Austrian Lakes Walk

From $1493 per person

  • Snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows and unspoilt forest trails
  • Luxury 4-star hotels throughout
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Varied rest day choices: water sports, mountain rail rides, lake cruisers and Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg

What's included?

  • Please call for departure dates
  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 8 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 95%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Austrian Lakes Walk

This holiday offers a glorious mix of spectacular scenic views, wooded forest trails, 'chocolate box' villages and swimming opportunities galore! The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes with stunning lake views every day.

Every stop brings new discoveries: St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of the Schafberg, Mozart's museum in St Gilgen, and Mondsee's frescoed high street where the church was the location for the wedding in 'The Sound of Music' to name but a few. If you fancy a change from walking, local buses and boats shuttle you between delightful lakeside villages making exploration easy. Regional highlights include Emperor Franz Josef's summer residence in Bad Ischl (from here he declared war on Serbia, which led to WW1), St Wolfgang's Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher, and the fairytale city of Salzburg.

You stay in 4-star luxury, family-run hotels that are calm and relaxing places to spend time, with feel-good wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail. In Bad Ischl, your grand historic townhouse, with its two swimming pools, massage room and salt-healing caves, feels more like an Austrian stately home, while the Gasthof zur Post in St Gilgen, once a stage coach stop, dates back over 600 years.

These walks are mainly easy and follow well marked routes, however there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose under foot. Walking boots are recommended.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Bad Ischl

Arrive at your 4-star hotel in Bad Ischl and relax before dinner in the first-class wellness centre.

Day 2 - At Bad Ischl

Explore Bad Ischl with plenty to do today - we recommend a walk via the UNESCO Villa Halstatt, a visit to the Imperial Villa or simply pamper yourself in the hotel's spa.

Day 3 - Bad Ischl to Strobl 17km/11mi/4hr or 19km/12mi/6hr

Walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl to the summit of Katrin (1393m). There are fabulous 360° views of Traun and Hallstatt lakes, backed by the impressive Hollengebirge and Dachstein peaks. From here, your route takes you down the forested Katrin Pass. Tiny violet gentian flowers perfume your route as you pass Nussen Lake, a great picnic spot. Continue along the valley following the River Traun until you reach Strobl. Here you'll stay at the elegant 4-star Hotel Bergrose.

Day 4 - At Strobl

There's lots to see and do in the village of Strobl, including a summer toboggan run and a wide range of water sports; you can also join one of the many hop on, hop off lake cruisers or visit the natural beach for sunbathing.

Day 5 - Strobl to St Wolfgang 15km/9.5mi/4hr

Today you leave Strobl behind, taking a path up into woodland before emerging with superb valley and mountain views. You continue to Schwarzensee in time for lunch at one of the restaurants, with panoramic views over the lake, or for a picnic on the lake shore. Then head down along the Sattlweg via verdant meadows, pretty hamlets and a superb panorama, to Lake Wolfgang and your 4 star hotel with a private swimming area on the lake.

Day 6 - At St Wolfgang

Relax on Lake Wolfgang, a stunning expanse of vivid turquoise waters, popular with yacht owners, kite surfers and fellow walkers. Enjoy lunch in the pretty town, renowned for its beautiful C15 church and frescoed houses or take the cog railway to the top of Schafberg for panoramic views across the region.

Day 7 - St Wolfgang to St Gilgen 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr

From St Wolfgang, take The Pilgrim's Way to the Falkenstein Chapel, curiously built into the cliff face, then follow the stations of the cross back down to the shores of Lake Wolfgang at Furberg. Follow a wooded trail to the pretty hamlet of Winkl, then continue through archetypal Austrian meadow vistas. You'll follow another forest trail around the bottom of the Buchberg, before descending through trees - with glimpses of Lake Wolfgang - down into St Gilgen and your traditional, family-run hotel built in 1330!

