4.7/5 (9)
7 nights | 29 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 729
Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours
4.7/5 (9)

7 nights | 29 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 729

Rider Level: Active 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

    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, but nevertheless, you should have some basic condition.

    We have chosen Salzburg as an ideal starting and ending point for your trip. The city of Mozart is culturally rich and can easily be reached by train or plane. Every day you will see many scenic highlights of landscape and culture like the snow-covered mountains with a height of 3,000 meters and the largest waterfall in Europe. You will be impressed by this magical landscape. Your cultural expectations will absolutely be satisfied. The magnificent and breathtaking bike trip will make you forget the daily routine of your everyday life.

    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
    • The most scenic regions of Salzburg province
    • Easy cycling through beautiful landscapes and untouched nature
    • Two nights in Mozart's birth place Salzburg
    • Numerous cultural sights and monuments

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    Learn more about self-guided tours.

  • Traveler photos

    • Photo 1 (photo by Fletch)
    • Photo 2 (photo by Fletch)
    • Photo 3 (photo by Fletch)
    • Photo 4 (photo by Fletch)
    • Photo 5 (photo by Fletch)
    • Salzburg, bike trail along this river (photo by Rich and Alesa)
    • Typical day on the trail with green everywhere (photo by Rich and Alesa)
    • Waterfall at the top of the trip (photo by Rich and Alesa)
    • Photo 4 (photo by Rich and Alesa)
    • And the longest day is mostly downhill!  The train took us up to the top. (photo by Rich and Alesa)
    • Typical scene along Tauren path (photo by Fishchico)
    • Augustiner brewpub and beer garden in Salzburg (photo by Fishchico)
    • Along the path (photo by Fishchico)
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival
    Individual arrival in Salzburg – the culturally rich city of Mozart. Take enough time for a stroll through the old part of the city and visit the Mozart's Birthplace. Your bikes are available at the hotel.

    Day 2: Salzburg – Golling (22 miles/35 km)
    Follow the course of the river Salzach. Soon you will reach Hallein. There you can visit the salt mines, which haven't been in use since 1989. The romantic "Bluntautal" is worth a visit, too. At today's destination, Golling, you should allow plenty of time to visit the remarkable waterfall.
    Overnight in Golling

    Day 3: Golling – St. Johann im Pongau (22 miles/35 km)
    Today you cycle first to Werfen. There you will see the castle "Hohenwerfen." The well-known ice caves are worth a visit. In Bischofshofen you can admire the ski jump, where every year the final of the Four Hills Tournament is held. In St. Johann you will see the well-known "Lichtensteinklamm," a huge spectacle with 50m high waterfall at the end of the gorge.
    Overnight in St. Johann im Pongau

    Day 4: St. Johann im Pongau – Zell am See (28 miles/45 km)
    You will soon reach Bruck and the entrance to the "Großglocknerstraße" (High Alpine Road). From the beginning of July, there are buses up to the 3,797m high Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain. The bus stops at "Franz-Josephs-Höhe." Continue on to the scenic and historic resort town of Zell am See. Energetic bikers have the opportunity to cycle around Lake Zell (Zeller See), or you can use it as a refreshing dip.
    Overnight in Zell am See

    Day 5: Zell am See – Krimml – Zell am See (41 miles/65 km)
    After breakfast you'll take the "Pinzgaubahn" to Krimml and visit the largest waterfalls in Europe. On a well-designed trail you can admire this natural spectacle. While cycling through the "National Park Hohe Tauern" and the so-called "Oberpinzgau," you will see the snow-capped 3,000 m high mountains all the time.
    Overnight in Zell am See

    Day 6: Zell am See – Lofer (31 miles/50 km)
    After cycling through "Maria Alm" with its famous pilgrimage church you will reach Saalfelden, where you can enjoy your lunch break. Other highlights on your way to Lofer are the "Seisenbergklamm" and "Lamprechtshöhe" near Weißbach.
    Overnight in Lofer

    Day 7: Lofer – Salzburg (31 miles/50 km)
    On your last day you will cycle through the quiet "Saalachtal" back to Salzburg. The Bavarian Bad Reichenhall in the small German Angle will enchant you with a Bavarian flair. After cycling a short distance you will have reached Salzburg, the starting point of your tour, again. In the evening you can enjoy a culinary dinner and review the impressions and experiences you had on your bike trip.
    Overnight in Salzburg

    Day 8: Departure
    Departure from Salzburg.

    Surface and terrain

    The bicycle route runs mostly flat along the banks of the rivers Salzach and Inn and consistently through flat to a maximum of undulating terrain with a total decline and a difference in altitude of 700 at the distance Krimml - Passau (320 km).

    The tour route is mainly on dedicated bicycle paths (about 80% of the time). Parts of the tour are on quiet roads and dirt or gravel roads. Occasionally, you will cycle on more traveled routes or manage unpaved paths, but generally, you will have no problems with the terrain.


