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  • Holiday type
    Multi activity holiday
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Activity level
  • From $2079per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Daily departures from 25 Sep '23 to 7 Oct '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • City break add-ons in Salzburg
  • Half Board (x5 nights)
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, lake & river routes
      from 65 reviews

Mark Baseley says...
Spa in hotel Bergrose was great. Scenery is spectacular and Lake Wolfgang was crystal clear and so refreshing to swim in on a hot day.
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Austrian Lakes Activities

  • Stay at a luxury 4 star hideaway hotel with secluded gardens, exquisite cuisine and top-of-the-range wellness centre including indoor pool
  • 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 additional activities: ice caves, watersports, boat trips and more

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 with a level 1 activity rating. 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 will spend 7 nights at the family-run and recently renovated 4 star Hotel Bergrose Hideaway, set back from the river, and less than five minutes' cycle from the lake. Half Board is available at a supplement (Weds-Sun) at the Hideaway Kitchen where a 4 course menu is served using fine ingredients from regional producers. Alternatively an a la carte and sushi restaurant are available (Weds-Sun). Hotel Bergrose is suitable for families with children over 12 only.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Strobl

Arrive at your hotel in Strobl. A typical itinerary is shown below, but you're free to pick and choose your activities each day.

Day 2: Cycle Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km (10mi)

Take the bus to Bad Ischl for your briefing and to collect your bike. Take time to explore the spa town - visit Franz Josef's Kaiservilla and the imperial hot spa that houses salt baths, steam room, hammam and Alhambra baths. Return to Strobl along the banks of the River Ischl, passing tiny shrines hidden below the Leonsberg and Bleckwand.

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-degree views. Alternatively, try your hand at water skiing on Lake Wolfgang followed by a cooling swim from the hotel's bathing jetty.

Day 4: Cycle/Walk to St Wolfgang 15km/9.5mi (Cycle) or 16km/10mi (Walk)

Today head first by the river then along the north shore of the lake to St Wolfgang. Renowned for its beautiful 15th century 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 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 ascend up to beautiful Lake Nussen, a hidden gem completely off the tourist trail; look out for rare orchids scattered around its shady shores. There's lots of time to swim and relax 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

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.

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Bergrose Hideaway, Strobl

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The Bergrose Hideaway is a Slow Travel Hotel ©, an idea based on a philosophy that creates more awareness for travel, and what is important – nature, tranquility, authenticity and awareness. 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, three stories of perfect Austrian wood-panelled luxury inside and an indoor pool and spa area.

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.

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Villa Carlton, Salzburg

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A 15-minute walk from Getreidegasse shopping street, this upscale hotel is 14 minutes from Mozart's Birthplace. Featuring elegant modern decor, the polished rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks. Some upgraded rooms have balconies and/or in-room tubs, while suites have living areas.

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Markus Sittikus, Salzburg

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The 4 star Markus Sittikus is a beautifully presented hotel, based in an 18th century building with a mustard facade 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 decor 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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Salzburg airport at 13:50 and back to Salzburg airport at 13:30.

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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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mark Baseley, 19/08/2023

Spa in hotel Bergrose was great. Scenery is spectacular and Lake Wolfgang was crystal clear and so refreshing to swim in on a hot day.

Rosemary Farr, 15/07/2023

This was our 5th holiday with Headwater. We enjoyed being in a single centre activity holiday and the extra recreational facilities at Bergrose. I have personally developed some fear of heights and narrow paths affecting my enjoyment of some routes, notes didnt always indicate nature of path. Route can be a level 1 but flat though high and narrow! Not sure if I can do activity holiday again for that reason though am perfectly able to enjoy most of what is on offer. The R2 bike route varied considerably between wide paths and other for example.

TRIGER, 13/05/2023

Unfortunately the weather was not kind which had an adverse effect on the cycling. We had 5 days of rain, one of cloud and only one with sunshine!! The hair dryer in our bathroom proved very efficient at drying our clothes! However. the hotel Bergrose certainly came up to expectations and we so enjoyed the food. At least we didn't fall off the Ebikes and the cycle paths were great as was the beautiful scenery. Most efficient buses which we used to visit Salzburg and Bad Ischl. A comprehensive list of rides offered by Headwater too.

