Salzburg to Vienna
From Mozart’s Town to the Historic Capital of the Hapsburg Empire
This tour through scenic Austria combines two of the country's most exciting cities. Starting in Salzburg, where the famous music festival is annually held (late-July to late-August), the bike route follows the Salzach, Inn and Danube Rivers past towering cathedrals to finally finish in the capital city Vienna. Even the briefest of strolls through Salzburg is enough to reveal its prevailing Baroque architecture, of which the Hohensalzburg Fortress is a good example as well as the Residenz and Mirabell Palace. West from Salzburg is the province of Upper Austria, which contains the beautiful lake region of Salzkammergut. This striking landscape of sparkling lakes and romantic mountains is also home to the venerable monasteries of St. Florian and Lambach.
With the famous bend of the Danube at Schlögen, your journey continues to the provincial capital of Linz. Its charming historical center of Renaissance houses also boasts the richly-decorated Baroque Alter Dom (from 1678), which contains immaculately carved choir stalls! From the Land of Lakes, you will next head east to the country's largest wine producing province, Lower Austria. Stretching from Melk to Krems, the Wachau Valley offers an enchanting landscape of apricot orchards and tree-lined avenues that are almost as well known and inviting as the region's fruity wines.
And finally, the last night of the tour will be spent in Vienna, the capital city whose glorious history and old roots as a monarchy reveal themselves around every corner. Some of the city’s greatest highlights include the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (located in the heart of the city), Belvedere Palace (of Baroque style with delightful gardens and magnificent views), Schönbrunn Palace (of Rococo style with great gardens), and the Hofburg Palace (the residence of Hapsburg emperors). And of course one of the best highlights of the city is the delectable Viennese cuisine: from Wiener schnitzel and Tafelspitz served with Gerösteten Kartoffeln, Apfelkren and Schnittlauchsauce to its many great pastries: Apfelstrudel and Palatschinken, you will feast and feast!!!!
Where You’ll Stay
3 * inns and hotels
- 7night hotel accommodations
- 21-speed hybrid with handlebar bag
- Luggage transfer (1 suitcase per person)
- Route descriptions & maps
- 1 x ship or train on Lake Traun
- 1 x train Tullin to Vienna
- One bottle of wine perroom from Wachau
- Service hotline
- Arrivals daily from April 13 to October 12, 2013.
Easy self-guided hotel tour with average distances of about 35 miles a day over a level landscape, which generally follows the flow of the Danube River. You will encounter some hilly stretches in the Salzkammergut.
- Arrival in Salzburg.
- Salzburg – Attersee, 37 mi./60 km
- Aattersee - Traunsee, 34 mi./55 km
- Traunsee - Linz, 19 mi./31 km
- Linz - Region Grein, 37 mi./60 km
- Region Grein - Wachau, 49 mi./63 km
- Wachau - Vienna, 41 mi./65 km
- Departure from Vienna.
DAY 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Individual arrival in Salzburg with the rest of the day free to explore this rich city.
DAY 2: Salzburg – Attersee, 37 mi./60 km
Along the old railway line Ischler, the route leads to the Mondsee and soon to the rolling hills of the Attergau and the Attersee, a popular rereation area that is favored by locals and tourists alike.
DAY 3: Aattersee - Traunsee, 34 mi./55 km
Today you will pass through the romantic valley Weißenbachtal and reach the banks of Lake Traunsee, Austria's deepest lake, surrounded by the gentle hills of the Alpine foothills and offering views of the first steep foothills of the Kalkalpen mountain range. After, you continue to Ebensee where the ship awaits.
DAY 4: Traunsee - Linz, 19 mi./31 km
This cycling stretch leads you through the villages of Laakirchen and Steyrermuhl on to Lambach. In Lambach, you will board the train for a transfer to Linz.
DAY 5: Linz - Region Grein, 37 mi./60 km
A visit to the monastery in St. Floria is highly recommended and a stop by the winsome little walled town of Enns, situated close to the confluence of the Enns and the Danube. It has been a strategically important site for more than two millennia. Final destination is the romantic baroque town of Grein. Above the town to the west, towers the imposing Greinburg Castle.
DAY 6: Region Grein - Wachau, 49 mi./63 km
Passing through the regions of Strudengau and Nibelundengau, you reach the famous Wachau, recently nominated as an Unesco World Culture Heritage Area. Highlight here is the Melk Monastery which stands crowned by towers and resplendent in a golden hue.
DAY 7: Wachau - Vienna, 41 mi./65 km + train
You will enjoy the ride through a few impressive villages such as Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein, where Richard the Lion Heart was once taken captive and then on to the medieval town of Krems and a visit to the impressive Benedictine monastery of Gottweig. In Tulln, there is a transfer by train to the “City of Music”, Vienna.
DAY 8: Vienna
Departure following breakfast.