in the Dachstein Salzkammergut
About 200 km of cleared forest roads formed to a tour network with about 800 km for mountain and gravel bikers, bike stores, mountain bike guides, bike hotels and mountain bike infatuated locals awaits you in our region. The routes range from the legendary Dachsteinrunde (circuit tour), which lasts several days, to the technically challenging Salzkammergut Trophy training tracks, to leisurely mountain bike tours through the region, on alpine pastures, along lakes, through forests and past rustic huts, perfect for a break.
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Frequently asked questions about Mountain biking
If the snow conditions are right, the bike season in the Salzkammergut begins on 15th of April and the routes are then open until 31st of October. Driving on the routes is permitted in April and September from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., from May to August from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and October from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Thanks to the approval of the Austrian Federal Forests, the Dachstein Salzkammergut can provide around 200 kilometers of forest roads for mountain bikers. With multiple journeys, this results in a tour network of 800 kilometers. The routes lead you to all the highlights a mountain biker must have experienced in the Dachstein Salzkammergut, from Gosausee and Dachstein to Lake Hallstatt and the Eternal Wall (Ewige Wand).
With the variants of the Dachstein circuit and the Berge Seen E-Trail, the Dachstein Salzkammergut has 22 routes in the towns of Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun. Most of the routes are located in Bad Goisern and also lead to neighboring Bad Ischl and the Ausseerland.
All of the routes are perfectly suited for e-bikers, as the route network consists mainly of forest roads leading to the lakes and huts in the Salzkammergut.
Basically, you can charge your e-bike directly at the guesthouses and mountain huts on request, provided they have enough electricity.
Despite the long tradition of mountain biking in the Dachstein Salzkammergut, there are only a few, easy trails in the Dachstein Salzkammergut. The toboggan run from the Predigstuhl (Raschbergrunde) through the Ewige Wand to Anzenau, and the Gamsöfen (Kaisertour) along the Dachstein Salzkammergut is therefore largely aimed at mountain bikers and e-bikers who want to go on tours and enjoy the landscape, peace and quiet and cozy refreshments. Due to the many climbs, the Dachstein Salzkammergut is an area for more sporty drivers, but e-bikers can enjoy the power of their engines here to the fullest. The Inner Salzkammergut is also ideal as a training area for marathon riders thanks to the many routes and the Salzkammergut Trophy. Enduro bikers only partially find what they are looking for on a few sections or switch to the XCO area of the Bike Arena Obertraun to enjoy technically demanding routes.
Unfortunately, you cannot ride around Lake Gosau by bike. It is only possible on the east side. The Lake Hallstatt has a cycle path on the east side of the lake that leads into the village. On the west side there is a busy narrow road which is not suitable for bikers.
Together with the ÖBF, the Alpenverein, the Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy and the Tourism Association, the following rules have been summarized in the so-called Nature Guide:
•… only use marked routes at the given time: 16th of April to 31st of October. April and September from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., May to August from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and October from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
•… comply with the applicable road traffic regulations (Stvo).
•… respect other nature users
•… leave nothing in nature and dispose of our rubbish properly.
•… collect berries and mushrooms only as much as we need for ourselves.
•… preserve nature and prefer to admire flowers in the countryside than withered at home.
• ... avoid disturbances and show consideration for flora and fauna.
•… observe the smoking ban and do not start a fire.
•… pay attention to any notices such as forest work or barriers and observe them.
• ... know that cycling off the routes outside of the approved times makes us illegal bikers.
The following establishments are specialized in mountain biking in the Dachstein Salzkammergut:
- Alpenchalet Gosau
- BSFZ Obertraun
- Landhotel Agathawirt
- Vivea Gesundheitshotel Bad Goisern
Many mountain huts are open during the summer season along the bike routes.
The Salzkammergut Mountainbike Trophy always takes place in the middle of July every year.
Guided mountain bike tours in the region are offered by the Mountain Bike Competence Center Salzkammergut, Nemo Point-E-Bike Rental and Sport Jirka in Gosau at Dachstein.
There are bike shops and workshops in Bad Goisern:
- Goisern Bikeworld
- Bikes 4 You
You can order a map with all mountain bike routes in the Salzkammergut on "map order".