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: $ 981 £ 506 $ 889 594 $ 1023 kr 6336 $ 673

    Single room: $ 1245 £ 642 $ 1,128 754 $ 1298 kr 8043 $ 855

    May 19 to June 14 | Sept 4 to September 20: $ 1146 £ 591 $ 1,038 694 $ 1195 kr 7403 $ 787

    Single room: $ 1410 £ 727 $ 1,277 854 $ 1470 kr 9110 $ 968

    June 15 to September 3: $ 1055 £ 544 $ 956 639 $ 1100 kr 6816 $ 725

    Single room: $ 1476 £ 761 $ 1,337 894 $ 1539 kr 9536 $ 1,014

    Dinners included: $ 248 £ 128 $ 224 150 $ 258 kr 1600 $ 170

     

    Deluxe 4 * Hotels

    Double/twin: $ 1146 £ 591 $ 1,038 694 $ 1195 kr 7403 $ 787

    Single room: $ 1460 £ 752 $ 1,322 884 $ 1522 kr 9430 $ 1,002

    May 19 to June 14 | Sept 4 to September 20:  $ 1311 £ 676 $ 1,188 794 $ 1367 kr 8470 $ 900

    Single room: $ 1625 £ 837 $ 1,472 984 $ 1694 kr 10496 $ 1,116

    June 15 to September 3: $ 1394 £ 718 $ 1,263 844 $ 1453 kr 9003 $ 957

    Single room: $ 1707 £ 880 $ 1,547 1034 $ 1780 kr 11030 $ 1,172

    Dinners included: $ 281 £ 145 $ 254 170 $ 293 kr 1813 $ 193

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 173 £ 89 $ 157 105 $ 181 kr 1120 $ 119

    Extra nightsKrimmlKrimml
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/11 - 9/1

    Passau
    Comfort 3 * Hotels $ 84 £ 43 $ 76 51 $ 88 kr 544 $ 58 $ 114 £ 59 $ 103 69 $ 119 kr 736 $ 78 $ 104 £ 54 $ 94 63 $ 108 kr 672 $ 71 $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 800 $ 85 $ 89 £ 46 $ 81 54 $ 93 kr 576 $ 61
    Single $ 107 £ 55 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 693 $ 74 $ 125 £ 65 $ 114 76 $ 131 kr 811 $ 86 $ 139 £ 71 $ 126 84 $ 145 kr 896 $ 95 $ 167 £ 86 $ 151 101 $ 174 kr 1077 $ 115 $ 116 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 121 kr 747 $ 79
    Deluxe 4 * Hotels $ 111 £ 57 $ 100 67 $ 115 kr 715 $ 76 $ 129 £ 66 $ 117 78 $ 134 kr 832 $ 88 $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 800 $ 85 $ 155 £ 80 $ 141 94 $ 162 kr 1003 $ 107 $ 107 £ 55 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 693 $ 74
    Single $ 139 £ 71 $ 126 84 $ 145 kr 896 $ 95 $ 157 £ 81 $ 142 95 $ 164 kr 1013 $ 108 $ 177 £ 91 $ 160 107 $ 184 kr 1141 $ 121 $ 221 £ 114 $ 200 134 $ 231 kr 1429 $ 152 $ 140 £ 72 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 907 $ 96

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

    Extension-Salzburg-PackageSalzburg

    Salzburg
    7/11 - 9/1

    Comfort 3 * Hotels $ 281 £ 145 $ 254 170 $ 293 kr 1813 $ 193 $ 320 £ 165 $ 290 194 $ 334 kr 2069 $ 220
    Single $ 347 £ 179 $ 314 210 $ 362 kr 2240 $ 238 $ 403 £ 208 $ 365 244 $ 420 kr 2603 $ 277
    Deluxe 4 * Hotels $ 320 £ 165 $ 290 194 $ 334 kr 2069 $ 220 $ 383 £ 197 $ 347 232 $ 399 kr 2475 $ 263
    Single $ 421 £ 217 $ 381 255 $ 439 kr 2720 $ 289 $ 510 £ 263 $ 462 309 $ 532 kr 3296 $ 350

    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. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    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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