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Some not-so-well-known routes through SalzburgerLand

A veritable cornucopia of opportunities to pursue one's passion is waiting for cyclists in SalzburgerLand. There is lots of variety throughout the different regions, surrounded by beautiful and often spectacular nature and historic attractions. How about, for example, a journey in the footsteps of gold prospectors, following your nose to the Alpine cheese dairies in Tennengau, heading up into the mountains of Salzburg’s Saalach Valley or in the world of herbs in the Lake District? With our top cycling tips, you are guaranteed to keep your grip and discover places that are otherwise well hidden.

The Mitterberg Circuit

This easy and relaxing cycle circuit runs along the Taurach and Mur rivers, and through Lungau at over 1,000 metres above sea level. Salzburg’s southernmost region is a real paradise for pleasure cyclists. On this cosy circuit, you will cycle past ancient castles and palaces, and visit small towns that invite you to rest and relax. The Mitterberg circuit connects seamlessly to the Mur cycle path, is easy to ride and therefore ideal for families with children. The starting point is Tamsweg, but you can get also start anywhere else along the circuit as well.
Length: 31 kilometres
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E-Bike tour to the Hirschgrubenalm

Medium difficulty E-Bike tour in the beautiful mountains of the Großarl Valley. At the destination, the Hirschgrubenalm, home-made delicacies are waiting for hungry bikers. You start from the centre of Großarl (920m) where you cycle into the valley to Hüttschlag and onward to the Aschaustüberl (1,050m). This is also known as the ‘Sun Spot’ of the region. On a service road you will then pass some farms before you finally reach the forest road with a barrier. Through shady high Alpine woods, you can enjoy the seclusion of the mountains to the fullest before you reach the Alm at 1,564 metres above sea level. The same route takes you back down into the valley. This is a tour that is especially fun with the E-Bike. Our Tip: In addition to the ‘Kaspressknödeln’ up here you can also enjoy the echo.
Length: 39 kilometres
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Slow Bike Tour

To expose natural Alpine habitats also for cyclists and E-Bikers, this route was created in the neighbouring regions of SalzburgerLand and Berchtesgaden. It connects the Gaisberg summit (near Salzburg), Högl (near Anger) and Buchberg (near Mattsee) on cycle paths and side roads with little traffic. The starting point is the City of Salzburg. Over 164 kilometres of natural forest reserves, conservation areas and nature parks are waiting to be discovered anew. Through soft mobility, the environment here is not affected. E-Bikers can find perfect infrastructure along the whole route. Our Tip: Ride the Slow Bike Tour in a clockwise direction so the ascent sections are easier to deal with.
Length: 164 kilometres
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©slow bike makrohaus, Thomas Kujat

Three-Mountain Culinary Tour

This tour is a true all-rounder. While you can experience wonderful biking and admiring the majestic peaks of Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, there are regional culinary delights waiting during the breaks. Alpine sushi, herb trout – everything the heart desires. It starts in Altenmarkt, from where you will cycle up into the mountains. The local mountains of Schlatterberg, Schwemmberg and Ameisenberg are always there with short challenges which you will be handsomely rewarded for. Because whether you stop in at the WIA z’haus Winterbauer, the Jausenstation Habersatt or finally in the Berggasthof Bliembauer – pleasure, cosiness and hospitality is at the top of the menu here. And even the E-Bike! Our Tip: In summer, you can also experience this as a guided tour.
Length: approx. 2 hrs
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©Nadia Jabli Photography – Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus

E-Bike Tour Springs Path

Water is one of the central elements here with us in SalzburgerLand and has intrigued us since time immemorial. Good then that there is an E-Bike in the Hohe Tauern National Park, which leads us not only through one of the most beautiful regions of the Alps, but also allows us to enjoy the origin of the wet element. The Springs. Such a tour is simply beautiful and interesting especially as it runs along the most important and longest river in the country, the Salzach River. The starting point is the village of Wald im Pinzgau where you cycle on the Gerlosstraße in the Salzach Valley. From there, it goes uphill until you reach the Salzach Alm at around 1,800 metres. Our Tip: definitely take a break at the Salzach Hut for a rest.
Length: 16.4 kilometres
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The Gastein Valley Cycle Path

