Austrian Lakes Activities

From $1576 per person

****# Based on 20 customer reviews
  • Luxury 4-star hotel: secluded gardens, exquisite cuisine and top-of-the-range wellness centre including indoor pool, waterfall, whirlpool, steambath
  • Postcard-pretty villages, lovely lakeside beaches, spectacular mountain views
  • Fairytale city of Salzburg: Baroque palaces, Renaissance gardens, elegant Viennese coffee houses
  • Masses of choice for active families: ice caves, watersports, boat trips and more

What's included?

  • 7 nights, single centre
  • Departs Saturdays from 13 May '17 to 23 Sep '17
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 82%
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Route notes and maps provided for both walking and cycling options
  • High quality bikes

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Austrian Lakes Activities

Combine glorious Alpine panoramas with a wide range of activities, and you have the perfect ingredients for a fun-filled family holiday. You stay in the picturesque Austrian village of Strobl, on the eastern shore of Lake Wolfgang, and one of the prettiest spots in the region. During your time here we provide a wide selection of fully researched self-guided walking and cycling routes, typically at 1-boot / 1-cycle level. To ensure total flexibility, we give you a complimentary Headwater bike for your exclusive use throughout your stay. There's also excellent local bus, ferry and cable car services (payable locally) linking the local lakes and villages.

A full range of watersports can be booked and paid for locally, with tuition available for beginners. Alternatively, perhaps take a trip on one of the many hop on, hop off lake cruisers and soak up the views from the water. There's also a natural wide beach for sunbathing. Take time to visit Mozart's magical city of Salzburg: stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, lunch in an atmospheric cobbled square, then take the funicular to Hohensalzburg Fortress for the most amazing city views.

You stay as guests of Frau Zopf at the 4-star Hotel Bergrose. Set back from the river, and less than 5 minutes' cycle from the lake, the attention to detail is second to none. All of the 32 spacious bedrooms are beautifully decorated and the perfectly crafted wooden panelling, so typical of this region, extends right through the hotel. Chef Paul's creations rely heavily on fresh local produce, so expect aromatic wild herbs and garlic straight from the hotel's gardens.

Read press reviews of this holiday in Family Travel Times and Family Travel Times.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Strobl

Arrive at your hotel in Strobl where your rep will go through suggestions for your action-packed week. Then, why not cycle down to the lakeside (5 mins) before dinner back at the hotel?

Day 2 - Walk or cycle to St Wolfgang 15km/9.5mi cycle or 16km/10mi walk

It's a very gentle start to the week, heading first by the river then along the north shore of the lake to St Wolfgang. Renowned for its beautiful C15 church, this famously pretty village boasts a maze of cobbled streets lined with attractive frescoed houses, shops and cafe terraces affording superb lake views. Culture and music are very much part of St Wolfgang's fine tradition, so be sure to explore the boutique craft and chocolate shops! After lunch, hop on the antique cog railway as it chugs up to the summit of Schafberg (1782m) for unrivalled Alpine views.

Day 3 - Cycle to St Gilgen 28km/17.5mi

Keeping close to Lake Wolfgang's southern shore, a level cycling track through a tiny nature reserve brings you into lovely St Gilgen where the busy waterfront is filled with restaurants, cafes and attractive frescoed houses. Visit Mozart's museum (his mother was born here), or take the cable car up Zwolferhorn for stunning 360° views. Alternatively, try your hand at water skiing on Lake Wolfgang, have a cooling swim by the beach then, perhaps, enjoy an afternoon of pampering at the hotel's elegant spa.

Day 4 - Cycle to Bad Ischl 26km/16.5mi or bus/walk 13km/8mi

Visit the spa town of Bad Ischl today where the late Emperor Franz Josef was born - make sure you visit his Kaiservilla where the spirit of the monarchy remains strong. There are lots of restaurants for lunch and, in the afternoon, why not visit the imperial hot spa that comprises salt baths, a 30- 32°C outdoor swimming pool, Alhambra baths, steam room, hammam and oriental gardens? Return to Strobl along the banks of the River Ischl, passing tiny shrines hidden below the Leonsberg and Bleckwand peaks.

Day 5 - Free day exploring Salzburg

Why not give yourself a break from cycling today and take the local bus (80 mins) to Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg? Described as a Baroque jewel, and recognised by UNESCO, its idyllic setting, surrounded by the Alps and bisected by the gentle Salzach river, cannot be bettered by any other city in Europe. Take time to explore its historic heart and you'll find a wealth of Baroque palaces, Renaissance gardens, elegant Viennese cafes and the oldest open-air theatre in Europe.

