4.6/5 (16)
7 nights | 32 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1049
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours
4.6/5 (16)

7 nights | 32 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1049

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours

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  • Tauern Bike Path

    7 night self guided bike tour in Austria and Germany

    This route is named after a breathtaking mountain range. But you don't have to worry: You cycle through the valleys along the rivers “Salzach” and “Saalach.” The trail is mostly flat. The bike path has a decline of 750m from your starting point Krimml to the destination Passau. Every day you will see a few scenic highlights of landscape and culture like our snow-covered mountains with a height of 3,000 meters.

    You will be impressed by this magical landscape. Your cultural expectations will absolutely be satisfied. Riparian forests, small villages and the Inn River characterize the second part to the three-river city of Passau. The magnificent and breath-taking bike trip will make you forget the daily routine of your everyday life. Recovery effect is promised.

    Highlights

    • One of Europe's most popular touring routes
    • The highest waterfalls of Europe in Krimml
    • Bike tour along the foothills of majestic mountains and the rivers Salzach and Saalach
    • Mozart's birth place Salzburg
    • Numerous cultural sights and monuments

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  • Traveler photos

    • Zell am See (photo by DotK)
    • A house in Lofer near our hotel (photo by DotK)
    • A Burghausen Castle courtyard (photo by DotK)
    • View of Passau from Veste Oberhaus (photo by DotK)
    • Photo 1 (photo by SWTA)
    • Photo 2 (photo by SWTA)
    • Photo 3 (photo by SWTA)
    • Photo 4 (photo by SWTA)
    • Burghausen, Germany (photo by Jim G)
    • Burghausen town square. (photo by Jim G)
    • Special Friends. (photo by Jim G)
    • Starting another beautiful day. (photo by Jim G)
    • Salzach River/ Magnificent ride. (photo by Jim G)
    • Salzburg, Austria (photo by Jim G)
    • Lake Zell am See (photo by BobD)
    • One of the many castles outside of Salzburg (photo by BobD)
    • Photo 3 (photo by BobD)
    • The Von Trapp home in Salzburg (photo by BobD)
    • Krimml Waterfall (photo by Jim G)
    • Krimml, Austria (photo by Jim G)
    • New friends (photo by Jim G)
    • Photo 4 (photo by Jim G)
    • Photo 5 (photo by Jim G)
    • Burghausen, Germany (photo by Jim G)
    • Photo 1 (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
    • Krimml waterfalls (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
    • The Schmittenhöhe (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
    • Cow crossing (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
    • Zell am See Lake (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
    • Austrian Alps (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Krimml
    In Krimml you find the largest waterfall in Europe. On a well-designed trail you can admire this natural spectacle. Your bikes will be available at the booked accommodation.
    Overnight in Krimml

    Day 2: Krimml – Zell am See (37 miles/60 km)
    Your tour goes through the National Park Hohe Tauern and Oberpinzgau, where you will constantly see snow-covered mountains with an altitude of 3,000 metres. On this trail you will have a fabulous backdrop of lush green meadows and small villages. In Kaprun you can visit the high-mountain reservoir, Hochgebirgsstauseen.
    Overnight in Zell am See

    Day 3: Zell am See – Lofer (31 miles/50 km)
    At "Zeller See" (Lake Zeller) you can take a refreshing bath or, if you are a very active cyclist, you can cycle an extra round. You will cycle through Maria Alm with its famous pilgrimage church. On the lunch break you can enjoy Saalfelden. Other highlights on your way to Lofer are the Seisenbergklamm and Lamprechtshöhe near Weißenbach.
    Overnight in Lofer.

    Day 4: Lofer – Salzburg (31 miles/50 km)
    Today will lead you mostly through the Saalachtal. Bad Reichenhall in the "small German angle" will enchant you with Bavarian flair. After a short distance, you will have reached Salzburg, the city of Mozart. You should allow yourself enough extra time for a stroll through the city and a visit to Mozart´s birth house.
    Overnight in Salzburg

    Day 5: Salzburg – Burghausen (37 miles/60 km)
    You will leave Salzburg and its Alps. On this route you are cycling through the foothills of the Alps. The "Tauern" ends in Tittmoning and from here you have to follow the trail along the Lower Inn before you will reach your destination Burghausen. It is a magnificent old town and has the largest castle complex in Central Europe.
    Overnight in Burghausen

