Discover fairytale villages and spectacular views on this gentle lakeside cycling tour.
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 has a level one rating, and you can extend or shorten your routes on most days.
Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires - French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings, but you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include the ever present 'Wiener Schnitzel' (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.
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 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. * (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 Goldenes Schiff, 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 Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)*
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. * (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)*
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. * (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)*
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°ree; 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.*(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.*
* All accommodation * Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals * Services of your local Headwater Representative * GPS route directions and maps * /RideWithGPS/ navigation app * High quality hybrid bikes * Luggage transfers between hotels
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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