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 * £ 540 $ 1,157 635 $ 957 NOK 5980 kr 5520 $ 718 £ 569 $ 1,221 670 $ 1009 NOK 6309 kr 5824 $ 757 £ 590 $ 1,267 695 $ 1047 NOK 6545 kr 6041 $ 785
    Single £ 663 $ 1,422 780 $ 1175 NOK 7345 kr 6780 $ 881 £ 692 $ 1,485 815 $ 1228 NOK 7675 kr 7084 $ 921 £ 714 $ 1,531 840 $ 1266 NOK 7910 kr 7302 $ 949
    Dinners included £ 119 $ 255 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158 £ 119 $ 255 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158 £ 119 $ 255 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158
    4 * £ 624 $ 1,340 735 $ 1107 NOK 6921 kr 6389 $ 831 £ 667 $ 1,431 785 $ 1183 NOK 7392 kr 6823 $ 887 £ 701 $ 1,504 825 $ 1243 NOK 7769 kr 7171 $ 932
    Single £ 807 $ 1,731 950 $ 1431 NOK 8946 kr 8258 $ 1,074 £ 850 $ 1,823 1000 $ 1507 NOK 9417 kr 8692 $ 1,130 £ 884 $ 1,895 1040 $ 1567 NOK 9793 kr 9040 $ 1,175
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    7 Day Tour

     Season 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 480 $ 1,030 565 $ 851 NOK 5320 kr 4911 $ 638 £ 514 $ 1,103 605 $ 912 NOK 5697 kr 5259 $ 684 £ 531 $ 1,139 625 $ 942 NOK 5885 kr 5433 $ 706
    Single £ 599 $ 1,285 705 $ 1062 NOK 6639 kr 6128 $ 797 £ 633 $ 1,358 745 $ 1122 NOK 7015 kr 6476 $ 842 £ 650 $ 1,394 765 $ 1153 NOK 7204 kr 6650 $ 864
    Dinners included £ 105 $ 224 123 $ 185 NOK 1158 kr 1069 $ 139 £ 105 $ 224 123 $ 185 NOK 1158 kr 1069 $ 139 £ 105 $ 224 123 $ 185 NOK 1158 kr 1069 $ 139
    4 * £ 561 $ 1,203 660 $ 994 NOK 6215 kr 5737 $ 746 £ 595 $ 1,276 700 $ 1055 NOK 6592 kr 6085 $ 791 £ 629 $ 1,349 740 $ 1115 NOK 6968 kr 6432 $ 836
    Single £ 714 $ 1,531 840 $ 1266 NOK 7910 kr 7302 $ 949 £ 748 $ 1,604 880 $ 1326 NOK 8287 kr 7649 $ 994 £ 782 $ 1,677 920 $ 1386 NOK 8663 kr 7997 $ 1,040
    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: £ 85 $ 182 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    Extra nightsKrimmlKrimml
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/14 - 9/3

    Passau
    3 * £ 41 $ 87 48 $ 72 NOK 452 kr 417 $ 54 £ 49 $ 106 58 $ 87 NOK 546 kr 504 $ 66 £ 51 $ 109 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 £ 61 $ 131 72 $ 108 NOK 678 kr 626 $ 81 £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57
    Single £ 53 $ 113 62 $ 93 NOK 584 kr 539 $ 70 £ 61 $ 131 72 $ 108 NOK 678 kr 626 $ 81 £ 69 $ 148 81 $ 122 NOK 763 kr 704 $ 92 £ 83 $ 179 98 $ 148 NOK 923 kr 852 $ 111 £ 56 $ 120 66 $ 99 NOK 622 kr 574 $ 75
    4 * £ 54 $ 117 64 $ 96 NOK 603 kr 556 $ 72 £ 63 $ 135 74 $ 111 NOK 697 kr 643 $ 84 £ 61 $ 131 72 $ 108 NOK 678 kr 626 $ 81 £ 76 $ 164 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 £ 54 $ 115 63 $ 95 NOK 593 kr 548 $ 71
    Single £ 69 $ 148 81 $ 122 NOK 763 kr 704 $ 92 £ 78 $ 168 92 $ 139 NOK 866 kr 800 $ 104 £ 88 $ 190 104 $ 157 NOK 979 kr 904 $ 118 £ 110 $ 237 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147 £ 71 $ 151 83 $ 125 NOK 782 kr 721 $ 94

    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
From565 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 

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     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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