The Sound of Music Cycling

From $2148 per person

****# Based on 14 customer reviews
(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

What's included?

  • 12 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '16 to 20 Sep '16
  • Continental breakfast and 10 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 92%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Option to hire electric bikes

Excellent for...

The Sound of Music Cycling

Our popular twelve 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 one bike 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 ten 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 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.

Day 2 - Mondsee to St Georgen 28km/17.5mi or 37km/23.5mi

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 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 arriving at the Hotel Blumenhof in time for dinner.

Day 3 - 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.

Day 4 - St Georgen to Gmunden 43km/27mi or 53km/33.5mi

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

Day 5 - 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 Ort, a 'floating' castle on the lake dating from the C17.

Day 6 - Gmunden to Bad Ischl 19km/12mi or 30km/19mi

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.

Day 7 to 9 - At Bad Ischl

There is simply so much to see and do in and around Bad Ischl! Options include riding up to the top of Schafberg (1783m) on the cog railway; taking a river trip to Ebensee; visiting the Ice Cave in Obertraun; sampling coffee and cakes in the world-famous Zauner restaurant in the heart of the old town. The Imperial Villa, Lehar Villa and salt mines are all worth a visit, and for a longer day out, the beautiful city of Salzburg is easily reached by bus.

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

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.

Day 11 - At Strobl

It's easy to spend the day in Strobl: summer toboggan run, cable cars, water sports and animal park. Alternatively, visit the fairy-tale city of Salzburg, a Baroque jewel and UNESCO-recognised historic old centre which is just an 80 minute bus ride away.

Day 12 - Strobl to Mondsee 30km/19mi or 43km/27mi

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 Mondsee, before returning to the hotel in time for an aperitif before dinner.

Day 13 - 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 a 10-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 Leitnerbraeu, Mondsee   (4 Star)

Hotel Leitnerbraeu, Mondsee

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.



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

Hotel Blumenhof, St Georgen   (3 Star)

Hotel Blumenhof

The family run Hotel Blumenhof is located in the centre of the hamlet of Hipping, just outside St Georgen. It boasts lovely views over St Georgen, as well as the surrounding mountains and meadows, especially from its panoramic terrace where evening meals are served in good weather.

Headwater customers are allocated rooms with a balcony and a view over the verdant, flower strewn pastures in front of the hotel and the mountains beyond.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

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

Hotel Grunberg, Gmunden   (3 Star)

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 all 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

Landhotel Hubertushof, Bad Ischl   (4 Star)

Landhotel Hubertushof, Bad Ischl

The Hubertushof Hotel is right in the centre of Bad Ischl. It is a grand historic townhouse that has been converted by the Panhuber Family into a 29 room hotel.

The hotel feels like a small Austrian stately home, with oil paintings on the walls, classic Austrian furniture and pictures of the family along some of the corridors.

Bedrooms are traditional with wooden furnishings and quality fabrics.

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   (4 Star)

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

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



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, Salzburg   (4 star)

Hotel NH Salzburg, Salzburg

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.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg   (4 star)

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 info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Grief on 26/08/2016

*****
This was a very enjoyable holiday. We have done Headwater cycling holidays before but not for the past 8 years and with neither age nor fitness on our side, were apprehensive about embarking on this one. However, although I found the first two cycling days challenging; the first quite hilly and much of it in pouring rain, the second quite long and in temperatures not far short of 30 degrees, we loved the cycling and chose to use the bikes on many of our free days, discovering some lovely quiet country routes. I was still in training to be an 'Uphill Bicycle Pushing' champion at the end of the holiday but was definitely much fitter. Colin and Jill made us feel very welcome from the minute we arrived at Salzburg airport and it was good to know they were at the end of the phone should we need them. Each hotel had its own character and all were good. All were welcoming and the service attentive. The food ranged from good to excellent. We chose to add two extra nights in Bad Ischl and were very pleased that we did so. It is a delightful little town and we were there during the celebrations of the Kaiser's birthday which involved a lot of dressing up in wonderful period costumes as well as music of all kinds in the parks and streets. There was also a very impressive craft fair by the river and a festival of Light Opera at the theatre where we saw a wonderful performance of Die Fledermaus. Our two extra nights in Salzburg were also good although after the tranquillity of the hills and lakes the city was very busy and a bit overwhelming in the heat. If you are using the Marcus Sittikus hotel and like us were feeling ready something different to classic Austrian dishes, 'My Indigo' in the parallel street serves a great curry and some good beer (salads also available) at a very reasonable price. We also had a very good salad in the Pitter Garten in the same street. We enjoyed a concert of chamber music in the Marble Hall of the Mirabell palace, which was conveniently close to our hotel. Previous holidays with Headwater had been in more remote rural areas and having read reviews of the holiday we were also apprehensive about a lot of cycling on and near main roads. The geography of the region means that very often this is the only available route for parts of the journeys but the bicycle paths were excellent, the scenery still stunning and compared with many parts of the UK the traffic reasonably light. There were stretches of lovely countryside on all days. We also did three local rides on our free days which involved very little time by main roads.

