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LAKE WALKING IN THE SALZKAMMERGUT  

(The Sound of Music Region)

 An 8 days / 7 nights self-guided walking tour  

 

 The Salzkammergut region is a famous resort area in Austria stretching from Salzburg to Dachstein mountains (2995 a.s.l.). 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 Salzkammergut means "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 holiday.  

 

 

 

Highlights of this tour:

  • The lakes of the Salzkammergut district

  • Lovely typical Austrian towns such as Sankt Wolfgang, Mondsee, Gmunden

  • The Brine Pipeline trail (Soleleitungsweg)

  • The green meadows of Kaltenbachau

  • The altar of Michael Pacher at St.Wolfgang

 

 

 

 

 

Programme:

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Abersee/Wolfgangsee

Abersee is situated at lake Wolfgangsee, a beautiful lake with enchanted colours giving peace and tranquillity to its visitors. Its is possible to swim in the lake and there are natural beaches.

 

Day 2

 

 

St. Wolfgang - St. Gilgen

By boat to St. Wolfgang, a pictoresque village with a late-gothic church, furnished with a famous Michael Pacher polyptich. Along the high walk to the Falkenstein wall – we enjoy the view on lake Wolfgang. The idyllic Fürberg walk along the lake brings us to the village Sankt Gilgen, where Mozarts mother was born. Return by boat.

Distance: 10,5 km,  Walking time: 4 hrs,  Ascent/Descent +354m -354m (back to lake level)

 

Day 3

Schwarzensee – Strobl - Bad Ischl  

Also this morning you will take the boat to St. Wolfgang. The Sattel (saddle) walk will bring you to the lake ‘Schwarzensee’, where Madame Lore of the Lake hut is offering her local specialities to walkers. Then it goes down hill into the valley passing though a gorge and walking round the Bürglstein you come to the promenade in the village of Strobl . By bus it goes to the Emperors town Bad Ischl, where you will have your overnight stay.

Distance: 11,8 or 15,5 km (around a little lake), Walking time: 5,5 hrs,   Ascent/Descent +395m -395 meters (back to the lake level)

 

Day 4

Resting day in Bad Ischl

Today you can enjoy your stay in Bad Ischl, where you could visit the Emperors villa, Café Zauner,well-known for its sweet cake “Zaunerstollen”, or the hotel Austria, where once upon a time the engagement of Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sissi of the famous film …) took place. Of course you can also take a refreshing dive in the lake or just relax in the swimmingresort ‘Parkbad Bad Ischl’. Overnight stay in Bad Ischl .

 

Day 5

Walking along the Brine-pipeline route to Bad Goisern

Salt always has been an important raw material of the Salzkammergut region and an economic forse. You will walk along the trail following the historic brine pipeline to the village of Bad Goisern . This lovely trails runs from the salt mountain of Hallstatt to Bad Ischl where in former times salt was produced. This pipeline belongs to the oldest one in the world but you can see it only on certain spots. There will be signs along the trail telling you more about the salt production in the Salzkammergut. You continue along the promenade of the river Ischl along the brine-pipeline to the world cultural heritage Bad Goisern, where your tour will finish in Bad Goisern, know as the gate to the UNESCO World Heritage of Hallstatt Dachstein but also know for handicrafts which are more artist than craftsmen.

Distance 10,5 km, Walking time: 4 hrs, Ascent/Descent  +260m  -180m

 

Day 6

Brine-pipeline walk to Hallstatt

You continue walking along the brine-pipeline to the Salzberg (salt mountain) in Hallstatt (an old salt mine existing already since the Celtic times). The way is slightly ascending and offers beautiful views on the little town of Hallstatt and the impressive mountain massive of the Dachstein, the highest mountain of Upper Austria . By boat you will cross the intense blue lake and return to you hotel in Bad Goisern or Hallstatt.

Distance: 14,5 km, Walking time: 4,5 hours, Ascent/Descent +455m  -90m + cable car

 

Day 7

Abersee/Wolfgangsee

This morning you go by bus to Bad Ischl and walking along the Elisabeth-walking path you will reach the idyllic little lake of Nussensee . You continue along the river Ischl to come to Strobl. Crossing the lake district through the Blinkling moor you will reach Abersee and will have astonishing views of St. Wolfgang, Schafberg and the lake

Distance: 19,5 km (the tour can be shorten by coach or boat but so far all clients made the whole day), Walking time: 6 hrs, Acent/Descent + 210m -140m

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services included:

  • 7 nights in 3 star hotels with breakfast

  • Boat ticket on the lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstätter See as per programme

  • Train ticket Hallstatt – Bad Goisern and Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl

  • Descent with the Salzberg cable car Hallstatt

  • Salzkammergut Card (reductions on more then 100 attractions)

  • Road book per room (in English, German or Italian)

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Hotline

Extras:

  • Train Strobl to Bad Ischl (Euro 3,00)  

 

 

Period 

every day from 15 April till 22 October

Level 1/2

This is leisure walking with distances of 3 to 6 hours per day with not to many steep climbs and moderate differences in level. 

Participants

minimum 2 persons (travelling alone on request)

Prices p.p. 2017

In a double room   € 550,00

in single room     € 650,00

Half board Supplement  € 125,00

Extra night Abersee

in double room   € 48,00

in single room    € 58,00

On request

transfer from Salzburg to starting hotel