Lush green meadows, blue glistening mountain lakes, fantastic views, idyllic alpine pastures, rustic huts, and wonderful trails and paths – the Salzkammergut is known for its beautiful landscape, which you can discover in a whole new way on an e-MTB. The ‘BergeSeen eTrail’ takes you 391 miles (630 km) through this very special region in 10 stages. With 47,570 feet (14,500 m) of altitude difference, the route is quite a challenge, but one which you can easily conquer with the help of an e-bike.
As well as spectacular nature, the Salzkammergut is home to numerous cultural highlights. The Emperor and his wife Sissi spent a lot of time in this region for good reasons. In summer, artists and intellectuals would often holiday in the mountains here. As you ride, you will find traces of the region’s rich history.
There are numerous opportunities to hop off your bike and explore: plunge into a cool swimming lake, marvel at the stunning Dachstein peak, or take a boat trip across Lake Wolfgang. You can also reward yourself with regional specialties such as varied cheeses produced locally, sweet Salzburg dumplings, or ‘Schneeballen’ (snowballs) pastries. After spending the day on your bike, you can relax in the spa towns of Bad Ischl and Bad Goisern.
With spectacular mountains and lakes as well as delicious food, the Salzkammergut is a wonderful place to discover by bike. For an idea of what awaits you there, check out this video:
The first stage of the BergeSeen eTrails starts in the cozy town of Mondsee with the lake of the same name, on the banks of which you roll along at the beginning. You should definitely stop here, because the panoramic view of the lake with Schafberg, Drachenwand and Schober is unforgettable. Then it starts. Today, around 66 kilometers and a whole series of crisp climbs await you, but thanks to the e-bike you can do it casually.On the way you drive through the wonderful nature reserve Wildmoos, where you will definitely meet one or the other forest dweller. There is often absolute silence here. Only the screeching of the birds of prey, the roebuck on the way, who looks up in amazement and then slowly trots away, disturb the silence. The lonely hamlets and the rustic Jausenplatz on Kogler Berg are just as idyllic. Of course, great views always await you, some of them to Salzburg. And when you arrive at Fuschlsee in the evening, you can end the day with a beautiful sunset on the lake shore.Tip: For the lunch break there is a small detour to the picturesque west bank of the Irrsee. Here you can find a cozy place to enjoy your provisions you have brought with you. If you want to combine a cool bath for refreshment with a refreshment in the restaurant, you can schedule a stop at the Dorferwirt bathing area (highlight: komoot.de/highlight/1335867).
The second stage of the BergeSeen eTrail was intentionally relatively short. The route is rather easy to drive and does not pose any technical or physical challenges. On the way you will pass so many beautiful highlights that it would be a shame to simply leave them all to the left. Instead, you can give yourself a break here and there and let everything work for you in peace.For example, you could start the day with a refreshing dip in Lake Fuschl or - if you prefer warmer - pay a visit to the heated lido. Later, a stop at the Hatznalm is worthwhile, where "baked mice" are waiting for you to refresh yourself. Also worth seeing is the ice chapel on Hintersee, which in turn offers itself for a little cooling. If you are looking for a very special nature experience and an extra portion of action, then a canyoning tour in the Strubklamm is just right for you. Just remember to book the tour in advance, what you can do in the Hotel Obermayr (hotel-obermayr.at/de/aktivurlaub/canyoning-salzburg).Did we promise too much? Even though the tour is so short, you will definitely be comfortably exhausted in the evening and have absolutely earned a nightcap beer from the television production "3 women and 1 death". Well get it!
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After a rather quiet second stage, there is a lot to do today: around 52 kilometers, more than 1,400 vertical meters and above all a few crunchy trail and isolated sliding passages challenge you and the battery of your bike equally. Today the Zwölferhorn is waiting for you. The view from there is phenomenal and the short way to the summit at 1,521 meters is a must because of the only summit photo on this tour.Once at the top, you can enjoy the wonderful view and look forward to the most beautiful part of the tour. The descent via the "Shared Trail" is really fun, just remember that you can meet hikers here - mutual respect is a matter of course. You have to descend briefly at various pasture gates and possibly avoid one or the other cow flat (or even its originators). The finest mountain feeling!On the Illingerbergalm you can fortify yourself and talk shop with the host about mountain bikes before you tackle the rest of the tour with full power. After a varied up and down you finally reach Lake Wolfgang. The cycle path there follows the lakeshore and takes you relaxed to the stage destination Strobl. If you feel like it, you can cool off at a bathing spot in the lake just before your destination.
