The starting point of the Alpe Adria Cycle Route is the Mozartplatz in Salzburg, in the historic city center. A short distance from the square runs the Salzach river, on the bank of which passes the Tauernradweg (Salzach River Cycle Path): we take this cycle path heading south (towards the mountains) to go up the river. Near Salzburg the cycle path is paved and, leaving the city, you continue to pedal on the typical Austrian cycle paths characterized by a natural background but always of excellent quality.
We keep on cycling along the bank of the Salzach river to the ancient town of Hallein. Then we leave the Salzach riverside, pedaling along quiet lanes that touch picturesque villages scattered in the wide valley.
Just beyond Golling the valley closes abruptly and the cycle path leads us on the national road: after a short climb, not particularly demanding, we reach Pass Lueg. Here the Salzach river flows in a deep gorge (Salzachklamm, equipped for visits) while the cyclists continue on the national road that opens a passage through this wild stretch of valley surmounted by steep rock walls.
From Tennech to Werfen the valley becomes softer but you continue to pedal on the national road whose emergency lanes have been turned into cycle lanes. The ancient village of Werfen is dominated by the famous fortress that is worth a visit. Broken down by this medieval town we start pedaling again along the natural bike paths that almost always follow the bank of the Salzach river. After having touched the characteristic village of Pfarrwerfen we reach the end of our first stop: the historic town of Bischofshofen.