    Day 6: Burghausen – Obernberg am Inn/Bad Füssing (31 miles/50 km)
    Today you cycle along the river Inn up to Braunau. This town is perfect for taking a lunch break. On your way you will likely see numerous bird colonies. From here you can follow the bike path on the Bavarian or Austrian side. Your destination Obernberg has a well-known marketplace with Baroque buildings.
    Overnight in Obernberg am Inn

    Day 7: Obernberg am Inn/Bad Füssing – Passau (27 miles/40 km)
    You will soon reach Stift Reichersberg, which is worth a visit. On your route along the Inn River you will cycle through small towns like Schärding. At its Baroque market square you can take a break. Not far and you will have reached the final destination of this beautiful bike trip: Passau. The three-river city has much to offer. In the cathedral of Passau you will see the largest church organ in the world. A river-cruise would certainly be a grand finale of this wonderful bike ride.
    Overnight in Passau

    Day 8: Depart
    Depart after breakfast or extend your trip with additional nights to fully discover Passau.

    Surface and terrain

    The bicycle route runs mostly flat along the banks of the Salzach and Inn Rivers. The route leads through quiet and paved paths and country roads and is continuously signposted in utmost detail. Only occasionally you will be on more traveled routes, often where you are entering or leaving a town. A few short stages will be on unpaved paths, but they are few and far between. Occasionally the terrain with undulate but overall there is a total loss of 750 meters from Krimml to Passau.

    The tour route is mainly on dedicated bicycle paths (about 80% of the time). The remainder of the tour is on quiet roads and dirt or gravel roads. This tour is suitable for families with children.


    Stories


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    4-star deluxe hotels:

    Hotel Krimmlerfälle
    www.krimmlerfaelle.at

    Hotel Tirolerhof, Zell am See
    www.tirolerhof.co.at

    Hotel-Gasthof Bad Hochmoos, Lofer
    www.hochmoos.at

    Hotel & Villa Auersperg, Salzburg
    www.auersperg.at

    Hotel Glöcklhofer, Burghausen
    www.hotel-gloecklhofer.de

    Ortner's Lindenhof Hotel, Bad Fussing
    www.ortners-lindenhof.de

    Hotel Residenz, Passau
    www.residenz-passau.de

    Please note if visitors tax is due, it is not included in the tour cost.

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Innsbruck (INN)
    Nearest train station: Krimml

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Munich (MUC)
    Nearest train station: Passau

    Private transfers from Salzburg to Passau for tour start are available for groups of 6 or more upon request. A public parking garage in Passau is available for €5 per day (walking distance from the start hotels).

    Return transfer from Passau to Krimml is available at the end of your tour for €58 per person. Transfer is scheduled for 2:00pm.

    Please inquire about tranfer requests at the time of booking.

    Tips for getting to and from your tour

  • Dates

    Daily: Apr 23-Oct 8, 2022

    Low season: Apr 23, 2022 - May 05, 2022, Sep 26, 2022 - Oct 08, 2022

    Shoulder season: May 06, 2022 - Jun 16, 2022, Sep 05, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

    High season: Jun 17, 2022 - Sep 04, 2022

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy € 1049
    Shoulder season surcharge € 100
    High season surcharge € 150
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 299
    Optional dinner package € 199

    Bike Rentals

    Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame € 89
    Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame € 89
    Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed, upgrade € 139
    Electrically assisted bike € 199

    Extra Nights, Krimml

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 119
    Per person, double occupancy € 99

    Extra Nights, Passau

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 119
    Per person, double occupancy € 79

    Extra Nights, Salzburg

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 229
    Per person, double occupancy € 139

    Extra Nights, Zell am See

    Per person, double occupancy € 149
    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 189

    Discounts

    Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price) 100%
    Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price) 50%
    Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price) 25%
    Child, ages 15 -17 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price) 10%

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation (all rooms with private bath/shower and toilet)
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
    • Well planned route guidance; detailed travel documents
    • 7-day service hotline in case of problems or questions
    • Rental bike insurance
    • Entrance to Krimml waterfalls
    • If half-board is booked: 7 3-course dinners

    Please note if visitors tax is due, it is not included in the tour cost.