    Stories


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Category A: 4-star superior accommodations

    Hotel & Villa Auersperg, Salzburg (4-star)
    www.auersperg.at

    Genießerhotel Döllerer, Golling (4-star)
    www.doellerer.at

    Hotel Brückenwirt, St. Johann im Pongau (4-star)
    www.hotel-brueckenwirt.at

    Hotel Tirolerhof, Zell am See (4-star superior)
    www.tirolerhof.co.at

    Hotel-Gasthof Bad Hochmoos, Lofer (4-star)
    www.hochmoos.at


    Category B: 3 and 4-star accommodations

    Achat Plaza zum Hirschen, Salzburg (4-star)
    www.achat-hotels.com

    Hotel Pension Golingen, Golling (3-star)
    www.golingen.at

    Hotel Brückenwirt, St Johann (4-star)
    www.hotel-brueckenwirt.at

    Hotel Zum Hirschen, Zell am See (4-star)
    www.hotel-zum-hirschen.at

    Gasthof Bad Hochmoos, Lofer (3-star superior)
    www.hochmoos.at

    Note: Where visitor's taxes are due, these are 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 and end
    Nearest airport and train station: Salzburg (SZG), Innsbruck or Munich

    After flying to a nearby airport, travel by car or train to Salzburg.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour

  • Dates

    Daily: Apr 23-Oct 8, 2022 (minimum 2 persons)

    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

    Category A: 4-star deluxe hotels

    Per person, double occupancy € 1099
    Shoulder season surcharge € 100
    High season surcharge € 200
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 449
    Optional dinner package € 279

    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, Salzburg

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

    Extra Nights, Zell am See

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

    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%

    Category B: 3 and 4-star hotels

    Per person, double occupancy € 729
    Shoulder season surcharge € 70
    High season surcharge € 120
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 239
    Optional dinner package € 210

    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, Salzburg

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 139
    Per person, double occupancy € 89

    Extra Nights, Zell am See

    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 95
    Per person, double occupancy € 79

    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 lodging
    • Daily breakfast buffet
    • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    • Route planning, maps, and tourist materials
    • 7-day service hotline
    • Well planned route
    • Ticket for train journey from Zell Am See to Krimml, including bikes
    • Rental bike insurance
    • If half-board is booked: 7 x 3-course dinner
    • GPS tracks are available upon request

    Note: where due, visitor's taxes are 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.

    • LeePDX August 20, 2019

      Awesome Family Bike Trip

      Great vacation and memories to last a lifetime. The Tauern Bike Path is great, relatively flat and incredibly beautiful at every turn. Lots of great excursions within relatively easy bike or bus connection to route, including Ice Caves, Caverns, Salt Mines, Waterfalls, Trams, Lakes... Awesome.

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/6-8/12
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 2/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 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
    • Harry August 1, 2019

      Satisfied repeat customer

      This is the third trip that I've done with Greenways and I remain very pleased with the impeccable organization, the thoughtfully planned routes, the helpfully redundant cycling instructions and the very engaging and pleasant territory. I combined the Salzburg to Prague trip with a Salzburg to Salzburg loop around Berctesgaden, and so my overall experience combined spectacular Alpine scenery with miles of classic Bohemian rolling wheat fields punctuated with forest and woodlot. There was a lot in this trip that exceeded my expectations, and virtually nothing that merits any harsh criticism. Getting over the hills north of Linz was a pretty good workout for an old guy!

      As a solo traveler, I didn't have any meals included in the package, and that worked out just fine. The Salzburg loop was all on well-marked bike path, so direction-finding was all but bulletproof. The 'Heart of Europe' trip has some very detailed instructions and a GPS, and almost never presented any confusion. Having Google Maps on a phone helped to disambiguate a few times. There were some good suggestions for things to see, though I didn't always have time to stop and see them. Perhaps the tour deserves a repeat!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 15-25
      How many tours have you completed?
      many, both package and self-created
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Fletch June 6, 2019

      Fabulous scenery!

      We chose this tour because it stayed in the vicinity of the alps but was in the river valleys. The scenery did not disappoint. It was glorious when we had clear skies. We had some rain and snow when up on the mountains but even then the villages and farmland were wonderful. We spent extra days in Salzburg before the tour and spent an extra day in Zell am See in the middle of the tour. We were so glad we had those extra days because there was so much to see and do. We went up to the ice cave, up to the Krimml waterfall, and up to Kitzsteinhorn and had snow in all three places. It was like a winter wonderland. For the five of us from Florida, it was great.

      The hotels were all good and provided great breakfasts. The luggage transfer went off without a hitch. Our bags were always at the hotels when we got there.

      After a few days self supported from Passau to Salzburg we decided to upgrade to ebikes for this tour to make the climbs more manageable and to make it more likely that we would take side trips to see additional things along the way. We are really glad that the tour company was able to accommodate this last minute request. They were very helpful.

      We found that the signs for the Tauern radweg changed part way through the ride. This is something to watch out for. We made a couple wrong turns but learned to keep our eyes peeled for signs.

      It was a wonderful trip!

