Austria: Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday (7 Nights)

  • Viajando en Bici por el Salzkammergut, Austria1

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday


8 Days / 7 Nights (6 Days Cycling)

Category A: 4*/3* Hotels & Category B: 3* Hotels – All with Free Wifi

Distance: 157 miles / 251 km

Level: Moderate

Luggage Transfers Included

Bikes & Electric Bikes Available

Departures Daily from 2 May to 17 October 2020

Bed & Breakfast from €439 pp, with Great Discounts for Children

Self-Guided Cycling Tour, Starting & Finishing in Salzburg

This Salzburg Lakes cycling holiday is a cycling tour around the Salzkammergut region of Austria, that provides quiet cycling along lake shores and through beautiful countryside. Not far from the city of Salzburg, the landscape of the Alpine foothills has a charm of its own. Small peaks tower above the pristine lakes, dense forests and lush green meadows.

The route takes in imperial towns and picturesque villages, as well as pastures and moorlands. Quaint steamships, including the historic paddle-steamer “Gisela”, and narrow-gauge trains provide fun alternatives to cycling.

Our holidays on this tour of the Austrian lakes include hand-picked accommodation and breakfasts (half-board is an option) in 4* & 3* hotels at category A, or 3* hotels and inns at category B, all with free WIFI. They also include daily baggage transfers and a comprehensive information pack and guide book, as well as emergency support. We can also arrange the hire of good quality touring and electric bikes.

This Salzburg Lakes cycling tour passes through very distinct regions, each with their own unique attractions. There is so much to see and do in the beautiful towns and villages along the way, with an incredible selection of cultural attractions such as museums, monasteries, churches, palaces, and galleries, as well as the stunning views of the lakes and mountains.

This is a “Moderate” level tour. There are a number of climbs, some of which are long and quite hard. It is an ideal trip for fit beginners and may be suitable for families who cycle regularly.

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday: Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg.
  • Day 2: Wolfgangsee, Approx. 28 miles / 45 km.
  • Day 3: Traunsee, Approx. 26-31 miles / 41-49 km.
  • Day 4: Attersee, Approx. 20-25 miles / 32-40 km.
  • Day 5: Mondsee, Approx. 21 miles / 33 km.
  • Day 6: Salzburger Lake District, Approx. 29 miles / 46 km.
  • Day 7: Salzburg, Approx. 29 miles / 46 km.
  • Day 8: Depart from Salzburg.

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Tour - Map of the Route

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Given the variety of accommodation options and the different routes that may be selected between them, all daily distances are approximate.

Day 1
Arrive Salzburg

After checking into the hotel and reviewing the route documentation, you should take time to have a look around Salzburg. This lovely city is the fourth largest in Austria and is the birthplace of Mozart. An evening concert at the castle fortress Hohensalzburg is not to be missed.

Day 2
Salzburg – Wolfgangsee
(Category A & B: Approx 28 miles / 45 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Hire bikes can be collected after breakfast.

The Salzburg Lakes cycling tour starts today! On leaving Salzburg you cycle through pretty villages and small towns, passing the amazing “Drachenwand” (“Dragon Wall”) cliff and enjoying stunning views of the Mondsee and Wolfgangsee lakes.

After a swooping descent into the village of St. Gilgen, you will arrive at St. Wolfgang, your home for the night.

Depending on the hotel booked, you will take the ferry and cruise on Wolfgangsee either today or tomorrow. (Tickets included).

Day 3
Wolfgangsee – Traunsee
(Category A: Approx 26 miles / 41 km)
(Category B: Approx 31 miles / 49 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Stroll through the scenic town of St. Wolfgang, before cycling to Bad Ischl. This imperial town, famous for its history, culture and cuisine, was a favourite haunt of royalty and artists alike.

Today’s destination (Traunkirchen at category A and Altmünster at category B), is a leisurely ride along the River Traun, via Ebensee.

Day 4
Traunsee – Attersee
(Category A: Approx 25 miles / 40 km)
(Category B: Approx 20 miles / 32 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today your route will take you through the stunning “fjord country” around Traunstein. Take time for a look at “Schloss Ort” before heading on through the Aurachtal valley towards Attersee.

Day 5
Attersee – Mondsee
(Category A & B: Approx 21 miles / 33 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will follow the turquoise waters of the Attersee to Unterach. Turning east, you will pass through a 2 km long gorge before the legendary Mondsee is revealed in all its stunning splendour. Your hotel for the night is right in the heart of the scenic town of Mondsee, only a short walk away from the lake.

Day 6
Mondsee – Salzburger Lake District
(Category A & B: Approx 29 miles / 46 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Gentle cycling will today take you through the Mondsee region, passing lake Irrsee to reach Obertrum. The local Trumer brewery is rightly famous for its fine beers.

Day 7
Trumer Lake District – Salzburg
(Category A & B: Approx 29 miles / 46 km)

Meals: Breakfast

The Trumer See offers lots of natural swimming spots to take a dip in the cool water. The leisurely ride back to Salzburg, offers a last chance to enjoy the stunning views of the Salzkammergut region.

Day 8

Meals: Breakfast

There are direct flights from Salzburg to many cities in Europe. There are also trains to many cities, including Vienna and Munich for onward flights to almost anywhere. However, what’s the rush?  Why not take time to explore this beautiful, historic, small and friendly city before you leave? We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like.

