Maria Alm/Steinernes Meer Mountain Range, Zell am See, Austria. Photo courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office

Burghausen, Altötting, along the Salzach River in Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Allie_Caulfield

Tauern Bike Path

Austria Bike Tours

Bike the foothills of the Austrian Alps to Salzburg and beyond

  • With the snowy peaks of the Hohe Tauern Mountains serving as a constant panorama, this bicycle tour in Austria begins in Krimml, where the famous Krimml Waterfalls cascade over 1200 ft. in three stages to the valley below.

    The "Tauernradweg" or Tauern Bike Path stretches over 300 kilometers along the largest rivers in the country, to Salzburg and further on to Passau.

    This is one of Austria's most beautiful regions. Soaring panoramas enthrall! Come and cycle the paths that meander the Salzach and Saalach Rivers at the foothills of the Austrian alps.

    Highlights:

    • Krimmler Waterfalls
    • Lovely cycling in the flat valley of the Salzach and Inn
    • Werfen, historic market town, and famous for scenes of The Sound of Music
    • Hohenwerfen Castel
    • Hallein
    • Salzburg, city of culture and music
    • Passau, three river city

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  • 8 Day Tour

    Level of accommodationsSeason 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 544 $ 1,131 635 $ 965 NOK 6033 kr 5568 $ 724 £ 574 $ 1,193 670 $ 1018 NOK 6365 kr 5875 $ 764 £ 596 $ 1,238 695 $ 1056 NOK 6603 kr 6095 $ 792
    Single £ 669 $ 1,389 780 $ 1186 NOK 7410 kr 6840 $ 889 £ 699 $ 1,452 815 $ 1239 NOK 7743 kr 7147 $ 929 £ 720 $ 1,496 840 $ 1277 NOK 7980 kr 7366 $ 958
    Dinners included £ 120 $ 249 140 $ 213 NOK 1330 kr 1228 $ 160 £ 120 $ 249 140 $ 213 NOK 1330 kr 1228 $ 160 £ 120 $ 249 140 $ 213 NOK 1330 kr 1228 $ 160
    4 * £ 630 $ 1,309 735 $ 1117 NOK 6983 kr 6445 $ 838 £ 673 $ 1,398 785 $ 1193 NOK 7458 kr 6884 $ 895 £ 707 $ 1,470 825 $ 1254 NOK 7838 kr 7235 $ 941
    Single £ 814 $ 1,692 950 $ 1444 NOK 9025 kr 8331 $ 1,083 £ 857 $ 1,781 1000 $ 1520 NOK 9500 kr 8769 $ 1,140 £ 891 $ 1,853 1040 $ 1581 NOK 9880 kr 9120 $ 1,186
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    7 Day Tour

     Season 1Season 2Season 3
    3 * £ 484 $ 1,006 565 $ 859 NOK 5368 kr 4955 $ 644 £ 519 $ 1,078 605 $ 920 NOK 5748 kr 5305 $ 690 £ 536 $ 1,113 625 $ 950 NOK 5938 kr 5481 $ 713
    Single £ 604 $ 1,256 705 $ 1072 NOK 6698 kr 6182 $ 804 £ 639 $ 1,327 745 $ 1132 NOK 7078 kr 6533 $ 849 £ 656 $ 1,363 765 $ 1163 NOK 7268 kr 6708 $ 872
    Dinners included £ 105 $ 219 123 $ 187 NOK 1169 kr 1079 $ 140 £ 105 $ 219 123 $ 187 NOK 1169 kr 1079 $ 140 £ 105 $ 219 123 $ 187 NOK 1169 kr 1079 $ 140
    4 * £ 566 $ 1,176 660 $ 1003 NOK 6270 kr 5788 $ 752 £ 600 $ 1,247 700 $ 1064 NOK 6650 kr 6138 $ 798 £ 634 $ 1,318 740 $ 1125 NOK 7030 kr 6489 $ 844
    Single £ 720 $ 1,496 840 $ 1277 NOK 7980 kr 7366 $ 958 £ 754 $ 1,568 880 $ 1338 NOK 8360 kr 7717 $ 1,003 £ 789 $ 1,639 920 $ 1398 NOK 8740 kr 8068 $ 1,049
    Dinners includedn/an/an/a

    Season 1: May 4 to May 10 
    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 nightsKrimmlKrimml
    7/1 - 8/31
    Salzburg

    Salzburg
    7/14 - 9/3

    Passau
    3 * £ 41 $ 86 48 $ 73 NOK 456 kr 421 $ 55 £ 50 $ 103 58 $ 88 NOK 551 kr 509 $ 66 £ 51 $ 107 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 £ 62 $ 128 72 $ 109 NOK 684 kr 631 $ 82 £ 43 $ 89 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57
    Single £ 53 $ 110 62 $ 94 NOK 589 kr 544 $ 71 £ 62 $ 128 72 $ 109 NOK 684 kr 631 $ 82 £ 69 $ 144 81 $ 123 NOK 770 kr 710 $ 92 £ 84 $ 175 98 $ 149 NOK 931 kr 859 $ 112 £ 57 $ 118 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75
    4 * £ 55 $ 114 64 $ 97 NOK 608 kr 561 $ 73 £ 63 $ 132 74 $ 112 NOK 703 kr 649 $ 84 £ 62 $ 128 72 $ 109 NOK 684 kr 631 $ 82 £ 77 $ 160 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 £ 54 $ 112 63 $ 96 NOK 599 kr 552 $ 72
    Single £ 69 $ 144 81 $ 123 NOK 770 kr 710 $ 92 £ 79 $ 164 92 $ 140 NOK 874 kr 807 $ 105 £ 89 $ 185 104 $ 158 NOK 988 kr 912 $ 119 £ 111 $ 232 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148 £ 71 $ 148 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95

    Extra nights possible in each overnight town. Please ask for pricing.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Salzburg.

