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Salzburg the Lakes Short Break Cycling

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This 4 night holiday gives a lovely short introduction to the Austrian lakes district, Salzkammergut. A land intrinsically linked with The Sound of Music and Mozart, this is picture-postcard Austria: shimmering blue lakes, deep green meadows, Alpine villages and traditional dress.

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All about the Salzburg the Lakes Short Break Cycling.

This 4 night cycle route really packs a punch as it takes you from the heart of Salzburg city, with its wealth of beautiful old buildings, including cathedrals, palaces and a fortress, through lovely meadows and villages into the beautiful Austrian Lake District. You will cycle alongside four of the Lakes in the area and have some amazing views of the beautiful mountain scenery.
Although you only have time for a small taste of this stunning area, you will experience majestic Bad Ischl, where Kaiser Franz Josef and his family spent their summers, pretty St Gilgen, where Mozart’s mother was born and not forgetting Mondsee with its beautiful Basilika, made famous by appearing in the wedding scene in ‘The Sound of Music’.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of **** hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Route directions and maps 
  • High quality hybrid bikes 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Start and finish on Lake Mondsee
  • Exceptional lake and riverside routes
  • Vibrant green meadows, postcard pretty villages and beautiful mountain scenery
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Salzburg
  2. Day 2 Day 2: Salzburg to Mondsee 37km/23.5mi

    For today’s ride out of Salzburg, you will mostly follow the Mozart cycle route on dedicated cycle paths but with some of the route on minor back roads. The cycle path first heads north, following the river Salzach, before turning off to go through the outskirts of Salzburg and then up through vibrant green meadows, passing villages, following the route of the former Ischlerbahn railway line to Unzing (near Eugendorf). Continue on the Mozart cycle route to Thalgau and then out onto St Lorenz plain, where you will have impressive views of the Drachenwand rock wall on your way into Mondsee.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Mondsee to Bad Ischl 41km/26mi

    A lovely route today, following the scenic shore of Mondsee with views across to the Drachenwand, an amazing rock face that towers above the lake. You might then choose to take a little detour to pretty Unterach, which was a favourite of Gustav Klimts, and where he drew his inspiration for many of his paintings. Your route then takes you along the shores of stunning Attersee, the largest lake in the area. From there follow alongside the stream up through the beautiful wooded valley with glimpses of the impressive Hollengebirge mountains, to Mitterweibenbach. Here you follow the cycle route, with a short downhill section on road, before riding alongside the river on a cycle path into Bad Ischl.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Bad Ischl to Mondsee 43km/27mi

    Today’s route takes you west along the river, on quiet inland roads to the lovely lakeside village of Strobl. Here you can extend the day by taking an optional 9km detour along the northern edge of the lake to St Wolfgang, an historic pilgrim’s town, renowned for its beautiful 15th century church. From Strobl, a dedicated cycle path next to Lake Wolfgang takes you to St Gilgen, an attractive town famed for being the birthplace of Mozart’s mother. From there continue on the cycle route to pass the beautiful little lake Krottensee, then alongside the shore of Mondsee back to Mondsee itself.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Depart
Where you stay
Achat Plaza Zum Hirschen
Situated in the heart of Salzburg in the city’s recreational area, the 4 star Achat Plaza Zum Hirschen Hotel is a short walk away from Kapuzinerberg Capuchin Monastery. Built in 1911, this luxurious-style venue was remodeled in 2010. The accommodation also offers free WiFi. The hotel is notable for the quiet setting. Guests will also be 1250 meters from Mozart’s Birthplace. Visitors will enjoy the proximity of a church, a cathedral and a fortress. A mini-bar, central heating and a living area are featured in each tasteful room.
Hotel Leitnerbrau
The Leitnerbrau Hotel can be found in the very heart of Mondsee, just a stone’s throw from the famous church used in ‘The Sound of Music’ and a 5-minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events. A 30-room, family-run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside whilst retaining the typical Tyrolean architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious, with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.
Hotel Goldener Ochs
The Hotel Goldener Ochs boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl’s pedestrianised town centre, and sits on the banks of the Traun River. It features a spa, sauna, swimming pool and sun terraces with mountain panorama.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food and you will be thankful for this after a hard day’s cycling. Typically, you will be set up for the day by a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, along with the traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings; you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables in a style similar to English cooking. Desserts are often fruit based – such as Apfelstrudel – or cream pastries. Rehrucken is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake On average Austrians, drink twice as much coffee as beer. There are many different types to choose from, particularly in the larger towns and cities and are often drunk in specialist coffee houses, known locally as a Kaffeehaus. It is often served in large cups and finished off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

Austrian wines tend to be sweet white varieties, similar to German Mosel wines. The three best-known areas for producing white wines are Krems, Klosterneuburg and Gumpoldskirchen. The main red wine producing area is Voslau. Of course Austria is better known for its beer and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gösser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Classification: Self-Guided
No. of days cycling: 3
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows traffic-free lanes along shimmering lakes and through alpine villages.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR
Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, solo travelers, couples, families, high peaks, lake & river routes

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