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Zell am See Centre-Based Tour

A delightful cycling experience between mountains and lake Zell

Map Zell am See home-based tour

Route

Tour profile / level 2

Asphalted cycle path, during 2 stages gravel surface, option for advanced riders to extend the distance.

Day 1: Zell am See/Schütthof

Independent arrival. Use the day of your arrival to explore your surroundings and take a walk along the shores of Lake Zell from Schüttdorf into the centre of Zell am See (approx. 30 mins). With its many restaurants, the little town is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal and some window shopping.

Day 2 - 5: Routings/program suggestions

You can find our suggestions for the nicest bike tours in the surroundings below. It is up to you, which ones you choose and combine...or if you do something completely different. You can plan this homebase tour however it suites you best.

Tour 1: Schüttdorf/Zell am See – Krimml – Schüttdorf/Zell am See, approx. 63 km + train ride

The day begins with a ride on the Pinzgauer narrow gauge railway to Mittersill, the starting point for your excursion today. Enjoy the soaring natural spectacle of the Krimml waterfalls (incl.). Take enough time for a visit and experience the overwhelming power of the element water. The stage then takes you back to the starting point on the Tauern Cycle Path. Through small, tranquil villages surrounded by forests and meadows. Once you arrive in the charming mountain town of Mittersill, enjoy the view of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Kitzbühel Alps. Immerse yourself in the National Park Worlds (incl.) with the unique alpine adventure world around Austria’s highest peak, the Grossglockner, before returning to Zell am See by train from Mittersill. (train ride Zell am See - Mittersill both directions included in tour price, incl. bike)

ATTENTION: Due to construction work on the local rail network, rail travel is only possible to Niedersill until June 10, 2024. For this reason, we recommend spending this day without a bike and enjoying the ride to the Krimml Waterfalls by train and rail replacement service.

Tour 2: Schüttdorf/Zell am See – St. Johann im Pongau, approx. 45 km + train ride

With the exception of a short stretch on the main road, you’ll spend the day following the familiar Tauern cycle path through hilly countryside full with lush meadows and rustic farmhouses. After a short uphill ride, you reach your first destination today, Taxenbach. The perfect place to stop for a rest before taking an excursion into a world full of magic. The Kitzlochklamm (incl.) is one of the most beautiful gorges in the Austrian alps and a delight for the entire family. On a guided tour, explore footbridges and tunnels from the 16th century and marvel at the unbridled power of the Rauriser Ache waterfall. After this spectacular natural wonder, cycle alongside the Salzach river to St. Johann im Pongau. Take the train from St. Johann im Pongau to Schüttdorf/Zell am See (incl.). Included train ticked only valid on day 3

Tour 3: Schüttdorf/Zell am See – Saalfelden – Maria Alm – Schüttdorf/Zell am See, approx. 45 km

After leaving your hotel, cycle to the northern shore of Lake Zell and then on through the pretty little village of Maishofen, where the historic Schloss Kammer is already visible from a distance. After some tasty food at the family-run sixteenth century farmhouse, you’ll be ready to continue to Almdorf and then on to Maria Alm full of fresh energy. After a brief sightseeing tour in Maria Alm, the highest church tower in Salzburg waits for you to climb it. For history lovers, we recommend the museum of local history in Schloss Ritzen (incl.) on the idyllic Ritzensee lake in Saalfelden. Immerse yourself in bygone days before returning to Schüttdorf/Zell am See via Maishofen/Neunbrunnen.

Tour 4: Lake Zell Loop + Kaprun, approx. 30 km + (incl. ascent to the Kitzsteinhorn)

Today, you’ll ride around Lake Zell. Leave your hotel and ride along the promenade on the northern shore of the lake. Take a short detour to the well-known Schloss Prielau with its small chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity that was built in 1730. Combine a rest from cycling with minigolf, a beach volleyball match or a dip in the cool waters of the lake. If you find your legs getting tired then relax by crossing the lake on a boat (incl.). After arriving at your hotel, you’ll still have time to go up the Kitzsteinhorn (incl.), where you’ll enjoy incredible views of the majestic mountain scenery. Discover the unique Gipfelwelt 3,000 with the highest panorama platform in Salzburg, the TOP OF SALZBURG. After a guided tour through the Gipfelwelt 3,000 exhibition (incl.) ride back down to the valley on the glacier train (incl.). TIP: to ensure a stress-free cycle tour, visit the Kitzsteinhorn in the morning and postpone your bike ride until the afternoon (duration approx. 2-3 h)!

