Cycle from Salzburg to Marktl am Inn along the tracks of the former salt trade route: in the Inn-Salzach region this thematic bike ride takes you along part of the history of the white gold. In the 14th century salt was transported in barges along the Salzach towards Passau. Today you can cycle along the river bank from one historical trading town to the next. Through the hilly landscape of the Alpine foothills it takes you to Tittmoning with its colourful monumental houses, a typical townscape of the region: narrow streets in the old town, statues and fountains revive that medieval feeling. A few kilometres further downstream the next highlight of the bike route is waiting for you: the longest castle in the world. The landmark of Burghausen towers impressively over the town. Visitors can enjoy the view of the houses and the surroundings and refuel their energy reserves in the restaurant here.
Salt and beer give the direction of the bike ride through the northern Berchtesgadener Land. The start and finish for the circular route is Bad Reichenhall, town and home of Bad Reichenhall salt. It looks like time has stood still in the Alten Saline, the former production facility of Germany’s most famous salt. The mystical tunnels and caves and the museum can all be seen as part of a guided tour. Including the massive water wheels, which even today bring the saline from the depths to the surface, everything is nearly like 150 years ago. After the salty start cyclists follow the route through the Rupertiwinkel. The 100 year old brewpub of the Weißbräu in Freilassing and the Brauereigasthof Alte Post in Teisendorf offer enough space to stop, have a snack and a fresh draft beer. The way back leads you along the Saalach to Bad Reichenhall. Here the salt water healing caves invite you to relax with their meditative atmosphere, salty air and 12 degrees all year round.
The centre of the Berchtesgadener wheel is the roundabout at the railway station in Berchtesgaden. All bike routes start from here into the Upper Bavarian foothills in all directions. Towards the east the Berchtesgadener Ache is crossed in the valley basin before it crosses over meadows and through mixed woodland to Markt Schellenberg. Here you can park your bike for a few minutes as at the entrance to the Almbach gorge there is something special waiting for cyclists: Germany’s oldest marble pebble mill. This is the last type of mill in service and the miller Friedl Anfang and son Stefan ensure that this ancient tradition doesn’t dwindle away. Then head back on the same route to the Gollenbach bridge and then turn left directly towards the salt mine for a journey through time underground. For the 500 year anniversary in 2017 there were some great special guided tours, concerts and festivals. Whoever wants to start off in a relaxed mode should ride on a little bit further to the Watzmann thermal spas and let their worn out legs be pampered.
On the salt works cycle path from Rosenheim to Hallein: the roughly 132 km long cycle path connects the salt cities of Rosenheim, Traunstein, Bad Reichenhall, the Berchtesgadener salt mine and Hallein. The historical salt water pipelines and the former salt trade routes determine the layout of the route and lead you on quiet roads with little traffic through the hilly Alpine foothills. If you stop off in Traunstein as a cyclist then you’ll get a direct view of the salt history in the town. Even in the Middle Ages the town was one of the most important trading stations towards the west. The originally preserved venues can be seen as part of the salt path guided tours. Naturally you shouldn’t miss out on a tasty salty joint of roast pork, before you head on towards the salt mines in Hallein.
The statue of Henry the Lion looks down from the facade of the old town hall onto the former salt route. There where today the shopping street “im Tal” is, the trading street of the white gold used to cross through the town from the Isar Tor. But it wasn’t always like that: once upon a time the carts with the salt from Berchtesgaden used to roll over the Isar bridge near Föhring, which thanks to the market and bridge tolls was an important source of income for the Bishop of Freising. This was reason enough for Henry to destroy this bridge and to build a new one at approximately the same point as today’s Ludwig’s bridge and to re-divert the salt route. The Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa decided to relocate the bridge in Henry’s favour. It was 14th June 1158 when the town of “Munich” was first officially mentioned in the records. The town of Munich was born and it has grown year after year since then. On your bike you can easily get to the salt history locations in Munich