    Bike rentals

    Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed, unisex
    • Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed, men's frames, crossbar
    • Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed, upgrade
    • Electrically assisted bike, Pedelec, unisex*
    • Tandem bikes are available (upon request only)

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Saddlebag (water-repellent), rear
    • Handlebar bag (water-repellent), with clear cover on top for easy map viewing
    • Tools
    • Repair kit (with extra bicycle tube)
    • Pump
    • Combination lock

    Pedals:
    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.

    Seats:
    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:
    Helmets are not included with the bike rentals. You can buy a helmet (not rent) from the tour company for €40. 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.

    Specifications on hybrid touring bikes

    • Modern, high-resistant aluminum frame
    • V-brakes
    • Aluminium-rims
    • Reliable tires, which ensure high duration
    • Shimano Alivio derailleur on 21-speed
    • Selle Royal Saddles

    *Posture for 21-speed hybrid bikes will be upright for comfort

    Upgraded components on 27-speed hybrid bikes

    • Hydraulic Magura HS 11 brakes
    • Shimano Deore XT derailleur on 27-speed
    • High-quality Suntour suspension fork

    *Posture for 27-speed upgraded hybrid bikes will be upright and forward


    Tour Company

  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    • DotK September 17, 2019

      Wonderful views and terrific overnight stops

      This is the second self-guided tour that we've cycled with Bike Tours. So glad we chose it. the preparation and advice were so valuable. It's great to be able to focus on the fun of cycling while the arrangements for hotels and luggage are taken care of.
      We stayed over in Salzburg on our way to Krimml to break up the train journey from Munich and that worked out really well, giving us a chance to see the highlights of Salzburg before taking the 3 hour train to Krimml the next day. The BikeLine map book that accompanied the tour was very easy to follow and the Tauern route very well marked, staying in the river valley though with a few hills to challenge us (we did walk up a few). The bicycles were very comfortable. We did notice that e-bikes have become very popular with both urban and touring cyclists along the route.
      The views of the Alpine foothills were amazing as we cycled along the valley from Krimml. Our ride into Zell am See was charming, and the hotel very welcoming and helpful. We had a wonderful time walking around the pedestrian district along the lake. Each day's ride gave us ample time to explore interesting towns along the path and still arrive at our destination mid to late afternoon.
      Once we left Salzburg the river became broader and the route included more forests, hills, and farmland. Luckily when we arrived in Burghausen, we stopped and ate a late lunch at a cafe on the main street before tackling the steep hill to the hotel. The advantage was that the hotel was just outside the castle complex that overlooks the town. What a wonderful walk through the five castle courtyards in the late afternoon sun. Descriptions of the castle's history were positioned along the walk. Then it was on to Bad Fussing, with an indoor-outdoor thermal pools at our hotel. The spa town and the hotel were picturesque. We enjoyed cycling through the open countryside of Bad Fussing so decided to take a different route through farm villages instead of following the river to Scharding and on to Passau. I would recommend taking an extra day in Passau as well to visit the attractions of the city. We were pleased to have the time there before traveling back to Munich.
      We had a wonderful time!

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/18/2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Zell am See (photo by DotK)
      • A house in Lofer near our hotel (photo by DotK)
      • A Burghausen Castle courtyard (photo by DotK)
      • View of Passau from Veste Oberhaus (photo by DotK)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • SWTA August 26, 2019

      Great trip!

      We recently completed this bike trip. It was a really wonderful trip. Great biking, fantastic scenery and the hotels were really terrific- def better than we had expected. The first 3 days were in the mountains and very picturesque. The last 3 days were along the river and we rode through a lot of cornfields and frontage roads.

      We had no proper training beforehand and the days were reasonable - though we did walk our bikes up some of the steeper hills.

      We booked an extra day in Krimml which allowed us to better explore the waterfall (which is amazing). There wouldn't have been enough time to walk all the way to the top if we had not. It was real bonus that the hotel gave us free passes! We also took an extra day in Salzburg to explore. That was a really nice way to break up the biking.

      This is a really nice trip for active people and families with older kids. The bikes and other equipment that was provided was good. Though we found that people who booked directly with the operater - Eurobikes - were given GPSs. I don't remember that option - which would have helped because we missed a few turns along the way.

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/5-14/2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by SWTA)
      • Photo 2 (photo by SWTA)
      • Photo 3 (photo by SWTA)
      • Photo 4 (photo by SWTA)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Sydneysider August 1, 2019

      Everthing we were hoping for!

