You can almost hear the tones of "the hills are alive, with the sound of music" while you cycle through the stunning Austrian landscape, with green fields and raw mountains beautifully reflected in the many lakes on a calm day. Salzkammergut is an area offering great cycling routes along the shores of the lakes, allowing you to put your everyday life on hold for a while. Besides being the area known from the movie The Sound of Music, Salzkammergut has plenty of natural and cultural experiences to offer. Salzburg is full of historical buildings and just a few kilometers out of town, you will experience unique panoramic landscapes.
On this trip, you will pass along 10 beautiful lakes and through small exciting towns and villages as Oberndorf, Gmunden, Bad Ischl, Obertraun, St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen.
Along the shores of the lakes and river Salzach the terrain is flat, but between the lakes, the landscape turn more hilly. You will mainly cycle along cycling paths in cities, but in the countryside it is mostly dirt roads and beautiful forest trails.
After checking in at the hotel there will be an information meeting about the trip, and your bikes will be handed out (meeting takes place at 17.30 at the reception of the hotel).
Today, you will cycle along the Salzach to Oberndorf (birthplace of the Christmas carol "Silent Night"), Arnsdorf (the “Silent Night” Museum), Michaelbeuern (abbey), and further on into the Trumer Seen lakes country (Lake Obertrumer See, Lake Mattsee, Lake Grabensee) and partly also to Lake Wallersee. A shorter, direct version is also possible!
On the third day, the tour will take you through the nature reserve of the Egelseen lakes to Schleedorf. Later, you will continue to the idyllic Lake Irrsee. Overnight stay in Mondsee (castle, smokehouse).
The day begins with a boat trip to Weyregg (for arrivals between 01.07. and 31.08.), in season 1 and 2 you cycle along lake Attersee. Afterwards, you will cycle through the Aurachtal valley to Lake Traunsee with Gmunden (castle Orth, ceramics factory), Altmünster (bicycle museum), and Traunkirchen ("Fishermen’s Pulpit").
By train you will go from Lake Traunsee up to Obertraun at Lake Hallstättersee (Dachstein mountainous ice caves). Later, you will continue along the lake to Hallstatt ("the loveliest lakeside location in the world", the oldest salt mine). Your today’s destination is Bad Goisern or one of the neighbouring towns.
Via Bad Ischl (Emperor’s Park, Emperor’s Villa, Empress Sissi’s Teahouse) you will cycle along the Ischler Ache river to Lake Wolfgangsee: You will cycle through places such as St. Wolfgang (White Horse Inn, parish church, cog railway on to the Schafberg), Strobl, Lake Abersee (Zinkenbachklamm gorge) and St. Gilgen - the Mozart village on Lake Wolfgangsee.
On the seventh day, you will follow the cycle route to St. Gilgen ("Mozart Village"), the short hiking trail into the Tiefbrunnau, past the Hintersee lake, and the Strubklamm gorge into the Wiestal valley (dam); You will come through the Glasenbachklamm into the Salzachtal valley. Shortly before reaching Salzburg, it is worth visiting the castle Schloss Hellbrunn (park, zoo, water games). Your destination is the festival and Mozart city of Salzburg with its numerous attractions (fortress, old town).
After breakfast you will be checking out for your individual departure.
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