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 Path Bike Tour

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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  • 8 Day Tour

    Comfort 3 * Hotels

    Double/twin: £ 505 $ 1,119 594 $ 895 NOK 5594 kr 5163 $ 671

    Single room: £ 641 $ 1,420 754 $ 1136 NOK 7100 kr 6554 $ 852

    May 19 to June 14 | Sept 4 to September 20: £ 590 $ 1,307 694 $ 1046 NOK 6535 kr 6032 $ 784

    Single room: £ 726 $ 1,608 854 $ 1287 NOK 8042 kr 7423 $ 965

    June 15 to September 3: £ 543 $ 1,203 639 $ 963 NOK 6017 kr 5554 $ 722

    Single room: £ 760 $ 1,684 894 $ 1347 NOK 8419 kr 7771 $ 1,010

    Dinners included: £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170

     

    Deluxe 4 * Hotels

    Double/twin: £ 590 $ 1,307 694 $ 1046 NOK 6535 kr 6032 $ 784

    Single room: £ 751 $ 1,665 884 $ 1332 NOK 8324 kr 7684 $ 999

    May 19 to June 14 | Sept 4 to September 20:  £ 675 $ 1,495 794 $ 1196 NOK 7477 kr 6902 $ 897

    Single room: £ 836 $ 1,853 984 $ 1483 NOK 9266 kr 8553 $ 1,112

    June 15 to September 3: £ 717 $ 1,590 844 $ 1272 NOK 7948 kr 7336 $ 954

    Single room: £ 879 $ 1,947 1034 $ 1558 NOK 9737 kr 8988 $ 1,168

    Dinners included: £ 144 $ 320 170 $ 256 NOK 1601 kr 1478 $ 192

    extra options

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

    Extra nightsKrimmlKrimml
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/11 - 9/1

    Passau
    Comfort 3 * Hotels £ 43 $ 96 51 $ 77 NOK 480 kr 443 $ 58 £ 59 $ 130 69 $ 104 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 £ 54 $ 119 63 $ 95 NOK 593 kr 548 $ 71 £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 46 $ 102 54 $ 81 NOK 509 kr 469 $ 61
    Single £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73 £ 65 $ 143 76 $ 115 NOK 716 kr 661 $ 86 £ 71 $ 158 84 $ 127 NOK 791 kr 730 $ 95 £ 86 $ 190 101 $ 152 NOK 951 kr 878 $ 114 £ 59 $ 132 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79
    Deluxe 4 * Hotels £ 57 $ 126 67 $ 101 NOK 631 kr 582 $ 76 £ 66 $ 147 78 $ 118 NOK 735 kr 678 $ 88 £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 £ 80 $ 177 94 $ 142 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73
    Single £ 71 $ 158 84 $ 127 NOK 791 kr 730 $ 95 £ 81 $ 179 95 $ 143 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107 £ 91 $ 202 107 $ 161 NOK 1008 kr 930 $ 121 £ 114 $ 252 134 $ 202 NOK 1262 kr 1165 $ 151 £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96

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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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
  • Breakfasts
  • NuVinci internal gear shift hub unisex free-wheel bike with two pannier bags, odometer, air pump, repair kit and lock
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Service hotline
  • Admission to Krimmler waterfalls
  • Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Additional nights available in Krimml, Passau, and Salzburg. 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
From594 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020 

Daily from May 15 to October 5, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tauern Path Map

8 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Krimml/Wald
Day 2: Krimml – Kaprun/Zell am See, 33 - 40 mi. (53 - 65 km)
Day 3: 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 Füssing - 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, Krimml/Wald. 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 – 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: 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 famous place of pilgrimage Maria Alm towards 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 Füssing - 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 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      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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