Austria’s Cycling Paradise – Explore SalzburgerLand By Bike

STORY BY Megan Hughes 15th July 2021

SalzburgerLand is one of Austria’s most picturesque regions and is the ultimate active playground for those who love the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, paddleboarding or even zorbing, there are countless ways to enjoy the Alpine surroundings here – whether you’re on a romantic luxury retreat or a fantastic family adventure. However, without a doubt our favourite ways to enjoy SalzburgerLand is on two wheels, where you can get out in the fresh air and really get a feel for the landscape. 

With around 7,000km of cycling and mountain biking trails in SalzburgerLand, there are numerous different ways to explore the area’s many towns and cities by bike – regardless of ability level or personal preference. 

We’ve put together a few of our all time favourite SalzburgerLand cycle routes, whether you prefer cultural experiences, E-Bike excursions or adrenaline-inducing mountain bike routes.

For Music Lovers – The Mozart Cycle Path

A Gentle Route Drinking in Sights, Sounds and Salzburg.

From Mozart to Maria Von Trapp, SalzburgerLand has a rich history when it comes to music, with open air concerts taking place in Salzburg throughout the summer and cultural festivals bringing beautiful sounds to the mountains. 

To get your musical fix on two wheels from the city of Salzburg, you can begin the Mozart Cycle Path, which takes visitors over 450km to sites special to this musical genius. Don’t be daunted by the route length – for the most part this journey enjoys flat, gentle cycle paths and quiet roads.  

You’ll drink in the sights and sounds of Salzburg itself, before travelling along the old Ischler Railway into the beautiful village of St. Gilgen and the stunning Salzburg Lake District. Then you will enter into the Bavarian section of the path, continuing through the Inn Valley and along the Saalach River, circling back to your starting point in Salzburg. 

It’s an absolutely beautiful itinerary, taking in some of SalzburgerLand’s best landscapes and providing an interesting insight into the life of one of music’s greats. 

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For E-Bikers – The Tauern Cycle Path

A Hugely Popular Route With Varied E-Bike Options.

The Tauern Cycle Path is one of the most popular in not just SalzburgerLand, but the whole of Europe – and for very good reason. This 270km long path travels through the most beautiful sights in the area, from the 380 metre high Krimml Waterfalls, to the depths of the Ice Caves, the stunning Hohenwerfen Castle and the city of Salzburg.

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Along the way, visitors will find not only entertaining excursions but some of SalzburgerLand’s best local produce and mountain restaurants in which to refuel. Over 100 Via Culinaria taste points provide the perfect spots in which to fill your rumbling stomachs with some of Salzburg’s best culinary delights. In addition, a number of ‘Bed & Bike’ spots are present along the route, offering convenient places to rest overnight. 

For those that might be slightly less confident pedalling up and down hill, the Tauern Path can also be enjoyed on an E-Bike, with a large network of charging stations in almost all the towns along the route. So whether you’re trying to protect your joints or help the environment, you’ll be in for a treat! 

For Mountain Bikers – Saalbach Hinterglemm + Saalfelden Leogang

Two regions with a lot to offer mountain bikers of all levels.

Saalfelden Leogang has a great pedigree for mountain biking, having hosted the MTB Downhill World Championships in 2012 and 2020. 720 kilometres of mountain biking trails mean that all abilities can find something to suit their style, whether you’re only just finding your feet or are already an experienced rider. For the latter, the Leogang Bike Park is a must-visit, with tricker trails that will be sure to provide more of a challenge for adrenaline hunters! 

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Meanwhile, in Saalbach Hinterglemm, you can take on our favourite one-day challenge, the ‘Big 5 Bike Challenge’. A definite bucket list adventure for many cyclists, this tour connects Saalbach Hinterglemm and Leogang across five mountains. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the best trails in the region, covering 5,000 metres downhill in just one day, including Saalbach’s famous Hacklberg Trail. Thankfully, the Big 5 are connected by six gondolas, which means you can save your energy and avoid six climbs uphill – instead just enjoying the descents, varied terrain and unparalleled mountain views.

For Roadies – SalzburgerLand Salzkammergut

A dream road bike region for racking up the miles.

If road biking is more your thing, you cannot miss the SalzburgerLand cycling region of Salzkammergut. Here, twenty incredible road bike tours span across six road bike destinations, winding between picture perfect mountains and lakes. 

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