EUR 549.00

Austria - Walking in Salzkammergut - 8 days

With the great lakes, the lush vegetation and the breathtaking peaks from the Alps rising in the background, the Austrian Salzkammergut is an incredibly picturesque place for walking. UNESCO has also put the whole Hallstatt area on both its natural and cultural World Heritage lists, and this walking holiday is a great opportunity to see and enjoy the magnificent scenery in your own pace.

The well maintained walking paths lead you amongst others to the imperial town of Bad Ischl, the famous villages of St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt, which is beautifully situated on each their own lakeshores, surrounded by a stunningly beautiful landscape. 

8-day walking holiday. You will stay at three-star tourist class hotels, where breakfast is included and your luggage will be transferred between hotels.

Highlights on this tour

  • Staying in charming and characteristic Austrian hotels.
  • Well maintained walking trails in Salzkammergut, amongst beautiful lakes and picturesque mountain peaks.
  • Hiking along the beautiful Brine Pipeline trail from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt - a route which is on UNESCO's list.
  • A beautiful ride with the Salzbergbahn - a small cable-drawn tram, that takes you the mountainside in Hallstatt.
  • Several boat tours across the lakes, from where the landscape can be enjoyed with a different angle.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
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Day 1 Arrival at the first hotel in Wolfgangsee or Abersee

It is possible to take a local bus to Wolfgangsee from Salzburg and Bad Ischl.
(Salzburg about 1 hour / Bad Ischl about 30 min.).

Day 2 Boat trip on Wolfgangsee and walking from St. Wolfgang to St. Gilgen

Walking time: 3-4 hours

You begin the day by taking a boat to St. Wolfgang. In addition to its beautiful surroundings this village is also known for its small hotel "The White Horse Inn" about which an operetta by the same name is written. From here the route leads you up to the rock wall of Flakenstein, from where there are spectacular views over the Wolfgangsee lake. A charming path leads you along the lakeshore into the Mozart village of St. Gilgen. From there you will take the boat back to the hotel at Wolfgangsee.

Day 3 Walking from Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl

Walking time: 4-5 hours

This day’s hike leads you from St. Wolfgang to Schwarzensee, which is fully surrounded by small mountain peaks, rising up from the green vegetation. Here at the lakeshore, it is ideal to taste one of Madame Lore's homemade snacks in the cozy café. Through the Wirer gorge the trail goes down in the valley and around Bürglstein, from where the path spectacularly winds through the cliffs to Strobl, with its pretty lakeside promenade. The day ends with a bus ride to Bad Ischl, where you check into the hotel.

Day 4 Free day in Bad Ischl

This is a free day in Bad Ischl, where you can chose the experiences of your interest. There are plenty of things to visit such as the old Imperial Villa, which used to be the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth of Austria. Café Zauner is a recommendable place for a coffee break, with its famous delicacies. The name Bad in Bad Ischl, means bath, and refers to the thermal baths in the city. Should you be up for a relaxing visit to the warm waters, the Salzkammergut Thermal Spa is worth a visit. 

Day 5 Walking from Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Salt has always been an important source of income in the area of Salzkammergut. The oldest active brine pipeline stretches 39 kilometers from the salt mine of Hallstattt to the salt factory in Bad Ischl. The day begins with walking along the promenade of Bad Ischl to Kaltenbachau, a cozy area where horse races are held. From here the walk begins to follow the path running along these pipes of brine, called the Brine Pipeline Trail (some locals call it "the Strähn") and the trail is featured on the UNESCO heritage list. As you approach Bad Goisern, you will turn off the trail and reach your hotel for the night. 

Day 6 Walking in the beautiful Hallstatt area

Walking time: 4-5 hours

Today’s walk will bring you back on the "Brine Pipline Trail" where it will lead you to the salt mountain of Hallstatt. This salt mine is the world’s oldest active mine of its kind, and it dates back to the celtic Hallstatt-culture that arose around 800-400 BC.

From the trail there will be magnificent views of both Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein Massif, which is beautifully situated in the background. When reaching Hallstatt, take the Salzbergbahn - a funicular, up the hill from where the view is superb. It is recommended to visit the salt mine, which offers historical information, shows you the mining area, and brings you to the top of Rudolf's tower, which was originally built to defend the salt mine from attack. Today, you can safely enjoy the brilliant view from the top of the tower, overlooking the fantastic alpine landscape.

The trip back to Bad Goisern is done by boat across Lake Hallstatt.

Day 7 Walking from Bad Goisern back to Wolfgangsee

Walking time. 5,5 hours

You will begin the day by taking the train to Bad Ischl. Along the romantic Sissi path, you will walk to the small idyllic lake Nussensee, and from here along the Ischl River and continue to Wolfgangsee Lake. On this part of the walk you come through one of Austria's finest marshlands called Blinklingmoos. The route then follows Lake Wolfgang for the last stretch back to Wolfgangsee for a final night. 

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast  you will check out of the hotel for departure.

Price includes

  • 3 nights at three star tourist class hotel in Wolfgangsee or Abersee - incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights at three star tourist class hotel in Bad Ischl - incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights at three star tourist class hotel in Bad Goisern - incl. breakfast
  • Boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee (Day 2)
  • Ferry fare from Wolfgangsee to Hallst├Ąttersee (Day 6)
  • Bus ticket from Strobl to Bad Ischl (Day 3)
  • Train ticket from Hallstatt to Bad Goisern
  • Train ticket from Bad Goisern to Bad Ischl
  • Ticket to the Salzbergbahn (Day 6)
  • Salzkammergut Adventure Card - which allows for discounts on local attractions, such as the salt mine in Hallstatt
  • Well-planned routes and route descriptions with maps and info on tourist attractions and important phone
  • A phone number for a local service hotline
  • This is a packaged holiday and is therefore covered by The Travel Guarantee Fund - See which benefits this means for you - click here
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  • Transportation to and from the destination
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
EUR 659.00

Practical info

General information

The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organize your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Please note: that transportation to and from the destination in Austria is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flights. It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits the beginning and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
You can fly to Salzburg and from there take a bus to the Wolfgangsee (about 1 hour) - Alternatively, take the train to Bad Ischl and bus to the Wolfgangsee from there (about 30 min.) 
Alternatively you can fly to Munich, and take the train to Salzburg from there.

You will stay at 3-star tourist class hotels in respectively Wolfgangsee/Abersee, Bad Goisern and Bad Ischl. 

Food and beverage

Breakfast is included at all hotels.

It is also possible to purchase Half Board (minimum 3-course dinner all evenings) Price € 160,- p.p.

Book Half Board by writing it in the comments section when booking the tour. Or send us an email.

Trip grading

The daily walks on this trip is a grade 2. Read more about our grading system here.

Walking with a dog

On this trip it is possible to bring your dog. Should this be of interest, please make a note of the dogs breed and size. You can provide this information in the comments section when booking the trip. Possible additional cost are payable locally on site.

Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

Travel insurance
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.
Trip notes
When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.
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