Salzburg's Lake District

Salzkammergut – mountains, lakes & picturesque villages
 
Rewarding, self-guided routes lead through breathtaking Alpine scenery while your luggage is transported to the next hotel. Swim in crystal-clear lakes and experience traditional Austrian hospitality before finishing the week with a bike ride to UNESCO-protected Hallstatt.
Salzburg's Lake District. 7 nights
Salzburg's Lake District. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Austria

Situated to the east of Salzburg, the Austrian Lake District is perfect for exploration on two wheels. The majestic mountain scenery is reflected in the crystal-clear waters of the deep lakes and, as you cycle along the lakeside roads and designated cycle paths, you can stop to explore the many welcoming villages.
This wonderful route takes in dramatic Alpine scenery, leading past several of Austria’s most spectacular lakes ('Seen' in German), and featuring charming, traditional hotels in picturesque towns and idyllic villages. Fittingly, the week finishes with a visit to Hallstatt, the jewel of the region, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wherever possible, our well-chosen routes follow designated cycle tracks so you can enjoy the fabulous countryside while marvelling at the grandeur of the mountains and the truly outstanding views.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in St Gilgen
    Night 1: at Hotel Gasthof zur Post (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from St Gilgen: 29km
    After your bikes have been delivered to you, your day starts with a scenic boat journey (included) across Wolfgangsee. From here, you have the option to take a trip on the steam cog railway up Schafberg Mountain, before continuing by bike along Wolfgangsee and through hamlets, returning to St Gilgen along the south side of the lake.
    Circular route from St Gilgen: 29km
    Meadows near Wolfgangsee
  • St Gilgen to Mondsee: 15km
    With a short leisurely ride ahead of you today, you may wish to linger over a coffee in one of the many delightful cafés in St Gilgen before setting off. The town has a number of fascinating museums, including one dedicated to Mozart in the house where his mother, Anna Pertl, lived. After leaving St Gilgen, you rise gently over the shoulder of rolling foothills and are then rewarded with a long, gentle descent into Mondsee, with wonderful views of the lake of the same name and the surrounding slopes. Your base for two nights is the Hotel Krone. There is plenty of time on arrival to explore Mondsee and, if the weather is warm, to enjoy a swim in the lake.
    St Gilgen to Mondsee: 15km
    Linger in St Gilgen
  • Circular route from Mondsee: 32km; shorter option 26km
    Standing at the head of the lake beneath the towering cliffs of the Drachenwand, Mondsee is a delightful place to linger, famed for providing the setting of the wedding in the 'Sound of Music', which was filmed in the basilica. If you have time after visiting the town’s impressive cathedral and museums, you could follow our gentle cycling route which circumnavigates peaceful Irrsee, often overlooked by visitors. From here, we suggest a short detour to the village of Oberhofen, where you can enjoy a relaxed lunch. When you're ready to return to Mondsee, there are two routes to choose from – you can either complete the circuit, taking in some really wonderful scenery, or retrace your outward route.
    Circular route from Mondsee: 32km
    Cycling around Mondsee
  • Mondsee to Bad Ischl: 41km
    Admire the dramatic scenery on a superb lakeside route along the shores of Mondsee, with the option to make a short detour to pretty Unterach for lunch. The landscape becomes even more breathtaking as you round the southern tip of Attersee, the largest lake in the area. The next stage of the route takes you between two mountain ranges, with a final long descent bringing you into the centre of Bad Ischl. This elegant spa town – a European Capital of Culture – was the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Josef, and boasts a stately Kaiservilla with immaculate gardens. You spend one night in Bad Ischl, at Hotel Goldenes Schiff.
    Mondsee to Bad Ischl: 41km
    Kaiservilla, Bad Ischl
  • Bad Ischl to St Agatha: 31km
    Today begins with an included train ride to the market town of Ebensee, where you have time to explore before returning to the saddle. Your final destination is the Hotel Agathawirt in St Agatha, situated at the northern end of Hallstättersee. Cycling to this lake is a real delight: in early summer, the woods and meadows are carpeted with a colourful array of wild flowers, while the higher, cooler pastures are ablaze with the blues, purples and yellows of Alpine flora. On your way to St Agatha, you pass through Bad Goisern, a riverside town famous both for its sulphur and brine spa and its hand-made mountain boots.
    Bad Ischl to St Agatha: 31km
    Towards Hallstattersee
  • Route from St Agatha: 15km
    The highlight of your final route is a visit to the picturesque village of Hallstatt, the jewel of the region. The village and lake of the same name form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the cycle path along the east shore enables you to appreciate fully the beauty of this spectacular region. En route you may wish to break your cycle ride with a visit to the ice caves in Obertraun, or a lazy picnic on the lake's shores, before continuing round the lake to Hallstatt. Here, there are museums to visit, an ancient church, and a funicular railway that will take you up to the salt mine above the town. When you're ready, you return to St Agatha by boat (pay locally), a chance to reflect one last time on the stunning scenery of Austria’s Lake District.
    Route from St Agatha: 15km
    Iconic Hallstatt
 

