Salzkammergut Lake Walking Holidays Austria

Lake Walking Holidays in the Salzkammergut

8 days/7 nights guided or self-guided tour.

A popular folk song says, “There is no more beautiful country in our time…”. That song describes the landscape when it comes to walking the Austrian Salzkammergut area. The breathtaking scenery is one of the special treasures of this world. Because of the landscape, the Hallstatt region was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site for outstanding natural and cultural attractions. This walking tour leads you to hidden sights only accessible by foot.

Tour Details: Walks of around 4-6 hours each day with some climbs of 300 meters, a lovely first-time tour in low-level mountain scenery.

Day 1: Individual arrival at Abersee/Wolfgangsee

Day 2 – St. Wolfgang – St. Gilgen – Return by boat

Start the day with an exhilarating high walk to the Falkenstein Wall, which overlooks the scenic lake. The idyllic Fürberg Walk along the lake leads you to the Mozart village of St. Gilgen. From there, enjoy a return boat ride with picture perfect views.

  • Distance: 10.5 km, Walking hour: 4 hours, Up to 354m, Down 354m (back to lake level)

Day 3: Abersee – Lake Schwarzensee –Strobl – Bad Ischl

Your path today begins long the Sattel (saddle) Walk to Lake Schwarzensee, where Madame Lore of the lake hut waits to treat you with tasty specialties. The trail continues down into the valley by a rugged gorge. Keep walking to the Bürglstein, leading to the lake promenade in Strobl. From there, take a local bus to the Emperor’s town of Bad Ischl.

  • Distance: 11.8 or 15.5 km, Walking hour: 5.5 hours, Up to 395m, Down 395 m

Day 4: Resting day in Bad Ischl. Take a break from extensive walking to explore Bad Ischl

Visit the Emperor’s villa, ride a cable car or relax in the spa. Check out Café Zauner if you are looking for delicious Austrian treats.  The Hotel Austria is where Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria got engaged.

Day 5: Brine-Pipeline walk Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern

Salt has always played an important part in the culture of Salzkammergut. You’ll learn about the importance of salt to this area as you walk the promenade along the Ischl River. The Brine-Pipeline leads to the world cultural heritage city of Bad Goisern, where you’ll spend the night.

  • Distance: 105 km, Walking hour: 4 hours, Up 260 m, Down 180 m

Day 6: Brine-Pipeline walk or lakeside trail Bad Goisern to Hallstatt

Start the day by continuing along the Brine Pipeline Trail to the Salzberg (salt mountain) in Hallstatt. This old salt mine started operation in the Celtic times. The path is slightly ascending and offers breathtaking views of the quaint town of Hallstatt. Look around to see Mount Dachstein, the highest peak in upper Austria. The day ends with a pleasant boat and train ride back to your hotel in Bad Goisern. Optional you will follow the lakeside trail to Hallstatt!

  • Distance: 14.5 km, Walking hour: 4.5 hours, Up 455 m, Down 90 m + cable car

Day 7: Bad Ischl to Lake Wolfgangsee

By train to Bad Ischl. This morning, follow the Elisabeth walking path to idyllic Lake Nussensee. Follow the path along the Ischl River to the charming town of Strobl. As you walk along the lake and through the Blinkling Moor, you’ll reach the peninsula of Abersee. This area provides a spectacular view to St. Wolfgang, Schafberg and the lake.

  • Distance: 14 to 19.5 km, Walking hour: 6 hours, Up 210 m, Down 140 m.

Day 8: Departure from Lake Wolfgangsee

Dates for the self-guided tour:

Daily arrival from April to October.

Dates for the guided tour:

Arrival May,  July  and September. Minimum persons: 4 If you have 4 person, please chose your indiviudal date!

Services included

  • 7 nights in 3-star hotels with breakfast
  • Boat fares on the lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstätter See
  • Train fare Hallstatt – Bad Goisern and Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl
  • Descent with the Salzberg cable car Hallstatt
  • Salzkammergut Card (Reduction on more than 100 attractions)
  • Tour book per room
  • Luggage transfer from the hotel to the hotel
  • Bus Strobl to Bad Ischl

Guided Tour:  5 guided tours, 2 nights in 4-star hotels


Book this self-guided tour with Bestseller Travel Austria!

Book this guided tour with Bestseller Travel Austria!

Author: Hiking Ilse