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Two cyclists on the footbridge, in the background Orth Castle and Gmunden on Lake Traunsee

Salzkammergut-Tour

A summer Holiday full of Nature and History

8 Days / 7 Nights
Challenging
Two cyclists on the footbridge, in the background Orth Castle and Gmunden on Lake Traunsee

Even Emperor Franz and Empress Sissi knew how to appreciate the Salzkammergut and all its charms, as they regularly "holidayed" at their summer residence in Bad Ischl. Follow in their footsteps - albeit on a bicycle - and immerse yourself in this very special world with glittering lakes, excellent cuisine, dreamlike panoramas and delightful villages.

Wolfgangsee, Mondsee, Attersee, Traunsee, Hallstätter See - you can't get enough of cool water? Then you've definitely come to the right place, because one dreamy lake after another awaits you. Head from St. Gilgen to the Zwölferhorn or explore the former film set of Orth Castle in Gmunden.

On day 5, you will travel via Bad Aussee to the Ausseer Land region, where magnificent panoramas once again meet idyllic lakes. Have you always wanted traditional Austrian clothing? Then Bad Aussee is the place to be, because here you can find everything to do with historical clothing. Other gems of the region await you, e.g. Hallstatt and Bad Ischl, before you head back along the Ischler Ache river.

  • Magnificent panorama from the Schafberg at Lake Wolfgang: The easiest way to reach the summit is to take the Schafberg cable car. At 1,782 metres above sea level, magnificent views open up. Of course, you can hike up as well, but you should pace yourself for the next few days of the tour.
  • The fabulous Toplitzsee appears black and opaque even in the best weather. But it captivates with its extraordinary beauty. Incidentally, it has its very own animal that lives at a depth of around 60 metres - a worm! A treasure of gold is also said to be at the bottom.
  • The World Heritage Region of Hallstatt: The village, nestled tightly between lake and mountain, is probably one of the most extraordinary places in the world. There’s a reason why there’s a copy of Hallstatt - in China.
  • The imperial town of Bad Ischl: Live like an emperor or empress here! Nibble on the delicacies of the local pastry shops, follow in Sissi's footsteps in the spa gardens and enjoy the liveliness of the small imperial town.

The tour features a fine mix of flat sections on the lakeshores with occasional climbs and hilly terrain between the lakes. Always allow time for a break to soak up the magnificent mountain panoramas.

Itinerary at a glance

Hotel (example) category A: Seehotel Huber

Hotel (example) category B: Aberseehof

 

In the morning there is plenty of time to explore St. Wolfgang. Today’s short tour leads you at first along the lovely lake Wolfgang to St. Gilgen. Then you cycle via the 'Scharfling’ and past the romantic Lake Krottensee to Lake Mondsee. The towering sheer rockface 'Drachenwand’ (dragon’s wall) will be your constant companion until you get to the well-known lake resort with its palace and abbey church.

Hotel (example) category A: Krone

Hotel (example) category B: Meingast

 

The cycle path takes you along the banks of lake Mondsee to the dark-green lake Attersee. Onwards to the North shore and then through the Aurach valley to Lake Traunsee. Gmunden, famous for ist pottery and Ort Palace, has often been used as a movie backdrop. Overnight stay in Altmünster, Traunkirchen or Ebensee.

Hotel (example) category A: Post Ebensee

Hotel (example) category B: Hocheck

 

Follow the cycle path from Ebensee along the river Traun to famous Bad Ischl. From here you you take a train ride and delve into the 'deepest’ part of Salzkammergut, namely Bad Aussee. Here you have the option of doing a short bike tour to Lake Altaussee. There is also a marvellous circular path around the lake amidst the surrounding mountains.

Hotel (example) category A: Erzherzog Johann

Hotel (example) category B: Jufa Bad Aussee

 

 

Today’s cycle tour is all about the Ausseer Lakes. Lake Grundlsee and Lake Toplitz are world-famous due to their crystal clear water and the glorious mountain backdrop that they both offer. You will cycle past lake Altaussee one more time before you return to the spa resort, Bad Aussee.

Hotel (example) category A: Erzherzog Johann

Hotel (example) category B: Jufa Bad Aussee

 

You head from one imperial spa resort to the next! But this time you get to visit the world’s most stunning lake resort, Hallstatt too. With an entire epoche named after it, naturally there is a lot to see and visit. The world’s oldest salt mine and the bone house are only a few examples as to how this charming little place has attracted countless visitors from all over the globe. In Bad Ischl the emperor Franz Josef and his wife Sissi were regulars during the summer and loved spending time in the well-known Cafè Zauner and enjoying a slice of the incredibly delicious bundt cake 'Guglhupf’.

