|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||25 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: May 3 - Oct 5, 2014|
|Start city:||Salzburg, Austria|
|End city:||Salzburg, Austria|
The Salzburg Lake District (Salzkammergut) is one of the most charming regions in Austria: blue lakes, high mountains, green meadows and forests—a storybook landscape. It’s also known as both a cycling and hiking paradise.
Trails are well-marked and well-maintained (some are rail-trails). The terrain is quite varied—from flat lakeside trails to hilly meadows to outright mountains. One area is peat moors and feels almost like Ireland. The region is filled with gorges, waterfalls and other natural wonders, but it’s also filled with culture and history—quaint villages, medieval towns and imperial villas (this is where the Austrian emperors spent their summers).
You’ll spend your seven nights in the Lake District in just three hotels (or just one or two hotels are possible). On most days, you’ll make day excursions and have options for both bicycling and hiking. On some days, you can go part of the way by ship or historic railway.
With this tour, you can be in 1, 2 or 3 hotels for the entire week, and the daily programs are planned based on your preferences. Your itinerary is set up in advance, but upon arrival at the start hotel in Unterach, you will meet with a tour company representative, who will describe the many routes and activities that are available and get a better idea of what you’d like to do relative to distances, level of difficulty, sightseeing interests, etc. He will then make recommendations for the week, and you can even make changes during the week. Although the tour is self-guided, van support is available for transfers and shuttles.
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This is a typical program and can vary based on your preferences.
Day 1: Unterach
Land at Mozart Airport in Salzburg and transfer by van (about 30 minutes) to Unterach in the Salzburg Lake District.
You'll spend your first four nights based at the Hotel zum Anker in Unterach, a village on the Attersee, Austria's largest lake. It's a narrow lake about 13 miles long with a shoreline of 29 miles with azure water plied by steamships that leave from a dock by our hotel. What's most stunning perhaps is the view from Unterach straight south to the Höllengebirge (Hell Mountains), which turn red during sunrise and sunset. To the north, the Alps start with green, rolling foothills that surround dozens of lakes.
From here, you can make day excursions (hiking and/or biking) to some of the region's scenic and cultural highlights. Or just stay in Unterach and explore the village or relax on the hotel's private beach. Sailing, SCUBA diving, windsurfing, parasailing and golf are also available.
You’ll be welcomed with a special Austrian dinner by the staffs of the Hotel zum Anker and Donauradfreunde (Danube Bike Friends) Bike Tours. Dinner will be followed by an orientation of the different tours and options available through the week, as the exact program will depend on weather and your preferences.
Overnight in Unterach.
Day 2: Unterach
You ride along the Attersee to the Mondsee (“Moon Lake”) and follow the southern shore. On your first day of riding, the scenery is stunning as your route takes us past lofty mountains and crystal lakes and through lush, emerald forests.
In St. Lorenz, you tour the early eighteenth-century Filial Church with its marble altars and wooden carvings. You might wish to climb up the Dragon's Wall, a mountain cliff with a giant hole. According to legend, a dragon lived in the wall and fell in love with the a beautiful young maiden from the village. When the dragon tried to steal her away, she was heavier than he thought, and the two fell from the sky and crashed into the wall, leaving the hole. The legend probably lost some romance in the translation.In the town of Mondsee, you stop to look at the baroque castle before heading to the northern shore and back to Unterach.
Overnight in Unterach.
Day 3: Unterach
In the morning, you take your bikes aboard ship at the dock in front of your hotel and take a scenic cruise down the Attersee to Weyregg, a small village with about 1,500 inhabitants. Tourism had its birth in Weyregg almost 2,000 years ago, when wealthy Romans came to take advantage of its perpetually sunny location. Some of their villas were uncovered recently. Today, there are more modern villas (along with 17th-century homes and farmhouses), but you can see mosaics from Roman times on display in a local school.After a look around town, you ride into a nearby valley and stop for lunch at a small vineyard. You return by bike along the lake to Unterach.
In the afternoon, you can leave from your hotel for a short hike near Unterach. If you want a more challenging day-hike rather than cycle today, there's a popular trail along the Attersee that covers 22 miles and takes a full day to cover.
Overnight in Unterach.
Day 4: Unterach
It's waterfall day! You start the day with a three-hour hike into the Burggrabenklamm Canyon with its 60-foot waterfall that plunges into a natural pool. You return to Unterach for your bikes and continue with a 12-mile bike ride into the Weissenbach Valley, topped off with a 45-minute hike to the 150-foot-high Nixenfall cascades. A bicycle tour elsewhere in the region can be scheduled instead.
Overnight in Unterach.
Day 5: Unterach-Altmünster
Your next overnight is in Altmünster, a picturesque village on Traunsee Lake. Your ride there takes you along the lakefront and through a nature reserve with waterfalls pouring over towering cliffs. When you reach Gmunden, the former “Imperial City of Salt”—with its rich history, lively lakefront and Italian flair—you stop to see how traditional ceramics and pottery are made (or enjoy a few hours in a famous spa). You continue along the shores of the idyllic Traunsee to the village of Altmünster, a cozy town snug between the lake and alpine foothills, where you'll relax and spend the night.