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 10, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      Several
      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 Fletch)
      • Photo 2 (photo by Fletch)
      • Photo 3 (photo by Fletch)
      • Photo 4 (photo by Fletch)
      • Photo 5 (photo by Fletch)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 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
    • Julane January 1, 2019

      Scenic Adventures!

      This tour was one of our all-time favorites for its scenic beauty, unique adventures (salt mine, falconry demonstration, ice cave), charming hotels and quaint small towns. We spent two extra nights in Salzburg before the start of the tour to take advantage of all that the city offered as well as to test our bikes on two separate loop rides. At the end of this tour we did another week-long tour (Salzburg to Vienna, Lakes Option) to see a different but equally beautiful region of Austria.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 21-27, 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      30+
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      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
    • Rich and Alesa September 15, 2018

      Wonderful trip among the Alps

      This is our fourth self-guided bike trip with Bike Tours (Tuscany/Umbria, Romania, Greece, and now Austria from/to Salzburg). It is the new benchmark.

      The bike trails were glorious and often in the country and along the rivers, usually
      paved. The hotels (except for the last one near Salzburg) were excellent. The bike equipment was first class and very appropriate for the bike trails and occassional gravel.

      We are in our late sixties, so having so much of the trip on bike trails was special. The countryside was green and when we saw the Alps after some cloudy days, it was awe-inspiring.

      This is a special trip.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 2 2018
      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
      • Salzburg, bike trail along this river (photo by Rich and Alesa)
      • Typical day on the trail with green everywhere (photo by Rich and Alesa)
      • Waterfall at the top of the trip (photo by Rich and Alesa)
      • Photo 4 (photo by Rich and Alesa)
      • And the longest day is mostly downhill!  The train took us up to the top. (photo by Rich and Alesa)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Fishchico August 18, 2017

      Spectacular Tauren bike route

      This was an amazingly beautiful route through small villages, stunning granite mountains and wildflower meadows everywhere. Not to be missed were Krimmel Falls with vintage train ride and the Werfen Ice Cave. Signage was good, we only missed one directional marker but remembering that "the adventure begins when the plan fails" kept us in good cheer! Meeting locals when inquiring for directions is sometimes the best part.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 21 - June 29, 2017
      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 teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Typical scene along Tauren path (photo by Fishchico)
      • Augustiner brewpub and beer garden in Salzburg (photo by Fishchico)
      • Along the path (photo by Fishchico)
      • 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
    • paula12 September 19, 2016

      I Would Go Back Tomorrow...

      I've been to Europe a dozen times, but seeing the Salzburg
      area by bike was the best trip yet. Such beautiful scenery.
      Loved the e-bike!

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 12-19
      How many tours have you completed?
      no others
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • diane g September 18, 2016

      Salzburg to Salzburg has fantastic scenery but directions provided are unbelievably poorly developed

      Salzburg to Salzburg over 6 days is higher than a level 2. The terrain is hilly. I do not recommend this self guided tour because the german-speaking outfits they contract with provide totally inadequate self-guiding instructions. They do not know what a cue sheet is. They do not provide any directions as to north, south, east, west; they do not provide any street names. AND, the directions in English are very obviously translated very poorly from the German. In addition, there is no way to find your hotel once off the bike path. You have to depend upon good route finding skills for this hotel finding as well as the entire trip. We had this same experience with bike tours.com 7 years ago and thought they might have gotten better at directions. We gave bike tours feedback at that time, and our friends gave feedback on their german-speaking directions on their self-guided tour, and nothing changed. Hence I am writing this review without making a customer complaint becaue I do not believe bike tours will fix this problem. AND, THIS TOUR REQUIRES ONE TO CONSULT 3 SETS OF INSTRUCTIONS THROUGHOUT THE TRIP. 2 sets of friends had exactly the same experience. 2 stars are for getting our luggage to each hotel before we arrived; and the hotels were gracious and accommodating.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson September 19, 2016

        This is a tour with one of our most popular operators—we send hundreds of clients with them each year—and they get routinely positive reviews. The Tauern Bike Path is also one of our more popular and long-standing tours.However, this is a new routing of a long-standing tour (that had also received good reviews), and it’s obvious they cut some corners on the directions and tour materials. We apologize for this.

        I’ve actually ridden the Tauern Bike Path three times since its opening about 20 years ago. In fact, my first tour on it was before I started BikeTours.com, and it was part of my inspiration for starting the company. So it saddens me when anyone has a negative experience on it.

        We also apologize for the level of difficulty, which should have been a level 3. In its previous form (the tour actually went mostly in the opposite direction), the tour was a level 2.

      • 3/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 1/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Cramaz September 11, 2016

      The Great Tour of Salzburg

      This ride took us through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. While there were a couple of difficult hills, the majority of the ride was quite manageable and structured so that there was plenty of time to sightsee on the way and at each destination. The towns we stayed in all had something a little different to offer and all had plenty of good places to eat and relax. As a self-guided tour, this would be hard to beat. The Tauern bike path is a great way to see this part of Austria.

      What was the date of your tour?
      28th August to 5th September 2016
      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
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 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