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The Sound of Music Cycling

The Sound of Music Cycling

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The Sound of Music Cycling

  • Gentle traffic-free cycling trails, excellent flexibility, great for for first-time cyclists
  • Excellent *** and **** hotels, some with spas and pools; warm, friendly hoteliers; lovely local cuisine
  • Exceptional lakeside routes: swimming opportunities every day
  • Fairytale city of Salzburg: Baroque palaces, historic castles, stunning gardens
  • Masses of 'rest day' choices: boat trips, water sports, mountain rail rides
  • Two nights in lakeside Strobl
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2095
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 19 May '17 to 20 Sep '17
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 85%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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If you've any questions about this holiday call to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email sales@headwater.com

The Salzkammergut area (Lake District) is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of Austria - you'll always find hidden isolated areas to enjoy a dip or to just sit and skim stones across the peaceful, glassy waters - and you can combine glorious Alpine panoramas with a range of water activities in lakeside villages, including boat trips and watersports, when you fancy a break from cycling.

Our 10-night cycling holiday in the Austrian Lakes is jam-packed with experiences to suit everyone. As well as all the sights, sounds and adventures enjoyed on the 8-night Austrian Lakes Cycling holiday, on this trip you'll also spend two fantastic nights in lakeside Strobl, where there are watersports, toboggan runs in the summer and an animal park to visit, as well as some fabulous cycle routes. The cycling is rated as a one bike-wheel rating, and you can extend or shorten your routes on most days.

With so many photo opportunities, the pretty flower-filled valleys sitting beside placid blue lakes, giant mountains and castles reflecting in the water, will remind you of the opening scene of The Sound of Music. On one day you'll hop on St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of Schafberg for unrivalled Alpine views, another you can take time to reflect from the 400-year-old 'floating' castle in Gmunden, visit Mozart's museum in St Gilgen and Mondsee's frescoed high street, and check out Emperor Franz Josef's summer residence in Bad Ischl (he declared war on Serbia here, which led to WW1). Not forgetting taking a trip on the Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer on Lake Traunsee - and even heading to the fairytale city and Baroque jewel that is Salzburg.

The hotels en route are friendly and different, including lakeside Hotel Post on Austria's biggest lake, Hotel Grunberg that sits directly under the Grunberg Mountain and **** hotels: one in Bad Ischl, overlooking the River Traun and the other in Strobl, a traditional building with three floors of Austrian wood panelled luxury. We have included eight evening meals on the holiday, leaving you free to choose from one of Mondsee's inviting restaurants.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Weissenbach

Arriving at your lakeside hotel in Weissenbach, there's time to have a stroll in the hotel's park or a drink admiring the stunning views of Attersee, Austria's biggest lake.

Day 2 Weissenbach to Gmunden 40km/25mi or 50km/31mi

Two options today follow a route on either the east or west side of the lake. The western route is slightly longer and passes through the town that the lake is named after, Attersee, then Seewalchen. The eastern route leads through Steinbach and the scenic Weyregg. Both pass through Schorfling where you can visit the Gustav Klimt museum. Either way, the backdrop of 1,000m peaks loom over the lake and are mirrored in the water. As you head towards Gmunden and Traunsee you will pass fields of wheat fringed by poppies and cornflowers.

Day 3 At Gmunden

Take a trip on Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer, also used by Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The cable car at the top of the Grunberg (944m) offers wonderful views at the summit, where you look down on Gmunden's esplanade and the romantic Seeschloss Ort, a 'floating' castle on the lake dating from C17.

Day 4 Gmunden to Bad Ischl 19km/12mi or 38km/24mi

Take the boat across to Ebensee, stopping off at Traunkirchen to visit the church with its famous fisherman's pulpit. Alternatively, cycle from Gmunden along the western shore of Traunsee to Ebensee, and enjoy the spectacular fjord type scenery. From Ebensee, cycle a beautiful riverside route, criss-crossing the River Traun to Bad Ischl.

Day 5 At Bad Ischl

You're spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Bad Ischl: the UNESCO village of Hallstat and its famous salt mines, the ice cave in Obertraun, the Imperial spa and thermal salt baths, the Katrin cable car, the Siriuskogl viewing platform, museums and villas. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, people-watch on the riverside esplanade, or enjoy coffee and cake in the famous Zauner restaurant.

Day 6 Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km/10mi or 29km/18.5mi

Explore the Kaiservilla, Emperor Franz Josef's former holiday home, before setting off along the banks of the River Ischl below the Leonsberg and Bleckwand peaks. Continue on to lakeside Strobl. You could take an optional detour to visit historic St Wolfgang.

Day 7 At Strobl

Spend the day in beautiful lakeside Strobl with its watersports, summer toboggan run and animal park. We have additional cycle routes here or you can walk around the Burglstein on a lakeside path. It is possible to take the local bus (90minutes) to visit the fairytale city of Salzburg, a Baroque jewel with a UNESCO-recognised historic centre.

Day 8 Strobl to Mondsee 30km/19mi or 43km/27mi

Stay close to Wolfgangsee's southern lakeshore, cycling through a tiny nature reserve into lovely St Gilgen. Take the cable car up Zwolferhorn for stunning 360° views or visit the Mozart museum. Continue past idyllic Krottensee, an excellent refreshment stop and continue down into Mondsee, following along the lake with plenty of opportunities for swimming.

Day 9 At Mondsee

Explore locally and enjoy an apfelstrudel in Mondsee's central square looking out over St Michael's Basilica. Or take a bus to Salzburg the charming capital of Salburgerland, and follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapps or Mozart. For those wanting to be more active, follow a lovely cycle path up around Irrsee.

