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Cycling in Salzkammergut

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Cycling in Salzkammergut

Help, I am trying to plan the route from Salzburg railway station by bicycle to Abersee near Strobl in Salzkammergut using cyclepaths. If we use the main road it looks about 20 miles which is fine but don't know how safe the main 158 road is for cycling so would prefer to pick our route along cyclepaths unless it is a lot longer/steeper or both ! Does anyone know the best route ?

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1. Re: Cycling in Salzkammergut

the road out of gnigl in salzburg is quite steep and windy for a bit, but then it flattens out past the salzburgring, hof, and downhill to fuschl. after that there is a slight climb before dropping to st gilgen, and after that it is flat to abersee. there are cycle paths at parts, but the steep bit out of salzburg is quite narrow and no room for a cyclepath.

zoom in on google earth to identify where cycle paths exist.

come to think of it, there is another way you could go. past gnigl to eugendorf and then towards hof. longer, but may be a little easier.

Edited: 13 May 2014, 12:44
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too late to re edit....you do of course know that you can take your bikes on the bus? take the 150 bus to st gilgen or abersee, or maybe get off somewhere close to salzburgring and cycle the rest of the way

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Wow, no I did not know that, thank you Nagakoli. I think we will probably take the bus to St Gilgen and cycle from there. Is there a charge for bikes on the bus ?

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And meant to add, can we catch bus 150 at the train station ? How often do they go ?

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there is no charge for bikes. they go underneath and the driver will give you time to get your bikes out.

the 150 goes from the station, every hour. bus to st gilgen takes around 45 mins, and turns into a semi terminus under the gondola lift. from st gilgen, there is a cycle path all the way to abersee and on to strobl. area is quite flat.

at abersee, if you go down toe the campsite, you can get a small ferry across the lake, to st wolfgang. this is used a lot by cyclists

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Brilliant nagakoli , that is our route sorted. We are actually staying in a guest house at a place called Brunn, near Abersee, do you know Brunn by any chance ? From our guest house we will take day trips out on the bike returning to the same guest house and will be there 5 days. Any ideas on good cycle day trips form Brunn/Abersee ? Happy to do around 20 miles a day.

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They do take bikes in the luggage compartments under the bus. But if the driver is not happy they are secured safely he can refuse to take them.

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brunn is just off the main road on the western western side of the lake, and on the inland side of the delta that forms the abersee delta. depending on type of cycling, you can cycle down to bad ischl. i suggest that you go on the back roads via strobl and rusbach. you could, if you wanted a long cycle, go past bad ischl, via goisern and all the way to hallstatt. mainly flat . another flat cycle would be over to ebensee and traunkirchen.

another good cycle is to go via st gilgen and over and around the mondsee. there is a slight pass between st gilgen and mondsee, but not too steep.

of course, if you liked to be very energetic and were using mountain bikes, you could cycle up the zwolferhorn at st gilgen. you wouldnt recover for a week or two!

there are some good walking/cycle maps of the area from MAYR and KOMPASS. you can get these over the internet

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Great, thank you. We have hired touring bikes from Salzburg, though if you know of a place to rent in St Gilgen or Abersee we could do that instead and so eliminate the risk of the bus driver refusing bikes.

I think we will probably stick to the flatter routes you have suggested, we went trekking in Nepal 2 years ago and got up to 2600m on foot and that was tiring !

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yes, there is a small bike hire place in st gilgen, but i am not sure how to contact them. they could be short of bikes at the time you want. maybe if you google and contact wolfgangsee tourism, they could give you the contact details.

by the way, just to whet your appetite, google "webcam schafberg", and you will find a 360o camera. you will see abersee area at the narowest part of the lake, with brunn on the far shore and slightly inland. st gilgen is to the right hand end of the lake. you will also pan around over mondsee.

ps. i just googled "bike hire st gilgen" and got the wolfgangsee tourism site. there are three places in st gilgen to hire a bike, four places in abersee, and seven places in strobl. so you will probably have little problem finding a bike

Edited: 13 May 2014, 15:22