Maria Alm/Steinernes Meer Mountain Range, Zell am See, Austria. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

Burghausen, Altötting, along the Salzach River in Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Allie_Caulfield

Tauern Bike Path

Austria Bike Tours

Bike the foothills of the Austrian Alps to Salzburg and beyond

  • With the snowy peaks of the Hohe Tauern Mountains serving as a constant panorama, this bicycle tour in Austria begins in Krimml, where the famous Krimml Waterfalls cascade over 1200 ft. in three stages to the valley below.

    The "Tauernradweg" or Tauern Bike Path stretches over 300 kilometers along the largest rivers in the country, to Salzburg and further on to Passau.

    This is one of Austria's most beautiful regions. Soaring panoramas enthrall! Come and cycle the paths that meander the Salzach and Saalach Rivers at the foothills of the Austrian alps.

    Highlights:

    • Krimmler Waterfalls
    • Lovely cycling in the flat valley of the Salzach and Inn
    • Werfen, historic market town, and famous for scenes of The Sound of Music
    • Hohenwerfen Castel
    • Hallein
    • Salzburg, city of culture and music
    • Passau, three river city

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  • Level of accommodationsSeason 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 680 $ 1,085 720 NOK 7140 kr 6591 $ 857 £ 713 $ 1,137 755 NOK 7487 kr 6911 $ 898 £ 737 $ 1,175 780 NOK 7735 kr 7140 $ 928
    Single £ 723 $ 1,152 765 NOK 7586 kr 7003 $ 910 £ 756 $ 1,205 800 NOK 7933 kr 7323 $ 952 £ 779 $ 1,243 825 NOK 8181 kr 7552 $ 982
    Dinners included £ 132 $ 211 140 NOK 1388 kr 1282 $ 167 £ 132 $ 211 140 NOK 1388 kr 1282 $ 167 £ 132 $ 211 140 NOK 1388 kr 1282 $ 167
    4 * £ 774 $ 1,235 820 NOK 8132 kr 7506 $ 976 £ 822 $ 1,311 870 NOK 8628 kr 7964 $ 1,035 £ 859 $ 1,371 910 NOK 9024 kr 8330 $ 1,083
    Single £ 878 $ 1,401 930 NOK 9223 kr 8513 $ 1,107 £ 926 $ 1,476 980 NOK 9718 kr 8971 $ 1,166 £ 963 $ 1,536 1020 NOK 10115 kr 9337 $ 1,214
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    Seaon 1: May 10 to May 18 and October 8 to October 14, 2018
    Season 2: May 19 to June 1 and September 3 to October 7, 2018
    Season 3: June 2 to September 2, 2018

    Extra nightsKrimml/WaldKrimml/Wald
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/14 - 9/3

    Passau
    3 * £ 41 $ 65 43 NOK 426 kr 394 $ 51 £ 44 $ 71 47 NOK 466 kr 430 $ 56 £ 54 $ 86 57 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 £ 64 $ 102 68 NOK 674 kr 622 $ 81 £ 51 $ 81 54 NOK 536 kr 494 $ 64
    Single £ 56 $ 89 59 NOK 585 kr 540 $ 70 £ 60 $ 95 63 NOK 625 kr 577 $ 75 £ 74 $ 117 78 NOK 774 kr 714 $ 93 £ 89 $ 142 94 NOK 932 kr 860 $ 112 £ 72 $ 114 76 NOK 754 kr 696 $ 90
    4 * £ 58 $ 92 61 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73 £ 65 $ 104 69 NOK 684 kr 632 $ 82 £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83 £ 83 $ 133 88 NOK 873 kr 806 $ 105 £ 58 $ 92 61 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73
    Single £ 74 $ 117 78 NOK 774 kr 714 $ 93 £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 £ 96 $ 154 102 NOK 1012 kr 934 $ 121 £ 117 $ 187 124 NOK 1230 kr 1135 $ 148 £ 80 $ 128 85 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101

    Extra nights possible in each overnight town. Please ask for pricing.

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Salzburg.

    Local Travel

    Train transfer to Krimml from Salzburg. Travel time is approximately 3 hrs and 20 min.

    Climate

    The average high in °F in Salzburg is approx. 66° in May, 71° June, 74° Jul, 73° Aug, 68° Sept & 57° Oct.

    Recommended

    Book an extra night in Salzburg and/or Krimml/Wald to thoroughly explore and enjoy this unique tour


Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided hotel tour with average daily distances of about 35 miles over bike paths, country lanes and quiet side roads. Landscape is mainly flat since the Tauern bike path follows the course of the Salzach River but you will encounter slightly hilly terrain with an incline of approx. 750 m from Krimml to Passau. Some long gradients are unavoidable.

