10 routes for a gravel adventure in Salzburg

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There are countless gravel roads and highlights to discover around Salzburg. With the Chiemgau and Berchtesgaden Alps closeby, the Mozart city is an ideal starting point for your next gravel adventure.

Whether you are looking for a quick after-work ride around the city or a longer adventure in the mountains, there's something for everyone in these ten routes. The "Schafbachalm" and "Osterhornrunde" routes take you deep into the heart of the Salzburg countryside, with its remote gravel roads and magnificent panoramas. You can see just how much Salzburg values its proximity to Bavaria on the "Wildental" route or the classic "Stoißeralm" ride.

Although all these routes are marked as mountain bike tours, you don’t need a suspension fork or thick knobby tires. An adventurous spirit and time are enough to enjoy this Gravel paradise to the fullest.

By the way, we have also put together the ten most beautiful Salzburg city routes, you can find them, here:
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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:34
    29.9 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Out of the city, into the Gravel fun! Only a few kilometers outside Salzburg lies the densely forested Högl, a small mountain range lying in neighboring Bavaria. This offers a good mix of gravel and asphalt roads as well as short trail passages, making it ideal for gravel cruising near the city.The tour starts comfortably and runs downstream to the Saalachspitz, where the Saalach flows into the Salzach. From there you follow the river Saalach upstream - alternating on asphalt and gravel. A narrow bridge leads you to the neighboring Bavaria and after a few kilometers to the edge of the forest from Högl.As soon as you have covered the first 170 meters of altitude on asphalt, pure Gravel amusement starts: beautiful forest roads in the forest, crisp climbs, short descents, (easy) trail passages and impressive mountain panoramas. You pass three pastures or restaurants: Johannishögl, Neubichler Alm and Stroblalm. The latter is an ideal spot for a short stop and also marks the vertex - from now on it goes downhill!After this descent, it goes back over the Saalach and over short gravel passages and a small cross-country trail on to Marzoll. There you follow the cycle path to Salzburg, which after a few kilometers branches off and leads you over a wavy and beautiful Gravel section to Fürstenbrunn.From there it alternates on gravel and asphalt back to Salzburg. An ideal Feierabendrunde.

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  • Difficult
    06:06
    43.1 mi
    7.1 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    A very popular destination for cyclists is the Stoißer Alm in Bavaria near the border. The multitude of forest roads and well signposted routes make the Teisenberg, on which the alp lies, a true gravel paradise. In addition, these can be combined on the way back with beautiful gravel roads.The route initially leads on cycle paths to the outskirts and then on the bike path on the banks of the river Saalach in the neighboring Bavaria. On idyllic forest roads and short trail passages it goes wavy around the Högl all around. Gravel fun and mountain panoramas are guaranteed!As soon as you pass the Högl and smaller towns, the climb starts up to the Stoißer Alm. The tour described here does not take the most direct route, but at first makes a small turn around the pasture and then approaches it from a higher plateau. From there you have a very nice view of the Chiemgau Alps and in good weather you can even see the Chiemsee. On the section between the plateau and the alp, you may have to push your bike briefly - depending on your ability.The view from the Stoißer Alm is one of the most beautiful in this region and invites you to linger. After this picture-book spot, the Gravel adventure continues rapidly. And downhill to the restaurant Adlgaß, whose beer garden is a special (culinary) highlight on warm days.Well-fortified, it goes 150 meters uphill to the last highlight of this tour: the Frillensee. This is most of the time in the shadow of Hochstaufen and is, according to Wikipedia, the coldest lake in Central Europe. Near the lake you can fill up your water bottles if necessary, before going downhill again on winding forest roads. Once at the bottom, you follow the cycle paths back to Salzburg with many impressions in your luggage.