      The tour was well organised; well maintained bikes and detailed route information were provided when we arrived at the hotel, supplied with a handlebar and rear-wheel pannier. Tip: we did not know about the handlebar pannier beforehand which has a clear, waterproof cover that fits your provided map and directions. The bikes also have a trip computer so you can match the km's to the directions. The hotels were quality selections, many with character and we enjoyed our time in them. The movement of the bags was efficient and they pretty much always made their way to the new hotel before us, or as we arrived. We loved the route, mainly village roads, tracks through woods, farm roads, bike paths etc. with only occasional sections on bigger roads when needed. The first half of the trip is more spectacular than the second the second half points of interest are more subtle. One regret; we did not bring a European bird book as there was plenty of birds and wildlife on the trip to watch out for.

      What was the date of your tour?
      11 June 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      This is the first!
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Dorit July 13, 2019

      What was the date of your tour?
      28/6
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 2/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 1/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Lisa C July 8, 2019

      Beautiful tour through the Alps!

      We had an amazing trip along the Tauern bike path. We traveled as a family of four (10 and 8 year old children- the 8 year old on a tag along). The scenery was fantastic, and the stopover locations were great. The first three days were relatively easy, the last three were a bit more challenging for our ten year old to handle with the longer uphill sections. We ended up having to change out our daughters bike two times due to a mechanical issue with the derailleur and a flat tire, but the staff responded very quickly and appropriately. It would have been helpful to have a spare tube in the bike kit for the children's bike. We also had some issues getting extra paniers, but by the third day it was resolved. We were very impressed with the lodging. I would recommend an extra night in zell am see, the area was so beautiful. We also appreciated how the company was able to find appropriate lodging for a family of four. We woul highly recommend this tour, but be ready for a bit of work on the second half of the tour. But it was defiantly worth it! We also had a lot of difficulty finding three of our hotels, more specific directions to the exact lodging would have been helpful for the lodging that was not directly on or close to the bike path. Luckily we met helpful Germans along the way who helped us find our lodging!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Moody Group October 11, 2018

      Fun Experience

      The biking was a great experience based on something we have not done before. The bike route took us through the beautiful country side and charming communities of Austria and Germany. However, when the bicycles were delivered to our hotel in Salzburg no one from the bike company remained to provide assistance as we were lead to believe. Directions were not always clear so making decisions for the correct direction was sometimes difficult.
      Accommodations in Salzburg and Obernburg am Inn were quaint, cozy and delightful and the staff were very pleasant and accommodating. However the accommodations at a couple of the other hotels were not very favorable. The Elevators/Lifts to the rooms at Hotel Gloecklhofer Burghausen were not available in our section of the hotel and the staff did not offer assistance. The staff at Hotel Spitzburg in Passau were not not very helpful or friendly. They seemed disinterested,. Example: On our last day in Passau we asked for an early wake up call to catch an early morning train. This did not happen. Fortunately we had set our own alarm and woke up on time. Then when we went down to the lobby that morning it was dark and no one was around. The door back to the rooms locked behind us and the lobby door to the street was locked. Fortunately we somehow managed to get the door open and were able to leave to catch our 7:25 AM train.

      Our overall experience was good and we did have a great time with our friends.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Started in Salzburg on Sept 18th.
      How many tours have you completed?
      First one.
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Jim G September 16, 2018

      Going back in time.

      We have ridden many bike paths in Europe. The Tauren Bike Path to date is our favorite. Dedicated bike path makes the trip totally relaxing, riding through the valley from up in the Alps, through small towns and village’s, pastures, forests, along the Salzach River, etc. Very well maintained and safe path to ride.
      This was our second time riding the Tauren Path.
      Strongly advise spending extra days in Krimml, Salzburg, and Passau.
      Tour operator has done superior job with this tour.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August, 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      9
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Burghausen, Germany (photo by Jim G)
      • Burghausen town square. (photo by Jim G)
      • Special Friends. (photo by Jim G)
      • Starting another beautiful day. (photo by Jim G)
      • Salzach River/ Magnificent ride. (photo by Jim G)
      • Salzburg, Austria (photo by Jim G)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • BobD September 6, 2018