Mr Liddell, 03/09/2022

A wonderful hotel in a beautiful area, with excellent provision for cycling - mostly on cycle paths or very quiet roads, through stunning scenery.

Mr Barclay, 03/09/2022

After 15 plus years of hotel to hotel cycling holidays this was our first single centre cycling holiday. Although the cycling distances were short we were able to combine rides with walks to ensure a good day of activity and I would recommend that good walking shoes are worn for cycling as some paths are quite rough.

The Bergrose hotel was exceptional with an excellent spa, superb meals and friendly and efficient staff.

The Headwater cycling app was fantastic and removes the need for the group debate at every junction as to which way to turn.

Mr Maclachlan, 16/07/2022

Wonderful wonderful and well organised

Mr Chow, 28/05/2022

Troubles free except unclear to transfer pick up during arrival

Dr Mckay, 08/05/2022

Beautiful location. Lovely, welcoming, family run hotel with excellent food and very friendly staff. Spa great way to end the day. Spoilt by beautiful weather so spent late afternoon in garden with glass of wine. Excellent cycling routes and lovely walks of varying level of difficulty. Trip to Salzburg by bus is well worth while.Overall, fantastic holiday.

Mr Phillips, 14/09/2019

Excellent stay in beautiful place. Hotel food delightful and a very high standard. E bikes wonderful. Our reps were very good and caring

Mrs Jackson, 31/08/2019

Experienced a pocket handkerchief of Austria

Ms Fitchie, 24/08/2019

Well organised, lovely reps, lovely accommodation/food, great holiday

Mrs Woodhouse, 24/08/2019

This was an excellent holiday. All our family enjoyed too - from the children, to the parents to granny ! Lovely activities and super bikes. We would like to do this holiday again.

Miss Page, 03/08/2019

Hotel and Reps excellent. Food superb. Area - delightful. GPS on Ebike hit and miss. E-bike great once it had been swapped for one the right size. Trails and routes and advice excellent. I was dismayed that late booking meant I had to pay a lot more than the listed price. I found it hard to adjust to eating so early in the evening. Did n;t like that I had to cut my day's adventures short in order to make the evening meal. Bettina and her familly / Staff were wonderful hosts and very patient with my attempts to speak German - they spoke very good English. The swimming pool and spa were delightful and an enjoyable luxury after a long day cycling/ hiking/ pottering around the area. Lots to do and see. Colin and Jill were wonderful - very helpful. Flights were good - but unable to check in online at either end because of the late booking which meant they were via Tui and I couldn't choose seat. Would heartily recommend Headwater, the Bergrose, the Austrian Lakes, ebike and best of all Jill and Colin - great atvice, helpful but not intrusive.

Mrs Hendrey, 29/06/2019

This is the best active holiday we’ve been on - we loved every minute due to the fantastic information provided by Colin & Jill. The bikes were of a great standard & the bike lanes in Austria made it feel safer to get around than in the UK. Colin & Jill were so helpful & on hand if we had additional questions about routes or the local area. Wolfgangsee is such a beautiful area with lots of hiking & biking routes, a great way to get back to nature. The hotel food was excellent, both at breakfast & our delicious 5 course dinner every night. Only improvement would be air con or a ceiling fan in the bedroom as it was very warm at night. We plan to book with Headwater again!

Mrs Roberts, 22/06/2019

hotel very lacking in basic favilities - kettle in room air con bigger choice of food st night room service . staff st hotel were lovely . rating hotel 4 star was misleading . room gloomy . guides were exemplary . walks and bikes great . scenery fab

Mrs Robb, 22/06/2019

Fabulous scenery and amazing food. Like living in a picture postcard. Too hot and no air-conditioning but that is no-ones fault. Holiday better if it had been cooler.,

electric bikes were great and easy to ride.

