Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the wonder boy from Salzburg. No other composer is so strongly associated with Austria as this famous classical musician. Every year, millions of visitors from around the world pilgrim to Salzburg to take a photo in front of Mozart’s birthplace in the city. However, there is more to this pretty city on the Salzach River than the Mirabell Gardens and Mozartkugel sweets. Salzburg is surrounded by stunning mountains and easy to reach by train, making it the perfect starting point for your next bike trip.
In this Collection, I present the Mozart Cycle Path, a network of varied cycle paths through the regions of Salzburg, Tyrol, and small parts of Upper Austria, as well as Bavaria in Germany. You cycle to places that were once important to Mozart and his family, following in the footsteps of the so-called “Wolferl” child genius and exploring beautiful nature. On the way, you visit great lakes such as Mondsee, Mattsee, and the Chiemsee, as well as countless small and secluded lakes, rushing streams, and wide rivers. As you ride, the mountains are never far away – either in the background or hugging the road. With gentle hills, deep valleys, fragrant forests, and quaint towns, this Tour takes you to the most beautiful corners in the foothills of the Alps.
In total, there are 21 stages varying in difficulty from very easy to a little more challenging. Some stages are so short that you can ride two at once. You can also choose from several variants and connecting routes so that you can combine the Tour as you want. I recommend spending a bit of time to study the routes and put together your perfect trip. With the sound of cheerful melodies in your ears, you can discover the area where Mozart’s legacy still lives on.
The first stage of the Mozart Cycle Path is a nice introduction and perfect for unicycling. You start in Mozart's native city of Salzburg. You can find his birthplace not far from the starting point in Getreidegasse. Then you leave Salzburg directly on the Salzach. It is worth taking a look back at the impressive panorama with the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Always ascending slightly, you then drive on the route of the former Ischlerbahn, with your view of the Bad Ischler Alps.
The detour takes you to Sankt Gilgen in two stages. You continue to follow the bike path on the route of the former Ischlerbahn. The most impressive highlight of this stage is the magnificent view of the 1,176 meter high Drachenwand. If you leave early enough, you will see how the sun envelops the mighty mountain in its golden yellow morning light. The stage ends in Sankt Lorenz on the banks of the Mondsee. On a hot day you can cool off here or just watch the waves from the shore.
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A beautiful lake stage is waiting for you. First, the path leads you directly along the Mondsee shore. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the mountains that surround the lake. After a long ascent you will reach the beautiful Wolfgangsee on its north bank Sankt Gilgen. Mozart's mother lived here and his sister Nannerln married in the friendly place.
This stage takes you to the Salzburg Lake District. The tour is easy to drive with just a few inclines, but you can still enjoy beautiful panoramas over and over again. In Henndorf you can take a detour to Wallersee and plunge into the water. Not far from the path is the Gut Aiderbichl, a sanctuary where animals are taken in and lovingly cared for that no one wanted anymore. The tour ends in Köstendorf, where you can stop off at the Taferne Frauenschuh.
The fifth stage takes you across the lake district to the Salzach and the border with Bavaria. After an ascent you drive through the Egelseen nature reserve and down to Mattsee. You circle the pretty Obertrumer See and a rapid descent takes you to the Salzach, which you then follow. In Oberndorf you can make a detour to the Silent Night Chapel. On the other side of the river is the medieval town of Laufen, your destination for today.
Over the first few kilometers, wonderful panoramas of the mountains await you again and again. Later you drive along the Schönramer Filz, one of the largest raised bogs in Bavaria. Here it is worthwhile to leave the bike standing for a moment and take a short walk. Then you drive to Waginger See, the warmest lake in Upper Bavaria, where you can relax on the shore at the end of the stage.
On this stage you drive from Waginger See to Chiemsee. In Waging, Mozart recovered from his discharge from the service of the prince-archbishop. The first few kilometers are always slightly uphill. When you arrive at the highest point, you have a beautiful view of the alpine peaks in the distance. After 22 kilometers you will reach the Chiemsee, the Bavarian Sea. A beautiful beach awaits you in Chieming, your stage destination.
As far as the panorama is concerned, this particularly easy stage is one of the most beautiful of the whole Mozart cycle path. The entire route takes you directly along the Chiemsee from Chieming to Breitbrunn. The view from Seebruck, which lies in the very north of the lake, is particularly beautiful. The view of the mountains of the Chiemgau Alps, which rise behind the lake, is phenomenal. From Seebruck you can make a detour to Seeon Abbey, where Mozart spent a lot of time. The stage ends in Breitbrunn. From there ferries go to the idyllic and interesting islands of Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee.
In the north you leave the Chiemsee. But you will have no shortage of water today. You pass the oldest nature reserve in Bavaria, the Eggstätt-Hemhofer-Seenplatte. It is worth taking a detour here and enjoying nature. In addition, there are several bathing lakes along your today's stage, which in turn ends in Wasserburg, a city with a unique peninsula.
