The Salzkammergut Lakes (classic version)

€840 per person

This is the classic self-guided hiking tour around the lakes of the Salzkammergut region in Austria.An area filled with as many as 76 lakes and also the most famous historic salt-extraction place in the world. Experience a landscape so deeply treasured by the locals that it has become an iconic part of traditional folklore. The Hallstatt region has also received global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the most idyllic locations in the area can only be reached on foot. This makes this walking tour a true must for the enthusiastic hiking experience collector.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Level: 1/2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 overnight stays in good 3* hotels and country inns (en-suite rooms throughout; 3x nights in Abersee, 2x nights in Bad Ischl, 2x nights in Bad Goisern), incl. breakfast; Luggage transfer; Cruise fare Wolfgangsee; Ferry fare Wolfgangsee, Hallstättersee; Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt ; Train fare from Hallstatt to Bad Goisern, from Bad Goisern to Bad Ischl; Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card (reductions for cable cars, thermal bath Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, Boat rides etc.); Carefully elaborated route description; Detailed travel and tour documents (1x per room); GPS track available through navigation app; Service hotline
  • What is not included
    Bus ride Strobl to Bad Ischl (appr. 5 Euro/person), transfers not as per itinerary; drinks and other meals; visitors'/tourist taxes (payable locally if any).
  • Best period
    May, June, July, August, September
Day 1. Individual arrival at Wolfgangsee.
Based on availability with hotels you will stay in Abersee or St. Wolfgang.
Day 2: Round trip St. Wolfgang & St. Gilgen (10 km, 3,30hrs,+250 m/- 250m)
On the first day of your independent hiking tour in Austria, you take a peaceful boat ride to St. Wolfgang to start your walking route. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake from the Falkenstein rock wall. A serene path alongside the lake shores takes you to the village of St. Gilgen. The return journey is once again by boat. Overnight in Abersee/St.Wolfgang.
Day 3: From Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl (12km, 4,30hrs, +300m/-300m)
Today you will have a pleasant walk to lake Schwarzensee. We highly recommend you take a break at the lake cabin of Lore for some delicious homemade snacks and mesmerizing views. After a nice rest, you will continue walking deeper into the valley and around Bürglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl. You will finish the foreseen activities of the day with a bus ride to the old Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl. Overnight in Bad Ischl.
Day 4: Day off in Bad Ischl (4,5km, 1,30hrs, +150m/-150 m)
You have a rest day in Bad Ischl. Seize the opportunity to explore the many highlights such as Emperor Franz Josef’s summer residence, the Salzkammergut thermal SPA or enjoy some sweet delicacies in the famous Café Zauner. Overnight in Bad Ischl.
Day 5: From Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern (11km, 3 to 5hrs, +50m/-50 m)
Today’s independent walking trail will help you understand just how big is the part that salt and salt mining plays in the Salzkammergut. You will trace the oldest brine pipeline in the world from Bad Ischl back to Bad Goisern, the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt. If your feet are itching for a longer walk, you can continue hiking along the stunning mountain trail of the “Eternal Wall”. Overnight in Bad Goisern.
Day 6: Round trip Hallstatt (12km, 4,30hrs, +400m/-100m)
Today you continue on a self-guided walk along the brine pipeline trail to Hallstatt itself. The salt mines in the mountain date all the way back to the Iron Age. Here you can relax and appreciate the fascinating views of the lake and the Dachstein massif. We highly recommend you listen to the voice of the explorer inside you and pay a visit to the salt mine and the excavation sites. You will then return to Bad Goisern via boat. Overnight in Bad Goisern.
Day 7: From Bad Goisern to Wolfgangsee (18km, 5,30hrs, +300m/-200m; *options to shorten the mileage!)
You will reach the starting point of today’s self-guided hiking trail, Bad Ischl, by train. Enjoy the iconic Sissi path all the way to the charming little Nussensee lake. Then continue following the Ischl river back to the Wolfgangsee lake. You will have the great opportunity of passing through the beautiful Blinklingmoos natural reserve along the way. Overnight in Abersee/St.Wolfgang.
Day 8. Individual departure or extension.


840 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (04-26/05; 16/09-06/10)
880 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (27/05-16/06; 02-15/09)
985 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (17/06-01/09)
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 245 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 320 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
Daily departures between the beginning of May and the beginning of October. Best travel time: May-September. Easiest arrival to starting point through Salzburg and Linz airports. By train to Salzburg, by bus to Wolfgangsee (approx. 1 hour). Or by train to Bad Ischl and by bus to Wolfgangsee (approx. 30 min). Parking: mostly free hotel car park available, partly public car park, approx. EUR 30 per week. No reservation required. This tour combines pleasant walking with culture and places of interest. The walking paths are good, there are just some short ascents on smaller serpentine paths. We can recommend this tour for families.
Family-run pensions and hotels 3*** with en-suite facilities on bed & breakfast. 3x nights in Abersee (days 1,2 and 7), 2x nights in Bad Ischl (days 3 & 4), 2x nights in Bad Goisern (days 5 & 6)

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