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Großarl Valley – cycling through alpine pastures in Austria

Erwin Haiden

Großarl Valley – cycling through alpine pastures in Austria

Mountain Biking Collection by Großarltal

9

Tours

19:24 h

91.5 mi

18,975 ft

With picturesque huts in wide alpine meadows, fresh mountain streams, imposing peaks and grandiose vistas, discovering mountains from your saddle is a beautiful experience. A mountain bike opens up a world of possibilities. It allows you to cycle the entire length of a valley, ride up to alpine pastures and enjoy fun single track on your way back down; the Großarl Valley is a paradise for mountain biking. In this Collection, we show you nine beautiful Tours which showcase the unique mountain world in the Großarl Valley – the ‘Valley of alms’.

Whether you prefer a trip to an idyllic alpine hut, a relaxed ride through the valley or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure along single track, a biking holiday in the Großarl Valley is great fun. Beginners and experienced bikers alike can enjoy the 16 marked bike routes and 140 kilometres (87 mi) of signposted trails. The elevation gain ranges from 300 to 1,000 metres (3,280 ft). There is something for everyone here: energy-sapping climbs for those looking for a sporty challenge; great viewpoints and cosy alpine huts if you’re in the mood for a relaxed holiday; and varied single track if you love an adrenaline kick on two wheels. All of the Tours are also suitable for e-bikes, opening up even more possibilities to explore the mountains.

About 70 kilometres (43 mi) from Salzburg, the valley is easily accessible by car. It stretches 27 kilometres (16.7 mi) from the mouth of the Salzach River to the Keeskogel. The two towns of Großarl and Hüttschlag are well developed for tourism and you’ll find plenty of accommodation options in the valley.

The Großarl is not known as the ‘valley of alms’ for nothing. There are more than 40 farmed alpine pastures en route where you can take a break, tuck into regional delicacies and enjoy unforgettable views. To make it easier for you to plan your trip during the pandemic, many accommodations are offering free cancellation up to seven days before your arrival.

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    Difficult
    02:17
    9.91 mi
    4.3 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this tour you will pass three of the more than 40 managed alpine huts in Grossarltal. On each of the three alpine pastures you can indulge yourself with homemade delicacies and enjoy a unique view.The motto is very clear: First “work”, then pleasure. And - to be honest - even the long driveway is actually pure pleasure. Because …

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    13.7 mi
    4.4 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,925 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour begins on the bike path along the Großarler Ache, right next to the Großarler Genuss, a shopping experience with a very special concept. But more on that later. Because now you get on your bike first! There is a lot to do for your calves, which will take you on a nice loop up to the Unterwandalm and the Karseggalm.

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  • Intermediate
    01:33
    6.52 mi
    4.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short tour starts right on the bike path that runs along the Großarler Ache through the Großarltal. This is practical, because you can get on your bike in your holiday destination - for example in Grossarl - and warm up a bit before you tackle the mountain. When you have reached the start of the tour at Gstattgasse, your leg muscles are ready for a bit of work.

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  • Difficult
    02:48
    10.7 mi
    3.8 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour goes high. At an altitude of 1,820 meters, to be precise. There is the highest alpine pasture in Grossarltal, the Saukaralm. It is located below the Saukarkopf (2,048 meters), which you can reach on foot via a hiking trail or even a via ferrata. Do you fancy an unforgettable bike & hike experience? Then this tour is just …

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  • Difficult
    02:31
    11.8 mi
    4.7 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This mountain bike tour takes you to the Loosbühelalm at 1,769 meters above sea level. It begins in the middle of the idyllic center of Großarl. Between the Hotel Alte Post and the ALP.STORE, it's easy to get to the Ellmautal - or rather: the cozy Ellmautal. The ascent with a whopping 900 meters of altitude requires a little stamina. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    11.7 mi
    4.5 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour starts in the center of Großarl. There you first take the road between the Hotel Alte Post and the ALP.STORE, which leads you into the Ellmautal. At the Hotel Lammwirt, turn right towards Bichlalm. If you want to recharge your batteries, you can stop at the hotel restaurant before continuing.A little later you will reach a barrier. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    8.03 mi
    3.9 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts in the mountaineering village of Hüttschlag. The small bistro / restaurant Kaminstadl, which serves as the starting point for the route, is located between the Grossarltal cycle path and the Grossarler Ache.Here we go: At first you drive through the center of Hüttschlag until a somewhat steeper forest path branches off towards the mountain. Now you …

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  • Intermediate
    00:33
    5.55 mi
    10.2 mph
    25 ft
    3,100 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Do you prefer to ride your bike downhill rather than uphill? Then the Grossarltal single trail is just right for you!Up by train, out of the cabin and into pure flow trail fun. Curve after curve, the single trail stretches a full ten kilometers down into the valley - on the way you destroy an incredible 960 meters in altitude.

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  • Intermediate
    01:58
    13.7 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The valley bike path is ideal for discovering the Großarltal on two wheels. Coming from St. Johann im Pongau, this begins around five kilometers before Grossarl on the left-hand side of the road. The cycle path leads along the Großarler Ache through the village of Großarl to the mountaineering village of Hüttschlag and into the picturesque head of the valley. …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    91.5 mi
  • Duration
    19:24 h
  • Elevation
    18,975 ft

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