Hallstatt

Salzkammergut Lakes Walk

8 days
from
$2,279 USD
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
W07SK
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Premium Adventures, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Ages:
12+

This tour combines pleasant walking with culture and places of interest. Discover the UNESCO village of Hallstatt, the riverside spa town of Bad Ischl and lakeside St Wolfgang.

The Salzkammergut lake district boasts 76 lakes and a beautiful mountain backdrop and is the perfect place to relax and let the calming atmosphere envelop you.

You'll enjoy a mix of spectacular scenic views on this 7 night self-guided tour combining gentle walking with places of interest. You'll follow lakeside paths and woodland trails and have time to explore some of the cultural and historical highlights of the region.

Starting from St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful 15th century church, follow the lake to St Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart's mother. You'll then spend 2 nights at the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl, leaving you time to explore the summer holiday retreat of Emperor Franz Joseph. Although it's almost 100 years since the emperor was last there, his presence is still felt in the region, and you can explore the Kaiservilla, his former holiday home. Next stop is the UNESCO village of Hallstatt, a fairytale village of 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways where you will also spend 2 nights. Visit the salt mines which are amongst the oldest in the world and which gave this region it's name.

You stay in 4 star luxury, family-run hotels, most with 'feel-good' wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail, making them calm and relaxing places to spend time.

Highlights

  • Picturesque waterfront villages and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Imperial city of Bad Ischl
  • UNESCO village of Hallstatt
  • Hiking amongst fascinating mountains and around lovely lakes

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Countries visited: Austria

What's included

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card
  • Ferry fare Wolfgangsee, Hallstättersee
  • Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations 
  • Single accommodation (available on request, compulsory supplement)
  • Transfers for Land only (available on request at additional cost)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 10.0km/6.0miles
Day 3 12.0km/7.5miles
Day 4 4.0km/2.5miles
Day 5 11.0km/7.0miles
Day 6 12.0km/7.5miles
Day 7 18.0km/11.0miles

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Itinerary

St Wolfgang
to
St Wolfgang
  • Day 1

    Arrive at St Wolfgang

    Arrive at your lakeside hotel in St Wolfgang

  • Day 2

    Round trip St Wolfgang & St Gilgen

    Take The Pilgrim's Way to the Falkenstein Chapel, built into the cliff face. An idyllic path continues along the lake to take you into St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart's mother. Return to St Wolfgang by boat.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    From Wolgangsee to Bad Ischl

    Today's walk takes you from St. Wolfgang to lake Schwarzensee. The lake cabin of Lore is worth a break with its delicious homemade snacks. Follow the Wirer gorge into the valley and around Burglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl from where you travel by bus to Bad Ischl.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    At Bad Ischl

    Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Bad Ischl. Visit the Imperial Villa, the Hotel Austria, where the engagement of Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria once took place, or enjoy a coffee break in the famous Cafe Zauner with delicious cakes and pastries or visit the warm brine swimming pools in the Salzkammergut thermal baths.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    From Bad Ischl to Hallstatt

    From Bad Ischl walk along the riverside promenade into Kaltenbachau, a site of Imperial amusements such as horse races, picnics and rendezvous. Then, follow the oldest brine pipeline of the world to Bad Goisern, the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Round Trip Hallstatt

    From Hallstatt enjoy a scenic view of the lake and the Dachstein massif. Plan a visit of the salt mine, enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf's tower and visit the excavation sites.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    From Hallstatt to St Wolfgang

    After a train journey to Bad Ischl follow the romantic Sissi-Path to the tiny lake Nussensee. Continue along the river Ischl and through the Blinklingmoos nature reserve along the lake back to St Wolfgang.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave St Wolfgang

    Depart after breakfast

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings. Local specialities include Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables in a style similar to English cooking. Desserts are often fruit based - such as Apfelstrudel - or cream pastries. Rehrucken is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake. On average Austrians, drink twice as much coffee as beer. There are many different types to choose from, particularly in the larger towns and cities and are often drunk in specialist coffee houses, known locally as a Kaffeehaus. It is often served in large cups and finished off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

Austrian wines tend to be sweet white varieties, similar to German Mosel wines. The three best-known areas for producing white wines are Krems, Klosterneuburg and Gumpoldskirchen. The main red wine producing area is Voslau. Of course Austria is better known for its beer and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gösser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Weather

The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall although relatively low is possible throughout the year.

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average daily distance: 11km
No. of days walking: 6
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes on lakeside paths and woodland trails.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

HOTEL WEISSES ROSSL, ST WOLFGANG
The family-led Hotel Weisses Rossl (White Horse Inn) is a legend, made famous by the operetta of the same name by Ralph Benatzky. Now in the 5th generation of the Peter family it is constantly defining itself anew. It has a lakeside position complete with spa area and heated pool in the lake. Each of the rooms in the hotel is unique and has its own style and there is an award-winning restaurant.

VILLA SEILERN, BAD ISCHL
Villa Seilern Vital Resort consists of a classical villa built in 1881 and its modern and stylish annex building and is situated in the scenic spa town of Bad Ischl. The rooms are bright and modern with views of the surrounding mountains.

HOTEL HERITAGE, HALLSTATT
Heritage Hotel is located in the historic centre of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hallstatt, with striking natural-stone construction, wrought-iron window grilles and an elegant interior. This historic hotel has been carefully renovated, guests can enjoy superb views of the unique countryside. Rooms are all individually furnished with views of either the town or Lake Hallstatt.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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