Cross the majestic Austrian Alps, from Salzburg to the Swiss border. Let us introduce you to one of the most charming, scenic cycling routes in all of Europe.
The breath-taking combination of high Alpine climbs and picture-perfect Austrian valleys are the hallmark of this route. The itinerary is as challenging as it is captivating. The highlight of the week is the legendary Grossglockner, a fiercely majestic peak that climaxes with 12% cobbles for the final 1.5 km. We will also conquer the Zillertaller Hohenstrasse, which the Thomson staff agrees is harder than the Mortirolo. The trip’s final day is one of our Top 5 all-time rides. Wunderbar!
Willkommen in Österreich
Our trip starts at the Salzburg Airport where our staff will welcome you before transferring to our hotel on the shores of Lake Fuschl. On arrival at the hotel we’ll have our usual orientation meeting and bike build-up before sitting down to lunch.
Our first ride follows a beautiful route along the shores of this Lake Region of Austria. We’ll ride from Fuschlsee to Wolfgangsee then onto Attersee. Test your climbing legs on the short but steep ascent to Aichereben before dropping down to Mondsee and the final climb back to Fuschl am See.
Today we start our journey west across the highest peaks in the Austrian Alps. We’ll ride down the shore of Wolfgangsee to Strobl where the stunning Postalmstrasse climb starts. After 16 km of climbing we’re greeted with some of the best views in the Alps before heading down the descent through pristine Austrian valleys.The descent continues to Bischofshofen where we start the next climbs to the Dientner and Filzen Sattels. Descending towards Kaprun we’ll have spectacular views of the Grossglockner - tomorrow’s ride!
Today’s ride is definitely one for the climbers! Similar to the Passo Stelvio but longer and steeper - the climb to the Grossglockner-Edelweissspitz is one of the toughest climbs in Europe!
From our hotel we have a 15 km flat ride along the valley floor to Fusch where the road points upward signalling the start of the Grossglockner climb.
Save a little energy for the last 1.5 km which is on a cobbled road at an average of 12%!
The Zillertaller Hohenstrasse
Our destination today is the town of Stumm in the Ziller Valley. From Kaprun we can enjoy a relatively flat start to Wald im Pinzgau. In Wald, we take a typical Thomson detour over the Gerlospass Alte Strasse, a tough little climb with many sections over 15%. From the Gerlos it’s all downhill to Zell am Ziller.
In Zell am Ziller the gradient quickly picks up to 15% as we start the 13 km climb to Melch Boden and the Zillertaller Hohenstrasse. The Hohenstrasse is simply spectacular - one of the highlights of the trip!
After 3 extremely challenging days, we take a bit of a break today with a short ride into Innsbruck. From our hotel in Stumm the ride is flat for the first 40 km until we reach Terfens.
Staring in Terfens, the Umlberg climb stretches for just 2 km but you’ll feel the 10% gradient. The 2nd climb, the Hinterhorn, is hugely popular with local Innsbruck racers and is a more serious test - almost 11% average for 5.5 km! From the Hinterhorn we have a short, downhill run into Innsbruck where you can spend the afternoon enjoying the historical center of the Tyrol capital.
The Queen Stage
After our “rest day” yesterday we should be ready for our Queen Stage! Two big climbs are on the agenda today, the 2000 m Kuhtai Sattel and the 1900 m Hahntennjoch!
From Innsbruck we have a short, 10 km warm-up before reaching Kematen and the start of the 22 km climb to the Kuhtai Sattel. Next up is the 15 km Hahntennjoch climb. The descent takes us down to the Lech valley where we have a 40 km ride to our hotel in Lech, one of the top ski resorts in the Alps
Our Favorite Ride
We saved the best for last. Today’s ride is a firm favorite with all our ride leaders! One of those rides that has everything - challenging climbs, spectacular Alpine scenery, quaint villages and picture-perfect Austrian valleys.
Highlights include the descent from the Hochtannbergpass, the Furkajoch climb, the descent of the Furkajoch through a dense pine forest, the Dunserberg summit and the final climb to the Faschinajoch. All in all, a simply fantastic day on the bike!
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. We’ll transfer you to the Zurich airport. Safe travels!