Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

From $1951 per person

***** Based on 7 customer reviews
  • Relaxed walking through 'chocolate box' villages, with snow-capped peaks as a backdrop
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
  • Luxury 4-star hotels throughout; swimming opportunities every day
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Varied rest day choices: Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg, lake cruises, water sports and mountain rail rides

What's included?

  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '16 to 20 Sep '16
  • Continental breakfast and 9 evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 94%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Entry to 'Upper Austrian Garden Festival' included

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Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

This 10 night self-guided walking 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 options to extend them on most days.

Every stop brings new discoveries: St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of 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 lead to WW1), St Wolfgang's Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher and, at Fuschl, walk in the grounds of Schloss Fuschl and enjoy a decadent coffee and apfelstrudel. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.

You stay in unrivalled 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 both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, massage room and salt-healing caves, feels more like an Austrian stately home, while, in Fuschl, guests have their own exclusive private beach with jetty and lakeside gardens.

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.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Bad Ischl

We meet you at Salzburg airport and take you (1 hour) to your 4-star hotel in the centre of Bad Ischl. There is a first class wellness centre - swimming pool, sauna, steam bath - where you can relax before dinner.

Day 2 - At Bad Ischl

We recommend riding up to the top of Schafberg (1783m) on the cog railway; visiting the Ice Cave in Obertraun and sampling coffee and cakes in the world-famous Zauner restaurant. The Imperial Villa, Lehar Villa and salt mines are all worth a visit, and for a longer day out, the beautiful city of Salzburg is easily reached by train.

Day 3 - Hallstatt to Goisern 11km/7mi/3hr

Today's walk takes you out to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt, situated on the edge of the Hallstattersee. It is a perfect example of picture postcard perfection - the Chinese like it so much they have even recreated their own version of this ancient salt mine village! The locals love their Austrian heritage and traditions and everywhere you'll see locals dressed in Lederhosen or Dirndls, serving fresh fish from the lake. Finish your day with a trip on the fluvial tram for the most spectacular views!

Day 4 - Bad Ischl to Strobl 17km/10.5mi/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 degree views of Traun and Hallstatter 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 as guests of Frau Zopf and family at the elegant 4-star Hotel Bergrose.

Day 5 - At Strobl

There's lots to see and do in the village of Strobl, including a summer toboggan run, a wide range of water sports, cable car rides and a popular animal park. Take the cog railway to the top of Schafberg (lots of optional walks) or join one of the many hop on, hop off lake cruisers. There's also a natural beach for sunbathing. Alternatively, take the local bus (80 mins) to Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg and explore its Baroque palaces, Renaissance gardens and the oldest open air theatre in Europe.

Day 6 - Strobl to St Gilgen 14km/8.5mi/4hr

Today's route takes you along the north shore of Lake Wolfgang, a stunning expanse of vivid turquoise waters, popular with yacht owners, kite surfers and fellow walkers. Enjoy lunch in pretty St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church and frescoed houses, before continuing along the pilgrims' path where you will come across the Falkenstein Chapel, curiously built into the cliff face.

Day 7 - At St Gilgen

A thriving lace-making centre in the 1700's, 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.

Day 8 - St Gilgen to Fuschl 11km/7mi/3hr

Walk in Mozart's footsteps today as you follow the official Mozartsteig hiking trail 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.

Day 9 - At Fuschl

Sheltered by pine-clad hills, Fuschl offers a wealth of secluded bays where shingle beaches slope gently into the calm, clear waters, making it a perfect spot to relax and unwind. For a taste of yesteryear, pop into the Ruming Mill, a recently restored C19 watermill which offers twice weekly demonstrations of grain milling and bread making in traditional wood-burning ovens.

Day 10 - Fuschl to Mondsee 11km/7mi/3hr

A wooded trail gently ascends the remains of Wartenfels Castle from where you 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 Wolfgangsee Lake and the Schafberg peaks. Treat yourself to a well-earned Viennese coffee and apfelstrudel in Mondsee's central square looking out over St Michael's Basilica, which was famously used in the 'Sound of Music' wedding scene.

Day 11 - Leave Mondsee


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Passau to Vienna Cycling

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.

Landhotel Hubertushof, Bad Ischl   (4 Star)

Landhotel Hubertushof, Bad Ischl

The Hubertushof Hotel is right in the centre of Bad Ischl. It is a grand historic townhouse that has been converted by the Panhuber Family into a 29 room hotel.

The hotel feels like a small Austrian stately home, with oil paintings on the walls, classic Austrian furniture and pictures of the family along some of the corridors.