Hotel (example) category A: Goldenes Schiff

Hotel  (example) category B: Gasthof Sandwirt

 

Today you head along the Ischler Ache over to Lake Wolfgangsee. Today you have plenty of time again, which allows you to explore St. Wolfgang and to visit the hotel 'Weißes Rössl’ and the pilgrimage church. We recommend a final boat trip on the lake or to even take the cog railway to the top of the Schafberg mountain with an altitude of 1782m!

Hotel (example) category A and B: Aberseehof

 

Hotel (example) category A: Seehotel Huber

Hotel (example) category B: Aberseehof

 

Itinerary at a glance

Lake Wolfgangsee, Lake Attersee, Lake Toplitzsee - dreamlike waters line the tour through the Salzkammergut. Enchanting places such as Bad Ischl or Hallstatt cast a spell on you, and culture and history await you in the world's oldest salt mine.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Kirchenwirt 
Cat. B.: Carossa

In the morning there is plenty of time to explore St. Wolfgang. Today’s short tour leads you at first along the lovely lake Wolfgang to St. Gilgen. Then you cycle via the 'Scharfling’ and past the romantic Lake Krottensee to Lake Mondsee. The towering sheer rockface 'Drachenwand’ (dragon’s wall) will be your constant companion until you get to the well-known lake resort with its palace and abbey church.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Krone
Cat. B.: Meingast

The cycle path takes you along the banks of lake Mondsee to the dark-green lake Attersee. Onwards to the North shore and then through the Aurach valley to Lake Traunsee. Gmunden, famous for ist pottery and Ort Palace, has often been used as a movie backdrop. Overnight stay in Altmünster, Traunkirchen or Ebensee.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Post Ebensee
Cat. B.: Hocheck

Follow the cycle path from Ebensee along the river Traun to famous Bad Ischl. From here you you take a train ride and delve into the 'deepest’ part of Salzkammergut, namely Bad Aussee. Here you have the option of doing a short bike tour to Lake Altaussee. There is also a marvellous circular path around the lake amidst the surrounding mountains.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Erzherzog Johann
Cat. B.: Jufa Bad Aussee

Today’s cycle tour is all about the Ausseer Lakes. Lake Grundlsee and Lake Toplitz are world-famous due to their crystal clear water and the glorious mountain backdrop that they both offer. You will cycle past lake Altaussee one more time before you return to the spa resort, Bad Aussee.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Erzherzog Johann
Cat. B.: Jufa Bad Aussee

 

 

You head from one imperial spa resort to the next! But this time you get to visit the world’s most stunning lake resort, Hallstatt too. With an entire epoche named after it, naturally there is a lot to see and visit. The world’s oldest salt mine and the bone house are only a few examples as to how this charming little place has attracted countless visitors from all over the globe. In Bad Ischl the emperor Franz Josef and his wife Sissi were regulars during the summer and loved spending time in the well-known Cafè Zauner and enjoying a slice of the incredibly delicious bundt cake 'Guglhupf’.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Goldenes Schiff
Cat. B.: Gasthof Sandwirt

 

Today you head along the Ischler Ache over to Lake Wolfgangsee. Today you have plenty of time again, which allows you to explore St. Wolfgang and to visit the hotel 'Weißes Rössl’ and the pilgrimage church. We recommend a final boat trip on the lake or to even take the cog railway to the top of the Schafberg mountain with an altitude of 1782m!

Hotel (example):

Cat. A.: Kirchenwirt 
Cat. B.: Carossa

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route information

Challenging

The terrain along the banks of the lakes is completely flat. There are a few hills interspersed. Most of the tour is spent on cycle paths and on sideroads with little traffic cycling from one lake to the next. Cycling on fairly busy roads is unfortunately unavoidable for a few short sections of the tour.

Prices & Dates

Category A: 3***- and 4****-hotels

Category B: 3***-hotels, inns and B&Bs

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm
Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm

Services & Information

Further Details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Trip from Bad Ischl to Bad Aussee by train incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Salzburg train station and then by public bus to lake Wolfgangsee
  • Salzburg airport
  • Car park at the hotel costs approx. EUR 7 per day, to be paid at the time, reservation is necessary

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further Details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • Trip from Bad Ischl to Bad Aussee by train incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Salzburg train station 
  • Salzburg airport
  • Car park at the hotel costs approx. EUR 7/day, reservation is possible/necessary

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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