Salzburg has more to offer than merely Mozart. With its close proximity to a mighty mountain range as well as the beauty to be found in the Berchtesgaden national park, Salzburg is a true paradise for cyclists—and it’s about time you paid a visit.
If you’re here just for a short time, stick to the city streets and follow the ‘Heuberg’, the ‘Gaisberg’, or ride the ‘Touri Runde’. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, however, head outside of the city limits—and straight into some of the most demanding yet rewarding Highlights you’ll ever earn on two wheels. And although flat routes might be rather scarce around the city, the options to cool off in a lake or to enjoy beautiful views await all who brave the straights—as well as ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ and the beautiful Salzkammergut for those looking to live the life of a Kaiser, if only for a short time.
While these 10 Tours don’t cover everything Salzburg has to offer, they certainly provide a great introduction. And if you’re looking to expand your experience, you can also combine two or more Tours together to make the fun last even longer.
Whether fast Feierabendrunde or pleasure exit, the Kombo Heuberg and Gaisberg is always easy.Especially nice is this round in the evening, where the evening sun turns every vantage point into an absolute highlight.Along the Salzach it goes towards the old Ischl railway line, which today serves as a bike path. After about 7km you turn right onto a small side street, which leads to a main road. From there, follow the signs to Gasthof Dax Lueg. Attention: you have to turn left on the main road without turning lane.The road to the Heuberg winds through a beautiful forest and is in the middle part a bit steep. At the inn you can enjoy a wonderful view of Salzburg and the neighboring Bavaria. One last steep climb and then it's down again. Caution: there is usually a bit of splits in the curves!Once at the bottom, follow the main road in the direction of Salzburg (downhill) and after about 2km turn right onto the well signposted road to the Gaisberg. Tip: start comfortably, because the last 2.5km have it all.Alternatively, you can skip the last part and follow the signs to Oberwinkel.
After a fast and winding descent you get to Oberwinkel. The Höhenwaldstraße is the final highlight of this round and leads you over a secluded woodland back to the very bottom. Done! Cycle back to Salzburg on the Salzach river and take a good look at the Gaisberg.
Between Salzburg and Bad Ischl there was a railway connection from 1893 to 1957, to which even a song was dedicated:
At the beginning you follow the Ischlerbahntrasse, which today serves as a cycle path and represents an ideal connection to the Salzkammergut. The bike path continues towards Mondsee, past the imposing "Drachenwand" and hidden clues to the former railway. At the south of the lunar lakes you soften for the first time from the former railway line.From there it goes on to Unterach am Attersee, where you drive a few kilometers along the south bank and then turn right into the Weißenbachtal.Although this valley is very popular with car and motorcycle riders due to the beautiful river landscape, the road is therefore well developed. If you do not mind gravel, you can also dodge the adjacent bike path.Halfway through this round is the historic and beautiful spa town of Bad Ischl. Here you should definitely take a short stopover and enjoy the imperial flair.The second section leads first over a side road to Strobl am Wolfgangsee. There you can avoid the main road by bike path and enjoy a beautiful view of the lake and the Schafberg. Again, the reference to the gravel sections, but which represent no problem for 25mm.After leaving behind on the northern shore of St. Gilgen, a crisp climb follows the bike path to Fuschl am See. After Fuschl the next ascent follows - the Perfalleck - over to Faistenau and the Strubklamm.It is only two short uphill before you go down the direction of Salzburg over the last highlight of this round - the Höhenwaldstraße. If you still have reserves after this imperial round, you can finally take the Gaisberg with you. But even without Gaisberg you may feel like an empress or an emperor after this round. Chapeau!
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A very special highlight is located in the Berchtesgaden Alps in the south of Salzburg: the Rossfeld scenic road. The way there via the already known side roads, past the Hellbrunn Palace and Hellbrunner Allee.Which of the two possible driveways you choose is always a matter of taste. This round, however, prefers the driveway over Marktschellenberg, as you can drive up to the toll via small and somewhat isolated side roads. Also, this site has more to offer.After the toll, the road meanders through a forest and does not allow a view of the surrounding area. After just under one kilometer, you have almost a clear view of the high Göll and the Kehlsteinhaus.In the upper third it gets steeper and also the number of turns increases. In return, the street but from here its name more than fair. Once at the top you have a truly magnificent panorama.On the way down you can take a short detour via the old Winterstallstraße. Although this is very steep, but what the prospect concerns certainly another highlight of this round.
