Salt and Lekes Tour - North Loop/Trail

Distance:    140 km
Altitude:      686 m

The production of salt in the province of Salzburg goes back as far as celtic times. Later the rulers of Salzburg, the Prince Bishops, claimed and ascertained power by trading salt , - ” white gold”. Long before the Province of Salzburg became part of Austria in 1816, the salt trade had started to lose its importance.1989 the production of salt in Hallein was stopped completely. Nowadays the saltmine is only a tourist attraction.

The complete circular tour runs through the Tennengauer Salzachtal (south of Salzburg) and the Salzburg Lake District (north of Salzburg) with many highlights along the way.

Start of the north loop is in Seekirchen am Wallersee. The route then leads via Schleedorf with Tiefsteinklamm gorge to Mattsee, where there is a wonderful view from the coffee shop in the old castle. Then to Perwang am Grabensee, Michaelbeuern with Benedictine Monastery, Lamprechtshausen and Oberndorf with its famous Silent Night Chapel. From there the cycle path follows the banks of the river Salzach back to Salzburg.
For those who would like more, it is possible to continue along the river from Salzburg to Hallein and Golling and  return to Salzburg on the other side of the river (south loop). To end the tour you can follow the old Ischlerbahn railway line back to Eugendorf and Seekirchen.

Interactive data for online cycling tours and new updated cycling map are still in preparation.
Signposting has been optimised so there could possibly be deviations from the map.

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