The Salzkammergut Lakes (8 Days)
The Salzkammergut region is a famous resort area in Austria stretching from Salzburg to Dachstein mountains. It houses 76 lakes, some of them well-known for towns like St. Wolfgang, Mondsee and Gmunden on their shores while others are solitary and hidden. The name of Salzkammergutmeans “Estate of the Salt Chamber” and derives from the Imperial Salt Chamber, the authority charged with running the precious salt mines in the Habsburg empire. Your route takes you over mountains and across lakes, past natural spectacles and famous places.
“There is no more beautiful country in our time…” an old popular folk song says. Well, no other landscape may take this folk song as literally as the Austrian Salzkammergut. It certainly belongs to one of the special treasures of this world. The uniqueness also was recognized by the UNESCO and the region Hallstatt was awarded the predicate of natural and cultural heritage. Some special gems only can be reached on foot – a treat on this walking tour.
The walking paths are good, there are just some short ascents on smaller serpentine paths. We can recommend this tour for families.
What is included7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included; 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); Service hotline
What is not includedBus ride Strobl to Bad Ischl (appr. 4 Euro/person), flight tickets; transfers different than mentioned in the "included in the price" section; alcohol drinks; personal expenses; visitors' taxes (payable localy if any).
Best periodMay, June, July, August, September
Day 1. Individual arrival at Wolfgangsee.
Day 2: Round trip St. Wolfgang & St. Gilgen (ca. 3.5 hours | 10 km | + 250 m, - 250 m)
Day 3: From Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl (ca. 4.5 hours | 12 km | + 300 m, - 300 m.)
Day 4: Day off in Bad Ischl
Day 5: From Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern (ca. 3 to 5 hours | 11 km | + 50 m, - 50 m)
Day 6: Round trip Hallstatt (ca. 4.5 hours | 12 km | + 400 m, - 100 m)
Day 7: From Bad Goisern to Wolfgangsee (ca. 5.5 hours | 18 km | + 300 m, - 200 m.)
Day 8. Individual departure or extension.