The Tauern Cycle Route
Following the motto: Mountains, mountains nothing but mountains – but none directly in your path, we've put this cycle tour together. Along the Salzach and Saalach to and from Salzburg. Familiar working villages and towns mark this cycle tour, you'll even acknowledge a taste of the big wide world when approaching the Festspiel- and in Mozart's town – the musical town of Salzburg. A fantastic panorama and impressive view across the surrounding mountainous world of the Hochkönig, Watzmann and Grossglockner is guaranteed. There are many sights worth seeing, which makes this cycle tour of the "Tauern-Cycle-Route" really truly pleasurable.
Conditions: Surrounded by high mountains, the Tauern Bicycle Path in nothing to be afraid of: It follows the Salzach and Saalach rivers which means that the route takes you through predominantly flat or slightly hilly country, going downhill thanks to the 650 m of elevation difference between Krimml and Salzburg. An altitude covering 200 m from Salzburg to Kaprun is to overcome, this however is easy on the well built cycle paths.
1. day Salzburg arrival
Starting town is Salzburg: Arrival day is always Saturday.
2. day Salzburg - Golling 53 km
In Salzburg, where the Mozartkugel rolls, your cycle tour begins. Through the shaded Salzachauen, you slowly roll to Hallein, a former Celtic town rich in salt. Hallein surprises with a romantic old town with small streets, archways and houses with magnificent facades. The main attraction of the cute city is undoubtedly the world famous Celtic Museum. Past the Gollinger waterfall, the Tauern bike path winds through beautiful meadows. If you are already ready to cycle a few kilometers more, we recommend a more than worthwhile loop (about 8 km) through the romantic Bluntau valley. Finally you reach the picturesque village of Golling with its beautiful market square. In the evening, you can kick your legs or relax in the evening in one of the many restaurants.
3. day Golling - St. Johann / surroundings 40 km
The Pass Lueg-Höhe is the first to be on the today`s program, followed by the "Salzachöfen", an imposing gorge, created by the Salzach River, from which the loud roar of the water is heard from afar. At the foot of the Hochkönig you will enter the impressive village of Werfen. The world's largest ice cave invites you to a round trip through a fairytale world of glittering ice (duration approx. 4 hours). Continue through the Salzach Valley. Already visible from a distance, the fortress of Hohenwerfen rises above. You pass the district town of Bischofshofen, which takes place every year the final of the four-hill tour, and enjoy the magnificent view of the marked Tennengebirge on the Salzachdamm. The towers of the Pongauer Domes finally welcome you to St. Johann. We recommend you visit the Wildromantic Lakeland.
4. day St. Johann / surroundings - Kaprun 50 km
Through the Gasteiner Valley you will meet the first highlight of the day: the Kitzlochklamm at Taxenbach, an imposing nature play. From there, the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner with the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, attracts you. If you have any extra forces, we recommend you take a trip around Lake Zell (approx. 18 km). From Bruck, you will be only a few kilometers from the former mountain guide village of Kaprun.
5. day Kaprun - Krimml - Kaprun 60 km
A narrow–gauge-railway takes you along with your bike from Kaprun to Krimml. A definite must is a visit to the well known Krimml waterfalls, your journey through the National Park Hohe Tauern takes you through colourful mountainous countryside with open fields, woods, forests and pastures, passing many places of interest. Leisurley you go back to Krimml.
6. day Kaprun - Lofer 50 km
Whoever counts the mountains around Kaprun comes to at least 250 two- and three-thousanders. Start the day with a cable car ride to the Schmittenhöhe and enjoy the view of the mountains and the lake Zell. Pittoresk lies on the banks of the river Zell, from where it goes on through sappy green pastures and meadows to Saalfelden. Here you can visit Schloss Ritzen and the Ritzensee. A small but worthwhile detour takes you to Maria Alm, surrounded by the peaks of the Steinernes Meer. Just before Lofer, you will find the Lamprechtshöhle, the deepest water-bearing cave in Austria. Your Etapenziel Lofer welcomes you with a magnificent view of the imposing mountain ranges of the Loferer and Reither Steinberge.
7. day Lofer - Salzburg 55 km
You leave Lofer with its magnificently preserved village center and winding alleys, and on quiet paths and through the splendid meadows of the Pinzgauer Saalachtal, follow the road to Unken, amidst beautiful mountain forests, between the bottlenecks of the Knie and Steinpasses. On the "Kleine deutsche Eck", and thus the famous spa town of Bad Reichenhall (Germany), you cycle along the Saalach to Salzburg, surrounded by the mighty mountain ranges of the Berchtesgaden and Chiemgau Alps. Here Mozart and Karajan were born, and here also the nokers of the same name were born. In Salzburg you can also find a pleasure castle, which was built by an archbishop. There is still plenty of time for a stroll through the streets and streets of Salzburg.
8. day Salzburg Departure
With pleasure we will reserve any extra nights accommodation for you.
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.
Prices are per person.
25.04. – 07.05.2020
08.05. – 18.06.2020
07.09. – 27.09.2020
19.06. – 06.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- train or busticket from Kaprun - Krimml incl. cycle
- GPS tracks available on demand
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
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:
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Salzburg always provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are a limited number of parking spaces in the hotel garage, a pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Conditions of cycle paths
You usually cycleflat to slightly on well signposted cycle paths and quiet secondary roads. Short sections mainly along the Saalach are unpaved, but easy to drive. The two longer slopes can be covered by rail.
