An athletic journey of exploration of the picturesque lake region that offers plenty of highlights.
The Salzkammergut Cycle Way leads through the Salzkammergut, one of the most beautiful areas of Austria, in two loops. There are many rewarding break stops. The cycle way passes 13 lakes and the most beautiful villages of the Salzkammergut.
You can order your own Salzkammergut Cycling Map here.
Interesting Spots along the Route:
- the Festival and Mozart town of Salzburg,
- Lake Mondsee with Stiftskirche church,
- the imperial town of Bad Ischl,
- the salina in Ebensee,
- thermal spas in Bad Aussee and Bad Mitterndorf,
- Lake Wolfgang and the pilgrimage village of St. Wolfgang,
- the Mozart village of St. Gilgen,
- the Hallstatt world-cultural-heritage region,
- Lake Grundlsee,
- Gmunden with Schloss Ort Castle,
- the Cheese World in the show village of Schleedorf.
Some stages can also be covered by bus, train or boat. The Salzkammergut Cycle Way is a loop trail, you can access it at every village along the route.
Route Length, Altitude Gains, Signposting, Road Conditions and Time Schedule
The Salzkammergut Cycle Way covers 345km. 1,850m of altitude gain have to be covered. The cycle way features signposts (photo above) in both directions- R2 (in Upper Austria), R19 with the inscription of “Salzkammergut Radweg” (in Styria), green signposts with the inscription “Salzkammergut Radweg” (in Salzburg).
Most sections of the route are asphalt-covered. Exceptions are the forestry trails Bad Mitterndorf – Gössl/Grunlsee and Blaa Alm – Rettenbachalm – Bad Ischl. You should take out approximately one week of time to cover the whole route.
By train: Salzburg main station is a perfect starting point and can be easily reached via Vienna, Graz or Munich. Bad Ischl, Bad Aussee or Attnang-Puchheim are also recommended starting points.
By car: You can reach all main villages of the Salzkammergut on the A1 Westautobahn and the federal roads of the Salzkammergut.
The Best Season
The best months for a cycling tour are May, June, September and October. In July and August is main season at the Salzkammergut lakes and thus there is more traffic on the roads and there might be problems finding overnight accommodation for one night only.
The Right Bike
Perfect are modern trekking bikes with 21 gears. Tour bicycles or city bikes with less gears are less suitable because of the climbs that have to be covered.
There are accommodations in almost all villages along the route. Outside of the main summer season it should be no problem finding an accommodation for one night only. The local tourist boards are happy to assist you. In July and August it is recommended to you’re your accommodation in advance.