Finstergrun Castle in Salzburg Province. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

Birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

Salzburg to Vienna

Austria Bike Tours

From Mozart’s Town to the Historic Capital of the Hapsburg Empire

This bike tour through scenic Austria combines two of the country's most exciting cities and includes biking through the beautiful lake district and along the Danube Bike Path. 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. 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.

Cycling the famous bend of the Danube at Schlögen, your journey continues to the provincial capital of Linz, with its charming historical center of Renaissance houses. 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 your bicycle tour in Austria, 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 Habsburg emperors). And, of course, one of the best highlights of the city is the delectable Viennese cuisine!

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in quality 3 to 4 star inns and hotels.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 8 day/7 nights
  • Breakfast
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle with handlebar bag
  • Luggage transfer (1 suitcase per person/,max 20 kg)
  • Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
  • 1 x boat ride on Lake Traun or train ride from Ebensee
  • 1 x train Tulln to Vienna
  • 1 x train Lambach to Linz
  • One bottle of wine per room from Wachau
  • Service hotline

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From562 Rates
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Tour Dates

Season 1: March 25 to April 15 and October 8 to October 15, 2016
Season 2: April 16 to April 29 and September 17 to October 8, 2016
Season 3: April 30 to September 16, 2016

Skill Level

This is an 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.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Salzburg to Vienna Map

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Day 2: Salzburg - Attersee, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Aattersee - Traunsee, 34 mi. (55 km) + train or ship Ebensee to Gmunden
Day 4: Traunsee - Linz, 19 mi. (31 km) + train ride Lambach to Linz
Day 5: Linz - Strudengau, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 6: Strudengau - Wachau, 49 mi. (63 km)
Day 7: Wachau - Vienna, 41 mi. (65 km) + train
Day 8: Departure from Vienna

*All distances are approximate.

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 recreation area that is favored by locals and tourists alike.

DAY 3: Aattersee - Traunsee, 34 mi. (55 km) + train or ship Ebensee to Gmunden
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) + train ride Lambach to Linz
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 - Strudengau, 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: Strudengau - 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.

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Customer Feedback

  • Bill & Linda Guthrie 5 years ago

    My wife and I did this self-guided tour in September of 2009. We flew into Vienna and took the train to Saltsburg to start our trip. The extra days that we booked in Saltsburg were marvelous.

    The accomodations along the way were always excellent. Good variety and very good service. Austria is clean, safe and the Danube Cycle Path is a real gem. If you love travelling by bike you really must do the Danube at least once.

    The nice folks at Tripsite could not have been more pleasant to deal with. Give them a try for your next cycling adventure.

  • Si Sin Szuba 5 years ago

    Hi we had a wonderfull trip from Salzburg to Vienna- June 2011, the bike path next to Danube River was obsolutly beautiful just can not describe by words, just have to be there to see it& to feel it. This trip was passing through a lot of wonderful small villages, all these villages has their own churchs of course they are Gothic and the house are beautiful, we passed through farm area and we are sorrounded with corns and wheats. Just love it....Food also beautiful.

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