Day 1: Lakes Trumer Seen - Lake Mondsee
Late on Sunday morning after a leisurely breakfast we cycled from home to the Eurobike-office and after a few small arrangements started Tour Ten Lakes & Sound of Music. A week ago we received a delivery of new e-bikes, and after quickly consulting our stage-manager Stefan I was able to test one of them extensively on our scouting expedition. After a short test run on the courtyard we headed off cycling on the cycling path along Lake Obertrumer Sees towards Lake Mattsee. That way we had already come across two of the ten lakes in the initial 30 minutes of our tour. With brilliant cycling weather conditions – a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures around 25 degrees - we cycled across hilly pre-alpine scenery, guided by our well-known E-arrows and the
Loosing the way was nearly impossible, since in addition we also made use of the new Eurobike-App, hence navigation became child’s play! In this way we cycled past the Egel-lakes, carefree along dirt tracks marked as cycling paths from one place to the next, past smaller and larger farms headed for the mountains of the Salzkammergut-region. Firmly focused on our Day Finish, since we were aware of our stage ending in the beautiful town Mondsee, located directly on the lake with the distinctive Mount Schafberg, shaped just like a giant ski jump towering behind it. We kept cycling throughout the day and took a short break at the less-known Lake Irrsee and enjoyed our packed lunch and a beautiful view.
Day 2: Lake Mondsee – Lake Traunsee
After a large breakfast we got ready for our second stage from Lake Mondsee to Lake Traunsee, left our suitcases meticulously before 9am at reception and got our e-bikes ready. Before we started the tour however we visited our colleague Lisa and her young son to catch up with her for a while, before buying provisions for the day in the supermarket and then setting off. Unfortunately the weather was not as great as the previous day and there were lots of dark clouds in the sky. But we were well prepared and had packed waterproofs. Thus we cycled to the lakeside and rode along the glistening lake sporting fascinating colours despite the bad weather, several photo stops included.
Day 3: Lake Traunsee – Lake Wolfgangsee
After an extensive breakfast (we are really fond of the cuisine at Hotel Post!) we retrieved our bikes from the bicycle shelter and continued towards the Southern shore to Ebensee. Here I really liked the way the old lakeside road, which today is in parts replaced by tunnels, was turned into a comfortable wide cycling path. In Ebensee our guests usually take the train to Obertraun, but since we skipped this stage, we cycled directly along the river Traun to Bad Ischl, as we do at the Alternative Ten Lakes & Sound of Music, 7 days. After a short break we continued along wonderful paths along the river Ischl to Lake Wolfgangsee
Here of course we had to pay a visit to the village of St. Wolfgang and so we took a break at the lake with a nice view onto the village, the lake glistening in blue framed by mountains on the other side and all that in perfect summer weather. A brilliant panorama inviting pure bliss and enjoyment! After this extensive downtime we were spoilt for choice, we could either take the boat for a short ride from St. Wolfgang to Lake Abersee, which was our Day Finish for today, or cycle nearly half way around the lake. Naturally we decided on the bike ride! Thus we cycled through Strobl and then via a disused railway track onto the peninsula to Abersee, accompanied this time by the view onto St. Wolfgang - this is a change in perspective! In Abersee we started looking for our partner hotel ‚Aberseehof‘ situated slitghtly offside, but finding it was not a problem, since booked hotels are saved in our Eurobike-app and they can all be found effortlessly with the aid of a beeline.
Since we were faster than the luggage transport on this particular day, we decided after the check-in to go to see the bathing place on Lake Wolfgangsee owned by the hotel and this turned out to be completely the correct decision. So we spread out our towels and enjoyed the panorama and the play of colours of the lake. Since the lakeside slants gently onto the water we dipped our feet in and then went for a swim. Although the water temperature was far off Caribbean temperatures, the colour however was just as amazing. A dream! The time passed very quickly and it was time for us to return to the hotel to be back in time for dinner. We enjoyed our meal in a lovely garden located behind the hotel. However we did not linger at the hotel, which was refurbished in 2014 and was really very beautiful, because for us the lake was a bigger attraction, so we spent the rest of the evening there until sundown.
To sum up, I would like to say that by bike I have come to know one of the most beautiful regions in Europe and look forward to many other expeditions in the coming years and am always happy to present a travel story about it.
Your Joscha from Eurobike.