Austria: The Lakes Region

Self-Guided Biking Tour, Austria: The Lakes RegionSelf-Guided Biking Tour, Austria: The Lakes Region

Austria

The Lakes Region

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This bicycle journey through Austria’s lake country follows delightfully traffic-free routes to baroque palaces, historic castles, mountain lookouts, and quintessential storybook landscapes. Pedal from Mondsee after your visit to the church used in The Sound of Music’s wedding scene to the shores of Attersee Lake, where you may opt for a boat ride to the picture-perfect village of Weyregg. At Schorfling, you’ll see a castle that the painter Gustav Klimt depicted in his work before moving on to the brightly colored townscape and cobblestoned marketplace of Gmunden. Here, you can sail the Gisela, the last of the coal-fired paddle steamers, and take a cable car to the top of Gruenberg for dazzling Alpine vistas and views of the 17th-century “floating castle” Seeschloss Orth. Ride through ancient forests to Emperor Franz Joseph’s former summer residence at Bad Ischl, take the St. Wolfgang cog railway to the summit of Schafberg, and head into the sky on the Zwolferhorn tramway. HeadwaterThen there’s Salzburg, a timeless urban masterpiece of baroque perfection, with must-see sights like the Hohensalzburg Fortress, beautiful Mirabell Gardens, and the Mozart Museum.

 

Activity Level
Easy to moderate;
10-24 miles daily
Meet
Salzburg, Austria
Depart
Salzburg, Austria
Daily Itinerary
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Self-Guided Biking 
11 days, 10 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast daily and eight dinners (nights 2-9); beverages not Included
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms) while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • High quality bicycle with 21-speed Shimano gears (helmet not provided), tire repair kit, lock, map/route note holder, and panniers
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW and Headwater staff
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Season
2+ travelers
Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
2014
May 13 - 21
$2,069
$298
$0
May 23 - 31
$2,217
$298
$0
June 2 - 12
$2,118
$298
$0
June 14 - July 8
$2,217
$298
$0
July 10 - Aug 25
$2,297
$298
$0
Aug 27 - 31
$2,217
$298
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Sept 2 - 10
$2,118
$298
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Sept 12 -22
$2,069
$298
$0
2015
May 13 - 21
$2,172
$313
$0
May 23 -31
$2,328
$313
$0
June 2 - 12
$2,224
$313
$0
June 14 - July 8
$2,328
$313
$0
July 10 - Aug 25
$2,412
$313
$0
Aug 27 - 31
$2,328
$313
$0
Sept 2 - 10
$2,224
$313
$0
Sept 12 -22
$2,172
$313
$0

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Mondsee
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2
St. Georgen im Attergau
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3
St. Georgen im Attergau
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4
Gmunden
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Gmunden
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Bad Ischl
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7
Bad Ischl
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8
Strobl
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9
Strobl
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Mondsee
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11
Mondsee
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Day 1

Mondsee

Arrival at Mondsee

We meet you at Salzburg airport and take you to your hotel (45 mins) in Mondsee. Time to explore Mondsee then a soak in the spa whirlpool before dinner.

 

Hotel Leitnerbraeu

Mondsee, Austria

This four-star historic hotel with a typical Tyrolean exterior is centrally located near the lake and just opposite the 15th-century “Sound of Music” church in the town of Mondsee. Extremely spacious rooms have queen beds and pine furnishings. A spa with whirlpool, sauna, and steam bath is available. The “gateway” to the Austrian Lakes region, this charming lakeside town has a pretty waterfront, pedestrian center, numerous museums and restaurants to choose from.

Day 2

St. Georgen im Attergau

Mondsee to St. Georgen 27km/17mi

Pedal past yachts and wooden boathouses this morning on Mondsee’s north shore. Onwards through rolling pasture dotted with country churches, before the triangular white sails scoring the blue surface of Lake Attersee move into view as you descend to the lake shore. Then heading inland, you pass a deer farm and roadside stalls piled high with bright local produce, before receiving a warm welcome from the Söllinger family.

