Mountain biking in Salzkammergut
Mountain bike tours in Salzkammergut
A mountain bike paradise in a class of its own awaits you in the Gosau valley in Salzkammergut, the geographical heart of Austria. Roughly 100 km of mountain bike trails wind up forest and asphalt roads through the vast valley and surrounding mountains. It's every biker's feeling of bliss: having reached the highest point of the tour and taking in the mountain panorama, looking into the valley and squinting in the sun with a cool drink in your hand in front of the mountain inn. Get a taste of your cycling holiday in Gosau with the following tour recommendations from us:
Suggestions for mountain bike tours in the Gosau valley in Salzkammergut
A tour up to the Iglmoosalm
The tour starts from Hotel Sommerhof heading towards the tourist office in Gosau. Head uphill towards Rußbach on the Pass Gschütt main road (B166). A little bit later turn right onto a forest path where the "Zur Goisererhütte" trail is signposted on a board. After just under 3 km you reach your destination, the vast Iglmoosalm. From here you enjoy the impressive view over the Gosaukamm's Zinken rising endlessly into the sky.
Walk to the panorama view
From here you can cycle roughly another 4 km uphill until a cycling prohibited sign announces the end of the route. 100 m before the cycling prohibited sign a rough gravelled path branches off to the right that leads to a marked climb. Anyone who wants to can walk over the Vordere Schartenalm to the Goisererhütte and Kalmberg. The Goisererhütte that is catered all year round can be reached in about half an hour and invites you to while away the time in peace. From here there is a magnificent panoramic view down into the Goisern valley. You should play a day for this tour as the fantastic natural scenery around Gosau and many mountain pastures will make a bit impact on you.
Back to Gosau
After a hearty snack you go back to your bikes and head down to the valley on them. You quickly reach the barrier to the forest road, coast towards Gosau again and back to Hotel Sommerhof on the Gosau brook trail. The starting point of the tour with level of difficulty 3 can be reached in a few minutes via the Iglmoosalm, where you conquered an elevation gain of 870 metres. The tour takes about 3 hours.
Around the Plassen
You need strong calves for the circuit around the Plassen, Hallstatt's local mountain, as an elevation gain of just under 1,500 metres has to be overcome first. However, the appeal of this strenuous mountain bike tour is provided by the many beautiful mountain pastures along the tour and the descent into romantic Hallstatt.
You start at Hotel Sommerhof along the Gosau brook towards Lake Gosau and past Lower Lake Gosau. On the left you follow the forest road uphill, which leads past the Ebenalm and Grubenalm towards the Roßalm. After a short uphill passage you pass the Durchgangsalm and ride down into the Echern valley. You pass the glacier garden and Simony monument while approaching Hallstatt. In the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site it is worth making some time for sightseeing. Fortified you then ride the sedate last part of the tour on road along Lake Hallstatt towards Gosau mill back to Hotel Sommerhof.
The Dachstein circuit
The Dachstein circuit is also open to you from Hotel Sommerhof, a tour with stages over several days for professional bikers and fit amateur bikers. With the majestic mountain scenery in your sights and crystal clear lakes at your feet you take on the challenge of one of the three tour versions: completing between 182 and 269 kilometres and an elevation gain of 4,700 to 7,900 metres.
Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy
It is THE highlight every year in Inneres Salzkammergut: the Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy. Participants from numerous countries compete on stages of varying lengths and difficulties. The Sommerhof mountain bike hotel in Gosau in Salzkammergut in Upper Austria offer its guests a 4-star class mountain bike hotel including locked mountain bike garage, free bike washing facility and its own Sommerhof trophy team every year for the trophy weekend.
Guided mountain bike tours and mountain bike hire
You explore the Salzkammergut totally relaxed accompanied by a mountain bike guide who knows the region's idiosyncrasies and secret tips. We will be happy to arrange a bike guide for you on request and for a fee who will run riot on the bike trails with you around Gosau.
Would you like to hire bikes here? Not a problem: we have several bikes you can borrow, without any extra charge.