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Cycling amongst basil and sage

Herb-themed cycle routes for all the senses in Salzburg’s Lake District

Author: Ulli Cecerle-Uitz


There is something special about riding a bike for recreational pleasure - whereby the route is the destination and at the same time the experience. Pedalling outdoors offers a feast for all senses as every ride presents a changing kaleidoscope of light, smells, speed, sounds and visual impressions creating a very natural adventure.

A cycling tour through the Trumer lake area in the Salzburg province makes this possible, with cyclists able to explore one herb garden after another. Fire, water, air and earth represent the framework for the cycling experience in this well-known region for organic hay. Fire stands for the passion for cycling; water for the four lakes of Wallersee, Mattsee, Grabensee and Obertrumer See; air for the experience out in nature; and earth is, of course, where the herbs grow and flourish.

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All about herbs

On an aromatic journey of discovery

The Salzburg Lake District is a region in which hay farming is done in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner. The people of this area have generational knowledge of these centuries-old plants possessing soothing and healing properties. The many different wild and culinary herbs, such as astringent sage or spicy basil, are lovingly and skilfully cultivated in traditional cottage gardens or in modern spiral and raised-bed herb gardens.
From one aromatic spot after another, cycling on these herb-themed paths is a wonderful sensory diversion.

The cycle routes lead through the gently rolling landscape past meadows, woods, and lakes, with an enticing herb collection found in every community in the Lake District. There is even an herb quiz for the kids to pry them away from their electronic devices and out into nature. This innovative and important initiative known as the ‘World of Herbs’ collects and shares precious knowledge about herbs.

Herbal tour through the Lake District

  • Wallerlake, Herb Trail © Salzburger Seenland Wallerlake, Herb Trail © Salzburger Seenland
  • Palace garden in Seekirchen © Salzburger Seenland Palace garden in Seekirchen © Salzburger Seenland
  • Small herb garden next to the trail © Salzburger Seenland Small herb garden next to the trail © Salzburger Seenland
  • Lake Matt, Obertrummerlake © Salzburger Seenland Lake Matt, Obertrummerlake © Salzburger Seenland
  • Bike trail along the lake © Salzburger Seenland Bike trail along the lake © Salzburger Seenland
  • Herb garden in pots © Salzburger Seenland Herb garden in pots © Salzburger Seenland
  • Herb garden in Oberndorf © Salzburger Seenland Herb garden in Oberndorf © Salzburger Seenland
  • Wild sunflower © Salzburger Seenland Wild sunflower © Salzburger Seenland
  • Drink out of herbs © Salzburger Seenland Drink out of herbs © Salzburger Seenland

Cottage gardens and scent competitions

Aromatic substances, bitter constituents, vitamins, and essential oils are what make herbs so valuable for cooking, cosmetics and alternative healing methods. It is very exciting to explore the different varieties through their scent and appearance: aromatic marjoram is waiting for the next goulash to be stirred up, fruity mint longs for cocktails, and fragrant rosemary looks to be partnered with roasts – and all compete for the best sunny spots, trying to outdo each other with their scents.

The different herb stations that the cycling routes pass through are all unique and diverse – from the Trumer herb garden by the Gasthof Sigl inn, and the creative garden in Mattsee, to the Seelenbräu garden in Köstendorf, and the cottage garden in Seeham. There are a variety of bike routes that cross these communities with their aromatic herbal treasures.
 

A hunger for cycling and culinary pleasures

It’s not surprising that cycling and exploring the world of herbs gives one a proper appetite for regional delicacies. What do these lucky local cooks do with all the herbs? Find out by sampling the fare in one of the area’s many traditional inns. Tip: try the fish, fresh from the waters of the Salzburg Lake District!

Finally, everyone who wants to retain their newfound joy and inspiration for a bit longer now knows – after such a wonderfully aromatic day of cycling and studying herbs – that lavender improves one’s mood, basil stimulates one’s mental sharpness, and chives are effective against fatigue. The latter is important because the next cycling tour is just around the corner!

Contact

Salzburger Seenland Tourismus

Seeweg 1
5164 Seeham

Salzburger Seenland Tourismus

Seeweg 1
5164 Seeham

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