Relaxed E-Mountain Biking
SalzburgerLand is an E-Bike Land. And that is how it should be! In summer, some regions are specialised solely on this topic and deliver everything a sporty E-Biker could wish for. From Wagrain-Kleinarl, the Tennengau region and the Wildkogel Arena, to Salzburg’s Saalach Valley and Zell am See-Kaprun, and onto Saalbach Hinterglemm and the Hochkönig region – they all guarantee carefree hours in the mountains along with an E-Mountain Bike experience that until now you could only dream about.
Bike Trails in SalzburgerLand
Freeriding on the many trails in SalzburgerLand is one of the most diverse and exciting things that can be experienced on a bike. Here you have everything from the after-work-tour on the latest lines in the Bike Parks, to lonely trails with views of the highest mountains in the land, to a relaxed alpine excursion. Above all, two new trails, the Matzalm Trail in Saalfelden-Leogang and the new Singletrail Großarl should be mentioned at this point. They offer everything needed to make every mountain biker’s heart beat faster.
Anyone who has not yet tried out this mix of hiking and biking, should definitely do so this coming summer. These Bike & Hike tours combine the best of both worlds with an unforgettable adventure in the mountains. The Alpine Duathlon in Gastein is practiced especially diligently. And it is no wonder, as not only one of the most beautiful panoramas for far and wide awaits on the Gamskarkogel but also apparently the world’s best Kaiserschmarren in the mountain hut with the same name.
There is already a special magic emanating from the Salzburger Alpine summer. While down in the valley life plays out in all its facets, and up above mountaineers celebrate lonely peaks, in between we can find one thing above all – the idyll and tranquillity of the Alpine pasture. Cows graze peacefully away, hikers reach cosy huts and eagles fly majestically around at sunset. What could be better than discovering this special world on a mountain bike? Equipped with a healthy dose of fitness, adventure and the spirit of discovery, you can wind your way around the heights. Motivation comes also from being inspired by the beautiful panoramas and from the approaching delicacies in the mountain bike huts. A good example is the five panorama tours in Flachau. Adventurous biking with views of the most beautiful peaks on the surrounding mountains. Always a true experience!
Bike for Kids
Biking in SalzburgerLand is also an unforgettable experience for children and youngsters. There’s hardly a sport that promotes fun, action, co-ordination and stamina as much as this. For example, in the Riders Playground in the Saalfelden-Leogang Region or in the mountains of Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
© Erwin Haiden-SalzburgerLand Tourismus – the earlier the kids sit in the saddle, the further they get in bike sports.
An Overview of the Regions
The Bike Park Leogang, with the Riders Playground, features an exceptionally extensive practice area that allows access to biking and downhill not only for kids. Whoever masters here the Pump Track, the Rookie, Contessa and Greenhorn trails, can venture slowly onto the Drop Line. It is great to see what progress once can make here within a short time. For those who would rather be under professional guidance in the park, the Leogang Bike School with its special kids training is perfectly suited. Lifts, trails, and rental equipment especially for kids are available here and make the beginning child’s play.
Downhill in Saalbach Hinterglemm
The kids are biking strongly also in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, only one valley further on. Elegant, skilfully and fearlessly they glide over the strips and waves of the Milka Line. This technically rather simple Saalbach Hinterglemm Freeride route, with its 3km and 400m altitude, is ideal terrain not only for gravity newbies but also experienced bikers who want to roll up gently. The MTB Junior, once familiar with the basic techniques, also finds a perfect playground here. Generally, the ‘Home of Lässig’ not only offers 400km of routes divided between four mountains but also specifically in summer is great in terms of biking technique camps. This ranges from multi-day workshops for fathers and sons, to whole weeks with a camp character, and up to intensive training with professional coaching. Biker’s hearts – what more do you want?
All details and dates on www.saalbach.com
The junior is also catered for in all MTB events in Saalbach. The Downhill Race for Rookies at the Mountain Biking World Games is legendary (7-10.9.2017).
Relaxed E-Mountain Biking
Whoever prefers to discover for themselves the mountains and valleys on two wheels, will find ideal conditions in SalzburgerLand. In addition to numerous opportunities to let off steam with a mountain bike, utmost importance is especially placed on the subject of E-biking which is in complete harmony with nature. The two regions of Salzburg’s Saalach Valley and Hochkönig are absolute pioneers and have created an infrastructure which allows each E-Mountain biker to reach even the remotest peaks.
© Salzburger Saalachtal Tourismus – E-Mountain biking in the Salzburger Saalach Valley.
Box Seats in the Salzburger Saalach Valley
Across the whole region there are almost 100 E-bike rentals with 21 charging stations, along with bike-friendly accommodation, easy bike transport with the Lofer Alpine World cable car, organised bike tours and above all the 480 kilometres of signposted bike routes. This ensures that every cyclist gets their money’s worth here, from the pleasure cyclist to ambitious sport cyclists. With the E-Bike, mountain towns that are normally only reserved for top athletes are also in-range, even for average athletes. Aside from the best box seats nature has to offer, there are also real culinary delights along the designated routes in the Salzburger Saalach Valley.