Hotel Attergauhof

St. Georgen im Attergau, Austria

A welcoming family run three-star hotel in the center of the thriving market town of St. Georgen. Spacious guest rooms have wooden furnishings and floral-print fabrics. Within the hotel are a restaurant, main bar, and a popular wine/ice cream bar. A sauna, steam bath, and table tennis are also available. Located about two miles from Lake Attersee, both a small railway and a cycling path run between St. Georgen and Attersee.

Day 3

St. Georgen im Attergau

At St. Georgen

Enjoy lunch local style—freshly smoked fish are on sale along the lakeshore—and there’s a fabulous swimming pool complex. Then perhaps take a boat ride to the pretty village of Weyregg beneath craggy mountains on the eastern shore.

Hotel Attergauhof

St. Georgen im Attergau, Austria

A welcoming family run three-star hotel in the center of the thriving market town of St. Georgen. Spacious guest rooms have wooden furnishings and floral-print fabrics. Within the hotel are a restaurant, main bar, and a popular wine/ice cream bar. A sauna, steam bath, and table tennis are also available. Located about two miles from Lake Attersee, both a small railway and a cycling path run between St. Georgen and Attersee.

Day 4

Gmunden

St. Georgen to Gmunden 38km/24mi

You’ll enjoy views of the 1000m high peaks on the e ast shore of Lake Attersee as you freewheel down to Schorfling, whose castle was painted by Gustav Klimt with its reflection mirrored on the lake surface. Fields of wheat fringed with poppies and cornflowers pass by before you coast into Gmunden w ith its cobbled marketplace and painted buildings. Dinner on the terrace of the hotel is delightful, with Gmunden’s lights shimmering above the surface of Lake Traunsee.

Hotel Gruenberg

Gmunden, Austria

Blessed with a perfect shoreline location with striking views of Gruenberg Mountain, this family-run hotel offers a warm welcome. Cooking classes are available (at your own expense) with owner and renowned chef and cookbook author Ingrid Pernkopf. Contemporary spacious bedrooms all have lake views. Guests can enjoy a 3-course dinner on the panoramic terrace. A swimming dock lies just below the hotel, where boats also offer regular service to town. A larger town famous for its ceramics, Gmunden has a lakeside esplanade between the town hall (Rathaus) and a historic castle.

Day 5

Gmunden

At Gmunden

Take a trip on the Gisela—the last coal-fired paddle steamer, also used by Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The cable car to the top of Grunberg (984m) offers wonderful views at the summit, where you look down on Gmunden’s esplanade and the romantic Seeschloss Orth—the “floating” castle on the lake dating from the C17.

Hotel Gruenberg

Gmunden, Austria

Blessed with a perfect shoreline location with striking views of Gruenberg Mountain, this family-run hotel offers a warm welcome. Cooking classes are available (at your own expense) with owner and renowned chef and cookbook author Ingrid Pernkopf. Contemporary spacious bedrooms all have lake views. Guests can enjoy a 3-course dinner on the panoramic terrace. A swimming dock lies just below the hotel, where boats also offer regular service to town. A larger town famous for its ceramics, Gmunden has a lakeside esplanade between the town hall (Rathaus) and a historic castle.

Day 6

Bad Ischl

Gmunden to Bad Ischl 19km/12mi

Today you take the Traunsee boat from the pontoon below the hotel to Ebensee on the south shore. It’s worth taking the cable car up to the Feuerkogel Peak for spectacular views. Then back along a beautiful riverside route, criss-crossing the sparkling River Traun, and on through scented pinewoods to Bad Ischl. Perhaps relax in the opera house gardens before returning to the hotel for a swim.