Stage four on the BergeSeen eTrail is technically easy, but it's still a tough one, because 70 kilometers and around 1,890 meters of altitude are a challenge. Good battery management is important for this stage: it is best to take a spare battery or at least a charger. Not that it gets tight in the end. If you are already there, pack yourself an extra portion of provisions, so you can take a break on the way to a small snack.Before you set off, you can get your circulation going with a dip in Lake Wolfgang. Then you tackle the first long climb: 800 vertical meters in one go are a small challenge. For that there are also several rewards above. Once at the top, you have a last beautiful view of Lake Wolfgang, and there are also several huts on the Postalm where you can take a break.Now it's just going downhill for a while. You finally come to the Lammertal via the historic Postalmstraße, which is closed to public transport. You follow the Lammer for a while and enjoy the beautiful landscape and the flat course. Take a deep breath when you cross the main road, because now the second long climb of the tour follows. You now tackle the ascent to Hornspitz on a winding road. Take it easy and stop here and there to take a look back: The large peaks of the Tennengebirge, Bleikogel, Fritzerkogel, as well as the Schwarzer Berg, Trattberg and ultimately the Hohe Zinken, in between the Postalm and the Gamsfeld are behind you and give you you a postcard panorama. Shortly after you have left the summit of the Hornspitz on the left, you should stop at the Falmbergalm hut before you start the last section to the stage destination Gosau.
Stage 5 of the BergeSeen eTrails is again a small challenge for you and your e-bike with almost 67 kilometers and more than 1,600 meters of altitude. A little planning in advance cannot hurt, so that you can experience an unforgettable day. Before you set off, you should think about the range of your battery and your provisions. There are a few places to stop for refreshments along the way, but almost all of them are spread over the first third of the tour, so it's a good idea to pack a few snacks for later. If your battery doesn't last that long, take a second one or plan a stop at the Agathawirt in Bad Goisern.Now it starts. Today you can expect wonderful panoramic views, impressive waterfalls and many beautiful trails, which are easy to drive. The first highlight is not long in coming. It is not for nothing that the front Gosausee with Dachstein in the background is one of the most popular photo motifs among Austrians! If you start early enough and arrive here in the morning light, the "wow effect" is all the greater.After you have taken your souvenir photos, the longest climb of the day is waiting for you, which leads you over the Ebenalm and past the Löckermoos bog to the Rossalm and a little later to the highest point of the tour at 1,502 meters. In the meantime, there are a few places to stop for refreshments - maybe you fancy a second breakfast? Afterwards, the promising descent to Lake Hallstatt is pure enjoyment. Again and again you have an impressive view of some of the most impressive waterfalls in the region.When you arrive at Lake Hallstatt, your swimming trunks cry out for use. How about a refreshing dip in the cool water before you relax and follow the flat, natural bike path around the lake? In Bad Goisern the route bends to the right and the climb is crisp again. If you pass the Pflinsberg castle ruins with a lookout tower, you will soon be there. From now on, it only goes downhill to the stage goal Bad Aussee.
There are only a few kilometers between the start of the sixth stage on the BergeSeen eTrail in Bad Aussee and your destination in Altaussee. But it is simply too beautiful to connect the two places directly with each other here in the Ausseerland. Instead, a 67-kilometer stage awaits you today, where you can discover the region's beautiful lakes, picturesque alpine pastures and fantastic viewpoints. Again, you should keep an eye on your battery. If you are unsure, better pack the spare battery or charger.The tour starts in Bad Aussee, from where you head for the idyllic Ödensee through the Sarsteinwald and over the Kainischtraun. If you fancy a stop for a bite to eat, the stylish Kohlröserl hut is ideal here, from where you can enjoy a great view of the water. Freshly strengthened, it then goes steeply uphill towards the Steinitzenalm and down a brisk descent to Bad Mitterndorf. The route now leads you moderately uphill along the Salza for a while, until it becomes rather steep at the end following the Kochalmweg. On the right below you can see the beautiful Salza pastures before you reach the highest point of the tour at 1,205 meters.Once at the top you really deserve a short break with a wonderful view. From here you can already see the path that you follow downhill. It leads you to the shore of the Grundlsee, where a dip in the water can cool you down. From now on the route runs comfortably without really long climbs to the stage destination Altaussee, where you should definitely plan a stop at the lake of the same name. Its dark blue color creates a very special mood and makes a beautiful photo motif. There are also some places to stop for a bite to eat, so that you can round off the tour with culinary delights in front of the unique lake scenery.
Stage 7 is only around 50 kilometers long, but so packed with beautiful, exciting and impressive highlights that it will not be difficult for you to be busy all day. It starts before the tour really starts: How about a refreshing dip in Lake Altaussee?A short time later, the next “temptation” is waiting to stop you from driving on. If you drive through the picturesque alpine area that awaits you above Lake Altaussee, you are spoiled for choice in which of the cozy huts you stop at. Basically you can't do anything wrong, but if you need a little help in making a decision: The first refreshment stop on the Rettenbachalm is run by a mountain biker - there is a little shop talk about the regional dishes for free.After you have driven through the magnificent natural landscape along the Rettenbach for a while, the climb to the Hohen Raschberg is waiting for you. At the top of 1,384 meters, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Dachstein, Lake Hallstatt and Lake Wolfgang. Then you head for another impressive highlight: the “Eternal Wall”, a spectacular path with unforgettable views. Before you finally arrive in Bad Ischl, you can enjoy a short stop with a phenomenal view of the Hoisnrad Alm.