TIP: HERB FARM LUTZBAUER
In the Gföll district of Unken, you can find this show herb garden with its cider tavern and farm shop. Guided tours every Sunday, 10 a.m. (registration required). www.lutzbauer.at
E-MTB ROUTES THROUGH HEU VALLEY: Stone plate circuit, 50 km/1,421m altitude, Unken – Winklmoosalm – Wildalm – Unken, 37 km/1,086m altitude
More E-MTB routes in the Salzburger Saalachtal on www.lofer.com
Comfortably higher and further on the Hochkönig
E-Mountain biking on the Hochkönig has been capitalised on for several years, which makes this region the absolute leader in E-Mobility. One of the figureheads of the almost 30 signposted tours is the ii-Tour. This tour is about 110km and 5,000 metres in altitude, with the Wastlhöhe (1,750m) as the highest point. On a dirt track leading through gently undulating meadows, there is a gigantic panoramic view of the magnificent rock formations of the Hohe Tauern Mountains, Leogang Steinberge and the Steinernes Meer. And above all of them sits the majestic and immovable namesake of the region. However, E-Biking also means enjoyment and so you can treat yourself, especially during the Salzburg Harvest Festival time, to culinary delights of all types of cuisine art in the region.
Harvest Festival in the Hochkönig Region
29th August, 2017: 9th Maria Alm Dumpling Festival
3rd September, 2017: Harvest Festival Mühlbach
9th September, 2017: Harvest Festival in Hinterthal
16th September, 2017: Harvest Festival Maria Alm
24th September to 1st October, 2017: Harvest Festival Week in Dienten
Bike trails in SalzburgerLand
Freeriding on the many trails in SalzburgerLand is one of the most diverse and exciting things that can be experienced on a bike. Everything is here from the after-work tour on the latest lines in the Bike Park, to lonely trails with views of the highest mountains in the country and on to a relaxing Alpine trip. The two regions of Wagrain-Kleinarl and Zell am See-Kaprun have specialised particularly in biking pleasure on the narrow paths and are known far beyond the country’s borders as a trail rider’s insider tip in the Alps.
©David Schultheiß-SalzburgerLand Tourismus – Once infected with the biking virus, it is hard to get away from it.
The trails of Wagrain-Kleinarl
Whoever searches for the ultimate bike trail in Wagrain-Kleinarl must not miss the Hirschleiten Trail. The entrance to this versatile trail is located just below the Kleinarl hut and the Kurzeggalm. Initially, it winds up leisurely over Alpine pastures and evolves gradually from a wide dirt track into a narrower meadow path with smaller sections. Beyond a cattle gate, the trail becomes significantly steeper. Waiting in the bottom section is the highlight – a root carpet that takes everything out of bikers technically.
All those who feel at home in bike parks will simply love the Bike Park Wagrain, which emphasises the subject of flow. Such as the 1.8km long On Air, which is ideally suited to trying out freeriding. Or the much narrower, simply perfect curves orgy of Lilly’s Treat. Northshore fans get their money’s worth on the narrow Holzbrückchen of the RnB.
All information on opening hours, lift prices and offers.
High-altitude trails in Zell am See-Kaprun
Since 2013, the three trails that make up the MTB Offering on the Kitzsteinhorn Mountain run from the eternally white mountains of the Hohen Tauern National Park down to the open level of Zell am See-Kaprun. Altogether, they offer 12km and 1,500m altitude of pure downhill fun – blessed with a varied mountain bike trail and a wonderful view unlike any other. The Geißstein Trail, directly at the Alpine Centre, knows how to convince with loneliness and high speed. A little further down is the entrance to the Wüstlau Trail. In the area of the tree line you can really accelerate here and conjure up fat Airs over the ramps here and there. Comparatively relaxed despite its steep slope, the final run is through forest and meadow. You can find the start of the Bachler Trail, as per its name, at the Bachleralm. Due to the lower altitude and Alpine meadows, it seems quite lovely as it combines some loose gravel and meadow sections with single, quite tricky bends until it finally ends at the idyllic Klammsee Lake. By bike from the snow down to the / into the Lake – it is finally a reality in the Zell am See-Kaprun region.
THE RIGHT TICKET
The Summit World 3000 wants to be visited without a bike – MTBs are transported free of charge up to the trail entrance at the Alpine Centre. Thus, a normal ascent (€ 20.50), but also optionally only from/to the middle station Langwied (€ 13.50) is enough to bike, with the remaining ascent by muscle power over the Asten way or the Alpine Centre way. Holiday guests in the region can travel for free thanks to the Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card.