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Cycling Around the Salzkammergut

From: $1,350 USD

8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Self-Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Imagine Yourself…

  • Exploring the history of Mozart’s family in a picturesque Austrian village
  • Cycling through countryside with steep, stunning mountains on either side
  • Enjoying a delicious pastry in a typically charming Austrian town
  • Standing in the spot of the scenic wedding in “The Sound of Music”


Cycling the Salzkammergut - Self Guided Bike Tour Austria - Van Gogh ToursEast of Salzburg, you find a breathtaking region dotted with many lakes (76 in total) called the Salzkammergut. The landscape includes fjord-like steep rocks and cliffs bordering lush, green mountains and pristine green-blue mountain lakes. This stunning panorama of natural beauty has drawn European tourists for centuries and was the favored summer resort of the Habsburg monarchy. Note that the Hallstättersee region was recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its great natural and cultural heritage. The idyllic village of Hallstatt is “the jewel of this region” and additionally Bad Ischl, Bad Aussee, St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen are some of our favorite villages you will encounter on this visually spectacular tour.

Daily Itinerary

  • DAY 1 – Arrival in Wolfgangsee

    Arrive at your leisure in Wolfgangsee (25 miles from Salzburg) and enjoy the peninsula Abersee at Lake Wolfgangsee.

  • DAY 2 – Lake Wolfgangsee - Salzburg - 30 miles (49 km)

    You will follow the cycle trail along the lake to the Mozart village of St. Gilgen and on to Lake Mondsee. Afterwards you will partly follow the former railway tracks to Salzburg. The cycle tour ends with a 10 km long descent to Salzburg with free view to the mountains around Salzburg.

  • DAY 3 – Train to Oberhofen - Cycle Mondsee - Attersee - St. Georgen - 30 miles (49 km)

    With the train you will leave the city of Salzburg and start the cycle tour in Oberhofen. First you will pass the romantic lake of Irrsee, then you reach the famous little city of Mondsee, where the wedding in the Sound of Music took place. You will continue following the cycle path along Lake Mondsee to the Attergau or to Lake Attersee. The Attergau shows you the countryside, set back from the touristy lake region, with beautiful meadows and gardens. Tonight you will sleep in St. Georgen

  • DAY 4 – Lake Attersee - Traunsee - Ebensee - 28 miles (45 km)

    The bike route between the lakes Attersee and Traunsee is a bit hilly but not too demanding. We’ll see quaint hamlets and tidy farm houses along the way before arriving in the picturesque lakeside city of Gmunden, the former salt capital of the Austrian Empire. Gmunden is dotted with charming, well preserved old houses and a wonderful esplanade reflecting its rich history. Enjoy a walk along the esplanade and a stop at Schloss Orth, the remarkable castle in the Traunsee Lake that’s a photographer’s delight. Afterward we’ll follow the cycle trail along Lake Traunsee to scenic Ebensee. Overnight in Traunkirchen or Ebensee.

  • DAY 5 – Lake Traunsee - Lake Hallstättersee - 18-25 miles (30-40 km)

    We’ll follow the bike path along the River Traun to the former imperial city of Bad Ischl. Bad Ischl was the summer residence of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and it was his favorite destination for rest and contemplation. Bad Ischl is the cultural and geographic center of the Salzkammergut, where the emperor and his wife Elisabeth (the captivating “Sissi” of the famous film) regularly spent their summers. It’s possible to visit the Emperors Villa, Café Zauner and the Hotel Austria. Afterward we’ll bike to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt, historically known for local salt mines and considered one of the loveliest lakeside villages in all of Austria. Overnight in Hallstatt or Bad Goisern.

  • DAY 6 – Ausseerland round trip - 28-34 miles (45-55 km)

    In the morning we’ll take the train to Tauplitz in the Ausseerland which is well known for its daffodil festival in spring. After Ausseerland we’ll cycle through a wonderful countryside surrounded by high mountains. Then we continue on uphill to Lake Grundlsee and afterward to the quaint little city of Bad Aussee. Finally we’ll pass through the wild valley of Koppental and return to Hallstatt or Bad Goisern with time left for more afternoon sightseeing or relaxing.Overnight in Hallstatt or Bad Goisern.

  • DAY 7 – Hallstatt - Lake Wolfgangsee – 18-25 miles (30-40 km)

    With the ferry you will cross the lake and follow the lovely cycle trail along lake Hallstatt. Afterwards you will follow the river Traun to the Emperor city of Bad Ischl where you should visit the emperor villa and the famous pastry shop of Zauner. Along the former roman road you will cycle to the lake Wolfgangsee. Overnight in Abersee, Strobl or St. Wolfgang.

  • DAY 8 – Tour Ends

    Tour ends after breakfast.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full





April 27 – June 16

3* & 4* Hotels

$ 1350

$ 1750

June 17 – August 31

3* & 4* Hotels

$ 1410

$ 1810

Sept 1 – Oct 15

3* & 4* Hotels

$ 1350

$ 1750

  • Prices are per person in US Dollars – inclusive bike rental
  • Choose your own starting date (From April 27th to October 15th) 
  • This tour can be guided upon request
  • What's included

    • 7 nights of lodging in well situated and good 3 and 4-star hotels
    • 7 buffet breakfasts
    • Luggage transfer
    • 21-speed bicycle including helmet, lock, repair kit, GPS device
    • Ferry over Lake Hallstatt
    • Train from Salzburg-Oberhofen
    • Train from Bad Goisner/Hallstatt – Taublitz
    • Road book in English
    • GPS Device with directions
    • Greeting and bike adjustment
  • Bikes

    21-speed hybrid bikes (male and unisex models) are included in the tour price. Bicycles come equipped with 2 small pannier bags, helmet, lock, GPS device, and repair kit. Electric bikes can be rented for this tour ($130 per person).We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver.

  • Meals

    Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea. For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own. Dinner will be on your own, and you can choose one of many delicious restaurant options within easy walking distance from our hotel.

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Alcoholic and bar beverages
    • Tourist Tax (€1.50 – €2 per person will need to be paid upon arrival at each hotel)
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Transportation other than scheduled VGT transfers
    • Trip cancellation insurance


The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.


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