Reviewed by Mr Struthers on 09/08/2016

***#.
The area was great albeit cycling on day 1 (maybe some of day 2 also) was a bit too hilly for a one cycle holiday. Better to be one cycle plus Hotels and locations variable but generally very good Overall a very enjoyable holiday Hotel food of better standard than usual (except maybe Hotel Blumendorf). Hotel Grunberg spectacular in every way (location, food, view etc)

Reviewed by Dr Miller on 21/07/2016

*****
This is a lovely area in which to cycle. The route passes through rolling farmland and around beautiful alpine lakes. Each village was storybook perfect, though all were slightly different. There are quite a few opportunities to be a tourist on the non-cycling days, with options for alpine viewing platforms, salt mine tours and cave tours. The hotels were solid choices and typically had warm, friendly staff. The food at the half-board dinners tended to be on the heavy side, so eating a light lunch would be advisable. The bicycling is not too challenging. There are a few climbs, but I don't think any were more than 250 meters of elevation gain. It is more challenging cycling than the Passau to Vienna trip on the Danube, but easier than Umbria and far easier than Piemonte. The cycling route is a mix of dedicated cycle paths, often alongside a busy road, and cycling on quiet country roads. I would rate the trip three (out of five) stars for the quality of the cycling terrain/experience, but five stars for scenery and the charm of the villages. During my trip, there were several days of 30+ degrees with high humidity. This is not surprising for cycling in July, but do not expect anything in rural Austria to be air conditioned, including the hotel rooms.

Reviewed by Mr Goss on 01/10/2015

*****
Our second Headwater cycle trip, (first was Canal du Midi). Excellent route. Spectacular scenery. Reps on site very knowledgeable and helpful. 'Free' days have many interesting places to visit.

Reviewed by Mr Nicol on 20/09/2015

*****
our first one biking abroad and will do it again

Reviewed by Mrs Lee on 17/09/2015

***#.
Very well organised, excellent representatives, good cycling along dedicated cycle paths. Let down by standard of some hotels.

Reviewed by Ms Slivnitskaya on 20/08/2015

*****
The holiday with Headwater was indeed the best holiday of my life. We went with my partner and were really impressed with the service and everything else. Reps were amazing, very helpful and we knew if we need them they come very quickly. Bikes were very good and all the equipment felt new and very high quality. In fact, I struggle to cycle now back home as my bike can not be compared with amazing Headwater one. Notes were excellent, we didn't use a map even once, I was very impressed that reps did all the walking and cycling themselves and check it regularly for updates. Hotels were very good and chosen in a very clever way, the further you go the better they get, perfect. Food was restaraunt quality and we saved a fortune on it. Hotel facilities were excellent, nearly all of them had spa and swimming pools which was a great reward after a day of cycling. I could say that neither me nor my partner are experienced cyclists, we never been to the cycling holiday before and didn't do much cycling back home. So we were quite scared and were expecting all sorts of challenges. But I have to say that Headwater made it easy. They are not cheap but you gonna get a holiday of your life. We came back home being fit, happy and much more confident with cycling and everything else too. Thank you very much, I really hope to save for another holiday in the future. I won't go with anybody else.

