Bike, gravel and cycling – Salzburg Tourism

The Salzburg landscape is varied: sometimes alpine, sometimes flat, sometimes hilly, sometimes steep, sometimes deep in the deep valleys. A particularly exciting versatility for two-wheel enthusiasts, because here people don’t just ride bicycles. Depending on your preferences and conditions, you can go racing bike, gravelling, touring bike, uphill, downhill, freeride or just saddle your e-bike at full capacity.

The Salzburgerland enjoys a reputation as one of the best destinations for cyclists and cyclists with around 7,000 kilometers of trails and renowned bike parks. Regardless of which bike you choose for your Salzburg adventures, you can rest assured that the designated routes are well-maintained and signposted. And if not the slope, the commanding view will surely leave the cyclist breathless. No one returns hungry or thirsty from his outing in Salzburg, because countless rustic alpine summer huts, traditional taverns, shady gardens for guests or trendy restaurants can be found along the mountain and valley routes. And if you want to enjoy cycling in a passive way, in the event calendar you will find first-rate bike festivals, races and real racing bike classics as spectators.

For connoisseurs

Get in the saddle every day, cycle through beautiful landscapes kilometer after kilometer, and discover Alpine sights and cuisine along the way. Salzburg is the starting point of seven top cycle paths: the classic Tauern cycle path with some new routes, the Alpe Adria cross-border cycle path to the sea, EuroVelo stage 14 from Zell am See to Hungary, the Mozart cycle path in the footsteps of the most famous Salzburgers, but also the Salzkammergut, Enns or Murradweg. The Wasser.Erlebnis-Tour in Tennengau not only leads to picturesque lakes and rivers, but also offers the best culinary stops, such as Döllerer’s world of pleasure, dairies or cafes. And if you can’t get enough of relaxed cycling, you’ll find 600 kilometers of signposted cycle paths at the Salzburger Seenland velodrome.

Up and down the hill

Studded tires want to be moved, sometimes uphill, sometimes downhill quickly. Sometimes with the whole family on guided tours, sometimes with your best friends in the bike park or on the pump track. Around 5,000 kilometers of marked mountain bike trails of all difficulty levels ensure that the studded tires keep moving in the Salzburger Land. Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Austria’s largest cycling region, impresses with 80 kilometers of pistes, important events such as the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups for cross-country and downhill skiing and the BIKE Festival in Saalfelden Leogang or the Glemmride Festival first class in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Downhillers and freeriders are drawn to legendary bike parks such as “The Epic Bikepark Leogang” or the demanding trails of Saalbach Hinterglemm. Young downhillers and beginners practice in the “Learn to ride” parks in Leogang and Saalbach.

The Salzburg Almentour, the Watzmann Hochkönig Tour, the Stoneman Taurista or the Lungau Extrem offer multi-day mountain bike tours for particularly hardy calves. With children and cones you can enjoy pleasant family bike rides in the Salzburg Saalachtal to the most beautiful mountain pastures.

On narrow tires

Smooth asphalt is on the menu for road bike tires, and road cycling has a long tradition in the SalzburgerLand. The varied landscape offers the ideal terrain for racing bike tours. The Eddy Merckx Classic Cycle Marathon and numerous popular tours are the result of the 2006 Road World Championships. The real classics are the rides along the picturesque pass roads to the Malga Postalm, around the Dientner Saddle or along the numerous scenic hairpin bends of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. In addition to 22 mountain and lake tours for all skill levels, the Salzburg-Salzkammergut cycling area also offers perfect infrastructure with hotels specializing in racing cyclists. There are also 21 beautiful routes for road cyclists in the Salzburg Sportwelt. The racing bike range is complemented by flagship events such as the Amadé cycling marathon, which marks the start of the cycle racing season, the Glocknerkönig, the IRONMAN 70.3 in Zell am See-Kaprun or the Trumer Triathlon in the Lakeland of Salzburg.

In and out of the streets

Where roads end for racing bike tires, gravel cyclists’ adventure extends to gravel, trails and mud. Because the new gravel bikes feel equally comfortable on and off the asphalt. The advantage is obvious: the Graveler rolls quickly and efficiently on the roads and also makes a good figure off-road. Seven regions of Salzburg are following the new trend sport and offer special routes also accessible via the “komoot” app: Mittersill, Zell am See-Kaprun, Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Flachau, Salzburger Lungau, Tennengau and the SalzburgerLand-Salzkammergut region race cycle lane. The special SalzburgerLand gravel bike can be ordered from the end of March 2022 at

Go on with all the electric power

The trend towards e-bikes is unbroken and even experienced motorcyclists now want to extend their reach with the support of the e-motor. The E-Bike Festival in Flachau from
From 24 to 26 June 2022 is the first of the three stages of the E-Bike World Tour, the world’s largest e-bike festival. The two-day race on alpine terrain with 170 kilometers of stages and 8,500 meters of elevation gain per day, extreme climbs and single trails challenges the participants. But there is also a more comfortable way to Salzburg. In the Saalachtal of Salzburg you pedal with pedal assistance and completely without luggage, because it is delivered to your destination. Dead batteries are a thing of the past in the Hochkönig region, as it was the first region in the world to have a full network of electronic charging stations in the mountains and downstream. Things get more comfortable with a transnational “slow bike tour” around the Salzburg basin over three mountain peaks: from Högl to Buchberg to Salzburg’s Gaisberg. Thanks to the motor support, of course, it is also particularly easy to climb uphill: Not only in the Salzburger Land Lungau, Austria’s highest e-bike region, there are alpine huts in a “close” proximity, also the Salzkammergut BergeSeen E -Trail attracts with scenic routes between mountain and valley.

March 22, 2022

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