You will cycle along the alps from Innsbruck to Salzburg. In Innsbruck you will follow the wide valley of the Inn river passing little historic cities like Wattens, Hall or Schwarz. On both sides you will see huge impressing mountain ranges and sometimes you will even see a glacier.
Cycling into the Zillertal valley along the little mountain river will be nice and easy. The landscape changes a little bit because you have softer mountains where you can see farm houses high up the maintain. At the end of the valley you will see the glacier of the alps where you can ski all year round. A taxi will drive you over the mountain pass into the state of Salzburg where you will see one of the most impressive nature attractions in Austria. The Krimmler Waterfalls!
On the right hand side you see the high mountains of the national park with many side valleys and on the left hand side the smooth mountains where you find wonderful alpine pastures. You will pass still a farming landscape and will come to a lovely lake called Zellersee.
Following the Saalach river passing gorges and caves which of course you may visit you come to the village Lofer with still an old fashioned village centre. Following the river you will come to Bavaria where you should visit the city of Bad Reichenhall. The end and maybe the highlight of the tour will be the festival city of Salzburg.
Characteristic: You mainly follow river cycle trails and there are only short up and downs. There will be a transfer for the only mountain pass on the tour so that we could say that a good basic fitness in enough for this tour.
Day 1: Arrival in Innsbruck. Enjoy the city with some impressing attractions like the castle, old town and the ski jumping station.
Day 2: Innsbruck – Zillertal valley, 45 km. You will follow the cycle trail along the Inn river out of the city. Well signed you will pass historic cities where you can e.g. visit the famous Swarovski crystal world in Wattens or take a rest in the old streets of the little cities. On one side you will see the Alps and on the other side the Karwendel mountain range. Today you will stay overnight at the entrance of the Zillertal valley.
Day 3: Zillertal – Mountain Pass Gerlos – Krimml, 25 to 40 km. Gently upwards you will cycle into the Zillertal valley which is famous for skiing all year round at the glacier. Anyway it offers much more like wonderful scenery, alpine pastures and little villages with good restaurant. It is up to you if you cycle deep into the valley or only to the meeting point of the taxi in Zell am Ziller. The overnight will be in Krimml where you still have time to walk to the water falls.
Day 4: Krimml – Zell am See, 65 km. Today you will follow the Salzach river valley almost from the source. Again impressing mountain ranges on both side of the wide valley. There will be a lot of side valley into the National Park of Hohe Tauern and I highly recommend to visit the information centre of the park. The tour end in Zell am See with a wonderful lake and a view to the highest mountain in Austria, the „Großglockner“.
Day 5: Rest day Zell am See. Optional you take the train up to Hochfilzen were you gentle cycle downwards the Leogang valley to Saalfelden and Zell am See.
Day 6 (5): Zell am See – Lofer, 45 to 60 km. You will start cycling around the lake and afterwards passing little hamlets with old farm houses. Today there will be some up and down in the morning and a sensational view to the so called Stony Sea Mountain range. In the afternoon you will pass some impressing gorges (open to visit) and a huge cave.
Day 7 (6): Lofer – Salzburg, 50 km. You still follow the river Saalach passing a part of Bavaria. The mountains are not as high as the other days but there are part of the National park of Berchtesgaden. You will cycle through the spa city of Bad Reichenhall where you can visit the old salt mine, have a break in the old down or tast the bear in the brewery. Afterwards you are almost in Salzburg and you should visit the open air museum of Großgmain with old farm houses, ….. For the ones who love the movie Sound of Music, we will pass a castle with a lake where part of the movie took place. Welcome to Salzburg.
Day 8 (7): Departure.
Price per person, double room 7 days / 6 nights or 8 days / 7 nights. Supplement for half board, cycle rental.
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