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Cycling through Salzburg and the surrounding area

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Salzburg

On your bike you can experience Salzburg in a different way. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the old town, you'll discover hidden jewels that couldn't be more diverse: Breathtaking viewpoints, unique nature experiences and interesting cultural highlights await you in and around Salzburg.

In this collection we show you the eight most beautiful bike tours in Salzburg and the surrounding area. No matter whether you want to cycle the best photo spots in Salzburg, spend a day at the lake or go on a leisurely river bike tour, you will certainly find your favorite route in our selection. All tours start and end directly in Salzburg, so you can start cycling without a long journey and at the bike rental "A Velo" at the Staatsbrücke you have the possibility to rent a bike, if you don't have one of your own.

Along all eight bike tours you can always take a break in nature, at a lake, river or on a panoramic mountain. You'll also find places to stop for a bite to eat, where you can indulge yourself with regional specialties so that you can keep up your strength on the way. Relaxation, fun and enjoyment are therefore guaranteed on all tours in and around Salzburg.

If you also want to explore the city on foot, you will find the most beautiful routes in and around Salzburg in the hiking collection: komoot.com/collection/887887/just-different-city-walks-through-salzburg.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:57
    16.8 mi
    8.6 mph
    625 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It starts at the Müllner jetty. From here you have a fantastic view of the old town and the fortress Hohensalzburg. And the view of the fortress will accompany you on the entire tour: On the way you will come to different vantage points, where you will always enjoy new perspectives on the Salzburg landmark - so do not forget your camera.At the Salzach you cycle northwards until you reach the motorway bridge. On a unique bike bridge you cross the river and drive up to the church of Maria Plain. After the somewhat strenuous climb, a breathtaking view of Salzburg awaits you.Then you can quickly roll back to the Salzach and follow the shore south. On the way you can take a break in the Mirabell garden and enjoy the view of the old town and the fortress from the quay around the Karolinen bridge. Further south you cross the Salzach on the Überfuhrsteg, a hip meeting place for young people. At the botanical garden, it goes past the Hellbrunner avenue. Here you can make a detour to the Gwandhaus and relax.Afterwards you will cycle to the castle Hellbrunn, where you can park your bike and take a short walk to the Monatsschlössl. From a vantage point you have a nice view towards the city.After you have swung back to your bike, you drive back to the old town. On the way you will pass the picturesque Leopoldskroner Weiher and the art project Krauthügel. From here you also have a beautiful view of the fortress Hohensalzburg. As soon as you are back on the Salzach, follow its shore northwards to the Müllner Steg, the exit point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    01:42
    15.7 mi
    9.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The bike tour to the Salzburg Open Air Museum begins in the district of Riedenburg. From here you cycle on a flat stretch to the Glan, whose shores you follow for a few kilometers. Then you leave the stream and drive comfortably past the Kleingmainberg, the Wurmsattel and the Wartberg, which rise to the left of you. After a short, steep climb, you will reach the Salzburg Open Air Museum about halfway through the circuit. Here you can not only visit old farms, houses and craft shops, but also strengthen you in the museum restaurant.It continues with many impressions and new forces. Alternating you cycle over lush meadows and through shady forests. In doing so, you are going down a few meters. In a rapid descent you then roll to Fürstenbrunn, past the Gutshof Glanegg and finally on the Moosstraße. The dead straight, flat road you follow for the remaining kilometers back to the starting point.

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    18.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Let's start the bike ride to Untersberg on the Karolinenbrücke. On the east side of the Salzach you cycle at the beginning of the noble district of Aigen and past beautiful meadows and fields over to Glasenbach. At Elsbethen you meet the bank of the Salzach and follow it to the south. You can keep your eyes wandering over the glittering waters of the river again and again.At the mouth of the Königsseeche in the Salzach you cycle to the west along the Königsseecheche. The wide pebble shores invite you to linger and on hot days for swimming. A little later you reach the valley station of the Untersbergbahn. Here it is worthwhile to turn off the bike and take the cable car up to the Salzburg local mountain. From Untersberg you can enjoy a wonderful view of Salzburg and the surrounding area.After your trip to the mountain, you cycle a bit around the Untersberg, so that you can also take a long look at it from below. About Fürstenbrunn then you drive back towards Salzburg. Past wide fields and meadows and the Leopoldskroner Weiher you will reach the Karolinenbrücke, the starting point of the tour.

