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

Erwin Haiden

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

Mountain Biking Collection by Dachstein Salzkammergut



12:00 h

87.1 mi

9,550 ft

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

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    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 …

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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:

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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.

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Collection Stats

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

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