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Hills and thrills – 8 sporty MTB Tours in the Grossarl Valley

© Erwin Haiden

Hills and thrills – 8 sporty MTB Tours in the Grossarl Valley

Mountain Biking Collection by SalzburgerLand Tourismus

8

Tours

14:54 h

72.7 mi

15,375 ft

Bike packed, your favourite people in tow – it’s a great idea to head to SalzburgerLand in Austria. The region boasts mountains, valleys and natural beauty. It’s the perfect location for extensive mountain biking trips – especially in the Grossarl Valley.

This 27-kilometre (16.7 mi) valley is a true mecca for sport fans. Cyclists can enjoy unforgettable two-wheeled adventures on the 21 marked bike routes, 160 kilometres (99 mi) of signposted trails and brand new singletrack. From challenging Tours with 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) of elevation gain to relaxed paths through the valley – there’s something for everyone.

Countless rustic alpine huts are another special feature in the Grossarl Valley. The 40 huts have given the valley its nickname: the valley of the Alms. You’ll pass one of the huts on each of the eight Tours in this Collection. They are great places to enjoy locally produced delicacies in rustic, cosy parlours or on a sunny terrace. This is part of what makes a cycling holiday in SalzburgerLand so perfect.

By the way, you can easily combine biking and hiking on your holiday. On a Bike & Hike adventure, you can park your bike at one of the huts and climb the nearest peak. If you feel like venturing to the other side of the valley with your bike, the Grossarltal-Dorfgastein bike swing comfortably transports you ‘to the other side’ – the Gastein Valley.

The Grossarl Valley also has plenty of accommodation; from hotels to B&Bs, holiday apartments, rental homes, farm stays and much more. You’ll find a suitable place to stay. In this Collection, we mention a few places that are especially well-geared to bikers in more detail.

So: hop on your saddle, ready, go! We hope you have an unforgettable time in the wonderful Grossarl Valley.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Valley Bike Path from Großarl North to Hüttschlag -– MTB in the Grossarl Valley

    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

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  • Difficult
    02:59
    11.3 mi
    3.8 mph
    3,175 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts in the mountaineering village of Hüttschlag, directly on the cycle path in the Karteis district. Right at the start you will pass the card index chapel, which invites you to pause.

    

    On the Seilsitzberg supply road you drive uphill, past a settlement and a few farms. After a good two and

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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 than uphill? Then the Grossarltal single trail is just right for you!

    

    Up with the train, out of the cabin and into pure flow trail fun. The single trail stretches curve by curve for a whopping nine kilometers into the valley - on the way you destroy a whopping

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    8.55 mi
    4.1 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This wonderful tour takes you up to the Bachalm via promising paths. It starts at the Bichl chapel, which you can reach from the center of Grossarl on the cycle path in the direction of Hüttschlag after about three and a half kilometers.

    

    Here you cross the bridge and drive for the next 50 meters on the

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  • Intermediate
    01:45
    4.69 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour begins at the end of the valley in the national park municipality of Hüttschlag. It is the southernmost bike route in Grossarltal.

    

    Right at the start you drive up the forest path on the right, right at the first bend you can see the Kreealm waterfall and you have the opportunity to reach it on

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    11.9 mi
    4.6 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,675 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The start is in the center of Grossarl. Here you take the road between the Hotel Alte Post and the ALP.STORE into the Ellmautal. After a little more than four kilometers you will see a small chapel by the wayside - the perfect place for a short, relaxed break.

    

    It then continues past a torrent barrier

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  • Intermediate
    01:54
    9.88 mi
    5.2 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this tour you will pass three of the more than 40 alpine huts in Grossarltal. At each of the three alpine pastures you can let yourself be pampered with homemade delicacies and enjoy a unique view.

    

    The motto is very clear: “work” first, then pleasure. Whereby - quite honestly - even the long ascent

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  • Intermediate
    01:05
    7.23 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The gondola takes you effortlessly up the mountain. Once at the top, a wonderful panorama of the Grossarltal awaits you.

    

    From the mountain station of the Panoramabahn you can comfortably drive in the direction of the Kreuzkogel. A short detour on foot to the Kreuzkogel is definitely worth it (5 - 10 minutes

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    Hotel Nesslerhof****s, Großarl

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The elegant Hotel Nesslerhof in Großarl welcomes you directly opposite the Hochbrand gondola lift. It offers a wellness area and an indoor pool with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of the Hohe Tauern.

    All rooms have large windows and a balcony with a view of the mountains. Like the entire hotel, they are furnished in a sophisticated combination of wood, natural stone and glass.

    More information: urlaub.salzburgerland.com/de/bikeurlaub/4-3-bikepackage-almsommer-nesslerhof-grossarl

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Highlights
    1
  • Distance
    72.7 mi
  • Duration
    14:54 h
  • Elevation
    15,375 ft

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