Day 8 - At St Gilgen

A thriving lace-making centre in the 1700s, today St Gilgen is a delightful village with a busy waterfront, lined with restaurants. Mozart's mother was born here and you can visit her house which now includes a small museum. Or, follow the Mozartsteg to Fuschl, passing between the Ellmautall and Eibenberg mountains. Continue through the heart of a nature reserve along forested paths teeming with multi-coloured butterflies until you catch a breathtaking view of tranquil Fuschlsee, the smallest of the Salzkammergut lakes but without doubt one of the prettiest. Return by bus to St Gilgen.

Day 9 - St Gilgen (Fuschl) to Mondsee 11km/7mi/3hr

Take the bus (11 mins) to Fuschl from where a wooded trail gently ascends the remains of Wartenfels Castle - from the remains you'll catch fantastic aerial views of Fuschlsee, Irrsee and Mondsee. Take the optional walk to the summit of the Schober; at 1320m you gaze over to Lake Wolfgang and the Schafberg peaks.

Day 10 - At Mondsee

Explore Mondsee and treat yourself to a well-earned Viennese coffee and apfelstrudel in Mondsee's central square looking out over St Michael's Basilica, famously used in The Sound of Music.

Day 11 - Leave Mondsee

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded 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.

Villa Seilern , Bad Ischl   (4 Star)

Room at Villa Seilern

Villa Seilern is a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional, featuring a 19C villa along with a modern and stylish accommodation block.

The bedrooms are spacious and use a mixture of natural materials and all have a balcony.

The spa facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, whirlpool, Bio and Finnish sauna and steam bath.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

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

Strandhotel Margaretha, St Wolfgang   (4 Star)

Strandhotel Margaretha

The Strandhotel Margaretha sits prettily on the shores of Wolfgangsee, on the fringes of the village of St Wolfgang and just a stone's throw from the Schafberg railway and the lake steamers' landing stage. It has been in the Volger family for over 100 years and there are old style photos of family members decorating the hotel's walls. The hotel simply oozes elegance, comfort and charm, with each bedroom even featuring its own individual sound system! The hotel also benefits from a sauna and solarium.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Hotel Gasthof Zur Post, St Gilgen   (4 Star)

Hotel Gasthof Zur Post, St Gilgen

Literally follow in the footsteps of travellers from the past as the Family Leitner welcome you to the Gasthof Zur Post. The building dates back over 600 years and was at one time a stage coach stop off before becoming a hotel. Inside you have a wonderful blend of history and tradition.

Centrally located and just a few minutes' walk from Wolfgangsee, the Hotel Zur Post makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, visit the Music and Mozart Museums, hike up Zwolferhorn or be pampered in the sauna and steam spa.

The rooms here have been very recently renovated, and contain all the mod-cons you would expect from a 4 star hotel. Most rooms have a balcony too; please request this at the time of booking.

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

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Hotel Leitnerbraeu, Mondsee   (4 Star)

Hotel Leitnerbraeu, Mondsee

The Leitnerbraeu Hotel can be found in the very heart of Mondsee, just a stone's throw from the famous church used in 'The Sound of Music' and a 5 minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events.

A 30 room family run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside while retaining the typical Tyrol architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.



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

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



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.

Hotel NH Salzburg, Salzburg   (4 star)

Hotel NH Salzburg, Salzburg

The 4 star NH Salzburg is a modern hotel, located just a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. It is quite a substantial size with 140 bedrooms, and is a good option in Salzburg for its excellent location, perfect for both the historic sights in the old town and the shopping in the newer part of the city.

The traditional light stone exterior of the building gives way to a very modern interior, which is carried throughout the hotel with a spacious, light marbled lobby and café where snacks are served throughout the day on the ground floor in reception.

Bedrooms are smart and professionally presented either in burgundy and cream colours, or light pastels, and furniture is modern and of a very high standard.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

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 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:45.

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

Customer reviews

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Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Please call for departure dates, for 9 days (8 nights). This holiday departs every 2 days, however non-standard arrivals and altered itineraries may be possible - please call for prices.

Meals

All continental breakfasts and 8 evening meals.

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 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:45.

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