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R2/R19 Salzkammergut bicycle way

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Starting place: 4820 Bad Ischl
Destination: 8952 Irdning

duration: 22h 19m
length: 304,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 1.942m
Altitude difference (downhill): 1.678m

Lowest point: 403m
Highest point: 849m
difficulty: easy
condition: easy
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Gravel, Hiking trail

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Short description:
The Salzkammergut Cycling Path offers direct access to a summer retreat. It brings you into the region following the track of the former Ischl Railway to Lake Wolfgang and the path of the imperial carriages to Bad Ischl.



Technique: *



Quality of experience: ******



Recommended season:

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October



Properties:

  • Loop
  • Multi-stage route
  • Scenic
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Cultural/historical value

Description:
While cycling along, you can admire both crystal-clear lakes as well as majestic mountain peaks and follow in the footsteps of the imperial family. Historical, scenic and picturesque – it’s a leisurely tour through the states of Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria with an impressive backdrop that also enchanted artists like Gustav Klimt.

Directions:

With 320 picture-perfect kilometres through the states of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria, it doesn’t matter where you access the route – cyclists are immediately in the middle of one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Alpine region. And: the journey in the footsteps of the Habsburg monarchy can be supplemented or shortened at any time by boat or train connections and intersections.


Those saddling up at Mozart’s birthplace in the city of Salzburg are sure to have one thing in mind: to track this master’s melodies all the way to Lake Wolfgang – or to follow the rattling beat of the former Ischl Railway. Even today, most people choose the tranquil railway route that once led from Salzburg to Bad Ischl.


At Lake Wolfgang, the gateway opens to the landscape that makes this tour so special, with more than 76 crystal-clear lakes and mountain peaks that are easy to reach in many locations. Here cyclists can decide whether they want to transfer by boat to St. Wolfgang, quickly ascend the summit of the Zwölferhorn Mountain by cable car or travel by mountain railway to the peak of the Schafberg. A stopover at the White Horse Inn will seem like a trip back in time in the midst of an operetta, and an excursion into the mountains does wonders as a brief respite. In Bad Ischl – European Capital of Culture 2024 – a juncture is reached in more ways than one. Here all of the threads of Empress Elisabeth’s passions for the summer retreat come together and can still be traced today in her former teahouse or in the Kaiservilla residence. Cyclists can take a deep breath on the banks of the Traun River – most enjoyably with a dessert from the imperial confectioner Zauner. From Bad Ischl, the route continues toward the Styrian Salzkammergut, the home of traditional clothing and – in culinary terms – of the Saibling fish.


There is no question that continuing the route through more alpine realms to Trautenfels in the Enns Valley is extremely rewarding. Along the way are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt with the oldest salt mine in the world, the gigantic ice caves in the Dachstein massif and, on the Styrian side, Bad Aussee on the shores of mystical lakes such as Lake Altaussee or Lake Grundlsee and the Kulm ski jump.


If, on the other hand, you prefer the shorter option from Bad Ischl, you can take a pleasurable ride on the world’s oldest coal-fired paddle steamer from Gmunden on Lake Traun. Then we turn west and head for the turquoise Lake Attersee. Enjoy one of the wonderful beach bars or a dip in the water along the path towards Unterach and Lake Mondsee. From Mondsee, the route follows side roads to Lake Irrsee and then continues to the Salzburg Lake District before heading back towards Salzburg.



Safety guidelines:

  • 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).



Equipment:
Modern trekking bikes or mountain bikes are ideal.

Additional information:

Salzkammergut Tourismus


+43 6132 26909


www.salzkammergut.at 


In July and August, the towns on the lakes of the Salzkammergut experience their peak season, which limits the availability of accommodation for a single night. For July and August, it is recommended to make advance reservations for each day. The local tourism offices are happy to help with your search.

Starting point: Bad Ischl
Destination: Stainach-Irdning/Trautenfels

further information:
  • Multi-day tour
  • Flatly
  • Board possible

Accessibility / arrival



Public Transit
Ideally accessible for arrivals by train:

Attnang-Puchheim (from Vienna and Munich) or Stainach-Irdning and Bad Ischl (from Graz and Schladming)


www.oebb.at 



Parking
There is ample parking around all the train stations.
Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
Most economical season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.

R2/R19 Salzkammergut bicycle way
Bad Ischl
Auböckplatz 5 - Trinkhalle
4820 Bad Ischl

Phone +43 6132 27757 - 0
E-Mailoffice@badischl.at
Webwww.badischl.at
http://www.badischl.at

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3.Each tour requires good physical fitness as well as detailed planning. We explicitly recommend only taking the tours in the case of optimal healthiness.

 

We recommend that you conclude an accident and liability insurance policy. Use an onboard computer that displays the respective kilometres travelled per day and is calibrated for the front wheel.

 

4.Special for mountain bikers – Fair-play rules:

 

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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Tour-Details

Starting place: 4820 Bad Ischl
Destination: 8952 Irdning

duration: 22h 19m
length: 304,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 1.942m
Altitude difference (downhill): 1.678m

Lowest point: 403m
Highest point: 849m
difficulty: easy
condition: easy
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Gravel, Hiking trail

powered by TOURDATA