R2/R19 Salzkammergut bicycle way
The Salzkammergut Cycle Trail is your direct route to the ultimate summer break.
Just like the former Ischlerbahn railway and the imperial carriages of old, it will take you first to Lake Wolfgang and then on to Bad Ischl.
Quality of experience: ******
- Multi-stage route
- Refreshment stops available
- Cultural/historical value
Travelling by bicycle, you have the opportunity to admire crystal-clear lakes and imposing mountain peaks as you follow the route taken by the imperial family. Surround yourself with history, majestic landscapes and picturesque views on this leisurely tour through the states of Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria, and enjoy the same impressive scenery that captivated artists like Gustav Klimt.
320 picture-perfect kilometres through the federal states of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria.
At whatever point cyclists join the circular route, they will instantly find themselves in the midst of some of the most stunning scenery in the Alpine region. And that’s not all – this journey in the footsteps of the Habsburg monarchy can be added to or shortened at any time thanks to boat and rail connections and intersections with other routes.
Anyone saddling up in front of Mozart’s Birthplace in the city of Salzburg is sure to have one objective in mind: to pedal along to the master’s melodies all the way to Lake Wolfgang or follow the rattling rhythm of the former Ischlerbahn railway. Today, most of this section of the route still runs along this now peaceful line, which once led from Salzburg to Bad Ischl.
Lake Wolfgang is the gateway to the landscape that makes this route so special with its 70-plus crystal-clear lakes and an array of mountain peaks, many of which are easily accessible. At this point, cyclists can decide whether they want to hop aboard one of the ferries, such as the one to St Wolfgang, or make a rapid ascent of the Zwölferhorn or Schafberg peaks by cable car or mountain railway. Stopping for a bite to eat at the Weiße Rössl, or White Horse Inn, is like travelling back in time to the middle of an operetta, and a trip up into the mountains works wonders when you want to take a break from it all. Bad Ischl – European Capital of Culture 2024 – is a connecting point in more ways than one. This is where all the threads of Empress Elisabeth’s passion for embarking on summer retreats come together, evidence of which can still be seen today in her former teahouse or in the Kaiservilla. Here, cyclists can take a refreshing deep breath on the banks of the River Traun – a moment arguably best enjoyed with a sweet pastry from Konditorei Zauner, a former Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court. From Bad Ischl, the route leads to the Styrian Salzkammergut, the home of regional folk costume and – from a culinary point of view – the char.
It goes without saying that the onward journey to Trautenfels in the Enns Valley, which heads into more alpine terrain, is an extremely rewarding one. En route lie the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt, where the oldest salt mine in the world can be found; giant ice caves in the Dachstein massif; Bad Aussee, over the border into Styria and close to the mystical waters of Lake Altaussee and Lake Grundlsee; and not to forget Kulm ski flying hill.
Alternatively, if visitors opt for the shorter option on departing Bad Ischl, they can board the world’s oldest coal-fired paddle steamer at Gmunden and take a relaxing trip on Lake Traunsee. Now the route turns westwards towards the turquoise waters of Lake Attersee for an opportunity to enjoy a drink at one of the fabulous beach bars or a quick dip before heading in the direction of Unterach and Mondsee. From Mondsee, the route follows country lanes to Lake Irrsee and on to the Salzburg Lake District before returning to Salzburg city.
Numerous excursion and complementary options make the bike path network around the Salzkammergut Cycle Path one of the most beautiful cycling regions in the Alpine region.
Several bike hubs also allow shorter round trips. Using the alternatives by train and boat, the bike path is also suitable for families, especially the routes Salzburg-Mondsee, along the Wolfgangsee and along the Traun.
- The level of difficulty is categorised between easy and intermediate.
- The route mainly follows cycling paths and low-traffic secondary roads. For sections along state highways, there are boat and train alternatives (Lake Hallstatt, Lake Traun, Lake Wolfgang, Lake Attersee).
- There is signage in both directions within the framework of the state cycling path network (R2 in Upper Austria, R19 in Styria).
Modern trekking bikes or mountain bikes are ideal. Racing bikes are not recommended.
Punctures can happen: a basic equipment of tools and accessories never hurts!
- Tire repair kit
- Spare tube, air pump, tire levers
- First aid kit
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In July and August, the towns on the Salzkammergut lakes are in high season, which limits availability for one-night accommodations. In July and August, it is recommended to make reservations by the day in advance - the local tourism associations will be happy to help you find them.
- Multi-day tour
- Board possible
Detailed information on how to get there can be found here.
Ideally accessible for arrivals by train:
Attnang-Puchheim (from Vienna and Munich) or Stainach-Irdning and Bad Ischl (from Graz and Schladming)
Around the stations Stainach-Irdning, Salzburg and Attnang-Puchheim there are sufficient parking facilities everywhere.
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Mountain biking is one of the most wonderful outdoor leisure-time activities. Whilst biking or on a mountain biking tour, mountains and lakes, meadows and cabins are re-discovered in new ways. A couple of rules for fair play in the forest help to avoid conflicts whilst mountain biking.
a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.
b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.
c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).
It is obligatory to provide first aid!
d.Marked routes, closed paths and blockades: Keep to the marked routes, observe the blockades and accept that these roads are primarily for agricultural and forestry use!
Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.
e.We are guests in the forest and behave accordingly, including vis-à-vis forestry and hunting staff. Whilst mountain biking, mobile telephones and music players are forbidden! Biking requires your full attention.
f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.
g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!
h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!
i.Traffic rules: The general traffic rules (StVO) apply for all the mountain biking routes and we adhere to them. Our bike therefore needs to be in perfect technical condition and equipped in line with the traffic rules, including brakes, a bell and lights. We inspect and service our mountain bikes regularly anyway.
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