The village of Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office
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Salzburg and the 7 Lakes Bike Tour

Austria Bike Tours

A bike tour in Austria through a sparkling lake world

  • Your bike tour in Austria will be in the region of Salzkammergut (Lake District) situated snugly at the foothills of the Northern Alps. It is a masterpiece of majestic mountains and mystic blue lakes that stretch across the provinces of Styria, Salzburg, and Upper Austria. The name of the region stems from the medieval chamber estate Kammergut, which produced considerable wealth for the Hapsburgs in Vienna with their prosperous salt mining.

    The area's unparalleled beauty is so great that it attracted many ambitious artists (including Romantic), whose works were noteworthy enough to draw in poets and composers as well; and thus the region soon established itself as a haven for tranquility and artistic inspiration.

    Highlights include:

    • Mozart's beloved musical city of Salzburg, where this tour begins and ends
    • The most famous of Salzkammergut's lakes, Mondsee, Attersee, Traunsee and Wolfgangsee
    • Imposing Alpine backdrop of white peaks and hidden caves
    • Wolfgangsee with its imposing Schafberg
    • Gmunden
    • Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl

    Come and be mesmerized!

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  • 2020

     Category ACategory B
    Season 1 $ 1062 £ 553 $ 963 644 $ 1105 kr 6891 $ 726 $ 913 £ 476 $ 828 554 $ 951 kr 5928 $ 625
    Season 2 $ 1292 £ 673 $ 1,172 784 $ 1345 kr 8389 $ 884 $ 1095 £ 570 $ 993 664 $ 1139 kr 7105 $ 749
    Season 3 $ 1424 £ 742 $ 1,292 864 $ 1483 kr 9244 $ 974 $ 1243 £ 647 $ 1,127 754 $ 1294 kr 8068 $ 850
    Single suppl. $ 264 £ 137 $ 239 160 $ 275 kr 1712 $ 180 $ 389 £ 203 $ 353 236 $ 405 kr 2525 $ 266
    Dinners incl. $ 229 £ 119 $ 208 139 $ 239 kr 1487 $ 157 $ 201 £ 105 $ 182 122 $ 209 kr 1305 $ 138

    Season 1: October 3 - October 17, 2020
    Season 2: May 2 - May 15 + September 19 - October 2, 2020
    Season 3: May 16 - September 18, 2020

     

     

    extra options

    2020

    Extra nightsSalzburgWolfgangsee/Traunsee/Attersee
    Category A  
    Twin/double $ 163 £ 85 $ 148 99 $ 170 kr 1059 $ 112 $ 119 £ 62 $ 108 72 $ 124 kr 770 $ 81
    Single room $ 221 £ 115 $ 200 134 $ 230 kr 1434 $ 151 $ 158 £ 82 $ 144 96 $ 165 kr 1027 $ 108
    Category B  
    Twin/double $ 122 £ 64 $ 111 74 $ 127 kr 792 $ 83 $ 104 £ 54 $ 94 63 $ 108 kr 674 $ 71
    Single suppl. $ 175 £ 91 $ 158 106 $ 182 kr 1134 $ 120 $ 122 £ 64 $ 111 74 $ 127 kr 792 $ 83

    Electric bike: $ 155 £ 81 $ 141 94 $ 161 kr 1006 $ 106 Helmet purchase: $ 48 £ 25 $ 43 29 $ 50 kr 310 $ 33 Triple room/children discount available. Must accompany two full paying people
    Children’s bikes and other specialized equipment for children on request.

    please note

    Please note that extra nights can only be requested at time of booking. 

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    It is recommended that you fly into Salzburg International Airport (SZG), which is located just 4 miles (7 km) from the city center. Another option is to fly to Munich International Airport (MUC).

    Local Travel

    From the Salzburg Airport, city bus line 2 departs regularly and will take you to Salzburg Hbf (main train station). From the main train station, it is recommended that you take a taxi to your first hotel. You can also take a taxi from the airport which will cost between €18 and €25.
    From the Munich Airport, you can take a train to Salzburg Hbf. The ride takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and costs around €35.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are April, 58°/39°; May, 68°/47°; June, 72°/53°; July, 76°/56°; August, 75°/56°; September, 68°/50°, and October, 59°/42°. A good website to use to research regional weather including average temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    We recommend booking extra nights which are possible in Salzburg, Wolfgangsee, Traunsee, and Attersee!

    Remarks

    Electric bike available for this tour.

    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. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *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 an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour on country roads, cycling paths, and field paths. The terrain is hilly with some longer uphill stretches. Please note that there will be more traffic on country roads during the summer holiday. Daily distances range from 20 to 30 miles (33 to 48 km).