Tour 5: Schüttdorf/Zell am See – Hinterglemm – Schüttdorf/Zell am See, approx. 52 km

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on your cycle tour. Follow the Glemmtal cycle path uphill toward Saalbach, past the rugged rocks rising at the side of the path. The splendid views of the surrounding mountains are guaranteed to take your breath away. Follow the river Saalach until you reach the popular winter sports resort of Hinterglemm that shot to fame when it hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1991. But the town also has plenty to offer in summer. It’s definitely worth taking a stroll around the town centre with its the baroque parish church. Tip: Ambitious cyclists can continue past Kolling to Lengau. A slow train will bring you from the car park in Lengau to the Lindlingalm. (not included) A Kneipp facility for tired legs, an adventure playground, where the children can let off steam and a tree-top trail tempts young and old alike. Take the slow train (not included) or walk back to the car park in Lengau, cycle back to your hotel.

Tour 6: Schüttdorf/Zell am See – Fuschertal – Schüttdorf/Zell am See, approx. 30 km

Today’s programme is one of the highlights of your cycling holiday, featuring a ride through the Fuschl valley in night of many three-thousanders such as the Brennkogel, Hoher Tenn and the Schwarzkopf. From Schüttdorf/Zell am See continue via Bruck to Fusch on the Großglockner High Alpine Road. When you reach the little mountain village of Fusch it’s time to enjoy a well-deserved rest. For those with an interest in timber, the Mühlauer Säge museum (incl.) tells the story of wood from the seed of the tree to the finished products made of wood. If you’ve still got the energy and want to cycle further, you can continue uphill from Fusch to Ferleiten to the beautiful Käfertal (+ 7 km and 340 elevation gain). In the Wildlife Park Ferleiten (incl.) you have the opportunity to see wild animals that are usually hidden from view in the Hohe Tauern national park. A trip to delight the entire family.

Day of rest / Hike to Schmittenhöhe – Panorama Promenade

Today, you might prefer to leave your bike at home and take a ride on the Sonnenalm and Sonnkogel cable cars (incl.). Either take the bus to the valley station Schmittenhöhe (discount with the summer card), or go by car or bike (steep path). In keeping with the motto of the old German folk song “The Miller’s Joy is Wandering”, we suggest you take a gentle walk along the Panorama Promenade from the Sonnkogel to the Schmittenhöhe. After a short ascent, some absolutely stunning scenery and pure mountain air awaits. After riding down the Schmittenhöhe in the modern Porsche Design gondola you more than deserve a hearty snack with homemade local products at the farm shop “Augut” (voucher for snack incl.). End the day with a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water of Lake Zell.

Day 6: Zell am See/Schütthof

Individual departure or extension.

Services

  • 5 nights in rooms with private facilities 

  • Breakfast or 5x half board option (for a surcharge)

  • 1x train ride Pinzgauer narrow gauge railway Zell am See – Mittersill both ways (from June 10, 2024)

  • 1x train ride St. Johann im Pongau – Zell am See (day 3)

  • 1x tasting at Feinkost Lumpi

  • Zell am See - Summer Card (discounts on up to 40 attractions, all main attractions such as the Kitzsteinhorn, Schmittenhöhe, lake shore swimming facilities, gorges, Kaprun reservoirs, museums and much more, included…) Only from May 19 - October 31

  • Service-Hotline (also accessible on weekends) 

  • Maps and information material, incl. tour app with voice navigation + GPS data per room

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S2   15.05. - 29.06.24
    Category A (Comfort)
    daily
    S3   30.06. - 01.09.24
    Category A (Comfort)
    daily
    S2   02.09. - 15.10.24
    Category A (Comfort)
    daily
    S1   16.10. - 31.10.24
    Category A (Comfort)
    daily
    S2   30.05. - 29.06.24
    Category B (Standard)
    daily
    S3   30.06. - 01.09.24
    Category B (Standard)
    daily
    S2   02.09. - 29.09.24
    Category B (Standard)
    daily
    S2   15.05. - 29.06.24
    Category A + (Comfort+)
    daily
    S3   30.06. - 01.09.24
    Category A + (Comfort+)
    daily
    S2   02.09. - 15.10.24
    Category A + (Comfort+)
    daily
    S1   16.10. - 31.10.24
    Category A + (Comfort+)
    daily
    S2   30.05. - 29.06.24
    Category B+ (Standard+)
    daily
    S3   30.06. - 01.09.24
    Category B+ (Standard+)
    daily
    S2   02.09. - 29.09.24
    Category B+ (Standard+)
    daily