Accommodation

You stay in comfortable hotels, all of which have excellent restaurants.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 12 May 2024 - 01 October 2024 & 12 May 2025 - 01 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    12 - 27 May 2024 £1365 £235
    28 May - 24 Jun 2024 £1425 £235
    25 Jun - 7 Sep 2024 £1550 £260
    8 - 24 Sep 2024 £1365 £235
    12 - 27 May 2025 £1415 £250
    28 May - 24 Jun 2025 £1475 £250
    25 Jun - 7 Sep 2025 £1605 £275
    8 - 24 Sep 2025 £1410 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£240 to -£250
    Single traveller supplement £240 to £250

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £94pp in 2024, add £98pp in 2025

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £13pp per day in 2024, and £14pp per day in 2025.
    Hotel Gasthof zur Post, St Gilgen (B&B) Double room Single room
    12 May - 29 Jun 2024 £165 £222
    30 Jun - 09 Sep 2024 £185 £242
    10 Sep - 01 Oct 2024 £165 £222
    12 May - 29 Jun 2025 £172 £231
    30 Jun - 09 Sep 2025 £192 £251
    10 Sep - 01 Oct 2025 £172 £231
    Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Bad Ischl (B&B) Double room Single room
    12 May - 30 Jun 2024 £141 £162
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £162 £177
    01 Sep - 01 Oct 2024 £141 £162
    12 May - 30 Jun 2025 £146 £169
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £169 £185
    01 Sep - 01 Oct 2025 £146 £169
    Agathawirt, St Agatha (with dinner) Double room Single room
    12 May - 01 Oct 2024 £117 £132
    12 May - 01 Oct 2025 £122 £138
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg or Munich
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Salzburg TUI 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Newcastle - Salzburg TUI 
    Newcastle - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Salzburg Hbf (2h30), bus Salzburg Hbf to St Gilgen-bus station (1h) £54-£56 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi from hotel to Steeg-Gosau (0h05), rail from Steeg-Gosau to Munich airport (5h) £92-£96 1530

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Salzburg Airport to hotel (1h) £69-£72 flexible
    rail Salzburg HB to Bad Ischl (1h55), taxi Bad Ischl to hotel (0h25) £77-£80 1730
    bus Salzburg Hbf to St Gilgen bus station (1h), walk to hotel (0h10) £9 1830
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Salzburg airport (1h15) £78-£81 flexible
    taxi hotel to Steeg-Gosau (0h05), rail Steeg-Gosau to Salzburg HB (2h30) £47-£49 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • high-quality bicycle
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • ferry on day 1
  • train on day 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a city trekking bike with 21 gears; waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. (NB e-bikes do not have a map holder.)
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes, which remain the principal means of navigation).
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our cycling holidays in Europe page.
  • You are responsible for damage to or loss of the rental bike while it is hired to you. Always be careful to lock it up, ideally to an immovable object, and remove all easy-to-steal accessories whenever you leave it unattended.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact us to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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