Salzburg along the River Salzach, Austria. Photo via Flickr:hjjanisch

Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg, Austria. P courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office
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Salzburg and the Bavaria Bike Path

Austria, Germany Bike Tours

Bike Tour in Bavaria around the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • This bike tour in Austria and Germany, begins and ends in Salzburg, city of culture and Mozart. The route leads you across the Chiemsee, to the Inn Valley, Northern Tyrol, and then back to Mozart's birthplace.

    Salzburg is certainly a highlight, with it's incredible Baroque architecture and Alpine setting, but you will enjoy Bavarian landscapes, lakes, rivers, and more during your cycling itinerary, not to mention, Alpine views.

    Enjoy Bavarian culture and cycling!

    Highlights:

    • Salzburg
    • Mozart's birth place at the famous Getreidegasse in Salzburg
    • Wasserburg - the city at the Inn loop
    • Waginger See, Chiemsee (Barian Sea), Walchsee, and Königssee
    • Kufstein Fortress at night
    • Alps!

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  • Tours beginning in Salzburg: 

    Season 1: £ 587 $ 1,220 685 $ 1041 NOK 6508 kr 6007 $ 781 Single room: £ 741 $ 1,541 865 $ 1315 NOK 8218 kr 7585 $ 986 Season 2: £ 613 $ 1,274 715 $ 1087 NOK 6793 kr 6270 $ 815 Single room: £ 767 $ 1,594 895 $ 1360 NOK 8503 kr 7848 $ 1,020 Season 3: £ 639 $ 1,327 745 $ 1132 NOK 7078 kr 6533 $ 849 Single room: £ 793 $ 1,648 925 $ 1406 NOK 8788 kr 8112 $ 1,055 Dinners included: £ 127 $ 264 148 $ 225 NOK 1406 kr 1298 $ 169

    Tours beginning in Wasserburg:

    Season 1: £ 561 $ 1,167 655 $ 996 NOK 6223 kr 5744 $ 747 Single room: £ 707 $ 1,470 825 $ 1254 NOK 7838 kr 7235 $ 941 Season 2: £ 587 $ 1,220 685 $ 1041 NOK 6508 kr 6007 $ 781 Single room: £ 733 $ 1,523 855 $ 1300 NOK 8123 kr 7498 $ 975 Season 3: £ 613 $ 1,274 715 $ 1087 NOK 6793 kr 6270 $ 815 Single room: £ 759 $ 1,576 885 $ 1345 NOK 8408 kr 7761 $ 1,009 Dinners included: £ 123 $ 255 143 $ 217 NOK 1359 kr 1254 $ 163


    Season 1: May 4 to May 10 and October 7 to October 13 
    Season 2: May 11 to May 31 and September 2 to October 6
    Season 3: June 1 to September 1

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 86 $ 178 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Extra nights 

    Salzburg 4 star:
    Twin/double:  £ 62 $ 128 72 $ 109 NOK 684 kr 631 $ 82 Single: £ 89 $ 185 104 $ 158 NOK 988 kr 912 $ 119 Season supplement, July 13 to September 2:
    Twin double: £ 15 $ 32 18 $ 27 NOK 171 kr 158 $ 21 Single: £ 22 $ 46 26 $ 40 NOK 247 kr 228 $ 30

    Salzburg 3 star:
    Twin double: £ 51 $ 107 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 Single:  £ 69 $ 144 81 $ 123 NOK 770 kr 710 $ 92 Season supplement, July 13 to September 2:
    Twin double: £ 10 $ 21 12 $ 18 NOK 114 kr 105 $ 14 Single: £ 15 $ 30 17 $ 26 NOK 162 kr 149 $ 19

    Wasserburg:
    Twin/double: £ 44 $ 91 51 $ 78 NOK 485 kr 447 $ 58 Single: £ 58 $ 121 68 $ 103 NOK 646 kr 596 $ 78

    please note

    GPS tracks on request for the Komoot App: £ 26 $ 53 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Salzburg.

    Local Travel

    Take the train to Salzburg. Then short walk or taxi ride to your first hotel.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperatures in °F for Salzburg are: May 66°/47°, June 71°/51°, July 74°/55°, August 73°/55°, September 68°/50°, and October 59°/42°

    Recommended

    An extra night in Salzburg!


Skill Level

This is a moderate, self guided tour. There are 6 days of cycling with distances ranging anywhere from 27 to 42 miles (45 - 67 km). Biking is partly on flat grounds but there are also hilly sections. Between the Inn Valley and Salzburg, you will have to master a few gradients, but the view will be worth it. Most of the riding is on bike paths and country roads with little traffic. Some brief sections of the trip (never longer than one or two kilometers) have to be covered on moderately busy roads.It is recommended that you are in good physical condition and have experience in cycling for this tour.

