The Tauern Cycle Tour in Austria
From Salzburg through the gentle valleys of Salzach and Saalach
- Round trip from Salzburg
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km / day avg.
This cycle route owes its name to a breathtaking mountain range. This tour along the classical Tauern Cycle Path in Austria follows along the Salzach and the Saalach and through picturesque landscapes. This cycling route combines magical mountain villages with the festival town and home of Mozart; Salzburg. The route guarantees fantastic panoramas and impressive views of the surrounding mountain landscapes with Hochkönig, Watzmann and Großglockner. Numerous sights and unique, impressive natural features ensure that a cycling trip along the Tauern Cycle Path is a true joy.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 290 km
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between 35 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
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- Parking information
Hotel parking spaces. Costs € 10 / day. Reservation not possible or required. Fees payable on location.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Salzburg
After your arrival, we recommend you discover the historic centre, which, thanks to its artistic house facades, sacral buildings and palaces, as well as its cathedral, mean it has held UNESCO world heritage site status since 1996. You will be able to admire buildings from strikingly different architectural epochs in very close quarters. Why not visit the house where Mozart’s was born on the Getreidegasse or go on a leisurely shopping stroll?
Day 2: Salzburg – Golling, approx. 35 km
You will leave Salzburg and cycle southwards. The Salzach River will be your constant companion. After only a few kilometres you will come to Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Castle) with its famous Renaissance fountains. The route then leads past numerous natural highlights, steep rockfaces and impressive ravines. At the end of today's route you should take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Gollinger Waterfall.
Day 3: Golling – St Johann im Pongau, approx. 35 km
At the start of today's route you will face the moderate ascent to the Lueg Pass. At the top you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Tennengebirge. The Salzazch Valley narrows here and you will pass the Salzachklamm Ravine. Continuing on you will cycle towards Bischofshofen. The famous Liechtensteinklamm Ravine is only a few kilometres from where you will spend the night.
Day 4: St Johann – Kaprun, approx. 55 km
Cycling along at a good tempo, you will reach Bruck on the Großglocknerstraße in no time. This High Alpen Road is an impressive Alpine moutain road which leads towards the Großglockner. At a height of 3798 metres, it is the highest mountain in Austria. From July onwards, busses travel up as far as Franz-Josefs-Höhe. Thus everyone can experience the natural spectacle of might, power and permanent ice. From here it is not far to Kaprun.
Day 5: Trip to Krimml, approx. 60 km + train journey
Today, the train takes you from Kaprun to Krimml (ticket included). A visit to the famous Krimml waterfalls is a must. Your route through the Hohe Tauer National Park is distinguished by the untamed nature of the high mountains and the colourful farming countryside of mountain meadows, woods and pastureland. Continuing down through the valley, the route takes you through small villages of the Upper Pinzgau area and back to Kaprun.
Day 6: Kaprun – Lofer, approx. 55 km
You leave the upper Salzach valley and follow the natural course of the Saalach river. The route takes you through the Saalfelden basin and through the pilgrimage place, Maria Alm. Saalfelden is the biggest town in the Pinzgau area. We recommend taking a small detour to the Seisenberg gorge, where the Weissenbach river has channelled a deep course through the limestone rocks over thousands of years.
Day 7: Lofer – Salzburg, approx. 50 km
Today the course of the previously calm river changes. In Unken, the river breaks through the Stone Lake or Steinerne Meer as it is known locally. You continue to reach the spa town of Bad Reichenhall. The river forms a natural border here between Germany and Austria. Cycling through the riverside meadows of the Saalach, you reach the Festival City of Salzburg. Follow the traces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or enjoy the Hohensalzburg castle.
Day 8: Individual journey home or extension of stay
After breakfast, your Tauern cycle tour in Austria comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your stay in Salzburg if you like.