Stage 8 of the BergeSeen eTrails is quite a challenge. In addition to the distance and the height meters, a few technical uphill sections will require you, for which you need a little fitness and skill. It may well be that you sometimes have to push a piece. But that is also part of an adventure in the mountains and in return you will be rewarded for your efforts!To warm up you roll over the promising brine path, from which you can enjoy impressive views of the mountains again and again. It leads you directly to Lake Traunsee and to Traunkirchen. The view of the lake provides a real "wow" moment. When the Johannesberg chapel appears majestically on a rock, you have your next postcard motif for your holiday album. Past the Bartelkreuz, the lion from Lake Traunsee, there is a wonderful view of the magnificent Traunstein, the Grünberg and Traunkirchen after every curve.A small climb now leads you up to the Grasberg. The perfect opportunity for a lunch break in the promising snack station up there! Then you take the beautiful descent down to Gmunden. Passing the lido, the Toscanapark and on the right hand side at the famous Ort Castle and the Esplanade you drive straight into the heart of the cozy city.From now on, it is over with the leisurely asphalt cycling: now you go uphill on a shared trail to Lake Laudach. The trail is passable up to one point, but a bit tricky. At the Laudachseealm inn you have the opportunity to recharge your battery if necessary. If you like, you can cool off in the lake. Then it goes a little bit uphill before you enjoy the beautiful long descent to the stage destination Grünau im Almtal.Tip: If the technically demanding detour via Grünau is too much for you, you can turn off to the end of the ninth stage in Ebensee and save yourself about a day's stage.
As stage 8 ended, the ninth begins: technically demanding. This stage includes two downhill trails and two challenging ascents. A nice challenge for experienced drivers, less experienced refine their driving technique or just push a bit.But at first the stage starts very relaxed. On a bike path with a gentle incline you slowly warm yourself up until you reach the Almsee. If you like, there is a little side trip to refresh yourself in the cool water. If you'd prefer to drive a little longer, look forward to the Offensee and on the way there. It's really beautiful, but it's also a technical challenge. Offensee also has a swimming area and even a snack station where you can fortify yourself.After a break at the lake, the next challenge follows: A technical uphill trail demands full concentration. Maybe you prefer to take it easy and push instead. Either way: As a reward there is a nice descent with a panoramic view over the Rindbach valley and to Ebensee. Past the Feuerkogel cable car, the route bends to the right. A steep climb takes you up to the Hochsteinalm. If that becomes too much for you, you can simply continue to follow the road before turning right - this way you can save yourself 600 meters in altitude and reach the two Langbath lakes much faster. Again you have the opportunity to cool off in the clear lake water.Now it's almost done. A few more crisp climbs up to the Grossalm and you reach the beautiful Kientalstraße, which leads to the stage destination in Steinbach am Attersee.Tip: To avoid the sometimes demanding technical sections of the eighth and ninth stage, you can turn from stage 8 to stage 9 in Ebensee and save around a day's distance in this way. Just keep in mind that you have to think about this beforehand - otherwise there is no way around the difficult sections.
The last stage of the BergeSeen eTrails pulls out all the stops and shows you what the Salzkammergut has to offer. The route includes a beautiful lake at the start and end. Garnished with alpine pastures, panoramic views, a deep gorge and all the culinary side effects, you will once again experience pure enjoyment.You start in Steinbach am Attersee, where you can start the day with a refreshing dip in the cool lake. You follow the shore for a while before the route turns left and the long ascent to the Eisenaueralm is in front of you. If you look back, you can once again enjoy the wonderful view of the southern end of Lake Attersee. A wide forest path now leads steadily uphill through the middle of picturesque alpine meadows framed by the gray mountain peaks. At the top you reach the highest point of the day at just over 1,000 meters. If you feel hungry and want to take a break in this beautiful place, you can stop at the Buchberghütte, which has been specially designed for bikers.Otherwise it goes downhill towards Mondsee. On the way you can always expect impressive panoramic views over the Mondsee in the direction of Salzburg, the Thalgauberg, the Drachenwand and the Eglsee. Once at the bottom, you can refresh yourself in the water before slowly but surely approaching the goal of this stage and the end of the Berge Seen eTrails. But two climbs are still waiting for you: First you drive through the shady Kaiserwald to the Zwerchbühel. Finally, we have to master the Mondseeberg. On a finely paved road you finally roll down to Mondsee, where you can end the day and your whole tour at one of the cozy bathing areas of the lake of the same name.