Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg: Part 1 Salzburg to Werfen

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Cyclists on the Tauernradweg  near Kuchl

Cyclists on the Tauernradweg (part of the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg) near Kuchl

At a glance


47 kms


Easy, although there are a couple of short climbs.


Most of this section is on traffic-free cycleways or quiet roads, but from Golling to Werfen the route follows a main road. While the traffic isn't partic­u­larly heavy it is fast moving and there is a 5-kilometre stretch where there isn't even a shoulder. You can avoid this section by taking the train from Golling to Werfen.


Mixed. A signi­ficant proportion of the route is on bike paths with a compacted aggregate surface.


The route is well signposted.

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There are cycleways on both sides of the river coming out of Salzburg and for much of the way to Hallein.


At Salzburg the route connects with the Mozart Radweg.

Also known as …

This section of the route is part of the Tauern Radweg.

The view from the Tauernradweg looking south towards Golling and the Salzachöfen

The view from the Tauernradweg looking south towards Golling and the Salzachöfen

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Salzburg - Golling 30 kms
Salzburg - Hallein 17 kms
Hallein - Golling 13 kms
Golling - Werfen 18 kms
Cycleway on the riverside in Salzburg

The riverside cycleway that leads out of Salzburg

Route description

Salzburg to Werfen

Coming out of Salzburg the route (signed as the Tauernradweg) follows the river. There are cycleways on both banks.

A little over 4 kilometres out from the centre there is a turning where you can follow a signed route to the Schloss Hellbrunn.

Shortly after that, the tarmac surface gives way to compacted aggregate. This is very smooth and easy rolling. It continues to the Urstein dam (kraftwerk, the route goes under the autobahn, and then crosses over a bridge before continuing along the main Salzach, following the signs for Hallein.

The route brings you into Hallein. It's worth spending a few minutes just riding around the its pretty altstadt (historic centre).

From the centre, it's back to the riverside and out of town, following the Tauernradweg signs for Kuchl. As you come out of town you need to bear right on to Gamper Straße Sud – the sign is easy to miss. The section to Kuchl is on a beautiful and incredibly quiet country road that runs partly through meadows and partly through shady woodland.

As you near Kuchl there's a bridge over the autobahn. If you want to go into Kuchl there's a bridge a little further on that takes you over the river and into the town; otherwise, you can continue straight on, following signs for Golling 5 kilometres further on.

From here you continue on a quiet road to Golling. Before you get to Golling itself, you can turn off the route to visit the Gollinger Wasserfall. The road to the entrance goes past the Landgasthof Torrenerhof hotel and campsite. Look out for the church of Sankt Nikolaus on a spike of rock just opposite the entrance to the ravine with the waterfall.

Admission to the falls costs 3 euros for adults. They are open from 1 May to 31 October. There are two falls with a combined height of 75 metres. Check prices and opening times on the Golling tourist inform­ation website: Golling Falls.

The lower part of the Gollinger Wasserfall

The lower part of the Gollinger Wasserfall


Look out for the Burg Golling on the height above you as you cross the bridge into the Golling.

The signs as you come into the village are confusing: just you just before you get to the level crossing you need to turn right, following signs for the Pass Lueg. However, if you want to visit Golling itself, continue over the level crossing then turn right, and then left by the SPAR super­market following the signs for Marktplatz. The main street of the town is very pretty and well worth a quick look, and of course, it's a good place to get a cup of coffee or something to eat.

Sign in the centre of Golling

Sign in the centre of Golling

Coming out of Golling the route crosses over the autobahn and the rail line, before coming out onto the B159 Road where you turn right. According to the signs, the Pass Lueg is 1 .9 kms away, and Werfen is 15.5 kms. There is a short stretch of about a hundred metres where you have to follow the shoulder of the road before you can pick up a cycleway which runs along the right-hand side of the road.

At the Pass Lueg (522m) there's a short tunnel (133 metres long). You can avoid the tunnel by crossing the road and making the short climb on the road to the left of the tunnel which climbs above it to the original Pass Lueg. At the old pass there is a gasthof and a baroque chapel. Unfortunately, the roadside cycleway then stops abruptly a couple of hundred metres or so later. And, if you are travelling south­wards, you have to cross back over the road.

At the entrance to the tunnel, there's also the entrance to the Salzachöfen (the Salzach river gorges). I'm kicking myself for missing these. According to the admission is 3€ for adults, and the gorge is open from the beginning of May until the end of October.

The Salzachöfen near Golling. Photo by Hubert Laska CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

More information

Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

Find and book places to stay with pages for places on this section of the route:
Salzburg | Hallein | Golling | Werfen

About these links

If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accom­mod­ation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.


There are plenty of hostels in Salzburg: the [Jugendherberge Salzburg Eduard-Heinrich-Haus | Jugendherberge Salzburg Walserfeld | Jugendherberge Salzburg Aigen | Die Stadtalm | Summer Hostel Salzburg | Muffin Hostel | A&O Salzburg Hauptbahnhof | Kolpinghaus Salzburg | YOHO.

After Salzburg, the next hostel along the route is the Jugendherberge St. Johann im Pongau

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There are a couple of sites on the northern outskirts of Salzburg: the Panorama Camping and the Camping Nord-Sam. To the south-east of the city is the Camping Schloss Aigen.

Close to Hallein, is the Auwirt Camping Looking at the map it seems to be pretty easily accessible from the cycle route, with a stretch of cycleway that enables you to avoid the B159.

At Golling, there are two sites: the Torrenerhof landgasthof with a campsite, and the Camping Martina. The Torrenerhof is close to the waterfall, while the Camping Martina is closer to Golling itself.

A little further on from Werfen and Pfarrwerfen is the Camping Vierthaler. The easiest way to get to it is by riding the cycleway and then crossing the river by the kraftwerk (the turning is signed). It's a simple, friendly website. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a hike (6.1 kilometres) from the centre of Werfen — it's literally a hike as there's no bus service.

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Transport and services

Bike shops along the route

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Tourist information websites

Places and attractions

Cycling-related websites

TheTennengebirge (Tennen mountains) seen from the Camping Vierthaler near Pfarrwerfen

TheTennengebirge (Tennen mountains) seen from the Camping Vierthaler near Pfarrwerfen

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