      Scout trip

      10 members of our Scout troop did this as our 'High Adventure' for the summer. We flew into (and out of) Munich and spent one day there to get over jetlag and then headed to Krimml. Upon arrival we checked in at the hotel and headed up to tour the waterfalls. A surprise benefit was a pass provided by the hotel to cover our entry costs. The bikes, locks, bike bags and maps were already there waiting for us.
      We only had one flat time and some gear issues but we were able to take the bikes to a shop in Zell am See where they were checked and corrected.
      Two of the hotels were on pedestrian zones, so plenty of cafes, ice cream shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk.
      The first three days, up to Salzburg, had the Alps as the back drop to a number of great pictures and the smaller alpine villages. The next three days were along the River Inn and more farm land, but the towns were a bit bigger with more things to see.
      The trail is very well marked and with the printed cue sheets and maps, when we got off the trail and into a town, it was easy to get back on track.
      All the hotels were excellent with friendly and helpful staff.
      There is some road riding but it was nice to note that the drivers would wait behind the bikes until safe to pass and then put as much space between the car and bikes as possible.
      There were a few steep hills but since we were in no hurry, we pushed the bikes up the hill and enjoyed the walk.
      The trail towards the end was more dirt path or older, cracked cement, so the ride was a bit bumpy.
      An excellent trip with many photos and memories.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 15th, 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      None
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Lake Zell am See (photo by BobD)
      • One of the many castles outside of Salzburg (photo by BobD)
      • Photo 3 (photo by BobD)
      • The Von Trapp home in Salzburg (photo by BobD)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • sunny17 December 20, 2017

      nice travel experience

      What was the date of your tour?
      sep 25 to oct 1 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Rick1 October 4, 2017

      A nice blend of mountain valleys and river cycling

      The first 3 days from Krimml to Lofer were terrific; the scenery spectacular and the hotels great, the directions and signage generally good. The signage into Salzburg was deficient with at least 1 key turn ("Morzg") not signed at all. The Hotel was a significant step down from the first 3.The directions to the Glockhofer in Burghausen and the signage was also totally deficient....it would have been better if the hotel was in the main square, rather than in an industrial/commercial part of town. The hotel was a business hotel which was totally out of character with everything else we saw and a real disappointment (though the staff in the hotel were great). Happily, the next stop in Obernburg, the Gasthof zur post was wonderful. Passau hotel was ok.
      Over all, we felt that the trip could easily have been done in 1 fewer day and would recommend that the written instructions be tailored to the exact Hotel being used.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 13-20
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Brittany October 5, 2017

        Thank you for your detailed review! I went with my mom and sis on this tour a couple of years ago and I agree that the scenery is spectacular. Regarding the hotels, it is noticeable when you arrive in a larger city that some hotels don't feel as quaint as the hotels in the smaller towns or villages. I think this is in part due to the busy nature of a larger city and the proximity of the hotels to more centralized pedestrian-friendly areas is more achievable in villages. We'll work with the tour operator on maintaining this quaint theme throughout the tour and we'll discuss the directions to/from each hotel. Thanks again!

      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Jim G September 29, 2017

      Beautiful scenery

      The scenery on this tour is magnificent!
      Including the largest waterfall in Europe, snow covered Alps mountain tops, lush green valleys, small towns and villages. We even encountered and made friends with some lovely cows.
      For "Sound of Music " fans , we recommend staying an extra day in Salzburg, and going on the Sound of Music bicycle tour. Very enjoyable and informative.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September, 2017
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Krimml Waterfall (photo by Jim G)
      • Krimml, Austria (photo by Jim G)
      • New friends (photo by Jim G)
      • Photo 4 (photo by Jim G)
      • Photo 5 (photo by Jim G)
      • Burghausen, Germany (photo by Jim G)
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson, Founder and president September 30, 2017

        Thanks for the great feedback and photos, Jim! I've done the Tauern Bike Path several times, and it remains one of my favorites. And I agree 100 percent with you about spending extra time in Salzburg--also one of my favorite cities.

      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Ziad Z August 18, 2017

      Amazing trip and service

      First, Brittany was OUTSTANDING - patient, cooperative (we had to change a few times with multiple requests from 9 cyclists), advisor, etc. Secondly, the trip was amazing .... scenery, fun, great food and snacks, hotels, Etc

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Pedals August 8, 2017

      Great and not so great

      Having just come off 2 weeks biking in France we had something to compare this trip with.
      The first 3 days or so were magic - lovely views, fantastic track surface and finally cool weather. The accommodation was great,especially after we were upgraded twice, and can be recommended.

