Salzkammergut Lake District Tour
The "Salzkammergut" lake region in Upper Austria offers a great number of lakes in a beautiful Alpine environment. In recent years it has become one of the most popular vacation spots in Austria.
This bike trip will introduce you to the great Salzkammergut region, taking you to no less than 13 lakes while offering you a chance to break up your cycling with swimming, fishing, sailing, and hiking. This tour is a loop which allows you to start your adventure anywhere along the route.
From the official starting point is Salzburg, the route continues southeast to St. Gilgen on Wolfgangsee lake, and then along to St. Wolfgang and Bad Ischl, our former emperor's Franz Joseph's favourite stay (we suggest visiting his former hunting lodge).
Further south, the trail will lead you into the picturesque town of Hallstatt. For a picture perfect view of the town, take the ferry and enjoy one of the country's best photo ops. Stop at the ice caves near Obertraun. The loop continues via the Traunsee, Attersee, and Mondsee - all of which offer some great water activities.
Distance: 309 km (192 mi) loop
Start and finish: in Salzburg
Features: mostly biking paths and side roads with little traffic. For short distances where highways are being used, railway or bus lines offer an alternative.
Castle Ort on Lake TraunseeTraunsee
Lake view from the balcony of the Heritage HotelHallstatt
Salzkammergut - picinic