Add a little extra sparkle to your stay in Austria’s awesome lake district. Enjoy the irresistible experience of the most picture-perfect scenery and superb Salzkammergut cycling of our ever-popular gentle Ten Lakes Tour, together with the added treat of relaxing in a very special selection of hotels which truly ooze local charm. Discover a boutique bolt-hole in Salzburg’s city centre; a spot that’s almost too-good-a-secret-to-share in Mondsee or St Wolfgang; a tasty little morsel full of culinary delights in dreamy Traunkirchen and a heritage hotel with a distinct difference in that Austrian lakeside idyll, Hallstatt. The iconic Schafberg, home to some of Europe's most breath-taking lake district views is on the menu too, and you can even add an extra night or two to your stay at any of the destinations en route, if you wish. But the real joy of this gentle tour is that it reveals Austria's must-see mountains, glistening lakes, historic villages and relaxing resorts from flat waterside tracks and quiet country lanes across rolling hills. It really goes the extra mile in giving you the taste of the place - but without you having to pedal an extra kilometre! .
is in Salzburg (2 nights) , Mondsee, Traunkirchen, Hallstatt and St Wolfgang (2 nights).Each of the unique hotels on this tour has been awarded 4 stars (or 4 stars S) and has been especially selected for its quality, charm and the experience it offers. Most hotels have saunas, spa or wellness facilities.
Featuring a fine selection of very special places to stay in some of the Salzkammergut’s most amazing cities and villages, this treat of a tour combines cycling amidst the champagne air and iconic beauty of the Austrian lakes and mountains with a true taste of the area’s rich traditions of heritage and hospitality. Cycling is mainly along flat lakeside tracks, quiet country lanes and across scenic rolling hills, with a boat ride on Attersee and bike transfer near St Gilgen making it an even gentler and more memorable experience along the way.
Day One - Arrive & explore
Hohensalzburg fortress, Residenzplatz, Mirabell and Hellbrunn Palaces, Mozart’s birthplace – there are so many amazing sights to discover in and around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salzburg, but just being in the city centre, watching the world go by from a café terrace or going for a stroll along the iconic ‘Getreidegasse’ - home to ornate shop signs - is a pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming experience. What a treat then to stay right in the heart of it all, in a splendid privately-run hideaway where you can relax or simply step out to enjoy this truly vibrant and romantic musical city. Settle in, enjoy and get set for your cycle tour with an introduction to your bike and tour briefing too.
Overnight in central Salzburg.
Day Two – Sound of Music country
Pedal out from Salzburg with the River Salzach for company and you’ll soon be on track for Eugendorf as follow the path of the disused Ischler railway. The gentle cycle path towards Thalgau leads through beautiful lush meadowlands as you start your journey through landscapes immortalized by ‘The Sound of Music’. The mighty Drachenwand (‘dragonwall’) rises ahead - a huge rocky wall which dwarfs every village in the valley and is ever-present as you spin along the lakeside path into Mondsee. Once in iconic town, you’ll half-expect members of the Von Trapp family to jump out at every street corner! Medieval Mondsee Abbey and its impressive St Michael’s Basilica (the former collegiate church) played a staring role in the great film as the site of the ‘happy ending’ wedding, but the place has been on the map since Stone Age times. Check out the museum next door to discover the story of the prehistoric stilt-houses (Pfhalbau) and take in lots of amazing finds before settling into your very own secret-top-tip-of-a-Mondsee-hotel right in the town centre.
Miles: 24 Kms: 40
Day Three – Ceramics, castles & cruises
Enjoy a good pedal by Lake Mondsee and onwards to Unterach, where it’s time to give your bike its own ride on board a boat along the Salzkammergut’s largest lake, the Attersee, to Weyregg* (included in tour price). Cycle on through the Aurachtal, past Traunsee (Lake Traunsee) to Gmunden, an historic salt-trading town, famed for its ceramics. Don’t miss taking a look at the ceramic bells on the front of the Town Hall which dates back to 1574, before heading south, along Traunsee. The hauntingly isolated Castle Ort is en route as the lakeside path leads you to Trauenkirchen and your hotel located directly on the dreamy peninsula.