      The bike gear was top class but my bike however was not. Euro Velo bike hires have to realise that the standard puffy commuter seat they supply are not comfortable for guys used to proper bike seats - enough said. Also on the second day when I went to use the smallest front chain ring it turned out that 2 of the mounting bolts were missing and it got wrecked so one third of my gears were gone. Managed to get this repaired after a couple of days but wasn't really satisfactory. This should not happen!

      The directions and maps hardly ever match up completely on these type of trips but we were certainly not happy to discover at the end of a long hot day that the instructions for the approach to Salzberg were in fact for someone coming from completely the opposite direction - a victim of cut and past to be sure, as was the odd paragraph still in Austrian, but this should have been edited properly. A shame as the general standard of the material presentation was of a high quality.

      Be aware if you want to do this trip that the last few days are along the stop bank beside the river and are boring - very little in the way of scenery and culture. Next time we will detour inland.

      Sorry but overall a 3 star effort.

      Warning - in case you may be considering a taxi ride from Innsbruck to Krimml to start your trip make sure that the driver is legitimate. Ours was a temporary fill in, had not driven out of town for 4 years and was a thoroughly unsafe driver. Much too fast and I suspect maybe on something. He almost ran off the road a number of times and clipped the inside kerb a couple of times . Haven't been so scared in our lives as passengers apart from jeep trips in Nepal and Pakistan. This should not happen in a first world country and if it had been practical solution we would have got out and walked!!

      What was the date of your tour?
      mid July 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson August 9, 2017

        We asked Hubert Simader of Radreisefreunde, manager of the tour operator, to respond:

        I´m sorry to read that these clients had a technical problem with the gears. I guess there was a problem during the transfer of the bikes on our trailer; otherwise, I have no explanation. We normally have excellent feedback concerning our rental bikes (including the saddles we use). Unfortunately, you didn´t contact us during their trip - otherwise, we would have managed to solve the problem immediately (e.g. change the bike or fix it locally). I´m very sorry for that.

        We normally update our tour descriptions at the end of each tour season, but my colleagues who are doing the travel documents will check the description for the hotel in Salzburg immediately. So far we haven´t heard from wrong directions.

        Relative to the scenery, the first part from Krimml to Salzburg has an outstanding panorama with fantastic views. The landscape after Salzburg changes, but I would not rate it as boring - it´s just different. And you still have some highlights along the way to Passau (e.g. the world's longest castle in Burghausen and the beautiful Baroque towns Obernberg and Schärding. For those who want to have the amazing views from the mountains all along their way, we have a tour that is entirely in the Alps. But as we know: Tastes are different.

        Besides these issues, I hope you enjoyed your cycle trip. Thanks for the constructive feedback, which allows us to improve quality for future clients.

        (Relative to the taxi transfers, we want to point out to other clients that we didn´t arrange a transfer for these clients - they booked it on own. Of course, all our drivers have long experience and safety is one of our most important points.)

      • 3/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 1/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • RaduC August 8, 2017

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Laird July 5, 2017

      Stunning scenery!

      This trip was so beautiful! Our start in Krimml was so scenic with a portion of the waterfall visible from our hotel window! Zell am See was gorgeous. Our cycling days were filled with constant wonder and beauty. The bike paths were easy to cycle on. My one suggestion is to review the directions before you get to the outskirts of your destination as it can sometimes be confusing. The hotels were comfortable and the food was good. I would definitely recommend this trip!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson July 6, 2017

        Thanks very much for your feedback! We're glad you had a great time. This was one of my first bicycle tours--well before I started BikeTours.com--and it remains one of my favorites!

      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Brittany at BikeTours December 3, 2015

      Beautiful scenery and quaint villages!

      I went on this tour as a BikeTours.com staff member. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking! The tour is 80% downhill. This made for cycling near the Austrian Alps fantastic. This tour is mostly on dedicated bike paths and quiet back roads, except for brief moments of cycling near the main road. The route maps are more basic which allow for more adventure. I would recommend this tour for a first-time traveler and casual cyclist.

      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
      • Krimml waterfalls (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
      • The Schmittenhöhe (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
      • Cow crossing (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
      • Zell am See Lake (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
      • Austrian Alps (photo by Brittany at BikeTours)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection