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 & the Bavaria Bike Tour

Austria, Germany Bike Tours

Bike the Mozart Cycle path from/to Salzburg

  • 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: $ 1065 £ 555 $ 958 644 $ 1106 kr 6927 $ 728

    Single room: $ 1363 £ 710 $ 1,225 824 $ 1415 kr 8863 $ 932

    Season 1 & 3: $ 1263 £ 658 $ 1,136 764 $ 1312 kr 8217 $ 864 Single room: $ 1561 £ 813 $ 1,404 944 $ 1621 kr 10153 $ 1,067 Season 2: $ 1313 £ 684 $ 1,181 794 $ 1363 kr 8540 $ 898 Single room: $ 1480 £ 771 $ 1,331 895 $ 1536 kr 9626 $ 1,012 Dinners included: $ 265 £ 138 $ 238 160 $ 275 kr 1721 $ 181

    Tours beginning in Wasserburg:

    Double/twin: $ 1032 £ 537 $ 928 624 $ 1071 kr 6711 $ 706

    Single room: $ 1330 £ 692 $ 1,196 804 $ 1380 kr 8647 $ 909

    Season 1 & 3: $ 1230 £ 641 $ 1,106 744 $ 1277 kr 8002 $ 841 Single room: $ 1528 £ 796 $ 1,374 924 $ 1586 kr 9938 $ 1,045 Season 2: $ 1280 £ 667 $ 1,151 774 $ 1329 kr 8325 $ 875 Single room: $ 1578 £ 822 $ 1,419 954 $ 1638 kr 10261 $ 1,079 Dinners included: $ 265 £ 138 $ 238 160 $ 275 kr 1721 $ 181

    extra options

    Extra nights 

    Salzburg 4 star:
    Twin/double:  $ 124 £ 65 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 807 $ 85 Single: $ 172 £ 90 $ 155 104 $ 179 kr 1119 $ 118 Season supplement, July 11 to September 1:
    Twin double: $ 31 £ 16 $ 28 19 $ 33 kr 204 $ 21 Single: $ 45 £ 23 $ 40 27 $ 46 kr 290 $ 31

    Wasserburg:
    Twin/double: $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 94 kr 592 $ 62 Single: $ 121 £ 63 $ 109 73 $ 125 kr 785 $ 83

    Extension-Salzburg-PackageSalzburg

    Salzburg
    7/11 - 9/1

    Comfort 3 * Hotels $ 281 £ 146 $ 253 170 $ 292 kr 1828 $ 192 $ 321 £ 167 $ 288 194 $ 333 kr 2087 $ 219
    Single $ 347 £ 181 $ 312 210 $ 360 kr 2259 $ 237 $ 403 £ 210 $ 363 244 $ 419 kr 2624 $ 276
    Deluxe 4 * Hotels $ 321 £ 167 $ 288 194 $ 333 kr 2087 $ 219 $ 384 £ 200 $ 345 232 $ 398 kr 2495 $ 262
    Single $ 422 £ 220 $ 379 255 $ 438 kr 2743 $ 288 $ 511 £ 266 $ 460 309 $ 530 kr 3323 $ 349

     

    Electric bicycle: $ 174 £ 90 $ 156 105 $ 180 kr 1129 $ 119

    Komoot Navigation App: $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 51 kr 323 $ 34

    please note

    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

    Komoot Navigation System: Available for mobile devices so that you can download your route before you travel and have this available offline during your bike tour. When purchased, you will download the application, register with your email address and password. You will be provided a code to apply to unlock your specific route. See pricing.

    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

Daily from May 1 to October 5, 2020

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

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Salzburg & 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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Tour Reviews

  • Joseph P. 8 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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