7 top cycling routes through SalzburgerLand

SalzburgerLand’s top cycling routes will leave you wanting for nothing on your bike holiday

You will be spoilt for choice with bike rides through SalzburgerLand. Did you know that the magnificent scenery, excellent infrastructure and wealth of opportunities for cyclists really do come together to make this area a biker’s paradise?

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Widely recognised as one of Austria’s premium biking destinations, the diverse and beautiful landscape in the SalzburgerLand region lends itself beautifully to this active sport. There is no lack of diversity to be experienced surrounding by this eye-catching landscape and no want of stimulation for bikers of all ages, abilities and levels. All in all, this destination offers cyclists of all abilities and interests a rollicking good ride.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed bike tour along deep blue rivers and streams, would like to challenge yourself with high-Alpine passes, or if you’re up for experiencing the exhilarating feeling of peeking at picturesque valleys, rolling hills and majestic peaks all the while whizzing your way through the countryside, we have put together a selection of must-ride bike paths in this area.

Tauern Cycle Path

Perhaps one of Austria’s most famous cycle routes, the Tauern Cycle Path takes you along two of SalzburgerLand’s largest rivers, the Saalach and Salzach.

Wending its way through the country on this impressive route, you will pass 100 notable natural sites and attractions, with many family-friendly hotels and welcoming restaurants along the way.  Start out at the breathtakingly beautiful spot of Austria’s highest waterfalls, Krimml waterfalls. You can either cycle a round route back to Krimml, or complete the distance to Passau, some 310 km away.

Distance: 270 km (Tauern Cycle Path Loop) or 310 km (Krimml-Passau)
Elevation change: 600 m (Tauern Cycle Path Loop) or 750 m (Krimml-Passau)

Mozart Cycle Path

Mozart, the world-famous composer and Salzburg’s greatest son, has left behind many traces in this area, all waiting to be discovered on this picturesque and musical route. Cycle through SalzburgerLand and neighbouring Bavaria, through the wonderful world of Alps, beside picturesque Lake Chiemsee and via Austria’s impressive Lake District.   

Distance: 450 km
Elevation change: 2,000 m

Ein Pärchen steht neben den Fahrrädern und genießt den imposanten Blick auf die Stadt Salzburg.

©SalzburgerLand Tourismus – for many cyclists the city of Salzburg is the goal of their cyling tour.

Alpe Adria Cycle Path

What cyclist wouldn’t ever fancy cycling from the Alps to the Mediterranean sea? The new Alpe Adria Cycle Route takes you from the historic spires of Salzburg all the way to Grado, steeped in tradition, on Italy’s Adriatic coast. This route makes it possible for virtually every ambitious cyclist to cross the Alps. Start your trip by riding along Salzach and the Gasteiner Ache rivers to the Tauernschleuse motor rail terminal from Böckstein to Mallnitz. You can jump on a train which takes you through the tunnel into Carinthia in 11 short minutes. On the other side you’ll follow the banks of the rivers Möll, Drava and Gail, to the Italian border and into Tarvisio. You can now continue on along the tracks of the former Pontebbana rail line to Resiutta, and then finally to Grado on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Distance: 410 km
Elevation change: climb 2,417 m; descent 2,842 m

River Enns Cycling Route

The most recent of Austria’s great riverside bike paths is considered by many as one of the most scenic of bike trails, and is also highly recommended for all nature lovers. This takes you along the River Enns, a southern tributary of the Danube River. The route wends its way through three provinces (SalzburgerLand, Styria and Upper Austria) and four tourist regions (Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming-Dachstein, Gesäuse National Park and Kalkalpen National Park).  It sets off at Flachau in SalzburgerLand, and progresses through a good 250 kilometres to Enns at the Danube in Upper Austria.   

Distance: 258 km
Elevation change: 780 m

Salzkammergut Cycle Path

Just imagine a route which takes in 13 of the most beautiful lakes in Austria, and which takes you through the most picturesque parts of the Alps. This path also travels through the most varied parts of the Salzkammergut in Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria. Cycle this way to encounter a wealth of unforgettable experiences. Welcome to the Salzkammergut Cycle Path!

Distance: 345 km (northern loop: Salzburg-Wolfgangsee – Bad Ischl – Traunsee – Attersee – Mondsee – Mattsee – Salzburg 234 km)
Elevation change: ca. 1,850 m (northern loop ca. 850 m)

©SalzburgerLand Tourismus – at lake Fuschlsee

River Mur Cycling Trail

Pedal your way from Lungau in SalzburgerLand to the Styrian thermal region. The Mur Cycle Path sets off from the Hohe Tauern national Park and follows the River Mur into the wine and spa region of Styria. You will see mountains and Alpine pastures in the north and fields of pumpkins, water meadows and vineyards in the south.  This is a cycle path which is suitable for the entire family, and leaves nothing to be desired with its scenic and cultural variety.

Distance: 345 km (from Muhr) or 359 km (from the Sticklerhütte)
Elevation change: 910 m (from Muhr) or 1560 m (from the Sticklerhütte)

The Slow Bike Tour

This bike route was created in order to make the pristine landscapes and habitats of the Alps accessible to cyclists and e-bikers. It takes in the neighbouring regions of Salzburg- Berchtesgadener Land -Traunstein and connects the peaks of Gaisberg (near Salzburg), Högl (near Anger) and Buchberg (near Mattsee). Stretching over a distance of 160 km, it gives you the opportunity to explore areas of natural forest reserves, protected landscapes and nature parks, whilst ensuring your soft mobility will have no negative effect on the environment. The city of Salzburg is your starting point.

Distance: 160 km
Elevation change: 2,508 m.

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