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    43.7 mi
    7.5 mph
    3,900 ft
    3,900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    As with the tour on the Stoißer Alm, you will spend a lot of time on Gravel and in neighboring Bavaria. In addition to the beautiful mountain panorama, there are three lakes, which are the true highlights of this tour. Gravel fun and trail action are guaranteed - but the route is sometimes very steep and requires a lot of legs.The route initially leads on cycle paths to the outskirts and then on the bike path on the banks of the river Saalach in the neighboring Bavaria. Directly at the campsite "Staufeneck" begins after the barrier system a wavy gravel section in beautiful forest scenery. Note: Caution should be exercised when descending, as there are two "crosses" that are mostly hidden by foliage. A traffic sign will point you out early.After this section you will drive up steep asphalt and gravel roads to the first lake: Listsee. Then you continue to collect plenty of altitude and pass a few miles later a hut with a fountain, where you can fill your water bottles - or rather: should. Because the next section is long and steep.At the apex of this long climb, it's down to the world's first pipeline. The historic brine pipeline and the next "Himmelsleiter" can not be overlooked and definitely a (historical) highlight. If you do not want to tow your bike up, you can take the ascent marked but very crisp climb on the route.As soon as you have covered exactly the same altitude as the pipeline, the first flat and slightly sloping trail leads to the second highlight: the beautiful Falkensee, which is embedded in a very idyllic forest and mountain scenery. Camera ready!On the way to the third and last highlight, the Frillensee, you can make a detour to the restaurant Adlgaß (beer garden highlight). The Frillensee lies most of the time in the shadow of Hochstaufen and is, according to Wikipedia, the coldest lake in Central Europe. If you are adventurous, you can continue to the lake following the route described here and explore yet another highlight. Otherwise, after Frillensee you can take the descent described in the Stoißer Alm Tour.The last Gravel highlight is a small special and lies about 200 meters above the Frillensee. The way up there is steep, but you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Hochstaufen. Then the route leads down a technical trail, which is difficult to master with a Gravel bike. After a short break you can get back on your bike and drive down a winding gravel road. Done - Chapeau! Now roll back comfortably to Salzburg and let a Gravel Tour full of highlights reminisce.

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  • Difficult
    04:50
    40.0 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The tour is a prime example of the fact that there are hardly any limits on a gravel bike. The route alternates several times between gravel and asphalt and also includes a short, flowing trail passage. The altitude profile of the route is wavy and promises not only scenic variety.The route initially leads on cycle paths to the outskirts and then on the bike path on the banks of the river Saalach in the neighboring Bavaria. On beautiful forest roads you drive in the forest along the Högl, a small ridge near the border, along and collect the first altitude. After a brisk Gravel descent, it goes wavy past several small towns, until you finally reach the Höglwörther See. The Gravel Passage after the lake is a bit reminiscent of Strade Bianche, making Gravel's heart beat faster.Shortly before the community Teisendorf you turn into a forest and follow a flowing trail. After this short trail fun you make a bend around Teisendorf and follow the route alternately on gravel and asphalt to Schönram. There you can recharge your batteries in the garden of the brewery Schönram - half is done.The second part of the tour is very varied. After a short detour into the forest near Schönram, the route takes you along side roads and narrow paths to a wooded hill. Idyllic forest roads are waiting for you, but there are again some altitude to collect. With a lot of mud on the tires it goes back to the border and then on the bike paths back to Salzburg.

