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.

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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. Source: https://www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/sports/cycling/biketours/a-mozart-cycle-path