Today you follow the Inn upstream. The first third is a little hilly, but you can always expect beautiful views. In Altenhohenau, just before you cross the Inn, there is the monastery of the same name in the most beautiful Rococo style. Then you drive on flat paths directly along the Inn. Your stage destination Rosenheim is where the Mangfall flows into the Inn. The city with its Mediterranean flair invites you to stroll after the bike tour.
Today the second stage follows along the Inn, which flows in a wide aisle through the landscape. Since the Inn cycle path is developed both to the left and right of the river, you can choose the side you want to ride. In the many bathing lakes along the route you can refresh yourself on the way or simply take a break by the water.If you have time, you can take the cogwheel train up the Wendelstein from Brannenburg. At Reisach you cross the Inn and with it the border to Austria again. If you make a detour north on the Austrian side, you can visit the festival hall of the Erl Festival. The stage ends in the pretty village of Niederndorf.
This not completely flat, but beautiful stage leads you through the Kaiserwinkl. You will experience a unique panorama on wonderful bike paths. A particularly idyllic place for a break is at Walchsee. Beautiful farmhouses line your way. The destination of the stage is Kössen, a community that has retained its authentic appearance.
With over 50 kilometers and 450 meters in altitude, the 13th stage is the queen stage of the Mozart cycle path. Or rather the imperial stage? You are driving through the Kaiser Mountains with three long, but quite feasible climbs. In Gasteig you can make a detour to Sankt Johann or just continue to Kirchdorf. During the entire tour you can enjoy breathtaking views of rugged mountain panoramas again and again. In the pretty, original villages, numerous inns with delicious specialties also invite you to enjoy a delicious meal.
After a very strenuous stage through the Kaiser Mountains, today's stage is balm for your calves. Nevertheless, you don't have to do without scenic highlights today, because you drive along the wild and romantic Saalach, cross the German-Austrian border at Haiderhof and all of this almost exclusively downhill. Just follow the babbling of the river through the deeply cut gorges. The stage ends in Bad Reichenhall, where you can take the oldest cabin cable car in the world, which is still in its original state, up to the Predigtstuhl and enjoy the fantastic view.If you want to drive from Bad Reichenhall directly to Salzburg, then your next stage is number 21: komoot.de/tour/272295974. Over the stages 15 and 16 you make a detour to Berchtesgaden before you drive back to Salzburg.
On this short stage, the first six kilometers are steadily uphill to around the Hallthurm Pass. The well-paved bike path through the forest is hard to beat in terms of beauty, which is why the ascent goes by in a flash. As soon as the forest clears, a unique alpine panorama opens up to you with mostly snow-covered mountain peaks, such as the Watzmann. After almost 20 kilometers you will reach Berchtesgaden with its charming old town.
The last stage of the Mozart Cycle Path brings you back to Salzburg. Since you drive almost only downhill on a short distance, you have enough time in the morning to visit the exciting salt mine in Berchtesgaden. Then you drive on the emerald green and turquoise blue shining Berchtesgadener Ache over the Austrian border. Passing several castles, including Hellbrunn Palace, you drive on the pompous Hellbrunner Allee to Salzburg, where the journey ends appropriately at Mozartplatz.
This beautiful alternative from Sankt Lorenz to Köstendorf leads you on Mondsee and Irrsee along the Salzkammergut cycle path. After enjoying the view on the Mondsee promenade, you can take a coffee break in the pretty old town of Mondsee. Then it's first up the mountain. You drive along the west bank of the Irsee on excellent little roads. After a hilly drive through nature you finally reach Köstendorf.
This three-part variant is an alternative route between Laufen and Kössen. So you can shorten the round a little. You leave Laufen heading south. Then you drive directly along the Salzach to Triebenbach Castle. The whole stage leads through the Rupertiwinkel, a unique cultural landscape, to Freilassing.
In the second part of the variant you will conquer a few meters in altitude up to the Chiemgau Prealps. The path leads you from Freilassing past several lakes and rivers where you can swim. After several climbs through wonderfully fragrant forests you reach the valley of the Roten Traun. From there it is not far to your stage destination Inzell. Before doing this, it is worth making a detour to the moor adventure trail.
On the last stage of the variant you will experience gigantic nature! At first it is moderate, sometimes a little steeper uphill. But then you have already mastered the biggest climb of the day. On wonderful forest paths and through pretty villages you drive to the Weißen Traun. In the eastern Chiemgau Alps, a large nature reserve, you will find numerous lakes, including the Förchensee with absolutely crystal clear water. At the end of the variant it goes downhill to Kössen.
This stage is the direct variant between Bad Reichenhall and Salzburg, if you don't want to drive via Berchtesgaden. After a few gentle inclines at the beginning, you then only go downhill or flat. Shortly after the Austrian border is the lovingly designed Salzburg open-air museum, which shows old farms and houses from the region. Then you drive on secret paths through the suburbs of Salzburg and past the idyllic Leopoldskroner Weiher. Then it is not far and you are back in the middle of Salzburg, where your trip ends appropriately on Mozartplatz.