021. The repair work is still ongoing and will probably continue into the 2024 season. If the Pinzgaubahn is not running, a rail replacement service or a bus shuttle will run as a replacement.

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

All-carefree service:
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
Other included services:
  • Train or busticket from Kaprun - Krimml incl. bike
  • Zell am See-Kaprun summer card
Worth knowing about your Tauern Bike Trail

Below please find more information about your Tauern Bike Trail and surroundings. 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:

Train schedule Deutsche Bahn

Train schedule OÖB

Parking at the hotel

You can park your car at the hotels in Salzburg for the duration of the trip.

Costs in category A € 10.00 per day and category B € 8.00 per day. A reservation in category A and deluxe is required, this is not possible in category B. Parking costs are payable on site. You will receive detailed information on parking at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your journey.

Conditions of cycle paths

The Tauern Cycle Path is signposted continuously and in great detail. The route runs on quiet, paved bike paths and country roads, only partially on more heavily traveled routes. Some short parts also have to be mastered on unpaved bike paths. Overall, the quality of the paths can be described as very good. In some cases you have to reckon with slight inclines, so some basic fitness is recommended for this tour.

Available rental bikes

You can choose between a 7-speed unisex tour bike with hub shifting and a foot brake or a 27-speed woman’s and men's bicycles with chain shift and freewheel. The standard equipment includes a pannier, a handlebar bag with a map holder, a bicycle lock, an air pump, a spare hose and a small repair kit. Electric bicycles (without back-pedal) are bookable on request, as they are only available in limited numbers. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Helmet duty in Austria

In Austria applies a helmet duty for children up to an age of 12 years.
Helmet obligation worldwide

Your accommodations

Category A (comfort): Overnight stays in selected hotels and inns at the national 3 * / 4 * level, rooms with shower / bath and toilet. Mostly centrally located.

Category B (standard): Overnight stays in hotels typical of the country as well as well-kept inns at the national 3 * level with friendly rooms with shower / bath and toilet. Some of the accommodations can be located a little outside the city/town center.

Extra costs which are not included in the price

A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.

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

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

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.

Your travel expert for this tour

I provide you with advice and assistance

Steffi Groß

Travel Expert

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