Mr Barritt, 17/06/2019

Fantastic holiday at the Bergrose Hotel, Strobl. Very glad we opted for a 2nd week as there was so much to do and see in this beautiful area of the Austrian Lakes. The cycling routes provided were, on the whole (we had non-electric bikes!), easy and on dedicated cycle paths. The walking routes were all on good, well way marked, paths or tracks, but they were steep in places so glad we had good boots with us. Unfortunately it was very hot so we did not do them all. The hotel was lovely, the food excellent and the staff very friendly (and all spoke good English). They even provided a great range of veggie meals that were not just the meat eaters fare, less the meat! The local reps were brilliant and looked after us very well. Overall an excellent holiday if you are looking for a variety of activities (kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing etc all available locally) together with some genuine Austrian food, culture and scenery.

Mr Walford, 15/06/2019

A wonderful week in a lovely part of Austria in very comfortable surroundings.

Mr Mclean, 15/06/2019

We had a fabulous holiday. We enjoyed the cycling, the food and friends we made. Even the weather was perfect.

Mrs Henwood, 08/06/2019

A good all-round activity holiday with plenty of scope to explore and make up your own schedule from day to day.

All staff spoke good English as do most Austrians in this holiday destination.

Mr Haines, 08/06/2019

Austria has a lot to offer and my surprise many people. Clean,beautiful with plenty of healthy recreational activities.

Mrs Naylor, 08/06/2019

We found it an excellent holiday in every respect but one. We had to leave the hotel at 7.30 am but the hotel refused to give us anything by way of food or drink despite a 70 minute journey to the airport. Considering we had paid for breakfast and that 7.30 in the morning is not an unreasonable hour to get something - anything - we were not happy and it took the edge off the holiday, leaving an unpleasant 'taste' to finish on.

Headwater response:
Thank you for your holiday feedback, whilst we are pleased to learn that overall you had a wonderful holiday with us, we are truly sorry to learn of the hotel not being able to provide breakfast for an early departure. Please be assured we are in contact with the hotelier and our local reps to discuss breakfast arrangements for customers who are having an early departure in the future,apologies for the disappointment caused and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Mr Miles, 08/09/2018

The Hotel Bergrose was a superb choice with a very spacious suite and superb meals every day. The quality of service was excellent in the hotel. The Headwater reps Colin and Jill couldn't have been more helpful. The bicycles provided were of a very high qualty. The holiday far exceeded our expectations.

Mr Andrews, 08/09/2018

A great holiday. Beautiful area with plenty of opportunities for various activities including superb walks. One of the best Headwater hotels we have visited. Helped by excellent company of other Headwater clients. Always have enjoyed Headwater holidays and this is one of the best.

Mr Smith, 01/09/2018

We recently returned home from the Austrian Lakes activities holiday based in Strobl. Pre holiday information given by Headwater was informative and helped us to get the most out of our trip. All communication with Headwater head office was clear and promptly given. The reps in Strobl, Colin and Jill, were friendly, enthusiastic and determined to make sure we got the most out of our holiday. Despite the weather, we had an amazing time in the Wolfgangsee region. The area is stunning and there are several great day trips within walking, cycling or public transport distance from base. The family run Hotel Bergroße was like a home away from home, with relaxing gardens and a beautiful, varied breakfast and dinner menu. We would thoroughly recommend this holiday for anyone who loves outdoor activities in a relaxing, unspoilt region. We decided to extend our stay by 2 further nights to explore Salzburg in more depth, which was well worth it.

Mr Runciman, 01/09/2018

A great location for a variety of outdoor activities, also with attractive local towns. We enjoyed all the recommended cycle rides and walks we did. On the more rainy days local bus and boat services were very helpful, and they also extended the range of possible cycling and walking trips. The Bergrose hotel was a beautiful and relaxing base; the view from our room was stunning, the food was outstanding, and the family running the hotel were eager to please. Reps Colin and Jill could not have been more helpful.