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  • Difficult
    06:22
    49.3 mi
    7.7 mph
    5,375 ft
    5,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    After an intense winter, you can still find plenty of snow on the mountains around Salzburg in May. Therefore, you should only ride the tour described here, if the ski tour operators have lost their interest in it.You first follow the Salzach upriver to the southern city limits. There you will collect the first meters of altitude in an idyllic wooded area - by the way, the beautiful hairpin bends are one of the most popular photo spots in Salzburg. After a bumpy section follows a descent into the densely wooded Wiestal - in which the Wiestalstausee is located. However, you leave this on the right and drive up the Strubklamm instead. After this follows a short Gravel climb - a shortcut - up to Faistenau and then it continues on asphalt towards Tiefbrunnau.Arrived in Tiefbrunnau you follow the signs to the Schafbachalm. The climb is initially paved and very steep. As soon as the road flattens, it continues on beautiful forest roads uphill. From here begins the purest Gravel paradise, which reminds a little of Canada. After the Schafbachalm it goes uphill again, but you will be rewarded only a short time later with a very long gravel downhill through picturesque countryside.After this departure, follow the signs "Sonnberg", uphill again. From time to time, the beautiful forest road clears the view of the lower Hintersee, on whose northern shore this Gravel Passage leads. Once there, it's off again in the direction of Faistenau, this time you go straight (the route is an eight) and then reach Ebenau via remote back roads.The gravel fun is not over yet. On the outskirts of Ebenau still waiting for a very idyllic and steep dirt road, which later turns into asphalt and leads you to Koppl. There you master the last meters of altitude on asphalt before a rough gravel descent leads you down to the nearby main street. From here it is only downhill and comfortable back to Salzburg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    30.3 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour initially runs out of town on the bike path along the Salzach. As soon as you leave the bike path, you continue on small side roads towards Oberalm. Here ends the little warm-up and the first climb is waiting for you.Short, steep and winding road winds up the Oberalmberg. Alternating on asphalt and gravel sections it goes up and up until you reach a nice photo spot. Enjoy the impressive view of Salzburg and the opposite Untersberg for a short while before descending for the first time. A perfect opportunity to relax your legs again.It follows the second and longest climb of the tour: up to the millstone. Before you can enjoy beautiful forest roads, you have to cover the first 200 meters of altitude on asphalt. Arrived at the edge of the forest, you pass the barriers and take the forest road, which meanders over several curves up the millstone. A short trail passage leads you then to the other side of the mountain, where there are only a few meters to the Erentrudisalm.Tip: the Erentrudisalm is currently not managed, but the Fageralm is in the immediate vicinity. There are not only culinary highlights waiting for you, but also a beautiful view of Salzburg and the surrounding mountain landscape.After a winding descent on asphalt you reach the final Gravel highlight of this tour over detours and a few additional meters of altitude: the Glasenbachklamm. Note: Be careful when leaving - the wooden bridges are very slippery even on dry days.

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  • Difficult
    06:53
    58.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is a somewhat defused variant of the Wildental Route, but offers at least as many gravel highlights. For while the Wildental Route collects ample altitude, you can enjoy this variant of beautiful gravel roads on the banks of the Saalach, which incidentally gives the Saalachtal its name.As with the Wildental Tour, the route takes you first to the city limits and then, alternating on gravel and asphalt, along the Saalach to Bad Reichenhall and on to the banks of the Saalachsees. Once you've rounded the lake and passed the military area, the only long climb on this tour begins. The gravel road is sometimes very steep, but in the beautiful landscape, the effort is quickly forgotten. Especially the tunnels are very impressive!This is followed by a first descent, but the downhill fun is short-lived and you're uphill again after just one kilometer. Once at the top you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Loferer Steinberge as a reward, before you go over a four-kilometer downhill, which is very steep in places, again in the vicinity of the Saalach. And while the Wildental Route branches off after this descent towards the mountains, it continues straight for you.The route then leads you into a forest, where it goes steeply uphill again. Then you follow the road to the banks of the river Saalach, where you follow the riverbank downstream to the cycle path to Unken and then back to Bad Reichenhall. The many beautiful Gravel passages of the bike path make it a true highlight and this tour in total to a worthy alternative to the Wildental Tour.