Where You’ll Stay

For this tour, two levels of accommodations are offered, the comfort level is a 3 star option. The deluxe level is 4 star option with one 3 star superior hotel in Burghausen.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations in booked category for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 21-speed bicycle equipped with two pannier bags
  • 2018: Bicycle offered will be the Nuvinci with internally geared bicycle hub with two pannier bags
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hot line
  • Admission to Krimmler waterfalls

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Additional nights available in Krimml, Passau and Salzburg, if desired.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From720 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017:
Daily from May 6 to October 15, 2017
2018:
Daily from May 10 to October 14, 2018

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tauern Bike Path Map

Please note that we are updating this tour itinerary for 2018. Please be patient. It is a work in progress and we will have this completed soon!
Day 1: Arrival in Krimml/Wald
Day 2: Krimml/Wald – Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See, 33 - 40 mi. (53 - 65 km)
Day 3: Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See –Lofer, 28 - 36 mi. (46 - 58 km)
Day 4: Lofer – Salzburg, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 5: Salzburg – Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 6:  Burghausen – Bad Füssing/surroundings, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Day 7: Bad Füssubgs - Schärding or Passau, 16 or 27 mi. (25 or 43 km)
Day 8: Departure from either Schärding or Passau

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Krimml/Wald
Arrival into one of these villages. Recommended is a visit to the Krimmler waterfalls which is included in the tour price. If you want to explore the waterfalls closer, it is advised to spend an extra night.

DAY 2: Krimml/Wald – Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See, 33 - 40 mi. (53 - 65 km)
Today’s tour will cycle through the Rosental to Neukirchen, where you can visit a little museum named the ‘Kammerlanderstall’. Following on in the direction of the Habachtal (famous for its emerald mines), you’ll reach the quaint villages of Bramberg and Mittersill, also well-known for their country-style museums. During the afternoon, you’ll come by the Europe-Sport-Region Kaprun/Zell am See with the famous power plants lying in the Kaprun valley.

DAY 3: Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See – Lofer, 28 - 36 mi. (46 - 58 km)
Leaving the upper Salzachtal Valley you follow the very natural river course of the Saalach. The cycle path leads you through the broad valley basin from Saalfelden and the famour place of pilgrimage Maria Alm torwards Lofer. 

DAY 4: Lofer – Salzburg, 30 mi. (49 km)
In Unken, cycling along the Saalach break, the "Stone sea", an impressive way that became the Eldorado for Rafters. Always follow the shore until you reach the small german corner, with the health resort Bad Reichenhall and the broad lowland of the Salzburger basin. From Saalachauen to the Mozart town of Salzburg. 

*An extra night can be booked in Salzburg, giving you an entire day in this lovely city. See pricing.

Day 5: Salzburg – Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Following the course of the Salzach River, crossing fields and meadows along the way, you will soon find yourself in Oberndorf. It was here in 1818 where the famous Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” was performed for the first time. The little “Holy Night Chapel” still gives evidence of this memorial event. Continuing, you’ll come to Burghausen, where you can marvel at its imposing castle and also lay eyes on Europe’s longest fortress.

DAY 6: Burghausen – Bad Füssing/surroundings, 31 mi. (49 km) 
From Burghausen you reach the Inn-Salzach-Mouth, a unique landscape. Your reach the border town Braunau, a wonderful old town, which encourages visitors to linger. Directly after Braunau there is the European reserve, a bird- and nature protected area at the Inn. The cycle path leads you directly to your day's destination, the famous health resort Bad Füssing. Overnight stay maybe also in Obernberg or surroundings.

DAY 7: Bad Füssings - Schärding or Passau, 16 or 27 mi. (25 or 43 km)
Shortly after Bad Füssing there is the worth seeing Reichersberg Abbey. The journey continues along the Inn to the beautiful baroque town Schärding. You have the choice: either you spend your last night in Schärding or you cycle further to the 3-river-town Passau. Please indicate your overnight wish at your booking! If you don’t mention your preference, we will automatically book Schärding for you

Day 8Departure from either Schärding or Passau

Extra nights can be booked at any stage!

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  • Ron Zauski 3 years ago

    Fantastic! We road the Aare two years ago and it was great. We sought something a bit more challenging and selected this ride. We stayed in lots of small towns, biked on beautiful trails, and saw scenery just as exquisite as is shown on this site. Salzburg was outstanding. We had only one stretch of riding on a road with traffic; otherwise, it was serene.

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