Available rental bikes
Choose between a 7-speed unisex tour wheel with hub shifting and a back-pedal brake or a 27-speed female or male tour wheel with chain shift and freewheel. All wheels (the 7-speed wheels in addition with the brake pedal) have two well-regulated rim brakes (V-Brakes) with a decent brake force and a suspension fork. They are on 28-inch wheels with stable spokes and rugged aluminum hollow-chamber rims. The saddle, which is easily adjustable in height and inclination, and the tilt-adjustable handlebar allow a comfortable sitting position. The standard equipment includes a luggage bag, a handlebars pocket with a card compartment, 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.
Helmet duty in Austria
For children up to 12 years of age helmet requirement applies in Austria!
Helmet obligation worldwide
Category A (Comfort): Accommodation in selected hotels and guesthouses at a national 3 * / 4 * level with nice rooms with shower / bath and WC. Most centrally located accommodations.
Category B (Standard): Overnight stay in countrystyle hotels as well as well-kept guesthouses at a national 3 * level with friendly rooms with shower / bath and WC. The accommodations can be located partly outside the stage.
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, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
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.
Fortress Hohensalzburg Salzburg
The 900-year-old fortress Hohensalzburg, the landmark of the city, is Europe's largest and best preserved Burganlage. The fortress built by Archbishop Gebhard during the investiture period in 1077 served to protect the clergy and the population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With its altitude of 3,798 m, the Grossglockner is not only the highest mountain in Austria but also one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Alps. The pyramid-shaped Großglockner is preceded by the somewhat lower Kleinglockner (3,770 m), and the so-called Glocknerscharte lies between.
The Krimmler waterfalls are the fifth highest waterfalls in the world with their impressive drop height of 380 m. With some 350,000 visitors per year they are one of the most visited sights in Austria. A hiking trail created by the Austrian Alpine Association (OeAV) leads directly to this breathtaking nature play and gives you unique insights. Experience the refreshing spray and the imposing power of the water amidst the fantastic scenery of the national park Hohe Tauern.
National park Hohe Tauern
With 1,856 km² of area, the national park Hohe Tauern is by far the largest nature reserve in the entire Alpine area. The protected area stretches over vast Alpine landscapes such as glaciers, rock walls and lawns as well as over the centuries carefully and painstaking cultivated alpine landscapes. The national park Hohe Tauern was established in 1981 and is therefore Austria's first national park. During the following years, the protected area, in which the three provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol are involved, has developed into the largest protected natural area in the Alps.
Zell am See
The idyllic mountain town of Zell lies in the midst of the Mittelpinzgauer valley, 758 meters above sea level. The valley landscape is drained by the Saalach and Salzach. The southern part of this valley is the Zeller Furche, the only beautiful valley of the Pinzgau Grass Mountains. In this valley lies the famous Lake Zell, four kilometers long and 1.3 kilometers wide.
Pinzgauer local railway
The Pinzgauer local railway has existed since 1898. It runs from Zell am See to Krimml and runs along the Salzach between Nationalpark Hohe Tauern and the Pinzgauer Grasbergen. The Pinzgauer local railway was opened on 2 January 1898. As early as 1889 there were first plans for the construction of a railway line from Zell am See to the Oberpinzgau. The preparatory work up to the concession division lasted however still until 1896. On 19. May 1896 Emperor Franz Josef I. signed the certificate for the construction and operation of a narrow-gauge local railway from Zell am See over Mittersill to Krimml.
Castle Ritzen, Saalfelden
The Ritzen Castle, also known as the "Ritzenschloss", is located in the municipality of Saalfelden in the municipality of Saalfelden in the Pinzgau. The castle is situated on a gentle high ridge that accompanies the Saalachtal from Saalfelden to Maishofen and from the center of Saalfelden via the Grundruckrücke. The first mention of the "Grub near Saalfelden", today Schloss Ritzen, dates back to 1339. In 1603 the castle came to the free Haimeram of Ritz, which was subsequently named for the tower and the new castle, probably completed in 1593. The present castle of Ritzen, however, comprises only one side of the former Burgenlage. It was highly probable that this was the time of the pasture. Schloss Ritzen was acquired in 1968 by the then market town of Saalfelden, so it has been preserved and has since been home to the Ritzen Castle Museum, whose first custodian was the well-known creator Xandi Schläffer. The actual castle originated from a small Burganlage and around 1800 still four corner turrets. The remains of this building can still be seen today north of Schloss Ritzen.
The Hellbrunner Monatsschlösschen, which is actually called Waldems and which owes its popular name to its exceptionally short period of construction, was erected in 1615 by Archbishop Markus Sittikus in the past. Today it houses the Museum of Ethnography of the Salzburg Museum. In the storey, the Lustschloss, idyllically situated above the Hellbrunner Parkanlage, shows a cross-section through the Salzburg folklore with testimonies of customs and popular piety, residential culture, folk medicine and a number of the most beautiful costumes typical of the Salzburger Gaue.