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday: Dates & Prices

The Salzburg Lakes cycling tour is available as a self-guided tour, with departures every day from 2 May to 17 October 2020. The price varies according to season and category of accommodation:

  • Category A: Generally in luxurious 4* hotels, occasionally 3*.
  • Category B: 3* hotels.

Prices, Discounts & Services Included

Price per Person (pp) in Twin or Double Room, incl Breakfast
Category B
Category A
3-17 October
2 May-15 May
19 September-2 October
16 May-18 September
Single Supplement*
Half Board (5 Dinners - Breakfast only in Salzburg)
Extra Nights
Double (pp)
Wolfgangsee, Traunsee & Attersee
Double (pp)
Bike & Equipment Hire
Hybrid Bike
Electric Bike

*A solo traveller can do this tour alone.

Local tourist taxes of €1.00-€2.50 per person/night are payable direct to each hotel.

Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 


There are a number of great discounts available on the Salzburg Lakes cycling tour:
  • Child up to 6 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults: FREE.
  • Child 7-11 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults: 50%.
  • Child 12-14 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults: 25%.
  • Child aged 15 years and over or adult sharing room with 2 adults: 10%.
  • No baggage transfers: €40.

Services Included

The Salzburg Lakes cycling tour includes:
  • 7 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels. Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms, free wifi and free charging of electric bikes.
  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
  • Daily luggage transfer – 1 item per person. Maximum weight 20 kg.  (Discount if not required).
  • Boat trip on Wolfgangsee, including bike.
  • Ferry ride on Wolfgangsee, including bike.
  • Tea / coffee & pastry in Bad Ischl.
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
  • A gift of a high-quality handlebar bag for transportation of travel documents (1 per room).
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.

Extra Services

The following services are not included in the price of the Salzburg Lakes cycling tour, but we would be delighted to help you to organise them:
  • Travel to and from Salzburg, including flights and airport transfers.
  • Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks (Half-board available).
  • Local tourist taxes. (€1.00-€2.50 per person/night. Paid at each hotel.)
  • Helmet hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights in Salzburg or at any point along the route.
  • Tickets for concerts and attractions.

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday: Accommodation

There are 2 levels of accommodation available on the Salzburg Lakes cycling tour:

  • Category A – Generally in luxurious 4* hotels, occasionally 3*.
  • Category B – 3* hotels.

All of the hotels that we use are specially selected for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character.  All offer free wifi and free charging of electric bikes.

Your reserved accommodation will usually be confirmed not less than one month before your holiday start date.

Hotel Examples

Nights 1 & 7: Salzburg

Category A: Amedia Hotel Salzburg ****

Category B: Hotel Ibis Nord***

Night 2: Wolfgangsee

Category A: Hotel Weißer Bär****

Category B: Hotel-Pension Carossa***

Night 3: Traunsee

Category A: Symposionhotel Post****

Category B: Landhotel Hocheck***

Night 4: Attersee

Category A & B: Landgasthof Spitzerwirt***

Night 5: Mondsee

Category A: Hotel Leitnerbräu****

Category B: Hotel Prielbauer***

Night 6: Salzburger Lake District

Category A & B: Hotel-Gasthof Neumayr***

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday: Travel

Getting to & from Salzburg

This cycling tour around the Salzburg Lakes starts and ends in the city of Salzburg. There are direct flights to Salzburg from many European airports, though it may be more convenient and less expensive to fly to and from Munich or Vienna, from where there are regular train connections which take between 2.5 and 3 hours. Please visit the German train website [Click Here] or the Austrian train website [Click Here] to check times. Salzburg also has good train connections with many other European cities, including London.

There is also a very good road network. Paid parking is available in Salzburg at the Linzer Gasse Garage (access Glockengasse, approx. a 4 minutes’ walk to the centre), for approximately €65 per week / €90 for 2 weeks. For further information please call: +43-(0)662-878444.

We would be very happy to arrange your flights and / or transfers. Please ask for details.

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday: Hire Bikes

Our most popular bike is the 21-speed hybrid, which is available in men’s and women’s models. We can also supply 7-speed unisex touring bikes with back-pedal “coaster” brakes, as well as electric bikes. Please see “Prices” for hire charges.

All adult rental bikes are equipped with a speedometer. When bikes are hired, one bike per room is equipped with double pannier bags for the carriage of spare clothing and food, as well as a handlebar bag for the carriage of documents, maps and other small items.

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Helmets are compulsory for children aged under 12 years and are recommended for everyone. They can be purchased locally.

Salzburg Lakes Cycling Holiday: More Info

Difficulty Level

This cycling holiday is a moderate tour that should be achievable by novice cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. (For a more challenging version, please check out our Salzburg Lakes Cycle Tour for Regular Cyclists.)

The route is usually clearly marked throughout and is generally smooth with light traffic. There are a number of climbs, some of which are long and quite hard. There is sometimes the option of shortening or skipping legs by taking a bus, boat or train. It is an ideal trip for fit beginners and may be suitable for families who cycle regularly.

This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.

Luggage Transfers

Daily luggage transfers are included in the price of this tour. There is a strict limit of 1 piece of luggage per person and it must not weight more than 20 kg. It is usually possible to leave extra luggage at the hotel in Salzburg.

A discount is available if luggage transfers are not required.


The weather in Austria between May and October can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared. It will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers may also be required at times. All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking. A sun hat and sunscreen are often also essential.