…with The Sound of Music!
This is an overview of our fantastic cycling holiday in Austria. Glistening blue lakes, green mountains and fragrant pine-clad hillsides, pastel coloured towns and panoramic picnic spots. The tour starts and finishes amongst the palaces and gardens of Salzburg taking in gentle waterside cycle paths, green forest trails and rural lanes.
Scenes from The Sound of Music come to life as we cycled through the Salzkammergut region, touring between ten glistening lakes surrounded by velvet green mountains. Cycling past woodlands and reedy nature reserves, stopping off for picnics or lunch in romantic lakeside towns.
We entered long green valleys, scattered with lakes, dominated by mountains and dotted with wooden chalets and church spires – including the church where Maria married Captain von Trapp.
Salzburg - Trumer Lakes/Lake Wallersee 28 to 34 miles (45 to 55 km)
We followed the River Salzach along the Tauern bike path to reach the town of Oberndorf and visit the chapel where Silent Night was first played. We continued into Trumer lake country, cycling past the largest lake of Obertrumer, the reflective waters of Lake Mattsee, the natural reserve at Lake Grabensee and the popular watersports destination of
Trumer Lakes/Lake Wallersee - Lake Mondsee/Lake Attersee 31 to 37 miles (50 to 60 km)
We started by cycling through the Egelseen Lakes nature reserve and reached the famous cheese museum in the village of Schleedorf, continuing through moorlands to romantic Lake Mondsee. We passed through Mondsee, where Maria married Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, then pedalled on to the sailing hub of Attersee.
Lake Attersee/Mondsee - Lake Traunsee 31 to 50 miles (50 to 80 km)
Cycling through the valley of Aurachtal, passing woodlands, marshes and reed meadows we arrived at Lake Traunsee to see pastel coloured buildings at the salt town of Gmunden, visiting the picturesque village of Traunkirchen and relaxed in the market town of Altmünster.
Lake Traunsee - Bad Goisern 12 to 22 miles (20 to 35 km)
We hopped on a train to the village of Obertraun, which sits on the shores of Lake Hallstatt. Cycled on to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Hallstatt, where sloping wooden roofs poke out from steep green hillsides. A short ride from Hallsatt to spend an evening in the mountain market town of Bad Goisern.
Bad Goisern - Lake Wolfgangsee 22 miles (35 km)
Pedalling along the banks of the Ischler Ache River, a popular spot to see fly fishermen reeling in rainbow trout. We arrive on the shores of Lake Wolfgang to spectacular views of one of Austria’s most popular recreation lakes. We chose the alternative route here, slightly longer and more scenic. Cycling along the east of Lake Wolfgangsee we arrived in St. Wolfgang and took the funicular railway train up to the Shafberg for some truly spectacular views of Lake Wolfgangsee. Unfortunately Amanda had a slight accident on the hillside and twisted her ankle, so we decided to take a ferry over the lake to St. Gilgen. This proved to be a top choice as the sun was shining and we were able to enjoy the lovely views.
Lake Wolfgangsee - Salzburg 25 to 31 miles (40 to 50 km)
Cycling from the waterfront village of St Gilgen to our rendevouz with the tour guide. At this point there was an optional hike which as Amanda’s ankle was a bit tender we decided to miss this out. We then cycled on through some amazing scenery through forests to descend to Lake Hintersee and cycle past waterfalls and dramatic gorges to the Salzach Valley and into Salzburg.