Hotel Hubertushof

Bad Ischl, Austria

Located in the center of Bad Ischl, this family-run hotel is a restored grand historic townhouse with classic Austrian furnishings, antiques, and paintings. The dining room is a stube, the traditional Austrian wooden-walled room with an impressive antique oven with decorative tiles, and serves a 3-course menu. A swimming pool, sauna, and steam bath are available. This 19th-century royal spa town was the summer home of the Habsburg emperors of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire; the imperial spa can still be visited, as well as the charming town center.

Day 7

Bad Ischl

At Bad Ischl

There is simply so much to see and do in and around Bad Ischl: Imperial Spa, ice caves, thermal salt baths, cable cars, people-watching on the riverside esplanade or a day trip to Salzburg. If you’ve time, we suggest you extend your holiday to spend 4 nights here.

Hotel Hubertushof

Bad Ischl, Austria

Located in the center of Bad Ischl, this family-run hotel is a restored grand historic townhouse with classic Austrian furnishings, antiques, and paintings. The dining room is a stube, the traditional Austrian wooden-walled room with an impressive antique oven with decorative tiles, and serves a 3-course menu. A swimming pool, sauna, and steam bath are available. This 19th-century royal spa town was the summer home of the Habsburg emperors of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire; the imperial spa can still be visited, as well as the charming town center.

Day 8

Strobl

Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km/10mi

Explore the Emperor Franz Josef’s former holiday home, the Kaiservilla, before setting off along the banks of the River Ischl. Sunlight sparkles on the water as you pass tiny shrines hidden in the pines below Leonsberg and Bleckwand peaks. Lakeside Strobl has a popular beachfront for a cooling swim or join a boat cruise on the lake.

Hotel Bergrose

Strobl, Austria

A lovely four-star hotel with traditional Austrian architecture and décor has a riverside secluded garden and wellness center. All luxuriously decorated bedrooms are suites, with quality pine furniture. Dinner is a 4-course menu including either a salad or starter buffet. Just a few minutes from both the Eastern shore of Lake Wolfgangsee and the center of Stobl, the flat lakeshore and natural beaches make this one of the most attractive village resorts in the Salzkammergut region for both watersports and the charming center.

Day 9

Strobl

At Strobl

It’s easy to spend the day in Strobl: summer toboggan run, cable cars, watersports and animal park. Alternatively, the fairy-tale city of Salzburg—a Baroque jewel and UNESCO-recognized historic old center—is just an 80 minute bus ride away.

Hotel Bergrose

Strobl, Austria

A lovely four-star hotel with traditional Austrian architecture and décor has a riverside secluded garden and wellness center. All luxuriously decorated bedrooms are suites, with quality pine furniture. Dinner is a 4-course menu including either a salad or starter buffet. Just a few minutes from both the Eastern shore of Lake Wolfgangsee and the center of Stobl, the flat lakeshore and natural beaches make this one of the most attractive village resorts in the Salzkammergut region for both watersports and the charming center.

Day 10

Mondsee

Strobl to Mondsee 30km/19mi

Keeping close to Wolfgangsee’s southern lakeshore, a level cycling track through a tiny nature reserve brings you into lovely St Gilgen. Visit Mozart’s Museum, or take the cable car up Zwolferhorn for stunning 360-degree views. In the afternoon coast downhill to Lake Mondse Mondsee, before returning to the hotel in time for an aperitif before dinner.

Hotel Leitnerbraeu

Mondsee, Austria

This four-star historic hotel with a typical Tyrolean exterior is centrally located near the lake and just opposite the 15th-century “Sound of Music” church in the town of Mondsee. Extremely spacious rooms have queen beds and pine furnishings. A spa with whirlpool, sauna, and steam bath is available. The “gateway” to the Austrian Lakes region, this charming lakeside town has a pretty waterfront, pedestrian center, numerous museums and restaurants to choose from.

Day 11

Mondsee

Leave Mondsee

We take you to Salzburg for extra nights or to catch your flight home.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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