In the first half of this round one highlight chases the next one and you collect diligently height meters - no wonder, because in Salzburgerland it is always uphill.First you drive along the Salzach south to Glasenbach and continue on the idyllic Höhenwaldstraße to Hinterwinkl. After this first ascent follows a slightly flatter passage and a short descent to the Wiestal Landesstraße, from where you follow the cycle path to Ebenau.After a kilometer you turn right again and start to climb again. At the top, the next highlight is already waiting: the Strubklamm - a canyon-like valley cut.After a short stopover at Hintersee you drive first on the main road. A few meters before the entrance of Faistenau you turn right and follow a wavy road to Tiefbrunnau. The surrounding hills are already screaming for the next meters of altitude.After Tiefbrunnau follows the steepest ascent of this round: the Perfalleckstrasse to Fuschl. But do not worry - it's only a short walk and a few minutes later it's down to Fuschl am See, where you can treat your legs for a short break.After Fuschl it goes - oh wonder - up again. You should take a look over the left shoulder, because only then you can see the rich colors of the lake.Wavy it continues now to Thalgau and after a last climb, it is only downhill - to Salzburg.
At the latest after you have ticked off the Rossfeld scenic road, you also want to explore the neighboring Berchtesgadener Land. Because there are not only impressive summits like the Watzmann, but countless beautiful roads, steep climbs and picturesque lakes waiting for you.As well as on the way to the Rossfeld, you leave Salzburg to the south. Along the Untersberg we continue to Marktschellenberg and Berchtesgaden. The road there has a bike lane and now and then you can also dodge on bike paths.After Berchtesgaden you follow the signs to Ramsau. There, at the foot of the Ramsau Dolomites, hides the picturesque Hintersee and the driveway to the legendary Hirschbichl Pass.On the way back you will collect some more altitude over the Hochschwarzeck, before returning to Salzburg via Großgmain. Shortly after Großgmain you should take the "Col de Latschenwirt" with you.
The district of Flachgau in the north of Salzburg does not live up to its name. As this round shows, you can also collect neat altitude meters and enjoy wonderful views of the Salzburger Land and the many lakes.The height profile of the "Flachgau Achters" is rather wavy and recorded only four relatively long climbs. You also drive almost exclusively on side roads and only four times cross a main road.A special highlight is the eastern part of the route, which leads through a tranquil forest and where cars are rarely seen. At some seasons, however, is increasingly expected to deer.Although the track constantly allows a view of the surrounding mountains, you have at the northernmost and highest point of the eight the most beautiful view. From there it is also almost only downhill and you realize that the Flachgau is actually not as flat as the name suggests.
If you are ever in Salzburg, you should also explore the city and its attractions in the immediate vicinity. And although the Gaisberg, one of the local mountains of Salzburg, should never be missed, this round is dedicated to the "smaller" highlights - which are still there.The first highlight is located in the north of Salzburg and is visible from afar: the pilgrimage church Maria Plain. The driveway is steep, but not long. At the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Salzburg, the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the surrounding mountains.A little further to the west, but still near the city, is the next highlight: a road that runs along the Untersberg and has already been compared to Canada due to the landscape of many cycling.In the south of Salzburg you will find Hellbrunn Palace, where you can prove yourself on some weekends in the tourist slalom discipline. However, the beautiful gardens and magnificent buildings invite you for a short break anyway.On the Hellbrunner Allee (gravel) it goes back to the city center. If you want to face the steepest driveways in the city, you can do so at a Mönchsberg crossing or the driveway to the Kapuzinerberg. Both are ideal opportunities to admire Salzburg from above and to make the ideal postcard motif for the home.
The Högl in neighboring Bavaria is and remains a perfect spot for cyclists. Whether mountain bikers, downhillers, cyclocrossers or racing cyclists - there is something for everyone. The selection of trails, roads and forest roads is huge. This round is certainly a classic among racing cyclists and especially before sunset a popular choice.As soon as you leave Salzburg, you will reach a neighboring bridge via a narrow bridge. From there, you drive the Högl in a clockwise direction and collects some altitude. Arrived on the south side of the Högl, you should absolutely take the dead-end street up to the Stroblalm and enjoy the view.On the way back to the city, there is a detour via the "Coll de Latschenwirt".
The Haunsberg in the north of Salzburg is ideal for a fast lap. In the evening it is a good place to enjoy the sunset. On the other hand, early risers can watch the sun kiss one mountain after another on the horizon.Even if the approach via Salzachradweg is rather unspectacular, the driveway is all the more demanding and beautiful. Once at the top, you can admire the Kaiserbuche, one of the oldest natural monuments in the province of Salzburg, and a magnificent panorama.After a short descent, it is worth taking a detour via a spur road from which you also have a beautiful view of the city of Salzburg.After this short detour, it continues wavy first and after a short descent to Anthering you roll back already comfortable back to Salzburg.
Southeast of Salzburg is the Trattberg, which can be wonderfully connected with the rise up to St. Koloman. Even if the way there is a bit unspectacular, the two climbs and the view of the Dachstein are all the more beautiful.Once you have reached St. Koloman, after a short descent, turn off into a beautiful wooded area and drive up again. After one kilometer you will see the first signposts for the Trattberg scenic road.After the forest, both the slope and the number of turns increase. Before you return to the Enzianhütte, you should drive a bit further up to enjoy the view of the Dachstein.