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 * £ 507 $ 869 635 NOK 6085 kr 5617 $ 730 £ 535 $ 917 670 NOK 6421 kr 5927 $ 771 £ 555 $ 951 695 NOK 6660 kr 6148 $ 799
    Single £ 623 $ 1,068 780 NOK 7475 kr 6900 $ 897 £ 651 $ 1,116 815 NOK 7810 kr 7210 $ 937 £ 671 $ 1,150 840 NOK 8050 kr 7431 $ 966
    Dinners included £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161 £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161 £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161
    4 * £ 587 $ 1,006 735 NOK 7044 kr 6502 $ 845 £ 627 $ 1,075 785 NOK 7523 kr 6944 $ 903 £ 659 $ 1,129 825 NOK 7906 kr 7298 $ 949
    Single £ 759 $ 1,301 950 NOK 9104 kr 8404 $ 1,093 £ 799 $ 1,369 1000 NOK 9583 kr 8846 $ 1,150 £ 831 $ 1,424 1040 NOK 9967 kr 9200 $ 1,196
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    7 Day Tour

     Season 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 451 $ 774 565 NOK 5415 kr 4998 $ 650 £ 483 $ 828 605 NOK 5798 kr 5352 $ 696 £ 499 $ 856 625 NOK 5990 kr 5529 $ 719
    Single £ 563 $ 965 705 NOK 6756 kr 6237 $ 811 £ 595 $ 1,020 745 NOK 7140 kr 6590 $ 857 £ 611 $ 1,047 765 NOK 7331 kr 6767 $ 880
    Dinners included £ 98 $ 168 123 NOK 1179 kr 1088 $ 141 £ 98 $ 168 123 NOK 1179 kr 1088 $ 141 £ 98 $ 168 123 NOK 1179 kr 1088 $ 141
    4 * £ 527 $ 904 660 NOK 6325 kr 5838 $ 759 £ 559 $ 958 700 NOK 6708 kr 6192 $ 805 £ 591 $ 1,013 740 NOK 7092 kr 6546 $ 851
    Single £ 671 $ 1,150 840 NOK 8050 kr 7431 $ 966 £ 703 $ 1,205 880 NOK 8433 kr 7785 $ 1,012 £ 735 $ 1,260 920 NOK 8817 kr 8138 $ 1,058
    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: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    Extra nightsKrimmlKrimml
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/14 - 9/3

    Passau
    3 * £ 38 $ 66 48 NOK 460 kr 425 $ 55 £ 46 $ 79 58 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67 £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 £ 58 $ 99 72 NOK 690 kr 637 $ 83 £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58
    Single £ 50 $ 85 62 NOK 594 kr 548 $ 71 £ 58 $ 99 72 NOK 690 kr 637 $ 83 £ 65 $ 111 81 NOK 776 kr 717 $ 93 £ 78 $ 134 98 NOK 939 kr 867 $ 113 £ 53 $ 90 66 NOK 633 kr 584 $ 76
    4 * £ 51 $ 88 64 NOK 613 kr 566 $ 74 £ 59 $ 101 74 NOK 709 kr 655 $ 85 £ 58 $ 99 72 NOK 690 kr 637 $ 83 £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 £ 50 $ 86 63 NOK 604 kr 557 $ 72
    Single £ 65 $ 111 81 NOK 776 kr 717 $ 93 £ 73 $ 126 92 NOK 882 kr 814 $ 106 £ 83 $ 142 104 NOK 997 kr 920 $ 120 £ 104 $ 178 130 NOK 1246 kr 1150 $ 150 £ 66 $ 114 83 NOK 795 kr 734 $ 95

    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 4 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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