Cycling tours to the Salzburg Festival 2023

Unforgettable cycling experiences and unique cultural bliss on the ‚World Stage‘

Salzburg is always worth a visit. Nestled between Mount Untersberg and Mount Gaisberg and with a view of the majestic backdrop of the Alps, Salzburg attracts with world-famous sights in every season. But when the city dresses up for the festival season, the entire world looks to Salzburg. Since during the six festival weeks in July and August (20th July – 31st August 2023), everything revolves around outstanding culture, which is second to none. And all this since 1920. The Salzburg Festival is the world’s most important festival of classical music and performing arts.

Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the poet of „Everyman“, described Salzburg as „the heart of the centre of Europe“. Salzburg, ‚the heart‘, is surrounded by beautiful nature. From the city of Mozart it is only a short hop to the Trumer Lake District, the Salzkammergut region and some of the most stunning mountain worlds in the Alps. It is not without reason that many of our cycle tours start or end in Salzburg or lead around the UNESCO World Heritage city. Why not combine your cycling holiday with a cultural visit to Salzburg during the festival and let yourself be carried away by its unique, world-famous splendor.

Experience for yourself how the entire city becomes a stage and with its Baroque architecture itself already features the most beautiful scenery. Be there when „Everyman“ captivates the audience, marvel at the performance of the stars and starlets in their elegant robes and feel the special flair that captivates the city during the festival season.

See you in Salzburg in summer!

 

Presenting the Salzburg Festival

Jedermann performance at the Domplatz in Salzburg

A festival for „Everyman“

The premiere of „Everyman“ on Salzburg Cathedral Square in August 1920 laid the foundation for the world-famous festival. Founded more than 100 years ago by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt and Richard Strauss, they are magnets more than ever. Every summer in July and August they fascinate more than 250.000 visitors from all over the world. Even if the „Everyman“ performances are the hallmark of the Salzburg Festival, over 200 events take place in the six weeks of the festival as part of a top-class drama, opera and concert program. Especially Mozart fans get their money’s worth, because the artist was born in Salzburg. The magnificent Salzburg Festival Hall, the historic ‚Felsenreitschule‘, the Mozarteum and of course the imposing Cathedral Square serve as venues and backdrops. But there are also many smaller, pretty squares in and around Salzburg that invite you to experience art & culture.

View over the city of Salzburg

Dates & Information about the 2023 Salzburg Festival  

  • Festival period 2023: 20th July – 31st August 2023
  • Every year again: Every year the festival kicks off with the „Celebration of the Festival Opening“. The entire historic centre of Salzburg serves as a stage for numerous free events, which culminate in the historic custom called „The Salzburg Dance of the Torches“ (Salzburger Fackeltanz) taking place at the Residenzplatz-square.
  • The complete Festival programme for 2023 can be found on the official website of the Salzburg Festival. You can also order tickets for the various events here.

Cycling tour tips during the festival season

Cyclist in Salzburg

Cycling tours around Salzburg

During our cycle holidays around Salzburg you make two stops in the city of Mozart: at the start and at the end of the tour. That way you can immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the festival or watch several concerts and performances. In the meantime, you can explore the beautiful holiday regions in the surrounding area by bike, such as the Salzburg Lake District, the Salzkammergut region, the Pinzgau or the Chiemgau. And all this including a comfortable luggage transfer from one hotel to the next and detailed route descriptions. There is not a more wonderful and relaxed way to enjoy the Salzburg Festival season.

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Ten Lakes & Sound of Music

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The Lakes Tour with Charm

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Tauern Loop Tour

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Mozart Cycle Path

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Footbridge "Makartsteg" in Salzburg

Cycling tours starting in Salzburg

Start your cycle holiday with a real treat for your taste buds, your eyes and your ears. Before you get on your bike and start an unforgettable week of cycling on the Alpe-Adria Cycle Path, the Tauern-Cycle Path or along the rivers Salzach and Danube to Vienna, you can look forward to a top-class cultural program in Salzburg. Take enough time to stroll through the Baroque historic centre or plan a visit to a festival performance. This is how you experience Salzburg from its world-famous side and start cycling with fascinating impressions. If that is not a successful start to your holiday!

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Salzburg - Grado

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Salzburg - Villach

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Tauern Cycle Path, Salzburg - Zell am See

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Salzburg - Vienna

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Cycle tours with Salzburg as a final destination

First enjoy idyllic nature, beautiful sceneries and varied cycling days and then experience Salzburg during the festival season – a cycling holiday can hardly be more eventful! Our cycling hoidays to Salzburg either lead you from Innsbruck via the Krimml Waterfalls and through the Salzburg Saalach river valley to the city of Mozart. Alternatively you start in Munich and cycle along the river Isar, Lake Schliersee and Lake Chiemsee to Salzburg. The city is also Bike Station for our cycling holidays through the Salzburg Lake District and Alpine foothills. At the end of your active holiday, you can look forward to lively Salzburg during the festival season, top-class cultural performances set in front of a magnificent backdrop and delicious regional cuisine, which you can enjoy before or after your performance in the surrounding festively decorated restaurants.

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Innsbruck - Salzburg

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Salzburg's Lake District - based in one hotel

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Munich - Salzburg

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Vanessa Bräumann
We are happy to advise you on our cycling tours around Salzburg during the festival season.
Vanessa Bräumann, Travel specialist & Team lead assistant
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