Salzburg active – Sports and physical activities in Salzburg

With nature and urban life in a perfect symbiosis, Salzburg offers a unique mix. Amidst its characteristic local mountains and urban parks, the Mozart City provides green recreational zones on the lower grounds. Embedded between the three local mountains, Kapuzinerberg, Mönchsberg and Gaisberg, the city invites you to go for walks and take hiking tours, which have a touch of alpine flair. Enjoyment of climbing tours and ski slope adventures is only a stone’s throw away. 

This array of possibilities provides excellent sports opportunities for you as a guest of the Eco-Suite Hotel. Hiking, climbing, biking or (mountain) running – in Salzburg you do not even have to leave the city to do these things.

Running: Lots of opportunities for runners in Salzburg

Joggers, Nordic walkers and inline skaters appreciate the routes along the River Salzach. Cycle paths and walkways run behind the Eco-Suite Hotel, idyllically situated at the riverside, direction Old Town. Further popular running tracks go around the Leopoldskron Pond, or in direction Salzach Lakes, through the park of the Palace of Hellbrunn or along the Hellbrunn Promenade. 

Here you find suggestions for great running tracks in the Mozart City, a description of the tracks and their position on the map. 

Riding a bicycle in Salzburg

Salzburg as the bicycle friendliest city in Austria, boasts an uninterrupted cycle path net, which links the town with its green surroundings. From the Eco-Suite Hotel Salzburg you reach the city center on your bicycle via the Salzach cycle path in ten minutes. Another wonderful experience is to cycle via the historical Hellbrunn Promenade, which is closed for cars, to the Palace of Hellbrunn with its famous Water Gardens, the park and the zoo.   

The closer and farther surroundings of Salzburg can also be explored by bicycle in a pleasant way, for example along the Tauernradweg, the Mozartradweg or the Salzkammergut Radweg. Idyllic routes running along the river take you to Oberndorf or Hallein.   

Mountainbikers find the ideal training terrain on the Gaisberg and around the Untersberg. The Eco-Suite Hotel offers its guests not only comprehensive information on cycling in Salzburg, but also rents out common bicycles and e-bikes. Information for friends of biking. 

During your stay in Salzburg you can confidently do without your car: The Eco-Suite Hotel is situated next to the cycle path.  You haven’t brought your own bicycle? No problem: You can rent bicycles and e-bikes from us (according to availability) either for the day or for a couple of hours. 

€  8,- /   6 hours
€ 12,- / 12 hours

€ 12 / 6 hours

Advantages of the biking city Salzburg

  • More than 170 kilometres of attractive cycle paths with 900 signposts
  • 23 cycling routes through the city
  • 5,500 parking spaces
  • Cost-free self-service stations with tools, fitting stands, lubricating oil and compressed air – also at the Eco-Suite Hotel you will find a service station 
  • 83 one-way streets can be used against the direction of travel 
  • Special bicycle traffic lanes or paths on a number of routes 
  • Underpasses at bridges and thoroughfares

Useful help for cyclists

On, you find ample information, such as a cycle path map, cycling routes in the city of Salzburg, Service & Info, as well as special offers on the topic. It is easy to define the right route on your smartphone. The app „Radlkarte Salzburg“ offers a lot of useful functions, such as navigation, simple and exact choice of address of start and arrival, defining the recommended route, as well as information on elevation profiles.


Salzburg delights its inhabitants and guests with three beautiful outdoor pools, which open on May 1st every year: the Volksgartenbad, the Leopoldskroner Bad and the AYA Bad, which also has an indoor pool. Apart from these three pools, the Paracelsus indoor pool is open around the year. In the summer, the Salzach Lakes, which are not far from the Eco-Suite Hotel, are popular places for bathing. Only 2.5 kilometres from the eco hotel, the Salzach floodplains provide a local recreation area for experiencing nature in the city. At the Waldbad Anif, meeting point of the young and those who have stayed young, not even the most active persons will ever feel bored, thanks to a high rope course (the Flying Fox takes you right across the lake), an own diving track and classics like paddling or beach volleyball.

Hiking in the nature around Salzburg

Framed by its five local mountains, the Mozart City lies at either side of the Salzach. Mönchsberg and Festungsberg, with the Nonnberg in front of them border direct on the Old Town. Right behind the Festival Hall starts one of the ascents to the two grassed and planted elevations in the Mozart City. Having reached the top, visitors will be rewarded not only with a breathtaking view of the City of Salzburg and further to the local mountains opposite. Sights like the Fortress Hohensalzburg and the Museum of Modern Art are waiting to be discovered. At the other side of the Salzach, the wooded Kapuzinerberg rises. With some luck, you may even come across a chamois on your way. A walk to the historic buildings Capuchin Monastery and Franziskischlössl is definitely worthwhile.  

The imposing mountain massif of the Untersberg in the Southwest marks the border to Bavaria. Ambitious mountaineers climb the summit of the Untersberg, which is 1,972 m high, via the Dopplersteig or Reitsteig.  A cable car makes for a more comfortable ascent. 

The Gaisberg is very popular as a vantage point and can be reached either on hiking trails, but also by bus, car or bicycle. A worthwhile hike are the panoramic round tour of the Gaisberg at the height of the Zistel (5 km), the Zistel round trip (2,5 km) or one of the well-marked hiking trails, starting for example from the urban district of Aigen. 

Moreover, the Salzburger Land boasts countless hiking areas and excursion destinations. Just ask our staff at the Eco-Suite Hotel; they will be happy to advise you on successful hiking tours.

Climbing in the Salzburg Mountains

With its fabulous mountainous scenery, the Salzburger Land is also a paradise for climbers. To be able to do climbing and bouldering you do not even need to leave the city: At the foot of Kapuzinerberg, in the Glockengasse, you can train on the City Wall, Salzburg’s first urban via ferrata. On the northern side of the Mönchsberg, in the district of Mülln there is a climbing course with several stations and boulder rocks.  Another opportunity for climbing, not far from the Eco-Suite Hotel Salzburg is the climbing hall in the district of Itzling.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Not more than 70 km south of the city of Salzburg lies the internationally awarded skiing region "Snowspace Flachau". The free-of-charge Salzburg – Flachau ski shuttle gives you the possibility to combine your stay in the city with a skiing excursion. Numerous other skiing areas can be reached in less than an hour’s drive. Enjoy the advantages of a city hotel in combination with a skiing holiday that is easy to realize.  

Thanks to its open-air countryside and recreational areas close to the city, Salzburg is a true paradise for active holidaymakers. Look forward to traveling to one of the most attractive cities of Austria and book your accommodation now!  

The Eco-Suite Hotel will be happy to send you a non-binding quotation. Have you made your decision? Book your room direct!