The Tauernradweg along the Salzach and Saalach River
Scenic beauty, Europe's highest waterfalls, a visit to Salzburg, and countless attractions along the way.
This may very well be one of the most exciting cycling tours in Europe. Scenic beauty, Krimml: Europe's highest waterfalls, a visit to Salzburg, and countless attractions lie along the way. Highlights include Liechtenstein gorge and Hohenwerfen castle. The starting point of this bike trip is the small village of Krimml, amidst the Hohe-Tauern National Park region. With its impressive waterfalls and exciting hiking excursions, it might take you an extra day to leave Krimml and get started on your journey.
The bike trail will follow the Salzach River through charming villages to Zell am See, a picturesque summer and winter resort. Here you will have two options for your way to Salzburg: first, you can continue along the Salzach River with a chance to visit the world's largest ice caves in Werfen, or the salt mines in Hallein.
Or you can take the (even more) scenic route along the Saalach River, visiting charming places like Maria Alm and Lofer and taking a short cut through Bavaria into Salzburg. From Salzburg the bike trail will lead north through Oberndorf (with the Silent Night chapel) to the German border town of Passau where you may connect and continue to the Danube bike trail towards Vienna.
- Distance: 326 km (203 mi), 177 km (110 mi) from Krimml to Salzburg
- Start: Krimml (can be reached by narrow-gauge train from Zell am See)
- Finish: Passau
- Features: Slightly downhill with only some minor climbs, mostly on paved trails and or minor roads with local traffic. Some gravel or mountain trails are used (not recommended for racing bikes).
The Tauern bike path cuts through some of the world's most mountainous terrainKrimml