Happy Hiking Trip in Salzkammergut - Austria
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
Nature in the Salzkammergut area presents itself with all its charms. The wide meadows of the foothills of the Alps, 76 lakes, natural rivers and brooks, charming pastures and the impressive limestone massifs of the Dachstein, Tote Gebirge, Sensgen and Höllengebirge mountain ranges are full of contrasts and inspirations.
Many persons come here to hike the numerous places of happiness that have from time immemorial attracted people to stop, relax and recharge. Happiness is a state of inner strength and balance, self-discovery and responsibility.
- Explore the walking trail to Falkenstein rock wall you enjoy beautiful views of the lake.
- Discover “Kaiservilla”, Emperor Franz Josef’s summer residence.
- Make a trip to the salt mine and enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf’s tower.
Day 1 Individual journey to Lake Wolfgangsee
Day 2 Walking round trip St. Wolfgang & St. Gilgen
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hrs. 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 by boat.
Day 3 Walking trip: Wolfgangsee - Bad Ischl
Walking time: approx. 4.5 hrs. Walk from St. Wolfgang on Saddle walk to lake Schwarzensee. Here the lake cabin of Lore is worth a stop for the delicious home made snacks. Via Wirer gorge into the valley and around Bürglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl. By coach into the ancient Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl.
Day 4 Rest day in Bad Ischl
Use the free time to explore the many points of interest in Bad Ischl. “Kaiservilla” Emperor Franz Josef’s summer residence, Café Zauner with famous delicacies, the thermal spa, there is a wide choice of things to do.
Day 5 Walking trip: Bad Ischl - Bad Goisern
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hrs. Salt always has been an important source of income in 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 pleasures as horse races, picnics and rendezvous. On brine pipeline trail to Bad Goisern, the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt.
Day 6 Walking round trip Hallstatt
Walking time: approx. 4.5 hrs. Hike 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 carries you across the lake back to Bad Goisern.
Day 7 Walking trip: Bad Goisern - Wolfgangsee
Walking time: approx. 5.5 hrs. By train to Bad Ischl. Take Empress Elisabeth-Walk to tiny lake Nussensee then along river Ischl back to lake Wolfgangsee. Through nature reserve Blinklingmoos along the lake back to your stage stop.
Day 8 Abersee/Wolfgangsee
Individual journey home or extra days.
- 7 overnights incl. breakfast (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Luggage transfer
- Welcome meeting
- Cruise fare Wolfgangsee,
- Ferry fare Wolfgangsee, Hallstättersee
- Bus fare Strobl – Bad Ischl
- Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt
- Train fare Hallstatt – Bad Goisern, Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl
- Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card (reductions for cable cars, thermal bath Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, Boat rides etc.)
- Detailed route instructions
- Carefully elaborated route
- 1x Hiking-Backpack per room
- Optional service: Half board: 7 dinners - min 3-course menu approx. $Cdn 160.-
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- Any items not mentioned in the program
- Daily walking tours are between 4 to 6 hours. This tour combines pleasant walking with culture and points of interest and very good walking trails. Perfect walking tour for beginners and families!
How to get there:
Best arrival airports are Munich or Salzburg airports
Take the bus from Salzburg Airport to the city center of Salzburg. From the city center take bus #150 to Abersee. Transfer time from Salzburg: about 1 hour.