    Extras

    Discount for 3rd person (in one room with 2 adults)
    Children 0 - 2,99 -100%
    Children 3 - 5,99 years -75%
    Children 6 - 11,99 years -50%
    12 - 99 years -25%
     
    Bikes & equipment
    21-/7-speed-bike 139
    E-Bike 189
    Children´s bike, Trailer, Tag-along, child seat on request
    Rental bike disclaimer 21/E-Bike 19/45
       
    Transfers / payable locally
    Family programme /children´s programme MON-FRI / price per day & child on request
            included in Cat. Comfort Hotel Latini  
       
    Additional nights
    Cat. Standard / hotel Der Schütthof (dbl/sgl) Season 2 79/115
    Cat. Standard / hotel Der Schütthof (dbl/sgl) Season 3 89/125
       
    Cat. Comfort / hotel Latini (dbl/sgl) Season 1 90/125
    Cat. Comfort / hotel Latini (dbl/sgl) Season 2 102/135
    Cat. Comfort / hotel Latini (dbl/sgl) Season 3 112/149

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Let yourself be enchanted by the two charming hotels Latini and Der Schütthof on your Zell am See home based tour! The hotels inspire with their excellent facilities and individual spa areas that invite you to relax. They also offer you the ideal starting point for your cycle tours!


    Hotel Latini (Category A / Comfort)

    Set amid the breath-taking mountains and lakes around Lake Zell, the 4-star Hotel Latini promises holiday enjoyment from the minute you arrive. The team looks forward to pampering you with an allround package that includes a full range of hotel amenities with several restaurants and bars as well as a spa area for your relaxation. >>more


    Hotel Der Schütthof (Category B / Standard)

    Enjoy traditional Salzburg hospitality and a feel-athome ambience next door to the Hotel Latini at the 3-star hotel Schütthof. Situated right by the valley station, the hotel is an ideal base for a day of rest and escape into the mountains of Salzburg. >>more


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    The offered bikes are tourbikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

    You can choose between the following bikes with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents:

    • 21-speed-bike with hand brakes
    • E-bikes unisex
    • Mountainbikes Hardtrail
    • E-Mountainbikes
    • children seat, children trailer

    All bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and a handlebar bag/room.


    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

    With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.


    Bicycle breakdowns

    Breakdowns can happen, even with new wheels and by best servicing. If your bike breaks down and you are not able to fix the problem yourself, please contact our service number!


    Private bicycles

    You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

    Note: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Salzbourg (SZG) - approx 80 km, Munich (MUC) - approx. 200 km
    There is a number of bus services and individual, reliable taxi and shuttle services, picking you up from one of the airports. Best contact your accommodation or hotel and arrange transfer from and to the airport before your arrival.


    Arrival by car

    Hotel Der Schütthof: Hotel garage € 8,-/night, public parking available, but limited (free of charge)
    Hotel Latini: free of charge at the Hotel/incl.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Zell am See/Schütthof For updated timetable see >>here
    The Hotel is located approx. 3 km from the train station. A taxi will cost you approx € 10,-


    Transfers

    Airport transfers on request


    Additional information

    Safety equipment
    Please note, that in Austria children under the age of 12 are obligated to wear a bike helmet. Please protect your little ones and bring their own helmet!

    Rental bike disclaimer
    If a traveller rents a  bike, he is basically liable for damages and theft. When booking our rental bike disclaimer, we assume liability so that in case of loss or damage to the rental bike (when properly used and secured) no financial responsibility must be paid. Excluded from this are only lost keys, batteries and chargers of e-bikes, as well as damage due to intent or gross negligence.
    Prices see at "Dates and Prices"


    Kids program

    Do your children only have fun, action and adventure in mind during their vacation and you can hardly wait to travel to Zell am See-Kaprun? Then you should read on now: At the Cool Kids vacation programs Fun & Adventure is really going on. From Monday to Friday, adventurous tours, cool adventures and, above all, lots of fun are on the program. From summer to fall, the Fun & Adventure programs take place every week. Interested? Here is an excerpt from the weekly program (2017):

    COOL KIDS FUN KIDS PROGRAM
    Monday: Family day on the glacier
    Tuesday: Family day "On the trail of gold" with llama trekking
    Wednesday: Schmidolings baptism of fire on the Schmitten
    Thursday: Adventure day at the farm
    Friday: Pirates Ahoy at the Zeller Lake

    COOL ADVENTURE KIDS PROGRAM
    Monday: Mountain bike technique training
    Wednesday: Archery
    Friday: Mountainskyver

     

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