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(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








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

Lakeside Trail Bad Goisern to Hallstatt

At first, you will follow the river trail to Lake Hallstatt, where you will walk along the lage 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 time: 4,5 hours, Up/down 90m


Day 7

Bad Ischl to Lake Wolfgangsee

This morning you go by train to Bad Ischl. 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

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

  • Salzkammergut Card (reductions on more then 100 attractions)

  • Road book per room (in English or German)

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

Guided Tour:

  • 5 guided tours

  • Bad Ischl overnight, 4 star hotel


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




Self-guided tour: every day from 25 April till 18 October / Group tour 24/05, 20/09

Level 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. 


Self-guided inimum 2 persons (travelling alone on request) / Group tour min. 3 people

Prices p.p. 2020

Self-guided tour 25/04-03/07 and 23/08-18/10

In a double room   € 585,00

in single room     € 685,00

Half board Supplement  € 135,00

Self-guided tour 04/07-22/08

In a double room   € 610,00

In a single room     € 710,00

Half board Supplement  € 135,00

Group tour *** star hotel
In a double room   € 875,00

in single room     € 980,00

On request

Transfer from Salzburg to starting hotel