Erwin Haiden

Pure freedom between culture and nature – gravel biking in Dachstein Salzkammergut

Mountain Biking Collection by Dachstein Salzkammergut

Do you love powering up steep climbs, collecting elevation gain and then dashing down into a valley? Do you like clocking up miles whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of remote nature? Gravel biking combines the best elements of racing and mountain biking to create a whole new riding experience. You can expect the efficiency and speed of road bikes and the freedom and robustness of mountain bikes. The Dachstein Salzkammergut region is the perfect place for this versatile cycling discipline. In this Collection, we present three brand new Gravel routes that leave nothing to be desired.

The three routes in this Collection are very varied and include options for every fitness level: from easy to competitive. All the routes have one thing in common – the magnificent scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut. Here, culture and customs merge with unspoilt nature, mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers to create an unforgettable experience on a bike. Away from any traffic, you will cycle along forest roads and gravel tracks to remote alpine pastures and breathtaking viewpoints. Your bike gives you absolute freedom in choosing your route and, if you feel like it, you can look for a cozy hut and tuck into some regional specialities.

All the routes in this Collection are signposted and officially approved from start to finish, so you don't have to worry about any blocked passages. The starting point of the tours is Bad Goisern. Situated in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage region, this town is a charming place that makes a great base camp for your gravel bike adventures. After you've exhausted yourself on the trail, you can regain your strength here, relaxing and enjoying the rich music, tradition and customs. Your gravel holiday in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region will be an unforgettable adventure.

If you prefer rushing downhill on trails, you should also take a look at our MTB routes:

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    18.4 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This wonderful round of gravel leads you along happily babbling brooks and through romantic forests to dramatically kitschy views of the mountains and lakes of the Salzkammergut. The beautiful nature itself is worth seeing, but two particularly impressive highlights await you on the way.This tour can easily be divided into two rounds. The first leads through the picturesque Weißenbach valley, in which the Chorinsky Klause awaits you with a special piece of cultural history. Klausen are weirs that were once built for the rafting and the transport of tree trunks. This one dates from 1819 and is the last wooden chapel in Austria. By the way, it is an excellent place for a break. Alternatively, you can stop at the Weißenbachwirt shortly before. You can look up opening times here: a rushing descent, you start the second round, which leads you along the foot of the 1,183 meter high "Ewigen Wand". Its steep rock formations are spectacular, from the bike path you always have incredible views. Just be a little careful, because this is a "shared trail", in which consideration for other users is a matter of course. You are probably so impressed by the scenic beauty that you feel no need to drive fast here.After the Ewige Wand you roll through the forest to Rathlucken Hütte, where another stop is worthwhile. Then the panoramic road takes you back to Bad Goisern, where the Moserwirt is already waiting for you with his delicacies. You can find the opening times and menus of the inns here and here /gasthof-hotel-moserwirt.html.

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  • Difficult
    41.6 mi
    7.0 mph
    5,025 ft
    5,050 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Once a year, the picture-book landscape around Bad Goisern becomes a trendy meeting place for mountain and gravel bikers: More than 5,000 bikers from over 40 nations meet here every year to compete at the Salzkammergut Trophy and around the wonderful mountains to enjoy. On this training route you can also go on a gravel adventure between Hallstatt and Gosau during the bike season! Would you like to take part in the trophy? There is all information here: tour is physically demanding, but the landscape is a dream. Here you get the full load of Dachstein Salzkammergut. With the Hallstättersee, Hallstatt, the Waldbachstrub waterfalls, the Gosauer Almen and Gosausee together with the Dachstein, one highlight after the other. So there are plenty of opportunities to catch your breath, rest and enjoy.In contrast to the event, you start in the middle of Bad Goisern and head straight for Lake Hallstatt. You follow the beautiful east bank cycle path with its spectacular suspension bridge over the deepest part of Lake Hallstatt before the first glimpses of the world heritage town of Hallstatt open up. In good weather, a stop at the lido is worthwhile in Obertraun before you pass the official starting point of the Gravel competition for the Salzkammergut Trophy.Now it goes high: A long climb is waiting for you, which leads you up to the Rossalm. On the way you will pass the impressive Waldbachstrub waterfall and have the first wonderful views of the Dachstein massif. When you arrive at the alp, you can rest and replenish your energy reserves. Click here for the opening times: wonderful, but quite demanding descent brings you down to Lake Gosau with its majestic Dachstein glacier - undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Salzkammergut. Time for a break and for a souvenir photo. Past sheep, cows and horses you cycle along quiet paths and later along the main road back to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    27.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    From Bad Goisern you have good views of the 1,975 meter high Sarstein, the main character of this tour. The plan is to circle the mountain and to experience Styria and Upper Austria from their most beautiful side. On approximately 43 kilometers you drive along streams through romantic forests to dramatic cheesy views of mountains and lakes. Whether as a stream, a river or a lake: the water is your constant companion today.After a short, flat warm-up, it gets straight to the point and you can expect a long climb, which brings you over the initially asphalted, later gravel Leislingstraße up to over 900 meters altitude. Shortly before you reach the small town of Oberlupitsch, you will roll over the light gray gravel of impressive rock walls - mountain feeling of the very finest and just made for Gravelbike. It follows a relaxed departure in the direction of Altaussee. Here you have from a distance a great view of the lake, the same place and the Loser, the impressive mountain in the background. A trip to the village or to the lake shore is worthwhile - an excellent opportunity for a break and a small snack.Via Bad Aussee you continue to Koppental. Here you first follow the Koppenstraße, but then turn off onto a gravel road, which brings you far away from the traffic along the Koppentraun bank towards Hallstättersee. Before you go back to Bad Goisern on the Ostuferweg, it's worth stopping at the Obertraun World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the high mountains, the place offers a great backdrop for a little refreshment. From here it is not far to the cooling waters of the lake. The last kilometers are pure enjoyment: along Lake Hallstatt you will always enjoy a great view - a cooldown program, as it could not be more beautiful.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    87.1 mi
  • Duration
    12:00 h
  • Elevation
    9,550 ft

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