Where You’ll Stay

In very nice & comfortable 3 to 4-star hotels & B&B’s. All rooms have private facilities.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts (mostly buffets)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hotline
  • 21 speed NuVinci bicycle with internal gear hub and two panniers

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Salzburg and Wasserburg.

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Daily from May 4 to October 13, 2019

Season 1: May 4 to May 10 and October 7 to October 13 
Season 2: May 11 to May 31 and September 2 to October 6
Season 3: June 1 to September 1

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Salzburg and the Bavaria Bike Path Map

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg 
Day 2: Salzburg - Chiemsee/Traunstein, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 3: Chiemsee/Traunstein - Wasserburg, 40 mi. (65 km)
Day 4: Wasserburg - Kufstein, 42 mi. (67 km)
Day 5: Kufstein - St. Johann in Tyrol, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: St. Johann - Bad Reichenhall, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 7: Bad Reichenhall - Salzburg, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Salzburg

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Individual arrival to Mozart's birth place. Enjoy this city’s famous architecture and a visit to the Old Town is a must.

DAY 2: Salzburg - Chiemsee/Traunstein, 40 mi. (64 km)
The first stage starts on the Tauern bike path along the Salzach River to Oberndorf where you can see the famous Silent Night Chapel. After crossing the Salzach River (and the border into Germany), you pass the worthwhile Bavarian town, Laufen. Then you arrive at the warmest lake of Upper Bavaria, the Waginger See. Via Nussdorf you reach the destination of the day, the Chiemsee (lake) which lies next to the Alps. Overnight will be in the surroundings of Chieming or Traunstein.

DAY 3: Chiemsee/Traunstein  - Wasserburg, 40 mi. (65 km)
Today's biking begins from Chieming via Seebruck to the monastery of Seeon, which W. A. Mozart visited several times and made compositions there. From Seeon we come back to the Chiemsee and on to Breitbrunn via Amerang to Wasserburg, where the famous artist liked to rest when he was on a journey.

DAY 4: Wasserburg - Kufstein, 42 mi. (67 km)
You should not leave without a stroll through the enchanting old town, which is built on a peninsula, completely surrounded by the Inn River. You will bike the river banks all day, making for some easy riding.  Via Rosenheim we reach Kufstein, the "pearl of Tyrol".

DAY 5: Kufstein - St. Johann in Tyrol, 28 mi. (45 km)
This morning the Inn accompanies you once more for the first miles until Ebbs where you ride into the slightly hilly "Kaiserwinkl" of Tyrol. You pass the village Walchsee and cycle via Waidach and Kössen through the imposing mountain landscape of Tyrol to St. Johann. Both towns will relax you with their panoramic views of the Alps.

DAY 6: St. Johann - Bad Reichenhall, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today your bicycle tour in Germany winds through Waidring and Lofer, two villages where Mozart stopped on his journeys to the south. From Lofer you ride along the Saalach River on a wild romantic trail via Unken and Schneizlreuth to Bad Reichenhall. Mozart made a trip to this well-known spa town during his last stay in Salzburg in 1780. Overnight in Bad Reichenhall or Bayerisch Gmain.

DAY 7: Bad Reichenhall - Salzburg, 30 mi. (48 km)
Berchtesgaden offers a relaxed stop at the spa. Also possible is a trip to the nearby idyllic Königssee before you cycle to Salzburg, where you will spend one last evening.

DAY 8: Departure from Salzburg
Individual departure or extension of your trip.

It is also possible to begin this tour in Wasserburg! Starting in Wasserburg, you will have an overnight stay at the beginning and the end in Wasserburg and only one overnight stay in Salzburg.

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Tour Reviews

  • Joseph P. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    May 2019 - Review of the Salzburg & Bavaria Bike Tour, or "Mozartradweg". With a really varied cycling terrain, but with the Alps on constant display, this was an extraordinary choice for a bike tour. It was a joy to cycle this part of Europe. Highlights for me were the towns of Wasserburg, Berchtesgaden, Kufstein, and Salzburg. The landscapes connecting these towns were just breathtaking. My only complaint would be that due the amount of time required on the bike, there was little time explore many of the sights along the way, such as the islands in the Chiemsee, Seeon Abbey, the Eagle's Nest, etc. I really enjoyed my few extra days in Salzburg and would have added another day or two in Berchtesgaden if I were to do it again. For the practical points, the bike was good, as were the hotels. And while the path itself was signposted extensively, (as "mozartradweg"), I would not want to rely on the maps and directions provided. I paid the thirty euros for the Read more… GPS tracks for the Komoot app (which easily transferred to my Garmin). I would really highly recommend this, and Komoot app turned out to be great. I chose early May with the intent of experiencing the Alpine meadows and chestnut trees in full bloom. And while they were, there was near constant rain, and even one day that it snowed. I was lucky I had packed thermal gear, but even so, the weather wore me down and I cheated and took the train the last day (which was easy to do, and the bike was free). I would go later in the Springtime or in the summer were I to do it again.

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