Day 10 Mondsee to Weissenbach 22km/13.75mi or 35km/22mi

A long or short option today, the shorter option follows the shore of Mondsee before joining Attersee at the pretty lakeside town of Unterach and following the lakeside back to the hotel. The longer route climbs a little for great views of both lakes, before you follow the Attersee shoreline back to Weissenbach for your last night.

Day 11 Leave Weissenbach

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12 yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Post , Weissenbach (3*)

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The Hotel Post sits on the shores of Attersee, offering panoramic views of Austria's biggest lake as well as a stunning mountain backdrop. The hotel has its own private beach - so you can swim in what is said to be the warmest waters in the Salzkammergut lake district!

The hotel is decorated in a traditional Austrian style and all rooms have lake views and balconies. The hotel also benefits from a lakeside sauna.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Grunberg, Gmunden (3 Star)

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The Hotel Grunberg has a great lakeside location directly below Grunberg Mountain which soars above the town of Gmunden.

The hotel is right on the lakeside with a view over to the lights of Gmunden itself shimmering on the water. It takes about 10 minutes to cycle into the centre of town.

Bedrooms are spacious and the majority have lake views - they are not typically Austrian but more contemporary in feel.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Bad Ischl (4 Star)

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The 4* Hotel Goldenes Schiff boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre and sits on the banks of the Traun River. Inside, it's modern and comfortable, with first class facilities including a spa, with sauna and steam room.

Dining at the Hotel Goldenes Schiff is particularly memorable; in fine weather dinner is served on the panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Classic Plus room Deluxe room
01/05/2017 - 31/10/2017 £8 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 21/02/2017. Prices are per person per night and based on 2 people sharing a double room. Classic plus rooms are larger. Deluxe rooms are larger still with a sitting area. They have either a south facing balcony or a panorama window facing the River Traun.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Villa Seilern , Bad Ischl (4 Star)

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The Villa Seilern, with its state of the art spa facilities, is available as an upgrade to the Goldenes Schiff.

It is a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional, featuring a 19C villa along with a modern and stylish accommodation block.

The bedrooms are spacious and use a mixture of natural materials and all have a balcony.

The spa facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, whirlpool, Bio and Finnish sauna and steam bath.

Villa Seilern is available at a supplement of £46 per person per night in a double room, staying on a half board basis, and £92 a night if staying in a single room.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Bergrose, Strobl (4 Star)

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This a beautiful 30 room hotel based a 5 minute bike ride from the eastern shore of Wolfgangsee on the outskirts of the village of Strobl.

It is a traditional building with wooden balconies and Gothic script on the exterior, and is located on a river bank next to a meadow. It has a lovely secluded garden, and three floors of perfect Austrian wood panelled luxury inside.

Rooms here are junior suites - all Headwater rooms have a balcony - with shower or bath. All the rooms are beautifully decorated with quality pine furniture and comfortable beds.

Please note that junior suite twins consist of a double bed and a sofa bed.

Parents of under 10 year olds should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Bergrose have a balconies with a step up.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Junior Suite Junior Suite for Sinlge use
01/05/2017 - 02/07/2017 £82 £114
03/07/2017 - 28/08/2017 £88 £120
29/08/2017 - 30/09/2017 £82 £114

All prices shown above are valid from 20/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including evening meal. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Leitnerbraeu, Mondsee (4 Star)

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The Leitnerbraeu Hotel can be found in the very heart of Mondsee, just a stone's throw from the famous church used in 'The Sound of Music' and a 5 minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events.

A 30 room family run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside while retaining the typical Tyrol architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe room
01/05/2017 - 01/10/2017 £16

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Prices are per person per night.

Deluxe rooms are larger and some have a balcony- on request.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg (4 star)

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The 4 star Markus Sittikus is a beautifully presented hotel, based in an 18C building with a mustard façade located in a quiet side street not far from the Mirabell palace, just a 15 minute walk from the old city.

Inside the hotel the décor is attractive and individual, with bold colours like mustard yellow and red tartan in the comfortable bar area, and some colourful murals painted on the walls throughout the building. Public rooms have period furniture and the upbeat interior, combined with the personal attention you receive from the friendly staff, make a stay here particularly memorable.

The hotel has 39 rooms though it feels smaller, with television (CNN/BBC), direct dial phones and hairdryers. Each one is individually decorated with attractive colour combinations and solid wooden furniture, in keeping with the age and status of the building.

It is also one of the few hotels in Salzburg to have a garden to relax in, if you are looking for some respite after doing the sights.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double room Double superior room Single room
01/04/2017 - 21/07/2017 £66 £78 £82
22/07/2017 - 31/08/2017 £82 £96 £96
01/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 £66 £78 £82
01/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 £52 £62 £66

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast.
Superior rooms are larger than standard rooms. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Austria, Vienna (3 star)

The location of the Hotel Austria could not be more central in Vienna. The Fleischmarkt is within walking distance of all the city centre attractions, and the opportunities for dining out are plentiful in the evenings.

The hotel is squirreled away up a small alleyway so looks quite unassuming. It is an enormous traditional building with a grand spiral central staircase. The public rooms on the ground floor are all very high with an atmosphere of faded and comfortable rather than modern grandeur. Ancient maps of the city hang behind reception and reds and crimsons form much of the décor, with antique furnishings dotting the lounge from where you can access the internet.

Bedrooms upstairs are off long corridors, and have high windows and dark wooden furnishings and velvet chairs. All come with satellite TV, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Comfort Room
09/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Comfort double rooms are larger than the standard double rooms, with chairs or a sofa provided.

Dates Double Room Single Room Comfort Double Room
09/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £82 £110 £90

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Extra night prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.


Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

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Holiday details

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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Every two days from 19th May 2017 to 20th Sep 2017, for 10 nights.

Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £50 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Other details
For departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays direct flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Salzburg can be arranged, please call for details.
Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as 'Austrian Twins' and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

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