Day 6 - Cycle to Lake Nussen 14km/9mi

Today's cycling route takes you along quiet country lanes and through rural farming hamlets bordered by low Alpine meadows - look out for the neat woodpiles to be used for heating over the winter months. Lunch at the popular Zur Wacht restaurant then head down to beautiful Lake Nussen, a hidden gem completely off the tourist trail; look out for rare orchids scattered around its sun-kissed shore. There's lots of time to swim and sunbathe before completing a circular loop back to Strobl.

Day 7 - Cycle or walk to Lake Schwarzen 22km/14mi cycle or 14km/9mi walk

You have a choice of walking or cycling routes today across the valley and up through the forest towards Lake Schwarzen, perfectly positioned beneath the shadows of the Vormauerstein, Hoheneck and Breitenberg peaks. Have lunch in one of the restaurants basking in sunshine beneath the snow-capped mountains, then it's a delightful valley descent back to Strobl.

Day 8 - Leave Strobl

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12 yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Bergrose, Strobl   (4 Star)

Hotel Bergrose, Strobl

This a beautiful 30 room hotel based a 5 minute bike ride from the eastern shore of Wolfgangsee on the outskirts of the village of Strobl.

It is a traditional building with wooden balconies and Gothic script on the exterior, and is located on a river bank next to a meadow. It has a lovely secluded garden, and three floors of perfect Austrian wood panelled luxury inside.

Rooms here are suites - all Headwater rooms have a balcony - with shower or bath. All the rooms are beautifully decorated with quality pine furniture and comfortable beds.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg   (4 star)

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg

The 4 star Markus Sittikus is a beautifully presented hotel, based in an 18C building with a mustard façade located in a quiet side street not far from the Mirabell palace, just a 15 minute walk from the old city.

Inside the hotel the décor is attractive and individual, with bold colours like mustard yellow and red tartan in the comfortable bar area, and some colourful murals painted on the walls throughout the building. Public rooms have period furniture and the upbeat interior, combined with the personal attention you receive from the friendly staff, make a stay here particularly memorable.

The hotel has 39 rooms though it feels smaller, with television (CNN/BBC), direct dial phones and hairdryers. Each one is individually decorated with attractive colour combinations and solid wooden furniture, in keeping with the age and status of the building.

It is also one of the few hotels in Salzburg to have a garden to relax in, if you are looking for some respite after doing the sights.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Hotel Austria, Vienna   (3 star)

Hotel Austria, Vienna

The location of the Hotel Austria could not be more central in Vienna. The Fleischmarkt is within walking distance of all the city centre attractions, and the opportunities for dining out are plentiful in the evenings.

The hotel is squirreled away up a small alleyway so looks quite unassuming. It is an enormous traditional building with a grand spiral central staircase. The public rooms on the ground floor are all very high with an atmosphere of faded and comfortable rather than modern grandeur. Ancient maps of the city hang behind reception and reds and crimsons form much of the décor, with antique furnishings dotting the lounge from where you can access the internet.

Bedrooms upstairs are off long corridors, and have high windows and dark wooden furnishings and velvet chairs. All come with satellite TV, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Travel options

Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 10:20, and back to Salzburg airport at 08:45.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Meakin on 13/09/2016

*****
Excellent base, fantastic views

Reviewed by Mr Maher on 25/08/2016

*****
Our party consisted of Grandma and Granddad (late 60's), Son (48) and Grandson (10). We were all more than catered for and thoroughly enjoyed our activity holiday. We had an informative break down of the area from our reps, Colin and Jill and the map we were given + bus timetables were very useful throughout the week. Our bicycles were easy to ride and comfortable. Our first outing was on the afternoon of arrival when we decided to visit the nearby village. There were very few days when we didn't use the bikes to visit nearby towns and villages and the routes were usually flat and safe for our 10 year old. Our grandson particularly enjoyed the toboggan run but warns other would be enthusiasts that it is possible to fall off!! He was, however, proud of his scraped leg! Got straight back on and finished the course. The grandparents tackled the cycle ride to lake Schwazen which included a steep climb. We walked some of the way as it was very hot - but we made it and were very proud of ourselves especially as there were many people overtaking us on electric bikes! (a good idea if you are not used to cycling). We particularly enjoyed our day at the Salt Mines, using the local bus and train + a ferry to get to Hallstatt (a stunning place). The salt mines were great fun and a unique experience. We also visited the Ice Caves (by local buses) - also fascinating. The boys hired an eco boat and also sampled tubing on the lake. Crazy golf and the train up the mountain was fab + the cable car up Katrin. The walk down the mountain was pretty tough, though out 10 year old completed the whole day without a murmur. Catching the bus back outside the Spar on the main road was a good idea as sustenance was required!! Last, but not least, the hotel was superb - so friendly and the food was spectacular! Thank you Headwater for a great holiday, though we did need a rest on our return.

