What to expect
Cycle between two world-famous Austrian cities, from the beautiful alpine surroundings of Innsbruck to the elegant streets of Salzburg. Most of the easy cycling on this tour takes place on dedicated cycle routes along valley floors and riverside paths, where you can stop to admire the breathtaking scenery of the snow-covered mountains. Cycle through the pretty Ziller valley and visit Europe’s highest waterfall at Krimml, continue along the River Salzach, stopping in Zell am See for a refreshing swim in the lake.
Pedal north and reach an Ice Age gorge and one of Europe's largest cave systems near Lofer, before crossing into Germany and Bavaria's National Park of Berchtesgaden. The final ride of this tour takes you through flowering meadows, made famous by The Sound of Music, before you reach Salzburg where the storybook old town still looks much the same as when Mozart lived there 250 years ago.
At a glance
- Spectacular waterfalls, ancient cave systems and sparkling lakes
- Elegant cities, mountain towns and medieval villages
- Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg
- Dedicated cycle routes along valley floors and riverside paths
Arrive in Innsbruck
Arrive in Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol, to explore the narrow, cobbled streets and admire the famous gilded roof. If you have time, take the Nordkette funicular up to over 2000m for a birdseye view of this beautiful city.
Innsbruck – Strass/Ziller Valley
31 miles (50 km)
With the Alps on one side and the Karwendel mountains the other, cycle along the wide valley of the Inn River to the old town of Hall with its rich minting heritage. Continue to Wattens, home to Swarovski Crystal World. Cycle onwards along easy going cycle paths to the medieval town of Schwaz where beautiful facades date back to the heyday of silver mining. Visit the mine before continuing to the pretty alpine village of Strass at the entrance to the Ziller valley.
Strass/Ziller Valley – Krimml
16-28 miles (25–45 km) + transfer
Ride along an easy cycle path, past alpine pastures whilst enjoying impressive views of the Zillertal mountain range, with its 3000m peaks. Ride to Zell or further along to Mayrhofen. In the early afternoon, transfer by bus over the Gerlos Pass to Krimml, and admire the panoramic views of the valley and Europe’s highest waterfall before visiting them on foot.
Krimml – Kaprun/Zell am See
37 miles (60 km)
Today you will follow the Salzach river valley almost from the source. Again, you'll have views of the astounding mountain ranges on both sides of the wide valley. You'll ride into the National Park of Hohe Tauern, where the information centre is well worth a visit. The day's route ends in Zell am See by a beautiful lake, with a view of the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner.
Kaprun/Zell am See – Lofer
31 miles (50 km)
Take a refreshing dip in Zell Lake before following the Saalach river past Saalfelden to Maria Alm with its pretty pilgrimage church and backdrop of the Steinernes Meer mountains. Continue to Lofer and stop off to visit the impressive 600m Seisenberg gorge carved in the Ice Age and the Lamprechts caves, one of the largest cave systems in Europe, near Weißbach.
Lofer – Salzburg
31 miles (50 km)
Following the river bank, cross into the National Park of Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Germany, and visit the spa town of Bad Reichenhall. Visit the old salt mine, have a break in the old town, or taste the beer in the brewery. Pedal through meadows to reach Salzburg. Sound of Music fans will recognise the castle and lake where part of the filming of the original movie took place.
Depart from Salzburg
Check out after breakfast and make your way home or continue your holiday.
3* Hotels & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience an authentic flavour of your destination.
- 3* hotels and 4* hotels in Innsbruck & Salzburg
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Luggage transferred each day
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
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- 6 nights accommodation: 3 star hotels and 4 star hotels in Innsbruck & Salzburg
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS route available on request)
- Welcome briefing
- Local contact number for assistance
- Transfer by bus from Zell am Ziller to Krimml (including bike)
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, comfortable gel saddle, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid with 21 or 7 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
Board upgrade (B&B included)
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Cycling from Innsbruck to Salzburg was everything I'd wished for. Easy cycling, well signposted and the distance just right so that you knew you'd been out for a bike ride, but were ready for more the next day. The scenery was fantastic - most of the cycling was along rivers/through valleys with an ever changing view of the surrounding mountains. There was plenty to see/do on the way - do go to the Krimml waterfalls - , and there were scenic spots for a break/lunch. The hotels were excellent - welcoming and comfortable.Kate Hall, UK, July 2018