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  • Difficult
    09:24
    68.7 mi
    7.3 mph
    6,725 ft
    6,725 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour has it all! On the one hand, it will demand a lot from your legs because of the distance and altitude, on the other hand, you will be rewarded with beautiful gravel roads and varied landscape in the border area between the Salzburg and Berchtesgadener Land. A Gravel Tour like from a picture book.On the bike paths you go to the city limits of Salzburg. Past the castle Kleßheim you follow the cycle path, on the bank of the river Saalach, upriver to Bad Reichenhall - alternating on gravel and asphalt. Note: If you are looking for a shortcut, you can for example take the S-Bahn to Bad Reichenhall or from there back to Salzburg as a shortcut. The route leads directly past the central station Bad Reichenhall.After the Saalachsee first really height meters are collected. First, the route takes you to a slightly hidden side street, which will save you the climb on the main road, but will put your legs to a first test. Warm-up done!A few miles later you will reach a military area, where there is a steep driveway to a gravel road next to its gates. Fortunately, your legs are already warm, because now follow about 28 kilometers and 1500 meters of altitude on gravel. In total, there are five climbs in varied and always beautiful scenery to deal with, the third is very steep and hardly includes sweeping. You should therefore divide your forces well and take sufficient food.For a (culinary) break, the hut on the Hirschbichl Pass is ideally suited - it is behind the fifth and last big climb of this tour. After this breather it goes over a very (!) Steep and idyllic road down to the Hintersee. However, halfway you should stop briefly, because the suspension bridge is one of the great highlights of this tour.After the Hintersee, your legs have to negotiate a short ramp before it then goes again on beautiful forest roads and along the Schwarzbach back down to the Saalachsee. It is still a long way to Salzburg, but luckily the way back is flat and, compared to the five climbs, very relaxed. So enough time to review the many impressions and highlights and then raise your legs in Salzburg.

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    35.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Immediately after the city limits waiting for the first gravel section on you, which leads along the Saalach first in the neighboring Bavaria. From there it takes turns on asphalt and gravel and always near the river to Piding and at the foot of the mountain Hochstaufen.Directly at the campsite "Staufeneck" begins after the barrier system a wavy gravel section in beautiful forest scenery. Note: Caution should be exercised when descending, as there are two "crosses" that are mostly hidden by foliage. A traffic sign will point you out early.After this forest, it goes on asphalt and well-marked bike paths continue to Bad Reichenhall. There you drive briefly along the main road and then turn into a quieter side street. It is now noticeably uphill and after the city limits, the increase continues on gravel. For the sometimes hard-won altimeter you will be rewarded again with idyllic forest scenery, where you have to enjoy briefly sliding in two places.The next Gravel highlight, named after the "Wolfschwang" alpine pasture, is a nearly 4-kilometer-long gravel section at the foot of the Untersberg, which you still have to earn with a final, short climb. After a long gravel downhill you reach the Latschenwirt, where the descent continues on asphalt. The bike path continues in the direction of Salzburg. On the way home, take one last Gravel Passage with you and then roll back into the city quite comfortably.

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  • Difficult
    08:20
    65.8 mi
    7.9 mph
    6,375 ft
    6,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Osterhorngruppe in the Salzburger Kalkvoralpen have long been a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. The beautiful forest roads, beautiful panoramas and remote mountain pastures can also be easily discovered on a Gravel bike. And so this variation of the signposted Osterhorn round is the ideal tour to enjoy countless gravel highlights.The first 38 kilometers and 780 vertical meters are to be covered on asphalt and include Salzburg classics such as the winding Höhenwaldstraße, the impressive road along the Strubklamm and the idyllic Hintersee. After the lake, head towards the end of the valley, past the villages of Hintersee and Lämmerbach - where, as it were, you are at the gates of Gravel Paradies.The first ascent on gravel is very steep and only partially flattens off in places. The road winds its way through a dense forest and only shortly before the Genneralm clears the view of the lying behind Lämmerbachtal. After this first hard climb, you can take a well-earned break in the Posch'n hut before you drive over gravel roads in the lying before you Ackersbachtal. Depending on ability, the descent includes a very short sliding passage.After the descent, it's wavy through the beautiful Ackersbachtal before you drive downhill again less miles later. The gravel here can be a bit coarse and loose, which is why you should leave here especially concentrated.To get to the next highlight, the Seewaldsee, you have to fight for a few meters again - first on winding asphalt roads and then on remote forest roads. But also on this section you will be rewarded with a varied landscape and a fantastic view of the Dachstein massif and Tennengebirge.After a short break at Seewaldsee, continue on asphalt towards Trattberg. However, you leave this on the right and drive over long curves and with a beautiful panorama down to Bad Vigaun. From there it is only a few kilometers to Hallein, where you follow the cycle path along the Salzachufer back to Salzburg. And after this visit to Gravel Paradise, you've definitely earned another retreat - Chapeau!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    465 mi
  • Duration
    59:18 h
  • Elevation
    37,750 ft

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