Where You’ll Stay

Category A: Selected 4 star hotels or the best 3 star hotels in town

Category B: Selected 3 star hotels and inns

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 7-speed bikes with back pedal brake or 21-speed hybrid bicycle (please specify at time of booking)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Handlebar bag (1 per room)
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Boat ride on Lake Wolfgang
  • Ferry ride St. Wolfgang - Abersee incl. bike
  • Sweet break "Zauner Jause" in Bad Ischl (coffee and cake)

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

We highly recommend booking extra nights in Salzburg.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From554 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrival possible from May 2 to October 17, 2020

Season 1: October 3 - October 17, 2020
Season 2: May 2 - May 15 + September 19 - October 2, 2020
Season 3: May 16 - September 18, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Salzburg and the 7 Lakes Map

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Day 2: Salzburg - Wolfgangsee, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Wolfgangsee - Traunsee, 21 - 31 mi. (41 - 49  km) + ship ride on Lake Wolfgang
Day 4: Traunsee - Attersee, 20 - 25 mi. (32 - 40 km)
Day 5: Attersee - Mondsee, 20 mi. (33 km)
Day 6: Mondsee - Trumer Seenland, 29 mi. (46 km)
​Day 7: Trumer Seenland - Salzburg, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 8: Departure from Salzburg

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Individual arrival and hand over of the rental bikes. You can use the rest of the day to explore and stroll through the picturesque old part of this cultural and fascinating town. 

Day 2: Salzburg - Wolfgangsee, 28 mi. (45 km)
Begin the day exploring the birthplace of the world-famous classical composer, W.A. Mozart. Cycling along the breathtaking Drachenwand, you reach the beautiful Mondsee. From here, it is downhill to St.Gilgen where you will end the day with a boat ride on the “Wolfgangsee”. 

Day 3: Wolfgangsee - Traunsee, 21 - 31 mi. (41 - 49 km) + ship ride on Lake Wolfgang
After a relaxing ship ride on Lake Wolfgang (Category B), you cycle to the old imperial village of Bad Ischl, where you find traces and follow the footprints of Emperor Franz Josef and his Empress Sissi all over the area. A stop at the famous pastry shop “Zauner” is a must! Cycle along the river Traun until you reach Traunkirchen. 

Day 4: Traunsee - Attersee, 20 - 2 mi. (32 - 40 km)
One of the many highlights on this tour is the stop in Gmunden, a scenic village on the northern bank of the Traunsee. Today it is well known for its touristic importance and beautiful handmade ceramics. You will also explore the gorgeous area of lake Attersee. 

Day 5: Attersee - Mondsee, 20 mi. (33 km)
Follow the gorgeous blue waters of the Attersee until Unterach. After cycling about 2 km in the narrow valley, you discover the legendary Mondsee. Cycle along the northern bank until you reach the picturesque city of this lake. The Salzkammergut area is gorgeous and offers so much to explore.

Day 6: Mondsee - Trumer Seenland, 29 mi. (46 km)
You will cycle the land of Mondsee, passing the natural Irrsee until you reach the Trumer Seen. If you enjoy a good beer, you should visit the Trumer brewery! 

Day 7: Trumer Seenland - Salzburg, 29 mi. (46 km)
On the day before departure, if weather permits, you should take a swim and enjoy the freshwater. You will cycle to Salzburg for the last night of your tour. 

Day 8: Departure from Salzburg 
Individual departure or extend your stay in Salzburg. 

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  • Neil Blanks 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Just came back from an exceptional Salzburg Lakes holiday.
    I'll start with the good - fantastic scenery (so green), friendly well-appointed hotels, not too difficult route (a few hills from time to time but appropriate for the "easy to moderate" level, well sign-posted. Even the continuous rain on the first day didn't dampen our spirits.
    This was my second time with "Tripsite" (went to Provence, France two years ago) and I feel compelled to add a few negative comments by comparison. Most of the maps and brochures were in German and not English. The quality of the bikes was less than expected. Far worse was the comedy of errors on the bike handover - no saddle bags, no repair kit, no pump, no apology. We only got the missing equipment at the end of the first day of riding. My thanks to the Tripsite Team, who did their best to intervene on our behalf.
    In conclusion - don't let the negative comments stop you from booking this trip. I Read more… would however recommend to Tripsite to have a serious word with their local agents to prevent such mistakes in the future. And, yes, I'm already planning the next trip !!

    • carla 3 years ago     Staff

      Neil - Thanks so much for leaving your feedback. Our local bike supplier definitely let us down. We've decided to use another supplier for this tour so (hopefully) this mix-up with the bikes never happens again.
      Look forward to working with you again!!

  • James Umpherson 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Austrian people are friendly, helpful, and accommodating. We enjoyed the food, the scenery, the various communities, and the cycling. An awesome time.

    If you do the trip, make sure to upgrade to the 4-star hotels. They are excellent, especially, the Holiday Inn in Salzburg,and the hotel in Mondsee. Both the service and support were superb.

    There is a lot to see, experience, and take in. The cycling is challenging but fun. You traverse some nice locations with minimal road usage.

    We will be back.

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