Cycle to and from Salzburg along the river. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

A view of the castle of Salzburg. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

Mozart Bike Path

Austria, Germany Bike Tours

Bike Salzburg and along the ‘Bavarian Sea’!

Salzburg is the famous birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and you'll see many reminders of him throughout the city. The route leads you across the Chiemsee, to the Inn Valley, Northern Tyrol, and the so called small German corner, back to Mozart's birthplace.

Beginning (and ending) in Salzburg is not a bad start! This city is known for it's incredible Baroque architecture, the Alpine setting, and of course for being the birth place of the famous composer, Mozart. Cycling on, you can enjoy the beautiful Chiemsee, a fresh water lake sometimes also called the Bavarian Sea. Cycle on to Wasserburg, where the historic center is on a peninsula formed by the Inn River which you will bike along. In Kufstein, you can't miss the lit-up Kufstein Fortress at night, which dates back to the 13th century. You will also visit the spa town of Bad Reichenhall where you can get a panoramic view of the Alps. On your last day you bike back to Salzburg for a second chance to enjoy this special city. You may depart from Salzburg that day or enjoy an additional night in the city by booking an extra night.

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Skill Level

This is a moderate, self guided tour. There are 6 days of cycling with distances ranging anywhere from 27 to 42 miles (45 - 67 km). Biking is partly on flat grounds but there are also hilly sections. Between the Inn Valley and Salzburg, you will have to master a few gradients, but the view will be worth it. Most of the riding is on bike paths and country roads with little traffic. Only very short distances will be covered on roads with moderate traffic. It is recommended that you are in good physical condition and have experience in cycling for this tour.

Where You’ll Stay

In very nice & comfortable 3 to 4-star hotels & B&B’s. All rooms have private facilities.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts (mostly buffets)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hotline
  • 21 speed bicycle with two panniers

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Salzburg.

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Daily from May 6 until October 15, 2017

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Mozart Bike Path Map

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg 
Day 2: Salzburg - Chiemsee/Traunstein, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 3: Chiemsee/Traunstein - Wasserburg, 40 mi. (65 km)
Day 4: Wasserburg - Kufstein, 42 mi. (67 km)
Day 5: Kufstein - Kirchdorf/St. Johann in Tyrol, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Kirchdorf/St. Johann - Bad Reichenhall, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 7: Bad Reichenhall - Salzburg, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Salzburg

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Individual arrival to Mozart's birth place. Enjoy this city’s famous architecture and a visit to the Old Town is a must.

DAY 2: Salzburg - Chiemsee/Traunstein, 40 mi. (64 km)
The first stage starts on the Tauern bike path along the Salzach River to Oberndorf where you can see the famous Silent Night Chapel. After crossing the Salzach River (and the border into Germany), you pass the worthwhile Bavarian town Laufen. Then you arrive at the warmest lake of Upper Bavaria, the Waginger See. Via Nussdorf you reach the destination of the day, the Chiemsee (lake) which lies next to the Alps. Overnight will be in the surroundings of Chieming or Traunstein.

DAY 3: Chiemsee/Traunstein  - Wasserburg, 40 mi. (65 km)
Today's biking begins from Chieming via Seebruck to the monastery of Seeon, which W. A. Mozart visited several times. He also made compositions there. From Seeon we come back to the Chiemsee and on to Breitbrunn and via Amerang to Wasserburg, where the famous artist liked to rest when he was on a journey.

DAY 4: Wasserburg - Kufstein, 42 mi. (67 km)
We should not leave without a stroll through the enchanting old town, which is built on a peninsula, completely surrounded by the Inn River. The Inn will accompany you all day, which means that you won't have to exert yourself too much. Via Rosenheim we reach Kufstein, the "pearl of Tyrol".

DAY 5: Kufstein - Kirchdorf/St. Johann in Tyrol, 28 mi. (45 km)
This morning the Inn accompanies you once more for the first miles until Ebbs where you ride into the slightly hilly "Kaiserwinkl" of Tyrol. You pass the village Walchsee and cycle via Waidach and Kössen through the imposing mountain landscape of Tyrol to Kirchdorf or St. Johann. Both towns will relax you with their panoramic views of the Alps.

DAY 6: Kirchdorf/St. Johann - Bad Reichenhall, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today your bicycle tour in Germany winds through Waidring and Lofer, two villages where Mozart stopped on his journeys to the south. From Lofer you ride along the Saalach River on a wild romantic trail via Unken and Schneizlreuth to Bad Reichenhall. Mozart made a trip to this well-known spa town during his last stay in Salzburg in 1780. Overnight in Bad Reichenhall or Bayerisch Gmain.

DAY 7: Bad Reichenhall - Salzburg, 30 mi. (48 km)
Berchtesgaden offers a relaxed stop at the spa. Also possible is a trip to the nearby idyllic Königssee before you cycle to Salzburg, where you will spend one last evening.

DAY 8: Departure from Salzburg
Individual departure or extension of your trip.

It is also possible to begin this tour in Wasserburg! Please contact us for a detailed itinerary!

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