    Local Travel

    Train transfer to Krimml from Salzburg. Travel time is approximately 3 hrs and 20 min.

    Climate

    The average high in °F in Salzburg is approx. 66° in May, 71° June, 74° Jul, 73° Aug, 68° Sept & 57° Oct.

    Recommended

    Book an extra night in Salzburg and/or Krimml/Wald to thoroughly explore and enjoy this unique tour


Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided hotel tour with average daily distances of about 35 miles over bike paths, country lanes and quiet side roads. Landscape is mainly flat since the Tauern bike path follows the course of the Salzach River but you will encounter slightly hilly terrain with an incline of approx. 750 m from Krimml to Passau. Some long gradients are unavoidable.

Where You’ll Stay

For this tour, two levels of accommodations are offered, the comfort level is a 3 star option. The deluxe level is 4 star option with one 3 star superior hotel in Burghausen.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations in booked category
  • Breakfasts
  • NuVinci internal gear shift hub unisex free wheel bike with two pannier bags, odometer, air pump, repair kit and lock
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hot line
  • Admission to Krimmler waterfalls

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Additional nights available in Krimml, Passau and Salzburg, if desired.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From565 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 

Daily from May 4 to October 13, 2019

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

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tauern Bike Path Map

8 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Krimml
Day 2: Krimml – Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See, 33 - 40 mi. (53 - 65 km)
Day 3: Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See –Lofer, 28 - 36 mi. (46 - 58 km)
Day 4: Lofer – Salzburg, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 5: Salzburg – Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 6:  Burghausen – Bad Füssing/surroundings, 31 mi. (49 km) 
Day 7: Bad Füssing - Schärding or Passau, 16 or 27 mi. (25 or 43 km)
Day 8: Departure from either Schärding or Passau

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Krimml
Arrival into one of these villages. Recommended is a visit to the Krimmler waterfalls which is included in the tour price. If you want to explore the waterfalls closer, it is advised to spend an extra night.

DAY 2: Krimml – Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See, 33 - 40 mi. (53 - 65 km)
Today’s tour will cycle through the Rosental to Neukirchen, where you can visit a little museum named the ‘Kammerlanderstall’. Following on in the direction of the Habachtal (famous for its emerald mines), you’ll reach the quaint villages of Bramberg and Mittersill, also well-known for their country-style museums. During the afternoon, you’ll come by the Europe-Sport-Region Kaprun/Zell am See with the famous power plants lying in the Kaprun valley.

DAY 3: Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell am See – Lofer, 28 - 36 mi. (46 - 58 km)
Leaving the upper Salzachtal Valley you follow the very natural river course of the Saalach. The cycle path leads you through the broad valley basin from Saalfelden and the famour place of pilgrimage Maria Alm torwards Lofer. 

DAY 4: Lofer – Salzburg, 30 mi. (49 km)
In Unken, cycling along the Saalach break, the "Stone sea", an impressive way that became the Eldorado for Rafters. Always follow the shore until you reach the small german corner, with the health resort Bad Reichenhall and the broad lowland of the Salzburger basin. From Saalachauen to the Mozart town of Salzburg. 

*An extra night can be booked in Salzburg, giving you an entire day in this lovely city. See pricing.

Day 5: Salzburg – Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Following the course of the Salzach River, crossing fields and meadows along the way, you will soon find yourself in Oberndorf. It was here in 1818 where the famous Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” was performed for the first time. The little “Holy Night Chapel” still gives evidence of this memorial event. Continuing, you’ll come to Burghausen, where you can marvel at its imposing castle and also lay eyes on Europe’s longest fortress.

DAY 6: Burghausen – Bad Füssing/surroundings, 31 mi. (49 km) 
From Burghausen you reach the Inn-Salzach-Mouth, a unique landscape. Your reach the border town Braunau, a wonderful old town, which encourages visitors to linger. Directly after Braunau there is the European reserve, a bird- and nature protected area at the Inn. The cycle path leads you directly to your day's destination, the famous health resort Bad Füssing. Overnight stay maybe also in Obernberg or surroundings.

DAY 7: Bad Füssing - Schärding or Passau, 16 or 27 mi. (25 or 43 km)
Shortly after Bad Füssing there is the worth seeing Reichersberg Abbey. The journey continues along the Inn to the beautiful baroque town Schärding. You have the choice: either you spend your last night in Schärding or you cycle further to the 3-river-town Passau. Please indicate your overnight wish at your booking! If you don’t mention your preference, we will automatically book Schärding for you

Day 8Departure from either Schärding or Passau

Extra nights can be booked at any stage!

 

7 Day Option
 

Day 1: Krimml
Day 2: Piesendorf/Kaprun/Zell, 33 - 40 mi. (53 to 65 km)
Day 3: Lofer, 28 - 36 mi. (46 to 58 km)
Day 4: Salzburg, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 5: Burghausen, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 6: Schärding 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 7: Departure 

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    • Ron Zauski 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Fantastic! We road the Aare two years ago and it was great. We sought something a bit more challenging and selected this ride. We stayed in lots of small towns, biked on beautiful trails, and saw scenery just as exquisite as is shown on this site. Salzburg was outstanding. We had only one stretch of riding on a road with traffic; otherwise, it was serene.

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