The cycle path through the Gastein Valley leads across colourful flowering meadows and sparkling streams, and past quaint farms and cosy towns. The starting point is Lend, from where you cycle southward away from the hustle and bustle on fully signposted cycle paths. In Dorfgastein, the first stop, the world’s best Salzburg-Nockerl are waiting at the Unterberger Tavern for hungry cyclists. But even if this town invites you to linger, you should quickly be on your way again. Finally, there is still so much to discover. Then it continues to Bad Hofgastein. Here, you should plan a visit to the historic walls of the “Weitmoser Palace”, before taking a break at the two new thermal lakes in the Alpine Spa.

Finally, cyclists reach Bad Gastein as the crowning glory of the tour. The Belle Epoque architecture is something very special and there are few places in the world that offer so much charm. To marvel at the waterfall that imposingly crashes through the town centre in all its glory, you should take a flight with the Flying Waters across the valley for a better view.
Length: 31 km
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©Robert Maybach – Water at its most dominant and imposing in Bad Gastein

The Goldberg Cycle Path

On the trails of the old gold prospectors, this path runs from Taxenbach through the beautiful Rauris Valley. After an ascent, the town of Rauris sits before you. In the ‘The King of the Skies’ exhibition, you can learn many interesting things about the largest birds in the Alps, before you treat yourself to a fully deserved rest in one of the many eateries. Then you head along the old Bucheben Road further into the valley. Even if the bike is humming along nicely, you really should take a short brake at the pretty Einöd Chapel and take it all in.

For those who always wanted to try panning for gold, you can do this just after the toll station at an original gold washing spot. With a little bit of patience, you can even today filter out tiny gold flakes from the crystal clear waters of the Hüttwinkelache. A last short stage and the goal is already in sight – the end of the Valley Kolm Saigurn. The impressive view of the majestic Hohen Sonnblick is guaranteed compensation for the hardships on the road.

Our Tip: From the starting point at Taxenbach/Kitzloch Gorge, take the rewarding variant across Embach, play a round of mountain golf and enjoy the wonderful landscape. At the Agerwirt, you cross the Rauriser Ache again and head into the valley on the “main route” of the Goldberg Cycle Path.

Length: 25km
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The E-Bike Winklmoos Circuit in Salzburg’s Saalach Valley

Wild water is omnipresent in Salzburg’s Saalach Valley and is always with you on this beautiful bike tour in all its different forms. To fully enjoy the beauty of nature, it’s best to get onto one of the many E-Mountain Bikes, which are available for rent everywhere in the region. The starting point is Unken, from where the trail into the valley follows the Unkenbach. Rushing waterfalls and wild swimming spots border the trail. The viewing point at the Schwarzenberg Gorge is reached after a short, but steep section. The motto here is to take a deep breath and soak up the views of this natural spectacle.

On the way to the Winklmoosalm, you pass the Muckklause, a dam that was once used for drift wood. After leaving the Wildalm and Herbstalm behind, you get rewarded with spectacular views of the Sonntagshorn, the highest peak of the Chiemgau Alps.
Length: 30km
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©Robert Maybach – panoramic view of the surrounding mountains on the Winklmoos Ciruit.

The Steinberg Circuit

Places of power, down-to-earth cuisine and lots of natural beauty are waiting on this circuit around the massif of the Leongang and Lofer Steinberge Mountains. No matter whether you start from the Salzburg or Tyrolean side, this tour is always an experience. From Lofer, the circuit leads across the state border into nearby Waidring. Then it’s on towards St. Ulrich on the Lake Pillersee with views of the Steinplatte Mountain. At about 20 degrees in summer, this lake is wonderful refreshment for tired cyclists.

Now you can see the impressive St. James Cross in view. A short detour with the cable car to the summit of the Buchensteinwand is well worth it, as this is the largest summit cross in the world which you can walk on and it stands on a special place of power. If you are cycling with the little bike adventurers, the next highlight of this circuit is waiting in Leogang with the Sense-Adventure park. Back in the Saalach Valley you should pay a visit to Stoissengraben, a wide, deep canyon to the North of Saalfelden, before heading back on the Tauern Cycle Path to Lofer.
Length: 65km
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©Robert Maybach – What could better be than a snack to recharge your batteries after a bike ride?