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  • Easy
    01:44
    15.6 mi
    9.0 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the Makartsteg the Rundfart goes into the Antheringer Au. As you cross the bridge, you can admire the countless padlocks left by lovers. A look at the fortress Hohensalzburg is worthwhile from here. On the right bank you cycle along the Salzach out of the city. Shortly before Bergheim you leave the river and drive past beautiful fields and villages to Anthering, where you can take a little break. In one of the inns, you can strengthen yourself and on hot days, the outdoor pool invites you to swim.Then you drive directly into the Antheringer Au. Here you cycle comfortably through the silent forest and you are close to nature. With a little luck you might even see wild boar. Then you drive back to Salzburg on the banks of the Salzach. As you roll along the well-maintained bike path, you will always have unique views of the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

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  • Easy
    01:11
    11.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour to the Salzachsen starts at the Mozartsteg. Shortly after the start you cycle over the Mönchsberg. The climb is steep but short. Once at the top you can enjoy a wonderful view over the old town. After enjoying the panorama, you will whiz down the other side of the hill and cycle to the Stiegl Brewery. Here you can take a break and watch beer making or browse the brewery's shop.Afterwards pass the airport and the castle Klesheim, which lies in a wonderful park, through which you cycle comfortably towards Rott. After the bike path has taken you along the picturesque Saalach for a while, you will meet the Salzachseen. Past several lakeside lakes, the Karlsbader Weiher and the Lieferinger bathing lake, you will reach the Salzachsee, the largest of the lakes. You drive along its shore and then hit the Salzach. You follow her into the old town to the Mozartsteg and enjoy enchanting views of the Hohensalzburg fortress.

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  • Easy
    01:08
    9.76 mi
    8.6 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the Mozartsteg start the bike ride to Glasenbachklamm. From here you drive through the city to the Botanical Garden. The entrance is free and so you can take a break here and take a stroll through the diverse flora of the garden. After you have swung back to your bike, you roll through the dead straight Hellbrunner avenue, which brings you to the castle Hellbrunn. Here you turn off towards Salzach, which you cross to reach the Glasenbachklamm gorge.At the parking lot of the gorge you turn off your bike, you can connect it to one of the trees. On a walk through the gorge-like valley of the Glasenbach, you can immerse yourself in the wonderful nature of rushing water, cool forest and millennia-old rocks.After this relaxing excursion into the gorge you will get back on your bike and drive to the shore of the Salzach. On the well-maintained bike path along the river you cycle back to the city to the Mozartsteg, the starting point of the tour.

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  • Difficult
    02:34
    16.5 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The bike tour on the Gaisberg is a bit more challenging, as there are many vertical meters to overcome and some passages contain loose ground. But especially if you love action, gravel and breathtaking views, this tour is for you.It starts at the station Salzburg Aigen. From here you cycle comfortably to the outskirts, where you reach the foot of Gaisberg. Here begins the first climb. In a large arc you drive around the Gaisberg and pass through lush green meadows and wildly romantic forests. After you have almost completely surrounded the mountain, it finally goes up to the summit. A steep climb leads you to the 1,265 meter high mountain. Here you have earned a break and with the breathtaking view of Salzburg and the surrounding area you can regain your strength. In addition, you can indulge yourself in one of the two inns on the summit with regional specialties.With renewed energy, you then make the descent, which brings you back to the starting point. From the summit you first roll down the same track. At the foot of the mountain you turn off towards Salzburg Aigen and complete the loop around the Gaisberg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    17.8 mi
    8.7 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Directly at Salzburg Cathedral, the beautiful bike tour goes to Eugendorf. From here you cycle from the city center to the Salzach and cross it on the Müllner jetty, from which you have a unique view of the old town with the fortress Hohensalzburg. You follow the shore a bit to the north and turn at Itzling finally on the Ischlerbahntrasse.The route of the narrow-gauge railway once connected the city of Salzburg with the town of Bad Ischl in the Salzkammergut and became famous because its majesty Emperor Franz Joseph I used it to get into his summer residence. From 1894 on this route a railway traveled for more than sixty years along green meadows, crystal-clear lakes and imposing mountains. After dismantling the train, this picturesque route was opened fortunately for cyclists and pedestrians, connecting the Mozart city Salzburg with Eugendorf.Once in Eugendorf, you can take a long break during which you visit the church and stop in a cozy café or restaurant. Then you drive rested and freshly fortified on the same route back to Salzburg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    122 mi
  • Duration
    14:20 h
  • Elevation
    6,650 ft

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