Kirchdorf, © TVB Kitzbühler Alpen St. Johann/Franz Gerdl
Kirchdorf, © TVB Kitzbühler Alpen St. Johann/Franz Gerdl
Chapel near Kössen, © Tirol Werbung/Vivalpin
Chapel near Kössen, © Tirol Werbung/Vivalpin
Cycle Path Waymarking in Kirchberg, © Tirol Werbung/Vivalpin
Cycle Path Waymarking in Kirchberg, © Tirol Werbung/Vivalpin
Kirchdorf, © TVB Kitzbühler Alpen St. Johann/Franz Gerdl
Kirchdorf, © TVB Kitzbühler Alpen St. Johann/Franz Gerdl
Kitzbühel, © Tirol Werbung/Maren Krings
Kitzbühel, © Tirol Werbung/Maren Krings
Jakobskreuz Cross atop the Summit of Buchensteinwand, © Toni Wurzrainer
Jakobskreuz Cross atop the Summit of Buchensteinwand, © Toni Wurzrainer

Mozart Cycle Path

Hardy cyclists can follow in the footsteps of Austria’s famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Mozart Cycle Path leads riders on a gentle 450 kilometer long circle, passing through glorious countryside with beautiful lakes and pretty towns and villages. The route leads from Salzburg, the famous birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to Germany’ Bavaria, Austria’s Tirol and back to Mozart's birthplace.

Find inspiration in the pine-clad mountains, tranquil lakes and picturesque villages which sparked Mozart’s masterpieces as you tour the landscapes he loved. Two beautiful day rides of this amazing trip wind through the Austrian Tirol, from Niederndorf via Kössen to Lofer. Lofty mountains, such as Kaiser Range and Kitzbühel Horn Peak, and lovely Walchsee Lake are just some of the highlights and offer a wealth of fabulous scenery. The route is considered moderate and biking is partly on flat grounds. You will have to master a few gradients, but the view will be worth it. Most of the riding is on designated and paved cycle paths and quiet back roads.

  • Walchsee is considered one of Tirol’s most beautiful swimming lakes. With pristine view of the mountains and pleasant water temperatures, the alpine lake is a splash-worthy watering hole on hot summer days.
  • Rugged and lofty Kaiser Mountain Range is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the Alps, comprising Wilder Kaiser (‘Wild Emperor’) and Zahmer Kaiser (‘Mild Emperor’) and has been listed since the year 1963. The jagged peaks of Wilder Kaiser have its highest point at 2,344-meter Ellmauer Halt Peak, while the summits of Zahmer Kaiser are rarely averaging 2,000 meters in elevation.
  • The village area of Kössen was first settled as early as 5,000 years ago. The 16th century ore mining brought wealth and prosperity to the area, which can still be seen today in historic homes and inns, such as “Gasthof Erzherzog Rainer”.
  • Just a few kilometers off the Mozart Cycle Path there are many opportunities to cycle up to a beautiful Tirolese Alpine pasture hut.
  • At St. Johann, the Mozart Cycle Path runs close to the famous town and ski resort of Kitzbühel, which is definitely well worth visiting. Stroll the charming streets of this historic town, do some shopping or tour the popular Municipal Museum of Kitzbuehel – Alfons Walde Collection.
  • At the end of day two, there are two worthwhile attractions to explore: Steinplatte Waidring with its popular Triassic Park is a top crowd pleaser, especially for kids, and Buchensteinwand Mountain with Jakobskreuz Cross, a multi-storey building in the shape of a cross which can be seen from afar, at its summit.
  • Many lovely chapels and sumptuous churches, such as the one in St. Johann in Tirol, make historic pit-stops on route.

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Starting point

Niederndorf

Finishing point

Waidring/Lofer

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Kitzbühel Alps

Chiemgau Alps

Length

67 km

Duration

2 day(s)

Features

  • Circular route
  • Handicap-accessible
  • Route with e-bike charging station

Difficulty rating

medium

Altitude

790m 490m

Elevation uphill 860m
Vertical metres downhill 730m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Trail description

Day 1: Niederndorf – Kössen
Distance: 17.8 Kilometers | Total Riding Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

The riding on the first day of Mozart Cycle Path’s Tirol section is very short. Beginning in Inntal Valley, you ride into the slightly hilly Tirol Kaiserwinkl, an area of awesome natural beauty. You pass by mighty Kaiser Mountain Range, literally Emperor’s Range, comprising Wilder Kaiser (‘Wild Emperor’) and Zahmer Kaiser (‘Mild Emperor’) on your way to Kössen. Highlights along this 18 kilometer long ride are beautiful Walchsee Lake, “Schwemm“, the largest still preserved moorlands of North Tirol, and the magnificent local golf course. Walchsee Lake is a splash-worthy watering hole, offering a full slate of recreational activities, including swimming, rowing or fishing. The destination end of this day ride is the lively and beautiful mountain village of Kössen. All along the way, there are authentic Tirolese inns and guesthouses where cyclists are especially welcome. Few lodging properties can match up to the long pedigree of historical “Gasthof Erzherzog Rainer” in Kössen, which has welcomed guests for over 400 years.

Day 2: Kössen – Waidring/Lofer
Distance: 48.1 Kilometers | Total Riding Time: 3 Hours 40 Minutes

The second day ride on the Tirolese section of the Mozart Cycle Path is rated intermediate and is the undisputed highlight of the Mozart Cycle Path in terms of elevation and beauty. With a distance of 51 kilometers and an elevation gain of 800 meters, this ride is quite strenuous; however, the efforts are highly rewarded with a wealth of fabulous, Alpine scenery. Beginning in Kössen, the route skirts Kaiser Mountain Range across Kohlental Valley to St. Johann in Tirol. The broad valley basin of this lovely village offers uninterrupted panoramic views of Kitzbühel Horn Peak. Visit the Baroque church of St. Johann, a dome-like structure which is 44 meters long, 16 meters broad and stands 55 meters tall. From St. Johann, the cycle path runs past the farming village of Kirchdorf to Waidring, the gateway to Pillersee Valley and Steinplatte Mountain, and across Strubtal Valley to Lofer. Those having some extra energy are strongly recommend to take a detour to spectacular Grießbach Gorge.

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