Austria : Salzburg

Salzkammergut Lakes Walk

Trip code: W07SK 4.3 (3 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

22.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Picturesque waterfront villages and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Imperial city of Bad Ischl
  • UNESCO village of Hallstatt
  • Hiking amongst fascinating mountains and around lovely lakes

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card
  • Ferry fare Wolfgangsee, Hallstättersee
  • Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Salzkammergut lake district boasts 76 lakes and a beautiful mountain backdrop and is the perfect place to relax and let the calming atmosphere envelop you.

You'll enjoy a mix of spectacular scenic views on this 7 night self-guided tour combining gentle walking with places of interest. You'll follow lakeside paths and woodland trails and have time to explore some of the cultural and historical highlights of the region.

Starting from St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful 15th century church, follow the lake to St Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart's mother. You'll then spend 2 nights at the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl, leaving you time to explore the 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. Next stop is the UNESCO village of Hallstatt, a fairytale village of 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways where you will also spend 2 nights. Visit the salt mines which are amongst the oldest in the world and which gave this region it's name.

You stay in 4 star luxury, family-run hotels, most with 'feel-good' wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail, making them calm and relaxing places to spend time.

Read more about this holiday in Michelle's Austrian Adventure Blog.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arriive at St Wolfgang

Arrive at your lakeside hotel in St Wolfgang.

You stay at Hotel Weisses Rossl.

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Hotel Weisses Rossl, St Wolfgang

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The family-led Hotel Weisses Rossl (White Horse Inn) is a legend, made famous by the operetta of the same name by Ralph Benatzky. Now in the 5th generation of the Peter family it is constantly defining itself anew. It has a lakeside position complete with spa area and heated pool in the lake. Each of the rooms in the hotel is unique and has its own style and there is an award-winning restaurant.

Day 2: Round trip St. Wolfgang & St. Gilgen (10km/6.2mi)

Take The Pilgrim's Way to the Falkenstein Chapel, built into the cliff face. An idyllic path continues along the lake to take you into St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart's mother. Return to St Wolfgang by boat.

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You stay at Villa Seilern.

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Villa Seilern, Bad Ischl

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Visa
Pool
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Villa Seilern Vital Resort consists of a classical villa built in 1881 and its modern and stylish annex building and is situated in the scenic spa town of Bad Ischl. The rooms are bright and modern with views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 3: From Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl (12km/7.5mi)

Today's walk takes you from St. Wolfgang to lake Schwarzensee. The lake cabin of Lore is worth a break with its delicious homemade snacks. Follow the Wirer gorge into the valley and around Burglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl from where you travel by bus to Bad Ischl.

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You stay at Heritage Hotel.

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Hotel Heritage, Hallstatt

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Visa
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Heritage Hotel is located in the historic centre of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hallstatt, with striking natural-stone construction, wrought-iron window grilles and an elegant interior. This historic hotel has been carefully renovated, guests can enjoy superb views of the unique countryside. Rooms are all individually furnished with views of either the town or Lake Hallstatt.

Day 4: At Bad Ischl (4km/2.5mi)

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Bad Ischl. Visit the Imperial Villa, the Hotel Austria, where the engagement of Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria once took place, or enjoy a coffee break in the famous Cafe Zauner with delicious cakes and pastries or visit the warm brine swimming pools in the Salzkammergut thermal baths.

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Day 5: From Bad Ischl to Hallstatt (11km/6.8mi)

From Bad Ischl walk along the riverside promenade into Kaltenbachau, a site of Imperial amusements such as horse races, picnics and rendezvous. Then, follow the oldest brine pipeline of the world to Bad Goisern, the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt.

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Day 6: Round trip Hallstatt (12km/7.5mi)

From Hallstatt enjoy a scenic view of the lake and the Dachstein massif. Plan a visit of the salt mine, enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf's tower and visit the excavation sites.

Day 7: From Hallstatt to St Wolfgang (18km/11.2mi)

After a train journey to Bad Ischl follow the romantic Sissi-Path to the tiny lake Nussensee. Continue along the river Ischl and through the Blinklingmoos nature reserve along the lake back to St Wolfgang.

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Day 8: Departure

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £324.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £324.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Gatwick to Salzburg with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways Gatwick to Salzburg, then transfer to hotel 45 minutes Return: Transfer to airport 45 minutes then British Airways Salzburg to Gatwick

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

It was Type 2 fun. Some of the walks were quite hard going in the heat but we were pleased once we’d completed them.

The locations were good.

Mrs Dawson, 30 Jul 2022

 

It was a very enjoyable holiday. However hiking is not all that easy in 30 degrees + heat. One needs to be careful of you descriptions. These walks are for the average fit person. 18 k walks that include ' a steep incline for the next kilometer' are not for such people.

Scrase, 20 Jun 2022

 

A beautiful area of Austria with relatively easy walking and great hotels

Mr Aslin, 11 Jun 2022

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

22.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

7 nights from £1809

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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