Reviewed by Mr Reid on 18/08/2016

***#.
We really enjoyed our holiday. The arrangements were efficient, the hotel was comfortable if somewhat dated (it's years since I've seen one of those beige hairdriers attached to the bathroom wall in a hotel). The food was good on the whole, though with limited choice as is usual for this type of hotel in Austria not everything is going to suit everyone. The area is great for all levels of activity and the option of returning on the boat after a walk or cycle was great for us with our 7 year old. We have been to the area before so knew it would be suitable for us even if we didn't want to opt for some of the suggested things on the itinerary.

Reviewed by Mr Ball on 16/08/2016

*****
Very good experience despite the travel arrangement errors.

Reviewed by Mr Wallace on 10/08/2016

*****
I had a fantastic week on the Austrian Lakes Adventure. Colin and Jill were very welcoming and happy to help at any stage of the holiday. The family run Hotel was also brilliant! Rather than a standard room which I was expecting, I had my very own suite including window seating and table, sofa, en-suite, balcony and ample storage. Their buffet breakfast and 5 course evening menus were always first class too. I really could not complain! As for the hiking and cycling, there were numerous notes provided which gave flexibility and choice dependent on the level of ability I was looking for. This was a great way to visit the local area and integrate with local culture. I also incorporated a day trip to Salzburg by bus. Unlike the UK, this was very easy to organise, and stress free! This was a beautiful area to visit and will highly recommend to my friends and family. Thank you all.

Reviewed by Mr Metcalf on 09/08/2016

*****
The family activity holiday was ideal for a family of mixed ability. The cycling to Bad Ischi , Saint Wolfgang and Saint Gilgen was suitable for everyone. All the places we visited had a wide selection of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. We also did a number of walks from the hotel. The most rewarding was the 20 minute ascent of the Thersienstein which gave excellent views of Wolfgangsee. A more adventurous walk was the Brustwand Aussichtsweg, although the highlight was probably a beer at the Kleefeld on the way back to the hotel with views up the Postalm valley. We used the hotels swimming pool everyday and on the hotter days you could walk out into the garden to a selection of sun beds. The hotels facilities were excellent. We had a bedroom with a mezzanine which gave 3 sleeping areas. The public areas were very spacious and clean. The food was a modern interpretation of Austrian cuisine that was very well cooked and presentated. However if you thought it a little adventurous they would give alternatives like Wiener schnitzel and chips . Overall the holiday is highly recommended.

Reviewed by Dr Curry on 28/06/2016

*****
well organised and helpful

Reviewed by Mr Parr on 26/05/2016

*****
The weather was dreadful for the entire week we spent in Austria. It was cold and rained every day. Several of the recommended restaurants and cafes remained closed because of the bad weather although it was the start of the summer season. We put on wet weather gear and did the walks anyway. It was great - we had the whole area to ourselves! The wild flowers were fantastic. It was a pleasure to come back to the Hotel Bergrose each day because we knew we could swim and sauna before dinner. The food in the hotel was excellent and we were very comfortable there. What could have been a dreary week turned out to be entirely pleasurable.