Bedrooms are traditional with wooden furnishings and quality fabrics.

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 travelers from the past as the Family Leitner welcome you to the Gasthof Zur Post. The building dates back over 600 years at one time a Stage Coaching stop before becoming a hotel. Inside you have a wonderful blend of history and tradition.

Centrally located and just a few minutes' walk from Wolfgangsee Lake, the Zur Post makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, the Music and Mozart Museums or 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 - hairdryer, telephone, safe, TV and mini bar. 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 11:30.

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 Mr Bridge on 15/07/2016

*****
Austria is a lovely country and the people are friendly. We had a great time and enjoyed the walks. My advice to you and my only difficulty was because we choose Stansted it meant getting up at 3.am. This was ok but the problem was that when we got to our first hotel we were too tired to take in all the information that Colin and Jill gave us. Its not a complaint of them but if we could of had that information on day two after a good nights sleep it would of been better.

Reviewed by Mr Ross on 05/07/2016

*****
Excellent hotels and locations,varied walking and many opportunities for sightseeing and other activities,even when the weather was wet. We particularly appreciated the locations of the hotels which allowed us to walk into the town?village in the evening. Logging tracks had obliterated some of the signs or trails in some forested sections. We mentioned this to our tour managers who were going to check. Generally the walking notes were excellent, without the need of the map. Such was the excellence of tour managers Jill and Colin, they just happened to drive by and pick us up as we abandoned a walk due to rain and were waiting for a bus!

Reviewed by Mr Soutar on 28/05/2016

*****
Such a beautiful area and we enjoyed the walks - even in mixed weather conditions! All the hotels were excellent - the staff friendly and welcoming and all meals and wines were delicious. There was plently to keep us occupied on our rest days. Altogether, a perfect holiday!

Reviewed by Mr Schafer on 16/11/2015

*****
We took our trip in late August. The trip was very well constructed and we thoroughly enjoyed the mix of hiking and exploring days as it gave us a chance to enjoy the beauty and culture of the areas we were visiting. This was our first self-guided Headwater trip (4th Headwater trip overall). The local reps Colin and Jill were very helpful, providing updated route notes and suggestions for things to see and do during our hiking and off days. The route notes were accurate and easy to follow. The hotels were all very nice and with the exception of the Hotel Bergrose, were all centrally located. ( The Bergrose was in a beautiful, quiet setting 20 mins out side of town.) It was very warm during our trip (~32 degrees) so we had to sleep with the windows open. The central location of the hotels made for rather noisy nights and we ended up sleeping with earplugs. The hotels and food were otherwise excellent across the board. This is a wonderful holiday.

Reviewed by Mr Severn on 24/08/2015

*****
Excellent - we had a fab holiday!

Reviewed by Mr Stephens on 23/08/2015

*****
It is a varied holiday of mountains and lakes with plenty of opportunities for wild swimming and the potential for great photographs from high places. Some days are longer and / or more arduous than the 1 boot. Note that if travelling through Frankfurt airport, you may be subject to security and / or passport checks despite only being 'in transit'. Also, be aware that the gates between connections can be some distance apart, so the 1hr 20mins between flights that we had was just sufficient to catch the onward flight. Very good holiday although temperatures were higher than expected.

Reviewed by Mr North on 07/08/2015

*****
Loved this holiday although the walking was quite tough. Because the weather on the first day of walking to another hotel wasn't good, the slippery, narrow path deserved a rating of more than 1+Boot. Maybe an alternative walk at a lower level for such conditions could be offered. We diverted off the path onto a logging track for safety reasons but this made the walk longer so still tougher than expected. For us most of the walks definitely needed the + as part of the rating.

Departure dates & prices

August 2015 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$2238
Aug 3$2238
Aug 5$2238
Aug 7$2238
Aug 9$2238
Aug 11$2238
Aug 13$2238
Aug 15$2238
Aug 17$2238
Aug 19$2238
Aug 21$2238
Aug 23$2238
Aug 25$2238
Aug 27$2177
Aug 29$2177
Aug 31$2177
Child (any date, see notes)$1345 
September 2015 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2029
Sep 4$2029
Sep 6$2029
Sep 8$2029
Sep 10$2029
Sep 12$1951
Sep 14$1951
Sep 16$1951
Sep 18$1951
Sep 20$1951
Child (any date, see notes)$1345 

Holiday details

Holiday type

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

Departures

Every two days from 13 May '16 to 20 Sep '16, for 11 days (10 nights).

Meals

Continental breakfast and 9 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 11:30.

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