Culture, nature and sport on the Salzkammergut Bike Path
Sport, culture and a little swimming, too? That's not possible? Of course, it is! The Salzkammergut Bike Path connects all of this in an extremely elegant way. It challenges your calves, leads to the cultural highlights from Hallstatt to Bad Ischl. And the question about swimming doesn't even need to be posed in light of all the lakes.
Contrary to the bike paths along rivers, bikers travel on the Salzkammergut Bike Path on one of two large rounds and have to reckon with an incline or two. Some of them can be elegantly avoided, though, by ship or train.
The Salzkammergut Bike Path is a particularly hot tip for culture fans, since it presents famous places and the landscape of mountains and lakes. The classic starting point is St Wolfgang on Lake Wolfgang. The first section leads right to Bad Ischl, the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph. The excursion to the south leads to Bad Goisern and the idyllic UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Hallstatt. You should definitely plan a visit to the “Mann im Salz” (Man in salt) in the oldest salt mines in the world.
Obertraun is the starting point for an excursion on the Dachsteinbahn (mountain railway) to the Krippenstein and the Gigantic Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave. From here, it’s no longer far to the Styrian Salzkammergut and Bad Aussee. Back in Bad Ischl, the bike path leads north to Ebensee and along Lake Traun to Gmunden. Via Schörfling and Seewalchen, you then continue on to Lake Atter. Along Lake Atter, where Gustav Klimt spent many a summer, the bikes roll south and reach Lake Mond, one of the warmest of the lakes in the Salzkammergut. Do you need to jump into the water to cool off? That is why you should always have your swimming things along. A tour through the province of Salzburg via Thalgau, the city of Salzburg and Mattsee finally leads back to the starting point.