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 * £ 504 $ 864 620 NOK 6045 kr 5580 $ 725 £ 532 $ 912 655 NOK 6386 kr 5895 $ 766 £ 553 $ 947 680 NOK 6630 kr 6120 $ 796
    Single £ 622 $ 1,066 765 NOK 7459 kr 6885 $ 895 £ 650 $ 1,114 800 NOK 7800 kr 7200 $ 936 £ 670 $ 1,149 825 NOK 8044 kr 7425 $ 965
    Dinners included £ 114 $ 195 140 NOK 1365 kr 1260 $ 164 £ 114 $ 195 140 NOK 1365 kr 1260 $ 164 £ 114 $ 195 140 NOK 1365 kr 1260 $ 164
    4 * £ 585 $ 1,003 720 NOK 7020 kr 6480 $ 842 £ 626 $ 1,073 770 NOK 7508 kr 6930 $ 901 £ 658 $ 1,128 810 NOK 7898 kr 7290 $ 948
    Single £ 756 $ 1,295 930 NOK 9068 kr 8370 $ 1,088 £ 796 $ 1,365 980 NOK 9555 kr 8820 $ 1,147 £ 829 $ 1,421 1020 NOK 9945 kr 9180 $ 1,193
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    7 Day Tour

     Season 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 451 $ 773 555 NOK 5411 kr 4995 $ 649 £ 479 $ 822 590 NOK 5753 kr 5310 $ 690 £ 496 $ 850 610 NOK 5948 kr 5490 $ 714
    Single £ 561 $ 961 690 NOK 6728 kr 6210 $ 807 £ 589 $ 1,010 725 NOK 7069 kr 6525 $ 848 £ 605 $ 1,038 745 NOK 7264 kr 6705 $ 872
    Dinners included £ 98 $ 167 120 NOK 1170 kr 1080 $ 140 £ 98 $ 167 120 NOK 1170 kr 1080 $ 140 £ 98 $ 167 120 NOK 1170 kr 1080 $ 140
    4 * £ 536 $ 919 660 NOK 6435 kr 5940 $ 772 £ 569 $ 975 700 NOK 6825 kr 6300 $ 819 £ 601 $ 1,031 740 NOK 7215 kr 6660 $ 866
    Single £ 683 $ 1,170 840 NOK 8190 kr 7560 $ 983 £ 715 $ 1,226 880 NOK 8580 kr 7920 $ 1,030 £ 748 $ 1,281 920 NOK 8970 kr 8280 $ 1,076
    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: £ 73 $ 125 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105

    Extra nightsKrimml/WaldKrimml/Wald
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/14 - 9/3

    Passau
    3 * £ 35 $ 60 43 NOK 419 kr 387 $ 50 £ 38 $ 65 47 NOK 458 kr 423 $ 55 £ 46 $ 79 57 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67 £ 55 $ 95 68 NOK 663 kr 612 $ 80 £ 44 $ 75 54 NOK 527 kr 486 $ 63
    Single £ 48 $ 82 59 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 £ 51 $ 88 63 NOK 614 kr 567 $ 74 £ 63 $ 109 78 NOK 761 kr 702 $ 91 £ 76 $ 131 94 NOK 917 kr 846 $ 110 £ 62 $ 106 76 NOK 741 kr 684 $ 89
    4 * £ 50 $ 85 61 NOK 595 kr 549 $ 71 £ 56 $ 96 69 NOK 673 kr 621 $ 81 £ 57 $ 98 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82 £ 72 $ 123 88 NOK 858 kr 792 $ 103 £ 50 $ 85 61 NOK 595 kr 549 $ 71
    Single £ 63 $ 109 78 NOK 761 kr 702 $ 91 £ 73 $ 125 90 NOK 878 kr 810 $ 105 £ 83 $ 142 102 NOK 995 kr 918 $ 119 £ 104 $ 178 128 NOK 1248 kr 1152 $ 150 £ 69 $ 118 85 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99

    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
  • Bicycle offered will be the Nuvinci with internally geared bicycle hub with two pannier bags
  • 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
From620 Rates
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Tour 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/Wald
Day 2: Krimml/Wald – 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 Füssubgs - 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. 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/Wald – 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 Füssings - 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/Wald, 
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/Passau, 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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