The Cheese Tour

Anyone who has ever tasted the spicy cheese specialities of the Tennengau region knows that they are incomparable when it comes to taste and quality. This is because taste pleasure has had a high priority in this region for generations. This is provided by not only the many Inns and restaurants who know how to truly pamper their guests, but also the Alpine cheese dairies, known far beyond the borders of the country. For sporting hedonists, the new Cheese Taste Tour is just perfect. Over 21 kilometres you get to know not only the beauty and uniqueness of the landscape, but also visit some of the best Alpine cheese dairies, farm shops and guest houses in the region. The starting points for the tour are Bad Vigaun, Kuchl or Golling.
Length: 28km (incl. detour to the village cheese factory in Adnet-Waidach)
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©Peter Zeitlhofer – The best cheese is everywhere on the Cheese Taste Tour.

From Zell to Taxenbach on the Tauern Cycle Path

A cycle path could not be more diverse than the Tauern Cycle Path. It leads through the most diverse regions in SalzburgerLand and is a guarantee for relaxing and adventurous cycling. The section from Zell am See to Taxenbach the Kitzloch Gorge is especially beautiful. Already on this 18km section you can see how quickly the character of the trail changes. At the start, you glide along the elegant lake promenade of the state capital, then the valley starts to close in and the jagged rocks of the Hohe Tauern National Park come into reach.

When you arrive in Taxenbach, you visit the Frauenkapelle Chapel, which was built for the town fire in 1710 and then you head down to the entrance of the Kitzloch Gorge on the last, short section. Raging waters, imposing cliffs, quiet coves and the old Hermitage are waiting here for visitors of all ages.
Length: 18km
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©Robert Maybach – the imposing Kitzloch Gorge close to Taxenbach waits on the Tauern Cycle Path. A must on every visit!

The legendary Tauern Cycle Path

A bicycle tour on the Tauern Cycle Path through the Pongau region comes close to a journey through the history of this region. Again and again you encounter old legends, pass historic walls and discover all sorts of traces of the past. ‘Climb onto the saddle and set off’ is the motto when starting in St. Veit, where you can delay the first kicks of the pedals with a short visit to the Tauern Cable Car Museum in Schwarzach. Just before St Johann-Alpendorf, it is well worth stopping to see the thundering waters of the Liechtenstein Gorge.

Arriving finally in the Salzach Valley, you will see why the Gainfeld waterfall at Bischofshofen mesmerises not only water lovers. A little further on, you can visit 7 grade II listed mills on the Mühlenweg trail in Pfarrwerfen. The ‘Sound of Music Trail’ in Werfen leads you to the original locations from this legendary movie, before you get a bit of a sweat on walking up to the Castle Hohenwerfen. This historic fortress is absolutely a worthwhile visit with its stunning scenic backdrop. Finally, the largest ice caves in the world are waiting to astonish cyclists in the Eisriesenwelt Werfen.
Length: 30km
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©Robert Maybach – In the shadows of Castle Hohenwerfen, many world famous movies have been shot.

The Lake Wallersee Herb Circuit

Herbs seem to be particularly well suited to SalzburgerLand. You will find many fragrant plants everywhere and especially in the Salzburg Lake District people have for centuries been fascinated by their health promoting effects. You can learn all about what you can do with the wide range of healing and wild herbs, when and how they can help and where to find them, on this big circuit around Lake Wallersee. You can start for example in Seekirchen, where the castle garden near the lake invites you to take your first rest after just a few kilometres. The Tiefsteinklamm Gorge in Schleedorf is both a natural jewel and place of power.

After visits to Köstendorf and Strasswalchen, finally a visit to the ‘Herb Garden in the Pan’ in the Trapp garden world is on the program. The region’s diversity of herbs is reflected in around 40 lushly planted pots. Shortly before the final section in Seekirchen, you cycle past the Church of St. Brigida in Henndorf. The spring next to this pretty House of God has been worshipped by people for centuries as miraculous ‘Eye Waters’ that are said to cure eye diseases and other illnesses.
Length: 41km
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©Robert Maybach – The lake is always with you on the Lake Wallersee Herb Circuit.

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