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Austrian Lakes Walk

Austrian Lakes Walk

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Austrian Lakes Walk

  • Snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows and unspoilt forest trails
  • Luxury *** and **** 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
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1515
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 19 May '17 to 20 Sep '17
  • 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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The Salzkammergut area (Austria's Lake District) is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of the country. Boasting 76 lakes and with a beautiful mountain backdrop, it's a perfect place to relax and let the calming atmosphere envelop you.

This 8-night self-guided walking holiday offers a selection of activities, where you'll enjoy a mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes, wooded forest trails and 'chocolate box' villages. There are also some great spots to stop off for a swim or dip your toes after a day's walking. The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, and you can extend them on most days.

You'll spend three nights in the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl - a favourite summer holiday retreat of Emperor Franz Joseph. Although it's almost 100 years since the emperor was last there, his presence is still felt in the region, and you can explore the Kaiservilla, his former holiday home. Other highlights include walking via the UNESCO village of Halstatt for picture-postcard views, the imperial spa, salt mines, ice cave, the Katrin cable car and the Siriuskogl viewing platform.

Stop off at the town of St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church (you can sit in the arched windows and enjoy your lunch al fresco from here), and hop on the antique cog railway up to the summit of the Schafberg for unrivalled Alpine views. Visit St Wolfgang's Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher and, from St Wolfgang head up to the mountain lake of Schwarzensee before heading down the Burggrabenklamm Gorge ending on Attersee, Austria's biggest lake. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.

You stay in unrivalled *** and **** luxury, family-run hotels that are calm and relaxing places to spend time, most with 'feel good' wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail. In Bad Ischl, your hotel has a panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun, the quaint family run Hotel Bergrose in Strobl and two wonderful lakeside properties.

Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

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 1 - Arrive at Bad Ischl

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

Day 2 - At Bad Ischl Hallstatt walk 11km/7mi/3hr

Today take a bus to the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panoramic funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical salt mine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train

Day 3 At Bad Ischl

There is plenty to do today - explore pretty Bad Ischl itself, with its riverside location. Stroll along the esplanade and have coffee and cake in the world famous Zauner cafe, take in some of the imperial history (visit the Emperor's Villa and gardens) or relax in the EurothermenResort Thermal Baths. A trip to the nearby Dachstein Ice caves and spectacular 5 Finger Lookout is also an option.

Day 4 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 **** Hotel Bergrose.

Day 5 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, visit the natural beach for sunbathing or take the bus (80 mins) to beautiful Salzburg, with its Renaissance gardens, Baroque palaces and the oldest open air theatre in Europe.

Day 6 Strobl to St Wolfgang 11.5km/7.2mi/3.5hrs

A lovely undulating walk through fields and forest with spectacular views across Lake Wolfgang. Stop at a restaurant for refreshments and take in the scenery or watch the variety of animals - deer, goats, rabbits, ducks and hens in the garden. Carefully cross the summer toboggan track and see the tobogganists zig zag down the hillside towards the Lake. Finish the walk with a relaxing ferry crossing to St Wolfgang.

Day 7 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.

If you prefer a walk, head to St Gilgen along 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 where you can take the boat back to St Wolfgang.

Day 8 St Wolfgang to Weissenbach 18km/11.25mi/5hrs

Leaving Wolfgangsee behind, we climb up to pretty Schwarzensee, walk around the stunning shore line and perhaps stop for refreshments at one of the two restaurants, before continuing down the Moosbach valley. Here you have the option to descend to the stunning Burggrabenklamm gorge and then either take the ferry or continue walking along the shore or descend via the Lasseralm to the lake and on to the Hotel Post, where you spend your last night on the shores of beautiful Attersee.

Day 9 Leave Weissenbach

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.

Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Bad Ischl (4 Star)

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The 4* Hotel Goldenes Schiff boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre and sits on the banks of the Traun River. Inside, it's modern and comfortable, with first class facilities including a spa, with sauna and steam room.

Dining at the Hotel Goldenes Schiff is particularly memorable; in fine weather dinner is served on the panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Classic Plus room Deluxe room
01/05/2017 - 31/10/2017 £8 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 21/02/2017. Prices are per person per night and based on 2 people sharing a double room. Classic plus rooms are larger. Deluxe rooms are larger still with a sitting area. They have either a south facing balcony or a panorama window facing the River Traun.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Villa Seilern , Bad Ischl (4 Star)

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The Villa Seilern, with its state of the art spa facilities, is available as an upgrade to the Goldenes Schiff.

It 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.

Villa Seilern is available at a supplement of £46 per person per night in a double room, staying on a half board basis, and £92 a night if staying in a single room.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Bergrose, Strobl (4 Star)

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

Please note that junior suite twins consist of a double bed and a sofa bed.

Parents of under 10 year olds should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Bergrose have a balconies with a step up.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Junior Suite Junior Suite for Sinlge use
01/05/2017 - 02/07/2017 £82 £114
03/07/2017 - 28/08/2017 £88 £120
29/08/2017 - 30/09/2017 £82 £114

All prices shown above are valid from 20/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including evening meal.

Strandhotel Margaretha, St Wolfgang (4 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Post , Weissenbach (3*)

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The Hotel Post sits on the shores of Attersee, offering panoramic views of Austria's biggest lake as well as a stunning mountain backdrop. The hotel has its own private beach - so you can swim in what is said to be the warmest waters in the Salzkammergut lake district!

The hotel is decorated in a traditional Austrian style and all rooms have lake views and balconies. The hotel also benefits from a lakeside sauna.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double room Double superior room Single room
01/04/2017 - 21/07/2017 £66 £78 £82
22/07/2017 - 31/08/2017 £82 £96 £96
01/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 £66 £78 £82
01/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 £52 £62 £66

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast.
Superior rooms are larger than standard rooms.

Hotel Austria, Vienna (3 star)

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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Comfort Room
09/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Comfort double rooms are larger than the standard double rooms, with chairs or a sofa provided.

Dates Double Room Single Room Comfort Double Room
09/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £82 £110 £90

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017. Extra night prices are per person per night including breakfast.


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.


Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Every two days from 19th May 2017 to 20th Sep 2017, for 8 nights.

All continental breakfasts and 8 evening meals

Other details
Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as 'Austrian Twins' and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

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