Tauern Bike Tour
Austria Bike Tours
From the Alps to Salzburg and Schärding
Connecting Carinthia to Salzburg, the Hohe Tauern National Park is a marvel of natural wonders offering an ideal cycling adventure. 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 historic market town of Werfen, situated in the valley of the Salzach River, is where some of the scenes for “The Sound of Music” were filmed. Towering overhead is the majestic Hohenwerfen Castle from 1077. Via the famous salt-mining town of Hallein, you'll make your way into Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and home of the famous annual Music Festival (held late-July to late-August).
Cycling peacefully along the Salzach River, the route continues to Oberndorf, where Silent Night! Holy Night! was first sung on Christmas Eve 1818 in St. Nicholas Church. Via the Baroque towns of Braunau and Schärding, the tour will end just over the German border in Passau, where three rivers come together for a spectacular view. Here also is one of the world's largest church organs (with highly impressive 17,774 organ pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons) housed in St. Stephen's Cathedral! Also nearby is an old Benedictine monastery dating back to the 8th century, and don’t miss a walk in the “Old City”.
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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, with some soft hills and one uphill stretch. There is a 700 m altitude difference between the beginning and the end of the tour.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in 4 star hotels. All rooms with private facilities, except in Burghausen where the accommodations are in a 3 star superior hotel.
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 21-speed bicycle equipped with two pannier bags
- Luggage transportation
- Route descriptions & maps
- Service hot line
- Admission to Krimmler waterfalls
What’s Not Included
Additional nights available in Krimml, Passau and Salzburg, if desired.
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, free day
Day 6: Salzburg – Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 7: Burghausen – Schärding, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 8: Schärding – Passau, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 9: Departure from 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.
DAY 5: Salzburg, free day
Day 6: 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 7: Burghausen – Schärding, 42 mi. (68 km)
Passing through the point where the Salzach River flows into the Inn River, you’ll cycle into Braunau, the largest city of the Inn region. Following the Inn River on a narrow path and crossing through meadows and fields, the thousand-year-old town of Obernberg will be next. Its remarkable market square is lined with interesting old houses, many of which still retain their original Rococo style. Soon thereafter, you’ll enter into Reichersberg with its monastery, which served as seat of the Augustinian monks for more than 900 years. Following the embankment of the Inn, Schärding will come into view after about 11 more miles.
DAY 8: Schärding – Passau, 11 mi. (17 km)
Along the Inn River on a road with very little traffic, you will reach Wernstein and from there, a bike path will lead you to the three-river-town of Passau, which served as an important episcopal seat in earlier times. In Passau you can visit the Domplatz, the Residenzplatz, the Rathausplatz and the ever-impressive Cathedral, housing no less than the largest church-organ in the world.
DAY 9: Departure from Passau