Overnight in Altmünster.
Day 6: Altmünster-Bad Goisern
You travel first by boat from Altmünster along the Traunsee to the village of Ebensee, in the heart of one of Austria's most popular hiking areas. One easy route follows a marked hiking path past waterfalls to the Gasslhöhle, a stalactite cave. Another option gives you a head start with a cable car to the Feuerkogel plateau with its panorama of the village, the lake and the Totesgebirge Mountains.
You continue along the Traun River to Bad Ischl, a charming spa town that was the summer home of the Hapsburg emperors. The town lies on a peninsula formed by two rivers and the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang).It's a truly magnificent resort that still shows signs of its wealthy history—not least of all in the Kaiservilla, the former imperial residence. Much of the town is beautifully preserved in the style of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
Hikers can head from the lakefront to the top of the Katrinalm, a 4,500-foot summit with a view to the Dachstein range, the Traunsee and to Hallstatt Lake (which we'll visit the next day). Hikers can either start at the Traun River in Bad Ischl and climb to the Katrinalm or get a head-start by cable car. A flat path leads from the cable car summit station through a nature reserve. You spend the next two nights in nearby Bad Goisern, a hillside village overlooking the Traun Valley.
Overnight in Bad Goisern.
Day 7: Bad Goisern
You travel with your bikes by train toward the medieval market town of Bad Aussee, which gets you past the worst of the elevation for a bike tour around three small lakes hidden in the mountains. You first reach the Grundlsee, an idyllic lake at the foot of the Totesgebirge Mountains in the heart of green forest. Just two tiny villages lie along its 4-mile length. From the smaller village, Gössl, you can start a two-hour hike to the remote Toplitzsee and Kammersee lakes.
You return to Bad Goisern with an extended stop in the village of Hallstatt, perhaps one of the most picturesque places in the region, if not all of Austria. The medieval town, which has the rare distinction of being designated by UNESCO as both a World Cultural Heritage Site and World Nature Site, lies on a spit of land jutting into the lake from the base of the Dachstein Mountains. Houses crowd onto the land and up steep hillside. The parish church is famous both for its sixteenth-century altar and for its charnel house with painted skulls.
Overnight in Bad Goisern.
Day 8: Bad Goisern-(Salzburg)
During the morning, you’ll hike and take the cable car to the Dachsteiner Eishöhle, one of the largest ice caves in the world (almost as big as Werfen). You continue your hike along the southern side of of Hallstatt Lake.
In the afternoon, you transfer to Salzburg for departure or extra nights.
Daily: May 3 - Oct 5, 2014
|Low season:||May 3-May 12; Sep 23-Oct 5, 2014|
|Shoulder season:||May 13-Jun 27; Sep 1-Sep 22, 2014|
|High season:||Jun 28-Aug 31, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Days 1-4: Seehotel Goldener Anker, Unterach
Day 5: Reibersdorfer, Altmünster
Our country hotel is situated on Castle Park Ebenzweier, 200 meters from Lake Traunsee, near to the town center, surrounded by green meadows and trees and a pond habitat.
Days 6 and 7: Moserwirt Bad Goisern, Bad Goisern
You can choose to upgrade your rooms to include a balcony and sea view for the first 4 tour nights. The cost is €20 per person. Please add this to the comments section of your booking form.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please make sure it will be compatible with a 27.2 to 31.4 mm seat post. If necessary, you may also need to bring your own adapter. The tour company will assist in switching the seat post for you.
Helmets are NOT included with the bike rentals. You can buy a helmet (not rent) from the tour company for 30 Euros. It will be a high quality, brand new helmet. You must let us know your helmet preference upon booking. If you do not buy a helmet through the tour company, we recommend you bring your own.
Additional specifications on the Hybrid touring bikes:
Additional specifications on the Electrically assisted bikes:
A Pedelec is an electrically assisted bike which assists you only when pedaling. You can turn the motor on/off, and also increase the amount of assistance you would like depending on the terrain. The motor is fixed in the bottom bracket of the bike, right in front of the rear tire, and can assist you up to a speed of 15 miles/hour (25 km/hr). The supply of energy comes from a removable battery, which can last for up to 50 miles (80 kms). An additional battery is provided too, just to make sure that you always have power (you can charge batteries each night at the hotels). The weight of the e-bike is approximately 50 pounds (23 kgs). It has an illuminated LCD display, cycle computer, and wattage display.
The tour mostly follows dedicated bike paths (about 75% of the time) and is on quiet roads for the remainder of the tour. The terrain is flat with occasional hills.
"Generally very happy with the tour. In particular we appreciated the support provided by BikeToursDirect in customising the tour to suit our needs. All our requests were taken on board and fulfilled.
"The bikes were great – very comfortable, easy to adjust and well-maintained. All other necessary equipment was provided (bike locks, repair equipment, etc. – fortunately we didn’t need to use the latter!)
