Our 8-night cycling holiday in the Austrian Lakes is fantastically varied with something to suit travellers of all ages. It's a wonderful mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes and swimming opportunities galore. The cycling is graded as one bike-wheel rating, but you can extend your routes on all 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 Traun below spectacular mountain peaks, not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.
Our hotels are extremely friendly and provide a wonderful contrast throughout your holiday, from the centrally-located Hotel Leitnerbrau to the Hotel Post on the shores of Attersee, and the lakeside retreat in Gmunden. We have included six evening meals on the holiday, leaving you free to choose from one of Mondsee's inviting restaurants.
Arrive at your centrally located hotel in Mondsee, with time to explore before your evening meal. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast only)
Today you follow the shore of Mondsee before joining Attersee at the pretty lakeside town of Unterach and following the lakeside to Weissenbach. (Staying at Hotel Post, Half Board)
Follow a route on the eastern side of the lake through Steinbach and the scenic Weyregg, before passing through Schorfling where you can visit the Gustav Klimt museum. The backdrop of 1000m 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. (Staying at Landhotel Grunberg, Half Board)
Today, take a trip on Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer, once 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. (Staying at Landhotel Grunberg, Half Board)
Taking the boat across to Ebensee, you'll stop off at Traunkirchen to visit the church with its famous fisherman's pulpit. Alternatively, you could cycle from Gmunden along the western shore of Traunsee to Ebensee, and enjoy the spectacular fjord-type scenery. From Ebensee, cycling a beautiful riverside route, you'll criss-cross the River Traun to Bad Ischl. (Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs, Half Board)
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. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride, people-watch on the riverside esplanade, or enjoy coffee and cake in the famous Zauner restaurant. (Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs, Half Board)
Today's route takes you west along the river through country villages and meadows, with the opportunity to stop at the waterfront in Strobl before heading past the shimmering Wolfgangsee. Going either north or south of the lake, you'll pass beautiful St Gilgen at the top of the lake before heading onto Mondsee, your home for the last night. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast only)
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.
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. 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.
NEARBY: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.
Room upgrades: Deluxe Room.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
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!
NEARBY:The Hotel Grunberg has a great lakeside location directly below Grunberg Mountain, which soars above the town of Gmunden.
NEARBY:The Hotel Goldener Ochs boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre, and sits on the banks of the Traun River. It features a spa, sauna, swimming pool and sun terraces with mountain panorama.
The Villa Seilern, with its state-of-the-art spa facilities, is available as an upgrade to the Goldenes Schiff.
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.
The 4 star Markus Sittikus is a beautifully presented hotel, based in an 18C building with a mustard facade located in a quiet side street not far from the Mirabell palace, just a 15 minute walk from the old city.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
NEARBY:A 15-minute walk from Getreidegasse shopping street, this upscale hotel is 14 minutes from Mozart's Birthplace. Featuring elegant modern decor, the polished rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks. Some upgraded rooms have balconies and/or in-room tubs, while suites have living areas.
Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:30.
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An excellent holiday overall with the right level of physical activity and leisure time. Many of the stops provided an insight into the 'real' Austria with some excellent opportunities for more major attractions at the multi-night stop overs. The reps were always on hand for help and advice and made it clear that included lifts if required. However our 11 year old daughter who is by no means an avid cyclist completed the whole route (including extensions) without issue.
A superb holiday, and although not marketed for families, suited our 11 year old kids perfectly. Cycle distances just right for them, routes generally quiet, but with options to skip the busier sections; great hotels and food and such a beautiful area - clean, quiet (even though it was August) and so lovely turquoise lakes at every turn. The reps Colin and Jill are passionate about their area and very attentive. Go now!
This was one of the best holidays we have had. We were lucky with the weather perhaps, but it was a joy to cycle through such stunning countryside. The numerous stops en route to swim in the lakes and rivers were wonderful.
The Austrian Lakes are a fantastic destination and your reps are superb.
Very good holiday. Our room in Bad Ischl was an upgrade (which we had to accept if we wanted this specific holiday). We travelled in a group of 7 and one couple did not get an upgraded room. Although the rooms were lovely we would all have preferred not to have to pay the extra.
Your reps Jill and Colin were excellent. I would go as far to say the best reps I have ever had on any holiday. Friendly, professional and nothing was too much trouble. I hope as a company you realise what an asset they are to you. The sat nav routing was very good. Only at one very awkward junction it was not clear. I would certainly recommend using it but would want the paper maps as back up, especially if the phone ran out of power.
An excellent holiday. Lots of good cycling with plenty to do on the rest days. Very convenient with direct flights from Gatwick to Salzburg and transfer by minibus to the first hotel. Very easy cycling with very few steep climbs and mostly on cycle paths or quiet roads.
The Austrian Lakes Cycling Holiday met our full expectations, the scenery and the hospitality was superb and the small hills very forgiving to inexperienced cyclists! The majority of the tracks were on very quiet cycle paths through beautiful meadows and villages. However we did find the first hour after leaving the Hotel Post in Weissenbach quite daunting , this may have been because it was a Saturday in high season. So pleased that Jill and Colin suggested that we visit Hallstatt when we were in Bad Ischl , the village and visit to the Salzwelten were most interesting and the scenery breath-taking.
We had a wonderful holiday; the route was varied and interesting with plenty of time for stops, picnics and swimming on most days. It is exactly as suggested a relaxed activity holiday with fabulous scenery. There are enough hills to make the route interesting but not so many to be off-putting; in general I'd say there were more fun down-hills than tiring up-hills with lots of flat in-between. We had standard bikes but were surprised by the number of cyclists in Austria using electric bikes, so if you take this option you will blend in well! We were amazed at the courtesy shown to bikes on the road; we were given space and other road users were really respectful; we could learn from that back home.
As always in the mountains we had varied weather; some really hot days and some very soggy days ... just as you'd expect. We were lucky that we were at the Villa Seilern in Bad Ischl when the weather was really wet so were able to make use of the hotel's pool and spa which are great. The pool is stunning!
The hotels were mostly very good (although the beginning and end at The Post were not the best) and were organised for Headwater guests. In the evenings, food was plentiful and hot, if not always varied but breakfasts were good with lots of choice to fortify for the day ahead. Rooms were lovely and clean.
The bikes were well maintained and modern.... if the weather looks as if it might be wet, take your own lights as there are none provided! Bike storage was no problem; everywhere was expecting us and had good bike facilities. Security of bikes doesn't seem to be such an issue in Austria; many people left bikes unlocked outside shops etc ... we always locked them securely and they were safe.
We had easy access to shops along the way for getting picnic lunches. Eating out in Mondsee was easy and varied.
We used Ride with GPS which is new to Headwater but also had the printed route instructions and maps; if you have the option do both ... there were times when the printed instructions were invaluable (giving more reassuring details) but also times when the GPS was useful as it showed us where we were if we diverted off the route for a reason!) Embrace both and you're covered!
Throughout the holiday we were thrilled with the kindliness and helpfulness of our reps Jill and Colin. The pre holiday postcard was a lovely touch, their were organised, welcoming and very genuine in their desire to help in any way they could. You are in very safe hands with them.
This was our first trip with Headwater and we were very impressed with the organisation of the holiday. We met a couple who were on their 11th holiday with Headwater which we think speaks volumes. We would certainly book with Headwater again.
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Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.
Every two days from 3rd May 2019 to 12th Oct 2019, for 8 nights.
All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £100 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.
There are direct flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Salzburg Mondays to Saturdays which we can arrange, 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.
Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:30.
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