Overnight – Trauenkirchen
Miles: 32* Kms: 50 …
*Ferry on Lake Attersee only available July & August (and perhaps a few days either side). Outside this period, the route has 10 miles additional lakeside cycling.
Day Four –– Spa resorts & somewhere really special
It’s time to make ‘the loveliest lakeside town in the world’ your destination for the day – and what a wonderful cycle ride to get there! Let the lakeside bike path lead you alongside the Traunsee to the historic salt-trade town of Ebensee where it’s the river Traun’s turn to guide you to the Imperial resort of Bad Ischl. Pedal on to the spa and health resort of Bad Goisern to reach Lake Hallstatt (Hallstattersee) and finally the town of Hallstatt itself – not just a place of beauty amidst the mountains, but one whose inimitable character and precious natural charm has won it UNESCO World Heritage site status. And to immerse yourself in the experience, where better to stay than in dreamy, iconic Hallstatt itself, in a hotel that’s itself full of Hallstatt town house history?
Overnight in Hallstatt.
Miles: 27 Kms: 45
Day Five – Yet more superlatives
No need for regrets as you cycle back along the river Traun today – leaving Hallstatt behind you may be a wrench, but to soften the blow, there’s the promise of more than ‘just’ cake at Café Zauner in Bad Ischl. It’s the famous haunt of Emperor Franz Josef and Sissi, where they came to tuck into a slice of rich ‘Zaunerstollen’ or ‘Gugelhupf’ cake or two. Made in a mould, the Gugelhupf ring cake comes in all kinds of marbled and fruity assortments. Try the sweet specialties ‘auf Ort und Stelle’ ie. in the famous café itself ( slice of delicious ‘Zaunerstollen’ and coffee included in the tour price) – essential fuel for the cyclist wanting that authentic experience before pedaling along Lake Wolfgang! St Wolfgang is your charming stop for the night. Time to stable up your trusty two-wheeled steed at the legendary Hotel Weisses Rössl (White Horse), made famous by Benatzky’s opera, but still very much a characterful, family-run establishment today.
Overnight – St Wolfgang.
Miles: 24 Kms: 40
Day Six – Chill out by the crystal clear waters
St Wolfgang is a fabulous place to rest up for a day – whether that means going for a lakeside dip, a gentle wander to sit and drink in the panoramas at a comfortable café or a bit of heading up the nearest mountain. Fortunately, the quirky ‘cog’ railway will take the strain if you fancy the latter, conveying you up the 1782m Schafberg to share some of Europe’s most stunning lake district views. If you prefer to keep things on more of a level though, why not head off on a boat trip around the lake? Whatever you choose, you’re sure to make some delightful discoveries.
Overnight – St Wolfgang.
Day Seven – Up & nearly all over
Follow the lakeside bike path today the short way to St. Gilgen, home of Mozart’s grandfather and where Mozart’s’ mother was christened in the parish church on the day she was born. Here, it’s time to say goodbye to your bike for an hour or so, whilst you take a 2km hike up the hill to a rendezvous at Kuhleiten. (Transfer of bikes up hill is included in tour price.) Like this, you can enjoy a downhill ride to Lake Hintersee, through the Strubklamm gorge and on to Wiestal valley. From there, it’s a ride through the impressive Glasenbachklamm gorge to the Salzachtal valley. Salzburg beckons, but who can resist seeing the fascinating fountains of Hellbrunn’s Summer Palace on the way?
Overnight - Salzburg
Miles: 29 Kms: 47
Day Eight – Depart after breakfast
Time to take in one last look at the impressive castle? You, know you could stay a little longer… Do ask us about additional nights in Salzburg, either before or at the end of your Sparkling Lakes & Mountains cycle tour, or perhaps even moving on to the Mur Valley to make your trip the ultimate in gentle Austrian cycling adventures.
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