With more than 7,000km of superbly signposted cyclingand mountain biking trails through some of the most beautiful regions that Austria has to offer, it’s no surprisethat SalzburgerLand is hugely popular with cyclists.
Whether road-racing or mountain biking, cycling pro or casual rider, there are trails and offers that caterto their needs, and those wanting to take a more laidbackapproach and hop on an e-bike will also get theirmoney’s worth.
Top Cycle routes:
Mozart Cycle Path
Elevation change: 5,300m in total
Plug in your Mozart playlist as you swing your way through SalzburgerLand and neighbouring Bavaria on this famous multi-stage route. Salzburg’s greatest son has left behind many traces in this area. The cross-border route leads you through Austria’s impressive Lake District, the famous Chiemsee Lake through the Inn Valley and along the Saalach and Salzach rivers back to the city of Mozart.
Tauern Cycle Path
Elevation change: 600m/750m
One of the must-rides in SalzburgerLand. The picturesque trail – which offers two route options of 270 or 310km – starts at the breathtakingly beautiful Krimml waterfalls and winds along two of the region’s largest rivers, the Saalach and Salzach. It passes through the impressive Hohe Tauern Mountains, taking in more than 100 natural wonders, excursion destinations, hotels and inns.
Distance: 352km(northern loop: 234km)
Elevation change: approx 1,850m (northern loop approx 850m)
A wonderful route which takes in 13 of the most beautiful lakes in Austria, and which takes you through the most picturesque parts of the Alps. This path travels through the most varied parts of the Salzkammergut in Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria, and ensures you take home with you a wealth of unforgettable experiences.
Alpe Adria Cycle Path
Elevation change: climb2,417m; descent 2,842m
This fairly new cycle path takes you from the city of Salzburg across the Alps to Grado on Italy’s Adriatic coast. It starts along the Salzach and the Gasteiner Ache rivers to the Tauern sluice from Böckstein to Mallnitz. A short train ride through a mountain tunnel takes you into Carinthia. Then you follow the banks of the rivers Möll, Drau and Gail down to the Italian border and finally on to Grado.
And for the mountain bikers:
The Riders Playground features an extensive practice area that allows access to biking and downhill not only for kids. Master the Pump Track, the Rookie, Contessa and Greenhorn trails, and you can venture onto the Drop Line. Meanwhile, the Leogang Bike School with its special kids training is perfectly suited for novices. Lifts, trails, and rental equipment make the beginning of this sport child’s play.
Young riders will love Saalbach Hinterglemm, gliding over the strips and waves of the Milka Line. This technically rather simple freeride route, with its 3km and 400m altitude, is ideal terrain for gravity newbies. The region offers 400km of routes divided between four mountains and hosts summer biking technique camps, ranging from multi-day workshops up to intensive training with professional coaching.
E-mountainbike region Hochkönig
E-Mountain biking has been growing steadily, and this region is a leader in E-Mobility. One of the highlights of almost 30 signposted tours is the 110km ii-Tour, with its panoramic views of the rock formations of the Hohe Tauern Mountains, Leogang Steinberge and the Steinernes Meer. For leisurely e-bikers, the Salzburg Harvest Festival is a great chance to enjoy regional culinary delights.
SalzburgerLand's cycling calendar:
7 June – 30 September 2019
Stoneman Taurista in Salzburger Sportwelt and Obertauern
The impressive mountain scenery around Flachau, Wagrain-Kleinarl, Altenmarkt- Zauchensee, Radstadt, Forstau and Obertauern forms the backdrop for this mountain bike adventure.
30 June 2019
International 5 Lakes Cycle Marathon
The 33rd staging of this epic cycling festival in the Salzkammergut.
3-7 July 2019
GlemmRide Bike Festival in Saalbach Hinterglemm
Everything for the experienced biker including an expo area, training sessions, “Ride with the Pros” and the FMB World Tour Gold Stop.
9-11 August 2019
Bike Night, Flachau
This combination of floodlit racing, demanding 4.5km circuit, challenging downhill section and cool party atmosphere is unique in Austria.
1 September 2019
Ironman 70.3 in Zell am See-Kaprun
An event for the whole family kicks off with the Irongirl Run, continues with an Ironkids competition and concludes with the main Ironman triathlon.
8 September 2019
Eddy Merckx Classic Bike Marathon in Fuschl
This classic bike event begins with the Charity VIP Tour followed by the Eddy Merckx Classic and the 2nd ‘Jedermann’ pleasure tour on 8 September
To find out more about all the ways you can cycle in SalzburgerLand, go to salzburgerland.com