Reviewed by Mrs McCann on 18/08/2015

*****
Fantastic holiday in a beautiful area. Our 8 year old twins thoroughly enjoyed the cycling and the many swimming opportunities. Lovely hotels with excellent food. The temperatures were way above average during our trip which was challenging at times, especially as it was hard to cool down the hotel rooms but at least we never got wet! Overall a wonderful experience.

Reviewed by Mr Duckworth on 01/08/2015

*****
When I go on holiday I like to chill, and my wife likes to get out and go visiting places of interest. We found that this holiday covered all bases. We chose a category one purposely because we have not done anything like this before, ok there were some hills and inclines but nothing that was to difficult, we had a fantastic time.

Reviewed by Mr Lawrence on 25/06/2015

*****
The independent cycling holiday you provided suited us perfectly as we prefer to travel/holiday independently and the service you offer takes the legwork out of the organisation of such holidays and provides a low key, assuring back up should things go wrong.

Reviewed by Mrs Price on 15/10/2014

*****
The lakes were easy to cycle around & the scenery beautiful. Fab hotels & food. People friendly & helpful. Another successful trip with Headwater.

Reviewed by Mr Sly on 27/08/2014

*****
The whole holiday was pretty much as expected, the bikes provided were in pretty good condition and worked perfectly well, we found the route notes a bit difficult to follow at times and took a few wrong turns but still managed to get back on the right track. The Hotel Tirolerhof was really nice and we were surprised that it was not the first choice for that stop, we spoke to the other Headwater group and they said the other hotel was 'bland and the food disappointing'. We were not impressed with the Hotel Bergrose, after being told it was the best food etc. We arrived there wet from the ride and were told they do not serve tea and coffee during the day but there is a café next door if you want a hot drink. We were sitting in one of the rest areas playing cards the first evening at around 9pm and were asked to move into a small, cramped lounge area as they were closing the other lounge down for the night. The sauna was not switched on until 5pm each evening and dinner time was 6.30-7.30 which meant there was not time to use it, although when my brother in law tried to use it for a quick visit one evening there was a sign on the door in Austrian which he thought mentioned wearing swimming costume to use it when in fact it was the opposite, as he found out the hard way on entering, the hotel knew we were English and should have catered for that on the sign. The food, although presented very nicely, were very small portions compared to everywhere else we stayed and at times not that tasty, the 4 people in our group felt the Hotel was lacking the friendly, family run feel of all the others. The whole experience though was generally very good, the scenery was exactly as expected, a trip to the salt mines was my best day, we cycled to the ferry pick up point and caught a train back to Bad Ischl from he ferry port afterwards.

Reviewed by Mrs Morgan on 19/08/2013

*****
This was our first arranged cycling holiday and was excellent from start to finish. Routes were easy to follow and not too strenuous. The weather was very much in our favour with temperature in the 26 - 34C. Hotels were good, excellent food and friendly service. Our rep James was very good and advising on things to see and do along the way. The Blue book is an excellent idea to help choose thing to do on none cycling days. Luckily we chose 3 extra days in Bad Ischl as there was lot to see and do from there.

Reviewed by Mr Stamp on 16/08/2013

**#..
We have been on a number of Headwater cycling holidays but the Austrian lakes cycling holiday was a disappointment. Hotels not up to usual Headwater standard, no sleep due to lack of air conditioning with temps in the high 30s, frequently kept awake by traffic noise, balconies without a view, one hotel with no choice of menu, 2 nights interrupted sleep by noisy neighbours all night. Cycling days were either on busy roads or close by motorways. Difficulty in finding picnic spots on the journey

Departure dates & prices

May 2016 departuresTour only 
May 13$2148
May 15$2148
May 17$2148
May 19$2148
May 21$2148
May 23$2315
May 25$2315
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Jul 10$2386
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Aug 27$2315
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September 2016 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2215
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Sep 6$2215
Sep 8$2215
Sep 10$2215
Sep 12$2148
Sep 14$2148
Sep 16$2148
Sep 18$2148
Sep 20$2148

Holiday details

Holiday type

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

Departures

Every two days from 13 May '16 to 20 Sep '16, for 13 days (12 nights).

Meals

Continental breakfast and 10 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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