Salzburg along the River Salzach, Austria. Photo via Flickr:hjjanisch

Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg, Austria. P courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office
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Salzburg and the Bavaria Bike Tour

Austria, Germany Bike Tours

Bike Tour in Bavaria around the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • This bike tour in Austria and Germany, begins and ends in Salzburg, city of culture and Mozart. The route leads you across the Chiemsee, to the Inn Valley, Northern Tyrol, and then back to Mozart's birthplace.

    Salzburg is certainly a highlight, with its incredible Baroque architecture and Alpine setting, but you will enjoy Bavarian landscapes, lakes, rivers, and more during your cycling itinerary, not to mention, Alpine views.

    Enjoy Bavarian culture and cycling!

    Highlights:

    • Salzburg
    • Mozart's birthplace at the famous Getreidegasse in Salzburg
    • Wasserburg - the city at the Inn loop
    • Waginger See, Chiemsee (Barian Sea), Walchsee, and Königssee
    • Kufstein Fortress at night
    • Alps!

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  • Tours beginning in Salzburg: 

    Double/twin: £ 547 $ 1,213 644 $ 970 NOK 6064 kr 5598 $ 728

    Single room: £ 700 $ 1,552 824 $ 1241 NOK 7759 kr 7162 $ 931

    Season 1 & 3: £ 649 $ 1,439 764 $ 1151 NOK 7194 kr 6641 $ 863 Single room: £ 802 $ 1,778 944 $ 1422 NOK 8889 kr 8206 $ 1,067 Season 2: £ 675 $ 1,495 794 $ 1196 NOK 7477 kr 6902 $ 897 Single room: £ 760 $ 1,686 895 $ 1348 NOK 8428 kr 7780 $ 1,011 Dinners included: £ 136 $ 301 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181

    Tours beginning in Wasserburg:

     

    Double/twin: £ 530 $ 1,175 624 $ 940 NOK 5876 kr 5424 $ 705

    Single room: £ 683 $ 1,514 804 $ 1211 NOK 7571 kr 6989 $ 909

    Season 1 & 3: £ 632 $ 1,401 744 $ 1121 NOK 7006 kr 6467 $ 841 Single room: £ 785 $ 1,740 924 $ 1392 NOK 8701 kr 8032 $ 1,044 Season 2: £ 658 $ 1,458 774 $ 1166 NOK 7289 kr 6728 $ 875 Single room: £ 811 $ 1,797 954 $ 1437 NOK 8984 kr 8292 $ 1,078 Dinners included: £ 136 $ 301 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181


    Season 1: May 10 to May 31, 2020
    Season 2: June 1 to September 3, 2020
    Season 3: September 4 to October 10, 2020

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Extra nights 

    Salzburg 4 star:
    Twin/double:  £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 Single: £ 88 $ 196 104 $ 157 NOK 979 kr 904 $ 118 Season supplement, July 11 to September 1:
    Twin double: £ 16 $ 36 19 $ 29 NOK 179 kr 165 $ 21 Single: £ 23 $ 51 27 $ 41 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31

    Wasserburg:
    Twin/double: £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62 Single: £ 62 $ 137 73 $ 110 NOK 687 kr 635 $ 82

    Extension-Salzburg-PackageSalzburg

    Salzburg
    7/11 - 9/1

    Comfort 3 * Hotels £ 144 $ 320 170 $ 256 NOK 1601 kr 1478 $ 192 £ 165 $ 365 194 $ 292 NOK 1827 kr 1686 $ 219
    Single £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237 £ 207 $ 460 244 $ 368 NOK 2298 kr 2121 $ 276
    Deluxe 4 * Hotels £ 165 $ 365 194 $ 292 NOK 1827 kr 1686 $ 219 £ 197 $ 437 232 $ 350 NOK 2185 kr 2017 $ 262
    Single £ 217 $ 480 255 $ 384 NOK 2401 kr 2217 $ 288 £ 263 $ 582 309 $ 466 NOK 2910 kr 2686 $ 349

    please note

    GPS tracks on request for the Komoot App: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Salzburg.

    Local Travel

    Take the train to Salzburg. Then short walk or taxi ride to your first hotel.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperatures in °F for Salzburg are: May 66°/47°, June 71°/51°, July 74°/55°, August 73°/55°, September 68°/50°, and October 59°/42°. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Recommended

    An extra night in Salzburg!

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


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. Some brief sections of the trip (never longer than one or two kilometers) have to be covered on moderately busy roads.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-star hotels & in Salzburg mostly 4-star.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts (mostly buffets)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Service hotline
  • 21 speed NuVinci bicycle with internal gear hub and two panniers
  • Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Salzburg
  • Remaining meals (dinner can be included for a supplement)
  • Tourist tax (payable locally)
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Salzburg and Wasserburg. Also offered is an extension package allowing you to experience the unforgettable city of Mozart

Included in the Salzburg Extension Package:
2 nights in Comfort or Deluxe Hotels
Breakfast
Free admission to all the sights and the museums
Free public transportation (incl. Fortress railway, Untersberg railway, Mönchsberg lift) for 72 hours
Boat trip on the Salzach (duration approx. 40 min)

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2020 Dates

Daily from May1 to October 5, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Salzburg and the Bavaria Map

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

All distances are approximate.

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

DAY 2: Salzburg - Chiemsee, 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  - 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 and made compositions there. From Seeon we come back to the Chiemsee and on to Breitbrunn 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)
You should not leave without a stroll through the enchanting old town, which is built on a peninsula, surrounded by the Inn River. You will bike the river banks all day, making for some easy riding.  Via Rosenheim, we reach Kufstein, the "pearl of Tyrol".

DAY 5: Kufstein - 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 St. Johann. Both towns will relax you with their panoramic views of the Alps.

DAY 6: St. Johann - Bayerisch Gmain/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: Bayerisch Gmain/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! Starting in Wasserburg, you will have an overnight stay at the beginning and the end in Wasserburg and only one overnight stay in Salzburg.

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  • Joseph P. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    May 2019 - Review of the Salzburg & Bavaria Bike Tour, or "Mozartradweg". With a really varied cycling terrain, but with the Alps on constant display, this was an extraordinary choice for a bike tour. It was a joy to cycle this part of Europe. Highlights for me were the towns of Wasserburg, Berchtesgaden, Kufstein, and Salzburg. The landscapes connecting these towns were just breathtaking. My only complaint would be that due the amount of time required on the bike, there was little time explore many of the sights along the way, such as the islands in the Chiemsee, Seeon Abbey, the Eagle's Nest, etc. I really enjoyed my few extra days in Salzburg and would have added another day or two in Berchtesgaden if I were to do it again. For the practical points, the bike was good, as were the hotels. And while the path itself was signposted extensively, (as "mozartradweg"), I would not want to rely on the maps and directions provided. I paid the thirty euros for the Read more… GPS tracks for the Komoot app (which easily transferred to my Garmin). I would really highly recommend this, and Komoot app turned out to be great. I chose early May with the intent of experiencing the Alpine meadows and chestnut trees in full bloom. And while they were, there was near constant rain, and even one day that it snowed. I was lucky I had packed thermal gear, but even so, the weather wore me down and I cheated and took the train the last day (which was easy to do, and the bike was free). I would go later in the Springtime or in the summer were I to do it again.

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