Cycling the Bajuwaren trail through Upper Bavaria and the Salzburg Lake District


Cycling the Bajuwaren trail through Upper Bavaria and the Salzburg Lake District

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

The Bajuwaren trail takes you to the ancestral land of the Bavarians. In the Upper Bavarian holiday region around Lake Waginger and in the Salzburg Lake District, you follow in the footsteps of the Bajuwaren, the ancestors of the Bavarians. On your bike, you ride through beautiful, open landscapes, wide meadows and fields, enjoying views over numerous lakes as far as the Alps.

In this Collection, I present the 130-kilometre (80 mile) long Bajuwaren trail in four stages. The individual stages that are between 20 and 50 kilometres (12.4 and 31 miles) lead along easy well-paved surfaces. You cycle along country and municipal roads, as well as quiet cycle paths.

This varied circular route begins in Waging am See, a town on the banks of the Wagigner See lake. You can easily reach the town with the regional train from Traunstein which is accessible by long-distance train from Munich or Salzburg. In all of the stage destinations en route, there is a large selection of accommodation such as hotels, guesthouses and holiday rentals. You can also stop for refreshments en route and hop on a train if you choose to.

This scenic route leads through the German-Austrian border region around the Salzach River. You will experience wonderful nature, deep blue lakes and rich culture, as well as a lot of history. You can learn about the ancestors of the Bavarians who settled here in the sixth century at the museums along the trail. This is a bike Tour that offers the perfect mix of nature and culture.

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Tours & Highlights

    14.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    575 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the Bavarian tour is in Waging am See. Here you can comfortably get there by regional train from Traunstein. Since the bike path is a circular route, you can also join the tour at any other point along the route.In Waging am See you start at the tourist information office, where the Bavarian Museum is also located. To start with, you can find out more about the ancestors of the Bavarians here before you set off on their tracks by bike.Afterwards you drive comfortably to the shore of the Waginger See. As you roll to its southern tip, you can always enjoy wonderful views of the blue water. Then you pass the idyllic village of Petting and cycle on almost flat paths through beautiful meadows, fields and refreshing woods.Shortly before the goal you will pass the Abtsdorfer See. It is the warmest swimming lake in Bavaria and invites you to take a relaxing swim in summer temperatures. Then you roll the last kilometers of the stage to Laufen.The place is on the Salzach, which forms the border with Austria. Before you continue your tour in the neighboring country the next day, you can end the day in the pretty old town. You can find overnight accommodation, for example, in hotels or inns, as well as on the campsite at Abtsdorfer See. At Laufen station you have a connection to the regional train service.

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    22.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right at the beginning of the second stage you cross the Salzach and thus the border to Austria. Oberndorf near Salzburg is on this side of the river.After you have crossed the small, pretty town, you cycle in a moderate up and down through a charming, rural area. Thanks to the wide, open landscape, you can always enjoy spectacular views up to the Alps, which rise majestically in the distance.After about half of the stage, you will master a crisp ascent that will bring you to Berndorf near Salzburg. You can gather new strength in the local inn or bakery. With fresh energy, you then continue high above the three lakes Obertrumer See, Mattsee and Grabensee, until you finally descend in a rapid descent to Matzing.From here you can then get to the shore of Lake Obertrumer. With unforgettable views of the water, you circle its southern tip and cycle on the east bank to Mattsee, where you reach the destination of the stage.In the idyllic place on the lake of the same name, a visit to the Bajuwarendorf is worthwhile. You can stay overnight in one of the numerous hotels, guest houses or holiday apartments.

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  • Intermediate
    31.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Bavarian tour starts flat. So you cycle comfortably between the Obertrumer See and the Mattsee to get to the Grabensee shortly afterwards.From its southern tip you drive along the west bank a little north. About halfway up you leave the lake and continue your tour through wide meadows and fields. In between you will pass small forest and idyllic villages.Shortly before Rudersberg, a refreshing descent begins that takes you to the Oichtenriede nature reserve. After you have crossed it, it goes slightly uphill again and you immerse yourself again in a wide, lovely landscape that opens up unforgettable panoramic views again and again.You will experience untouched, pristine nature in the further course of the route in Ibmer Moor. At the neighboring Ibmer See you have the opportunity to cool off in the water on hot days, as well as in Holzöster See, a few kilometers away.Via Ostermiething you finally cycle to the banks of the Salzach. Here you are again at the border river and can let your gaze wander to the other side of the bank to Germany. After a short distance directly along the water, you cross the Salzach and reach the stage destination Tittmoning, where you have a large selection of accommodations.

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    12.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    625 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the Bajuwaren tour is once again really enjoyable, because it is relatively short and only a few easy inclines await you on the way. However, what is by no means neglected are the wonderful views that open up to you along the way.At the start of the stage, a small ascent leads you out of the valley of the Salzach. Then you roll past wide meadows, colorful fields and wild and romantic wooded areas on a flat stretch.Shortly before the Tachinger See it goes slightly uphill again. For the powerful steps on the pedals you will be rewarded with the wonderful view of the blue water. On the west side of the lake you then roll south. You pass Taching am See and then you reach Waginger See again.Here you can stop at the beach shortly before the end of the tour and jump into the water on warm days. Refreshed, you finally drive the last kilometers to Waging am See, where you reach the starting point of the Bavarian tour again.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    80.7 mi
  • Duration
    08:06 h
  • Elevation
    3,975 ft

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