The Sound of Music Cycling

From $2148 per person

(C) Reinhard Schmid/4Corners
  • Great for families; gentle traffic-free cycling trails, excellent flexibility
  • Excellent 3* and 4* 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
  • 4 nights in gorgeous Bad Ischl - cog railway, ice caves, thermal salt baths, Imperial Villa

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This holiday has been updated for 2017 - prices coming soon!

The Sound of Music Cycling

Our new 10-night cycling holiday in the Austrian Lakes is fantastically varied with something to suit travellers of all ages. It's a glorious mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes and swimming opportunities galore. The cycling is graded as a two bike-wheel rating, but you can extend or shorten your routes on most days.

Every stop brings new discoveries such as St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of Schafberg, Mozart's museum in St Gilgen, and Mondsee's frescoed high street; the church here was the location of the famous wedding in 'The Sound of Music'! When you fancy a change from cycling, local buses and boats shuttle between delightful lakeside villages making exploration easy. Regional highlights include Emperor Franz Josef's summer residence in Bad Ischl (he declared war on Serbia here, which led to WW1), Gmunden's 'floating' castle Seeschloss Ort, and its porcelain town hall bells, and an unforgettable paddle steamer on Lake Traunsee below spectacular mountain peaks. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.

Our hotels throughout are extremely friendly and form pleasant contrasts en route. From the centrally located Hotel Leitnerbraeu, and the lakeside retreat in Gmunden to 4-star luxury with swimming pool and steam baths in Bad Ischl. We have included eight evening meals on the holiday, leaving you free to choose from one of Mondsee's many inviting restaurants.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Gmunden

Arrive at your lakeside hotel in Gmunden. Take a stroll along the esplanade before dinner on the terrace of the hotel, with Gmunden's lights shimmering above the surface of the lake.

Day 2 At Gmunden

Head up to the top of the Grunberg, by cable car, for wonderful views of Gmunden and the C17 Schloss Ort, Traunsee's 'floating castle'. Take a trip on the Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer.

Day 3 Gmunden to Bad Ischl 19km/12mi or 30km/19mi

Take the boat across to Ebensee on the south shore then head up the cable car to the Feuerkogel Peak for spectacular views. Cycle a beautiful riverside route, criss-crossing the River Traun to Bad Ischl.

Days 4-6 At Bad Ischl

You're spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Bad Ischl: the imperial spa, the salt mines, the ice cave in Obertraun, 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, enjoy coffee and cake in the famous Zauner restaurant or take the cog railway to the top of Schafberg (1,783m).

Day 7 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.

Day 8 At Strobl

Spend the day in Strobl with its watersports, cable cars, summer toboggan run and animal park. Visit the fairytale city of Salzburg, a Baroque jewel with a UNESCO-recognised historic centre.

Day 9 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.

Day 10 At Mondsee

Cycle past yachts and wooden boathouses along Mondsee's north shore to sparkling Attersee or explore locally and enjoy an apfelstrudel in Mondsee's central square looking out over St Michael's Basilica.

Day 11 Leave Mondsee

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

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.

See our Austrian Lakes Cycling for an 8-night version of this holiday.

For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Passau to Vienna Cycling

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 Grunberg, Gmunden   (***)


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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Villa Seilern , Bad Ischl   (****)


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 C19 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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Hotel Bergrose, Strobl   (****)

Hotel Bergrose at Strobl

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 balcony with a step up.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Hotel Leitnerbrau, Mondsee   (****)


The Leitnerbrau 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 whilst retaining the typical Tyrol architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Extra nights and stop over hotels

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.

Hotel NH Salzburg

Hotel NH Salzburg, Salzburg (4 star)

Hair dryer icon Hotel facilities

The 4 star NH Salzburg is a modern hotel, located just a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. It is quite a substantial size with 140 bedrooms, and is a good option in Salzburg for its excellent location, perfect for both the historic sights in the old town and the shopping in the newer part of the city.

The traditional light stone exterior of the building gives way to a very modern interior, which is carried throughout the hotel with a spacious, light marbled lobby and café where snacks are served throughout the day on the ground floor in reception.

Bedrooms are smart and professionally presented either in burgundy and cream colours, or light pastels, and furniture is modern and of a very high standard.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg   (****)


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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Travel options

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 to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

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.

Departure dates & prices

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Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.


Please call for departure dates, for 13 days (12 nights).


Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

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

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