Mr Dodd, 25/08/2018

A great family holiday based at an ideal location for cycling in the valley and close to public transport for days out on the bus. Lovely quiet hotel just outside Strobl - the restaurant was excellent. There was so much to do, that we could choose each day to suit the weather.

Ms West, 18/08/2018

A brilliant week at Hotel Bergrose. We were lucky with the weather so followed most of the self/guided cycle routes provided. Route instructions clear on all but one ride (feedback given to rep). Brilliant rides in nice scenery. Loved the ebikes - we had a puncture at one point and the hire company were out to us within15 mins with a replacement.

Colin and Jill, our reps, were excellent. Helpful and informative and put themselves out to tinker with the bikes as needed.

Fabulous experience which we recommend to anyone wondering whether to try a cycling holiday.

Mr Severn, 18/08/2018

An excellent holiday set in wonderful scenery with plenty of relaxing walking and cycling to choose from throughout the week. The hotel food, service and comfort were all fantastic. The reps Colin & Jill couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. This was our second visit to the area with Headwater and we will, no doubt, be back again.

Mrs Pitchforth, 11/08/2018

This was an excellent holiday - everyone enjoyed it, including both teenage daughters (16 & 13). The hotel was superb - delicious food, helpful staff, spacious accommodation which was really beneficial as we travelled as a family and stayed in a family suite. The location and scenery of this holiday were breathtaking. I also cannot fault Colin & Gill from Headwater - they were so friendly, helpful and really did go over and above to help us (especially with the loan of a travel adapter). They were also very knowledgeable about the area and the local attractions which really made planning our stay very easy.

Ms Streeter, 21/07/2018

Fantastic family holiday. A beautiful area with so much to do. Bicycles provided were excellent quality.

Mrs Harries, 21/07/2018

Fantastic .. beautiful area

Mrs Wright, 21/07/2018

Excellent holiday - in every respect - beautiful Alpine scenery, first class bicycles and first class accommodation and food. Jill and Colin were responsive to any slight problem and gave us loads of ideas for trips etc in case the weather changed. Enjoyed the visit at Bad Ischl to the Kaiservilla but particularly the Photo Museum that Jill had suggested. They really went the extra mile!

Mrs Campbell-Kelly, 14/07/2018

The area was fantastic for walking and cycling with the added bonus of being able to swim in the lake. All the activity off set the 5 course evening meals which were beautifully presented, the perfect size and always delicious.

Mr Rishton, 14/07/2018

An excellent base for a single-centre holiday. The meals at the picture perfect hotel were a highlight (vegetarian? - not a problem), but it’s location set amongst meadows just a short stroll from Strobl and the lake shore was excellent. Our hosts, Jill & Colin, couldn’t do enough for us, including additional suggestions of routes and day trips to consider. There’s so much to do in this area that the bikes are almost superfluous - walking, swimming, canoeing, wake boarding, parasailing, paddle steamers, cable cars, funiculars, buses and trains. The only thing in short supply is the time to do it all!

Miss Durston, 30/06/2018

Excellent holiday. Colin and Jill were great, very knowledgeable and helpful.

Mrs Durston, 30/06/2018

A fabulous week. Loads to do but very chilled and unspoilt region of the World

Mrs Marlow, 16/06/2018

This is a brilliant holiday to suit everyone with lots to do and the flexibility to do it as and when - walking, cycling, ferry boat trips, cable cars, lazing in the garden by the river etc, all surrounded by beautiful scenery. The infrastructure for getting around makes cycling a real pleasure. And at the end of the day there's the welcome spa and delicious food waiting. Colin and Jill are excellent reps and help to make the most of the area by their knowledge and love of this part of Austria.

