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The Salzkammergut Lakes (8 Days)

€605 per person

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.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days
  • What is included
    7 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 included
    Bus 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 period
    May, June, July, August, September
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Day 1. Individual arrival at Wolfgangsee.
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Day 2: Round trip St. Wolfgang & St. Gilgen (ca. 3.5 hours | 10 km | + 250 m, - 250 m)
Take the boat to St. Wolfgang. On your walk along a walking trail to Falkenstein rock wall you enjoy beautiful views of the lake. An idyllic path along the lake takes you into Mozart village St. Gilgen. Return journey by boat.
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Day 3: From Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl (ca. 4.5 hours | 12 km | + 300 m, - 300 m.)
From St. Wolfgang on Saddle walk to lake Schwarzensee. Here the lake cabin of Lore is worth a break with its delicious homemade snacks. Via Wirer gorge into the valley and around Bürglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl. By coach to the old Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl.
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Day 4: Day off in Bad Ischl
Use your free time to explore the many places of interest in Bad Ischl. ‘Kaiservilla’ Emperor Franz Josef’s summer residence, Café Zauner with famous delicacies or a visit to the Salzkammergut thermal spa.
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Day 5: From Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern (ca. 3 to 5 hours | 11 km | + 50 m, - 50 m)
Salt always has been an important source of income in the Salzkammergut. The oldest brine pipeline of the world leads from Hallstatt’s salt mine to the salt works in Bad Ischl. Walk along the promenade into Kaltenbachau, a site of Imperial amusements such as horse races, picnics and rendezvous. On the brine pipeline trail to Bad Goisern, the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt. If you want to walk a little higher, you can hike on the spectacular mountain trail of the “Eternal Wall”.
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Day 6: Round trip Hallstatt (ca. 4.5 hours | 12 km | + 400 m, - 100 m)
Continue on the brine pipeline trail to the salt mountain in Hallstatt (salt mine dates back to Celtic times). Here you enjoy a scenic view of the lake and Dachstein massif. Plan a visit of the salt mine, enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf’s tower and visit the excavation sites. A boat ride takes you across the lake back to Bad Goisern.
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Day 7: From Bad Goisern to Wolfgangsee (ca. 5.5 hours | 18 km | + 300 m, - 200 m.)
By train to Bad Ischl. Along the romantic Sissi-Path you walk to the tiny lake Nussensee then along river Ischl back to lake Wolfgangsee. Through the nature reserve Blinklingmoos along the lake back to today’s stop-over.
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Day 8. Individual departure or extension.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
605 Euros/person in twin/dbl room (+ 45 Euro/person for all July and August arrivals)
Single room supplement
130 Euros
Group size
Min. 2 persons
Tips
Best travel time: May-August. Easiest arrival to starting point through Salzburg and Linz airports. Coming by train from Vienna, Linz or Graz you have to change trains to the Bad Ischl line. From there the bus takes you to St. Wolfgang. From Salzburg there is a bus to St. Wolfgang via Strobl. Private transfers to starting point from Salzburg: appr. 90 Euro per car one way (1-4 pers), appr. 100 Euro per bus one way (5-8 pers.).
Accommodation & luggage transportation
Family-run pensions and hotels 3*** with en-suite facilities on bed & breakfast (supplement for dinner is extra); Luggage is transferred from location to location as per program.
Halfboard supplement (min 3-course dinner)
155 Euro

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