Salzkammergut Lake Walking Holidays

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in Austria

From € 580.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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  • Guided / Self-Guided
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Colourful houses in front of a lake, big rocky mountain behind, deep blue sky Walking path along a lake and arocky hill Walking path going uphill through a grassy fiels, mountain hut in the distance
This walking holiday offers a perfect combination of walking and culture. You will discover the region on foot, by boats, busses and trains.
The breathtaking scenery of the Austrian Salzkammergut area 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.

Accommodation in Salzkammergut

This walking holiday includes 7 overnight stays in 3-star hotels with breakfast. 5 of the nights you will stay in small villages and the rest 2 nights – in small cities. All rooms are with ensuite bathroom.
Beautiful mountain hut
Hotel room with a double bed
Tables in a restaurant
The hotels usually offer a buffet breakfast. You have the option to book dinner as well at an additional cost. If booked, the meals will be mostly in the hotels or nearby restaurants.
Hotel from above
Hotel with outdoor restaurant
At Lake Wolfgangsee we will book in the villages St. Gilgen, Abersee, Strobl, or St. Wolfgang. The first choice will be Abersee and then St. Wolfgang. Abersee is quiet and perfect for the tour. St. Wolfgang is quite busy and the largest village on the Lake. In Bad Ischl, you will have a rest day and we recommend visiting the “emperor villa”, the spa with hot saltwater or the famous pastry shop “Zauner”. You also will stay in Bad Goisern, starting village of the World Heritage Site of Hallstatt. If we don’t get a hotel in Bad Goisern, you will stay in Hallstatt. There are no changes on the tours, only one extra bus transfer.

Walking in Salzkammergut area

Walking path towards a lake
Group of walkers posing for a photo

This walking holiday includes easy to medium walks around lakes and up to view points. The walks are around 4-6 hours each day with some climbs of 300 meters, a lovely first-time tour in low-level mountain scenery. You will see the emperor city of Bad Ischl and the Unesco World Heritage Side of Hallstatt with the oldest salt mine. You will get a tour book with maps and pictures included of all intersections along the trail. Leaflets will give you ideas about sights in the region.


Vittle village on a lake shore, green hill behind and a snowy mountain
Cute town street with roses and a cafe

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.

Walking road leading to a village on the shore of a lake, green mountains at the back
Walkers taking a break and abserving with a binocular big lake nearby

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: Lakeside trail Bad Goisern to Hallstatt
First, you will follow the river trail to Lake Hallstatt where you will walk along the lake into the “Fjord”. After a while you will see the first houses from Hallstatt and the wonderful mountains with the Salt Mountain. Enjoy the ride with the ferry to Hallstatt center, walking around the little alleys or take the funicular up to the salt mine. 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.

  • Distance: 14.5 km, Walking hour: 4.5 hours, Up/Down 90m Distance: 14.5 km

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 and Availability

Green valley leading to a big mountain lake
Little town suare, cafe along the street

Dates for the self-guided tour:
Daily arrival from April to October, 2022

  • 16.04 – 30.06 and 29.08 – 16.10
    • Euro 580,- per person double room
    • Euro 735,- per person single room
  • From 01.07 until 28.08
    • Euro 610,- per person double room
    • Euro 770,- per person single room

Guided tours on request starting with 4 persons.

Extras, that can be booked on an additional price:

  • Euro 160,- per person 7 x dinner
  • Euro 60,- per person supplement 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Bad Ischl
  • Euro 30,- per rental GPS device
  • Euro 35,- per welcome meeting

Additional nights can also be booked

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

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    Holiday Type:

    Guided / Self-GuidedTrail
    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Bed & Breakfast


    From € 580.- / 8 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing


    • GPS tracks available
    • Luggage transport
    • + Multiple accommodations


    What's included:

    • 7 х Accommodation in 3 star hotels
    • 7 х breakfast
    • 2 train tickets – Hallstatt-Bad Goisern and Bad Goisern-Bad Ischl
    • 2 ferry tickets on the lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstätter See
    • tour book
    • luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    • GPS files

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    • Level terrain or hills
    • Easy walking


    Tailor-made walking possible

    Best time to go:

    April – October

    Contact Details:

    Salzkammergut Lake Walking Holidays, a Mixed walking holiday in Austria by Bestseller Travel

    Contact: Helmut Wagner
    Telephone: +43 660 7347360

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    Languages spoken:

    German, English, French

    Getting there:

    • Salzburg Airport (58 km)
    • Vienna Airport (325 km)
    • Salzburg Train Station (53 km)
    • Bad Ischl Train Station (18 km)

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    From Salzburg airport: city bus to the railway station, regional bus to Lake Wolfgangsee. All together about 1,5 to 2 hours. Alternatively you can take taxi transfer from Salzburg. Arrival can be St. Gilgen, Abersee, Strobl and St. Wolfgang. All villages can be reached by bus from Salzburg.


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