Mr Boulton, 16/06/2018

Excellent holiday

Mr Shockley, 23/09/2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our Austrian Lakes holiday. Would not hesitate to book through Headwater again

Mrs Cox, 12/08/2017

This was our second visit ( the first 8 years ago) to Austrian Lakes Activities. We were lucky to have fantastic weather which helped. The area has outstanding scenery and views. Gentle cycle routes are not too long so you have time to explore the area and actually get to see/ do things things and not feel you are spending all day on a bike. We love the area which is why we went back a second time and were not disappointed. The Hotel is in a great location with a bus stop at the end of the road - very handy if you want a break from the bike. Hotel staff very welcoming and friendly and rooms very comfy and quiet with lovely views of the mountains. We have done several Headwater holidays now and continue to be impressed. Reps are great. Very helpful.

Mrs Hockenhull, 05/08/2017

Lovely area with a good variety of walking, cycling and sightseeing activities. Hotel Bergrosse is excellent with fabulous food, large, clean and comfortable rooms and a lovely pool and spa area along with the gardens.

Mrs Riseborough, 29/07/2017

Austria is the perfect place for cycling as there are dedicated cycle paths everywhere. The scenery is spectacular. Plenty of opportunity to swim in the lake. Sightseeing opportunities were good and I highly recommend a visit to lovely Hallstadt. The electric bike provided by Headwater was a real boon and enhanced all the cycle rides. The weather was fantastic which added to our enjoyment of a perfect holiday.

Mr Mccracken, 22/07/2017

Absolutely fantastic! Hotel and food excellent. Family run and very very good. Colin and Jill the Reps could not have done more to make our holiday more enjoyable. Always on hand to help and so kind and caring. My daughter fell off her bike and we had to get a lift back to hotel and leave her bike . They went and collected it immediately and serviced it and even texted every day to see if she was ok. A truly lovely couple and an absolute credit to Headwater

Mr Dunk, 17/06/2017

The whole holiday exceeded our expectations. Hotel wonderful and the scenery absolutely magical. Food at the hotel was world class and the staff went over the top as a daily norm. Your reps were excellent and very helpful and we would certainly recommend this holiday to anyone who likes travel and cycling. The weather was fantastic and at times a little too warm for us pensioners to cycle too much, thank goodness for the ferry and a lift back home on one occasion.

Mrs Edwards, 01/06/2017

A perfect mix of activities based in the most welcoming family hotel within an exquisite setting of water, woodland, pastures and mountains. The evening meals are a gastronomic tour de force without being at all heavy; the chef and his son are true artists who can conjure colours and tastes in perfect harmony - quite exceptional. We had memorable walks, cycle rides, visits to historical sites and swims and were reluctant to leave.

Mrs Meakin, 03/09/2016

Excellent base, fantastic views

Mr King, 31/07/2016

Great fun, lots of fresh air and lovely food.

Mr Maher, 30/07/2016

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.

Mr Wallace, 23/07/2016

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.

Mr Metcalf, 16/07/2016

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.

Mr Reid, 16/07/2016

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.

Mr Ball, 16/07/2016

Very good experience despite the travel arrangement errors.

Dr Curry, 04/06/2016

well organised and helpful

Mr Parr, 14/05/2016

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.

Mrs Elliott, 13/09/2015

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

Mrs Osmond, 02/08/2015

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.

Mrs Duncan, 11/07/2015

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!

Mr Dennis, 24/05/2015

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.

Mr Martin, 07/09/2014

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

Mrs Hendrickse, 06/09/2014

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

Dr Elcombe, 28/07/2014

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.

Mr Fry, 11/08/2013

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

Mrs Griffiths, 11/08/2013

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

Mr Ward Jones, 23/06/2013

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.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night multi activity holiday holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All continental breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Bike hire

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)

How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Solo travellers
Please call for details and prices

Tour only from £1129. Flight inclusive prices from £1449. Per child when sharing a room with 2 adults.

Holiday type
Independent multi-activity holiday Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Daily departures from 24th Sep 2023 to 7th Oct 2023, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

All continental breakfasts

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £238 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Other details
Airport transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.
'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'.
Holiday not suitable for under 12's

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Salzburg airport at 13:50 and back to Salzburg airport at 13:30.

How to book

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' button above.

If you need further information before you book simply complete our Holiday Enquiry Form and a member of our sales team will get back to you.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'Check availability' button below.

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