Reviewed by Mrs Elliott on 23/09/2015

*****
We have had a superb holiday, Colin and Jill were very knowledgeable about the area and made useful suggestions with the accompanying literature about places to visit. The hotel was five star and the food deserves Michelin stars. The family treated us really well and we have promised ourselves that if circumstances allow we will return in 2 years, we will book through Headwater again

Reviewed by Mrs Osmond on 14/08/2015

*****
A great week in an outstandingly beautiful area - as the notes say (and I paraphrase) any slog uphill is richly rewarded with ever more stunning views, and prices at the mountain-top cafes are the same as at the bottom, which is unusual. The weather was hot so we chose to do more cycling than walking to make our own breeze! Plenty of choice of walking and cycling routes and the teenagers were exercised adequately each day! The bicycles were good quality and very well maintained. We took the cog-railway up to Schafberg, walked up (and down) Katrin from Nussensee (which was a hard day's walk) and cycled to Bad Ischl, St Wolfgang, St Gilgen and Schwarzensee - that last one was hard too and we wished we'd taken our swimming stuff to cool off in the glorious lake! We added our own 4-night stay in Munich (including organising our own travel from Strobl and afterwards to Munich airport) and Headwater were happy to arrange our flight around this. We felt that everything had been carefully thought out and researched which meant we could just relax and enjoy ourselves.

Reviewed by Mrs Duncan on 22/07/2015

*****
7 of us shared this holiday. We ranged in age from 10 to 73 and we all had a great time. The wonderful weather helped in this very good location. We were very impressed with the efficient Austrian people,in the delightful Bergrose hotel and all the little farms, ,houses and neat, tidy floral gardens. It was a joy to cycle around. the scenery was spectacular. We particularly enjoyed the lake at Stroble as well as the bike rides to StWolfgang, St Gilgen and Bad Ischl and the ferry to Hallstatt.. The children were always busy and after dinner had a very competitive table tennis match. A very good family holiday!

Reviewed by Mr Dennis on 09/06/2015

*****
Having done this holiday 5 years ago it was lovely to return & find everything was as good as last time. The family run Hotel Bergrose is a credit to the Zopf family & Francesca & the rest of the staff are a credit to the business. They also speak excellent English (as well as countless other languages) The area is lovely & the bike rides & walking a real joy. With spas in Bad Ischal, Salt mines to explore, & cable cars plus the schafgerg railway you are never stuck for things to do.

Reviewed by Mr Martin on 27/09/2014

***#.
Be careful which time of the year you choose to go to the Austrian lakes - it rained most of the time we were there!

Reviewed by Mrs Hendrickse on 17/09/2014

***#.
Welcoming hotel in pretty area of austria with choice of things to do from walking cycling or sightseeing

Reviewed by Dr Elcombe on 18/08/2014

*****
A very good weeks holiday cycling around a beautiful lake which was also wonderful to swim in. The hotel was comfortable and quiet with delicious food and a lovely garden. It was also in an excellent location for exploring the area by bike.

Reviewed by Mrs Griffiths on 27/08/2013

*****
Another superb Headwater holiday - everything perfect as always. We added three nights at the Weisses Kreuz Hotel in Bregenz which was also excellent.

Reviewed by Mr Fry on 22/08/2013

*****
Suitable for the lethargic or energetic, this holiday has it all

Reviewed by Mr Ward Jones on 04/07/2013

*****
A very good holiday, despite rather variable weather. Fortunately the excellent bus connections from near the hotel made getting to Salzburg and Bad Ischl very easy on the really wet days. The general cool temperatures were probably not a bad thing when it came to cycling and walking. The hotel proved a splendidly welcoming environment each evening.

Reviewed by Mis Furber on 24/09/2012

*****
The holiday was perfect. We had the right balance of being able to walk, cycle, sightsee or relax by the pool. The hotel had everything that we needed and by the end of the week we were well and truly relaxed. It was great to have the support of the Headwater Rep but not feel railroaded into doing anything.

Reviewed by Mr Casey on 18/08/2012

*****
This was our first holiday with Headwater. We found the arrangements, local guide, accommodation & hotel staff to be of the highest quality. We will certainly look at the holidays offered next year. The only downside was that the only airport available was a good distance from us here in the midlands.

Departure dates & prices

May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 13$1640
May 20$1690
May 27$1690
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 3$1690
Jun 10$1735
Jun 17$1735
Jun 24$1735
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 1$1795
Jul 8$1795
Jul 15$1795
Jul 22$1795
Jul 29$1795
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 5$1795
Aug 12$1795
Aug 19$1795
Aug 26$1795
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1690
Sep 9$1690
Sep 16$1640
Sep 23$1640

Holiday details

Holiday type

Independent multi-activity holiday, single centre. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Saturdays from 13 May '17 to 23 Sep '17, for 8 days (7 nights). This holiday departs weekly, however non-standard arrivals and altered itineraries may be possible - please call for prices.

Meals

All continental breakfasts and evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 10:20, and back to Salzburg airport at 08:45.

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