"The routes covered a very good cross-section of the beautiful Salzkammergut. At our request this was happily adjusted to include Wolfgangsee. We were very happy with this variation and would recommend it for other cyclists who like a leisurely pace. At St. Wolfgang we avoided the huge queues (even out of season) waiting to travel up to the famous Schafberg (as suggested) and instead took the ferry back to St. Gilgen, where we had immediate access via the Zwoelferhorn cable car to equally spectacular views. This option could be suggested to other cyclists who don’t want to waste their precious hours in queues.
"Even for not so skilled cyclists (like myself) the daily limits were easily achievable and still allowed time for snapping the magic scenery along the way.
"Transfers were well organised to avoid very steep climbs or descents, or shorten the overall number of riding hours for elderly cyclists such as us. This was much appreciated and always very friendly. Transfers were also flexible enough to accommodate our needs.
"We are both happy to recommend the trip to others and have already done so. Many thanks for your assistance."
Mangerton NSW, Australia
"We're back and we had a wonderful time. On the whole, the trip was two thumbs-up. My wife and I are in our late 60s and the "home base-biking/hiking" concept worked perfectly for us. The flexibility of the concept, along with the special attention provided by the tour company’s Michael Loetsch, was the key to a successful tour. He was outstanding. He "sized us up" perfectly and tailored our activities to our every need.
"In short, we give the tour an "excellent" overall rating. Our experience indicates the "day to day flexibility" in implementing the tour was a key element. It's a great concept and at a fair price. Good luck in the future."
- George G.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport and train station: Salzburg (SZG)
Please note transfers to and from the airport are included.
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Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
For 20 years, Radreisefreunde has offered bike tours throughout the world, and are a very experienced company. They try to act flexible, as they offer individual service for each and every client. The quality of their journeys and satisfaction of their clients is the most important aspect to their company. Throughout their 20 years of business, their excellent service and quality has contributed to many clients returning on multiple tours.
Radreisefreunde would be pleased to welcome you on their tours!
Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The customer can withdraw from the agreement at any time. We suggest declaring the withdrawal in writing. In case of withdrawal or non-participation without a previous withdrawal declaration we are authorized to charge the following cancellation fees:
- Up to the 28th day before the beginning of the journey: 10%, at least € 50,
- From the 27th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the travel price
- From the 7th to the 1st day before the beginning of the journey: 80 % of the travel price
- On the arrival day and non-participation: 100% of the travel price
In each case a cancellation insurance is recommendable.
2. Every registered trip participant can let a third party take his place, if we are informed up to three days before the beginning of the journey. Radreisefreunde can oppose the participation of a third party because of important reasons. The following withdrawal conditions are effective in such a situation. If a third party takes the place of the registered participant, the original contract is not affected. We are authorized to charge € 50,-- for the change in booking.
3. Changes with regard to number of participants, number or type of rooms, hotel category or catering are basically possible up to 14 days before the beginning of the journey. However, we will have to charge you an alternation fee for the arising expenses. We will charge € 50,-- for each change in booking.
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2. The trip price is based on one person in a double room. A single room can be booked - if available - for an extra charge. In some hotels, however, the number of available single rooms is limited, so that you might have to do at a pinch with a little bit simpler accommodation or be possibly accommodated in another hotel or private guest house. If, by way of exception, a single room cannot be made available, you will have to share a double room with one of the other participants. In such a case, of course, the extra price you have been charge will be proportionately refunded.
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2. Participation in a bike tour is at one's own risk. Minors can participate in a trip only in the company of a legal guardian.
3. Participants are responsible for their personal health being up to the demands of the journeys.
4. Participants are also responsible for the compliance with the traffic regulations.
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6. We cannot be made liable if a planned sightseeing tour cannot be made, for whatever reasons (rebuilding, renovation etc.) that cannot be influenced by us.
7. Should any disadvantages occur that have been caused by one of our chosen service carriers or us only, neither wilfully nor gross negligently, our liability - out of whichever legal argument - is limited to the triple amount of the tour price.
8. Should a tour be cancelled for reasons that we cannot influence (strike, natural disaster and the like) or should less than 8 persons participate in a guided tour - if there is no other minimum number of participants indicated in the corresponding tour description - we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 25 days before the planned beginning of the tour. In this case you will be informed as soon as possible and receive your money back immediately. There are no other legitimate claims.
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2. Reduction of the travel price After his return the customer can claim a reduction of the travel price for the duration of the tour that has not proceeded according to the contract until legal redress has been provided through Radreisefreunde. Legal redress will not be provided if the traveler intentionally refrained to indicate the shortcomings to the offices named in VI.1. on time to make the legal redress for these possible.
3. Any claims that might arise should be asserted up to one month latest after the contractually intended termination of the tour.
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In the event of insolvency the tour packages organised by Radreisefreunde are insured by a bank guarantee. This insurance is valid for services paid, but not rendered and for eventual costs of clients return to home base.
In the event of insolvency all claims above and beyond the bank guarantee have to reach the handling agent within 8 weeks of insolvency date.
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2. The customer can sue Radreisefreunde only at its headquarters.
3. The customer's place of residence is decisive for the tour operator's suits against the customer, unless the suit is directed against entrepreneurs or persons that do not have a general legal domicile in Austria. In this case the tour operator's place of headquarters is decisive.