Travel story Ten Lakes Tour

Colourful variety in Salzburg

The Ten Lakes Tour – the tour through the provinces of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria offers a wide variety of historical and scenic attractions. Since I’ve looked after this tour for over a year now at Eurobike, I decided to hop on the bike myself to explore the last unknown corners of the Salzkammergut.

So, together with my brother, I finished the summer on a high note in order to be able to give even better advice in the future. Since the cycle tour is a round trip, it’s possible to start almost everywhere. So we decided to start the tour directly from the Eurobike office in Obertrum.

Christine Pölzleitner
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Day 1

We pick up our bikes at the office, say goodbye to my colleagues and get going. The route first takes us though the Trumer Lakes region, more specifically over the shores of Obertrumersee and Mattsee in the direction of Irrsee. The morning clouds soon disappear, and we enjoy our first stage with sunbeams shining on our faces. The routes on the lake shores run completely flat, only the routes between the lakes, which lead us through lush green fields and greets us with a short view of the Wallersee, is hillier. At the Irrsee we take a short break to enjoy the view before we reach the stage destination – Mondsee.

Day 2

We start very early, because we have around 80km to tackle. A fortifying breakfast could not be missed! Today’s route takes us along numerous lakesides. We especially like the turquoise shimmering Attersee. The gentle climbs along the route do not bother us much. We continue towards Traunsee, through numerous fields of sunflowers and rapeseed. We reach our destination of Traunkirchen shortly before the first drops of rain start to fall.

A spacious room with a balcony and fantastic view awaits us on the Traunsee, with the Traunstein behind. We end the day with dinner in the cosy hotel restaurant and a glass of wine.

Day 3

It’s possible to take bikes on almost all trains in Austria. So we first head to Bad Aussee by train, where we start today’s stage with a round trip on the Grundlsee. We travel over the Koppenpass, with a longer and more intensive climb to Obertraun and on to the Halstattersee. We take a short breather to admire the view over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt – we earned it!

The Ostuferradweg is an approximately 8km-long route that leads from Obertraun directly to Bad Goisern. Since the path has few difficult climbs and travels over a suspension bridge over the deepest point of the Hallstattersee, we take this route. Numerous picnic spots on the path invite you to stop and rest.

We were welcomed at the Hotel Moserwirt on arrival in Bad Goisern. We enjoy a quiet dinner with Austrian delicacies and think about what we saw during the day.

Day 4

The sun is shining, and we enjoy a hearty breakfast. Since the last two stages were a bit longer, we start the day later today. We head along the Traun along wonderful cycle paths to Bad Ischl.

We don’t want to miss the well-known Cafè Zauner and enjoy our ‘Zaunerstollen’ with a coffee by the Traun under bright sunshine. Over green fields we continue towards Wolfgangsee. We stop for lunch in Strobl, and of course don’t miss a refreshing glass of wine – before we reach our stage destination of Abersee in the early afternoon. Since it’s early we decide to explore the place which sits on the Wolfgangsee.

By the way: if you don’t want to miss the panorama from the Schafberg over the surrounding lake district, I can highly recommend taking an additional day here on the Wolfgangsee.


Day 5

Even before we started I was looking forward to this last cycling stage. Not because I wanted to end the journey, but because it is very varied and includes a hike.

After the one-hour hike we reach the Tiefbrunnau and cycle down the Strubklmamm from there and arrive in the Mozart city of Salzburg.  Here we have an impressive view of the Hohensalzburg fortress, which dates back to the 11th century. Always accompanied by the river Salzach we cycle a few kilometres to Oberndorf, from where we shorten the route and return directly to our office in Obertrum.

My conclusion: Crystal clear lakes, imposing mountain peaks and picturesque landscapes. Anyone who loves nature is in the right place in the Salzkammergut! Together with well-known places like Hallstatt, Bad Ischl and of course Salzburg, there is nothing in the way of having a historical sightseeing tour.

Tour character

Ten Lakes & Sound of Music

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Mondsee, Attersee, Traunsee, Wolfgangsee, Wallersee, Trumer Lakes and many more! The well-known lakes in the Salzkammergut are particularly popular because of their natural and cultural diversity. Every lake tells its own story: from Empress Sisi to the Trapp family, you will learn some anecdotes about famous Austrian people. What’s special about the Ten Lakes Tour? You’ll find crystal-clear water as far as the eye can see and dreamlike shorelines for cooling off. All this awaits you on your cycle tour through Salzburg and Upper Austria. The enjoyment you’ll find makes the Ten Lakes Tour a unique and unforgettable cycling trip. Promise! Details about the cycle tour "Ten Lakes & Sound of Music" The tour starts and finishes in beautiful Salzburg. Via Gmunden, Hallstatt and Bad Ischl you cycle to the ten lakes. The rolling hills allow you to rest during the downhill before the next slight incline is due. Do you love to combine experience and relaxation? Jackpot! Then the Ten Lakes Tour is perfect for your next bike adventure - because with each pedal you get closer to the enchanting lake scenery. Highlights of the cycle tour through the Salzkammergut ‘Silent Night’ village of Oberndorf: If you cycle along the Salzach, you reach the village of Oberndorf. It’s the birthplace of the Christmas carol Silent Night. If you feel like more culture and history, you’ll be happy. If you cycle a few kilometres to Arnsdorf, you’ll find the famous Silent Night Museum. Schafberg: Climb up the mountain on a rack railway train. The Schafberg is known as a fabulous lookout point and lies in the centre of the province of Salzburg. When you reach the top, you have a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding lake district of the Salzkammergut! Imperial Villa, Bad Ischl: Bad Ischl is the gateway to the mountains and alpine lakes in the Salzkammergut. But that is far from everything! This place is also home to the ‘Imperial Villa’ the beloved Austrian Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph I enjoyed in the summer months. Tip: The famous tea house of Empress Sisi is definitely worth a visit. Useful information about the Ten Lakes Tour Do you love cycling and enjoy the challenge of rolling hills? Then the Ten Lakes Tour is perfect for you. While the routes on the lakeshores are mostly flat, athletic cyclists will be challenged on the hilly terrain. What are you waiting for? Get on the bike saddle, and the eight-day lake tour can begin. Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours in the Salzkammergut.
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