Before we became licensed Austria Guides and founded the first Free Tour in Salzburg, we were Salzburg bike tour guides. We both started out as rickshaw drivers, but Leo later led Sound of Music bike tours around Salzburg and to the filming locations of the Sound of Music for seven years. Therefore, we wanted to create our own bike tour of Salzburg.
While the Free Tour covers the old town and the history of Salzburg, the Lonely Goatherd Bike Tour takes us into the beautiful surroundings with the theme of the Sound of Music. In 2,5 hours we ride along the best bike paths and visit some of the most interesting places and Sound of Music filming locations on the outskirts of Salzburg.
What the Lonely Goatherd Bike is about
What’s the Bike Tour about?
It just so happens that some of the best bike tracks around Salzburg are also where the Sound of Music was filmed. Two palaces were used in the filming of the movie, both of which are on our path. Additionally, we head down Hellbrunner Allee and visit Hellbrunn Palace, where the Gazebo from the 16-17 song was built after the filming was completed, and Nonnberg Abbey, which is the Nunnery where Maria was.
The meeting point for the Bike Tour is a modern University Building on the outskirts of Salzburg, only 10 minutes walking from the heart of the old town.
The Abbey is not only the abbey from the Sound of Music but also the oldest nunnery in the world and the only ascent on our Salzburg Bike Tour.
On our Salzburg Bike Tour, we cycle around lake Leopoldskron and admire the castle, which is privately owned, from the opposite side of the lake.
Frohnburg Castle on Hellbrunner Allee was used as the front of the house in the Sound of Music. It’s where Maria first arrives when coming from the Abbey.
The oldest stately avenue in Europe stretches for 5 kilometers from the old town to Hellbrunn Palace. It is the number one best cycling route around Salzburg.
Hellbrunn & The Gazebo
Hellbrunn Palace is a highlight of the surroundings of Salzburg, the best place to cycle to, and the place where the pavilion from the Sound of Music was placed.
Sightseeing in Style
Take a Thrilling and Fun Ride with Scenic Views, Movie Moments, and Sightseeing On Comfortable Bikes!
You will be taken on a fun and informative 2,5-hour tour of Salzburg’s surroundings on comfortable city bikes. You’ll be guided along safe, well-surfaced routes by an expert, stopping for pictures, reenacting movie scenes, and singing along to your favorite tunes throughout. Whether you are a family, honeymooning, traveling alone, or with your partner, our bike tour will bring you together with other Sound of Music enthusiasts and travelers.
Here is what our guests had to say about the Salzburg Bike Tour.
Why take a Bike Tour around Salzburg?
While we love walking, our radius on a walking tour is limited. And while a bus tour increases our radius, it limits the perspective. Bicycles on the other hand are not only fun but the perfect middle ground between walking and being enclosed in a vehicle. That’s why we offer bike tours to explore the surroundings of Salzburg and the Sound of Music filming locations.
Best Bike Paths
Our bike tour of Salzburg is limited to groups of a maximum of 15 travelers. Bookings are required. If you need to cancel, please do so up to 48 hours before the tour starts.
Reviews of the Free Walking Tour
Lonely Goatherd Bike Tour Meeting Point
The meeting point for the Salzburg Bike Tour is next to Unipark, a modern university building in Salzburg’s Nonntal area, about 10 minutes walking from the fortress and the Cathedral. Coming from the old town, the bikes are visible as soon as you reach the square in front of the university, as it is a large open space. Facing the University building the bikes are on the right side.
Where the Salzburg Bike Tour takes us
The bike tour is not a history tour. It’s best combined with the Free Walking Tour or even with Leo’s Nuns and Nazis tour, an old town walking tour of the second world war in conjunction with the Sound of Music.
The Lonely Goatherd Bike Tour, our Salzburg Bike Tour, begins near Salzburg’s old town, but immediately ventures out into the surrounding area, towards the south of Salzburg. Salzburg is small. Therefore, it takes no more than 2 minutes for us to go from the meeting point to a lush green fairy tale with the Alps in the background. The bike ride takes us up to Nonnberg Abbey, the Abbey from the Sound of Music, to Leopoldskron Palace and Lake Leopoldskron, along Hellbrunn Allee to Hellbrunn Palace, where the pavilion from the movie is located.
What’s included in the Lonely Goatherd Bike Tour?
The tour has been developed by licensed Austria Guides who have passed on their knowledge to passionate guides and Sound of Music lovers who will equip you with bikes and helmets before taking you to the meadows around Salzburg.
Get ready for the Bike Ride!
Lonely Goatherd Bike Tour Schedule
Book your Bike Tour by clicking your desired date in the calendar below!
If the tours are fully booked, you will not be able to join us as we have no more bikes available. You could show up at the meeting point and try your luck to see if there are any no-shows. If there are, you are welcome to join.
Because tours are limited to 15 participants and because we need to provide a bicycle for everyone. Therefore, reservations are required. You find all upcoming tours in the calendar above. Click on the date to reserve your spots!
Frequently Asked Question
Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions of our Bicycle Tour of Salzburg. You can use this page to inform yourself. If you have a question that is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.