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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  • 8 Day Tour

    Level of accommodationsSeason 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 554 $ 1,133 635 NOK 6138 kr 5666 $ 737 £ 584 $ 1,196 670 NOK 6477 kr 5978 $ 777 £ 606 $ 1,240 695 NOK 6718 kr 6202 $ 806
    Single £ 680 $ 1,392 780 NOK 7540 kr 6960 $ 905 £ 711 $ 1,454 815 NOK 7878 kr 7272 $ 945 £ 733 $ 1,499 840 NOK 8120 kr 7495 $ 974
    Dinners included £ 122 $ 250 140 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162 £ 122 $ 250 140 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162 £ 122 $ 250 140 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162
    4 * £ 641 $ 1,312 735 NOK 7105 kr 6558 $ 853 £ 685 $ 1,401 785 NOK 7588 kr 7005 $ 911 £ 720 $ 1,472 825 NOK 7975 kr 7362 $ 957
    Single £ 829 $ 1,695 950 NOK 9183 kr 8477 $ 1,102 £ 872 $ 1,785 1000 NOK 9667 kr 8923 $ 1,160 £ 907 $ 1,856 1040 NOK 10053 kr 9280 $ 1,206
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    7 Day Tour

     Season 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 493 $ 1,008 565 NOK 5462 kr 5042 $ 655 £ 528 $ 1,080 605 NOK 5848 kr 5398 $ 702 £ 545 $ 1,115 625 NOK 6042 kr 5577 $ 725
    Single £ 615 $ 1,258 705 NOK 6815 kr 6291 $ 818 £ 650 $ 1,330 745 NOK 7202 kr 6648 $ 864 £ 667 $ 1,365 765 NOK 7395 kr 6826 $ 887
    Dinners included £ 107 $ 220 123 NOK 1189 kr 1098 $ 143 £ 107 $ 220 123 NOK 1189 kr 1098 $ 143 £ 107 $ 220 123 NOK 1189 kr 1098 $ 143
    4 * £ 576 $ 1,178 660 NOK 6380 kr 5889 $ 766 £ 611 $ 1,249 700 NOK 6767 kr 6246 $ 812 £ 645 $ 1,321 740 NOK 7153 kr 6603 $ 858
    Single £ 733 $ 1,499 840 NOK 8120 kr 7495 $ 974 £ 768 $ 1,570 880 NOK 8507 kr 7852 $ 1,021 £ 802 $ 1,642 920 NOK 8893 kr 8209 $ 1,067
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    Season 1: May 4 to May 10 
    Season 2: May 11 to May 31 and September 2 to October 6
    Season 3: June 1 to September 1

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 87 $ 178 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116

    Extra nightsKrimmlKrimml
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/14 - 9/3

    Passau
    3 * £ 42 $ 86 48 NOK 464 kr 428 $ 56 £ 51 $ 104 58 NOK 561 kr 518 $ 67 £ 52 $ 107 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 63 $ 128 72 NOK 696 kr 642 $ 84 £ 44 $ 89 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58
    Single £ 54 $ 111 62 NOK 599 kr 553 $ 72 £ 63 $ 128 72 NOK 696 kr 642 $ 84 £ 71 $ 145 81 NOK 783 kr 723 $ 94 £ 85 $ 175 98 NOK 947 kr 874 $ 114 £ 58 $ 118 66 NOK 638 kr 589 $ 77
    4 * £ 56 $ 114 64 NOK 619 kr 571 $ 74 £ 65 $ 132 74 NOK 715 kr 660 $ 86 £ 63 $ 128 72 NOK 696 kr 642 $ 84 £ 78 $ 161 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104 £ 55 $ 112 63 NOK 609 kr 562 $ 73
    Single £ 71 $ 145 81 NOK 783 kr 723 $ 94 £ 80 $ 164 92 NOK 889 kr 821 $ 107 £ 91 $ 186 104 NOK 1005 kr 928 $ 121 £ 113 $ 232 130 NOK 1257 kr 1160 $ 151 £ 72 $ 148 83 NOK 802 kr 741 $ 96

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

    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


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
  • 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
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Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Daily from May 4 to October 13, 2019

Season 1: May 4 to May 10 
Season 2: May 11 to May 31 and September 2 to October 6
Season 3: June 1 to September 1

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tauern Bike Path Map

8 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Krimml
Day 2: Krimml – 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 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
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 – 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 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!

 

7 Day Option
 

Day 1: Krimml
Day 2: Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell, 33 - 40 mi. (53 to 65 km)
Day 3: Lofer, 28 - 36 mi. (46 to 58 km)
Day 4: Salzburg, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 5: Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 6: Schärding 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 7: Departure 

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  • Ron Zauski 5 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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