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Salzburg Lake District


Self Guided Walking Holidays in June, salzburg lake district, salzburg lake district walking holiday, salzburg self guided, salzkammergut walking
Average rating:   5,  6 reviews
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
8 days & 7 nights
April - October


Day 1: Abersee/St Wolfgang
Day 2: St Wolfgang – St Gilgen
Day 3: Schwarzensee, Strobl
Day 4: Bad Ischl
Day 5: Bad Goisern
Day 6: Hallstatt
Day 7: Lake Wolfgangsee
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Salzburg Lake District

Explore the beauty of Austria’s Lake District, where dramatic mountains plunge into sparkling blue glacial lakes, creating fjord-like landscapes. Salzkammergut lies to the east of Salzburg, the city of Mozart, in the shadow of the Dachstein Summit (2,995 m).

“There is no more beautiful country in our time…”, says a favourite Austrian folk song about Salzkammergut. It certainly belongs to one of the unique natural treasures of Europe. And a significant part of this beauty can be reached and seen only by foot.

The area offers impressive mountain scenery, traditional villages scattered in the valleys, and well-marked alpine lakeside walking trails.


Itinerary for Salzburg Lake District

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Day 1: Arrival at Abersee/St Wolfgang

Welcome to Abersee. It is a village located on the west side of Lake Wolfgangsee – one of the most beautiful in the Salzkammergut region. It is easily accessible by bus from Salzburg.

Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Abersee.

Day 2: St Wolfgang – St Gilgen Circular Walk

Take a boat across Lake Wolfgangsee to St Wolfgang where your walk starts. Follow the trail up to the Falkenstein Wall where you can enjoy panoramic views down to the lake below. Then the idyllic Fürberg path heads down to follow the lakeside into the Mozart village of St Gilgen. Walk around the village and go back on the boat to Abersee for your overnight.

Walking for the day: 10 km, 4 hours ↑350m ↓350m

Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Abersee.

Day 3: Schwarzensee and Strobl

Today you will go again by boat to St Wolfgang. Along the saddle walk on a forested path to the lake Schwarzensee, where you can stop for a refreshment at Madame Lore’s lake cabin. Walk down into the valley through a gorge and around the Bürglstein (optional detour) to the lake promenade in Strobl. Then take the bus to the Emperors Town of Bad Ischl.

Walking for the day: 15 km (12 km), 6 hours (5 hours) ↑390m ↓390m

Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Bad Ischl.

Day 4: Rest Day in Bad Ischl

Spend the day in the beautiful spa town of Bad Ischl. Emperor Franz Joseph spent his summer holidays here, and you can take a tour of the Kaiservilla – his summer residence. There are plenty of city walk options, or you can relax in a thermal spa. Visit Café Zauner or Austria Hotel, where once upon a time the engagement of Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sissi) took place.

Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Bad Ischl.

Day 5: Brine Pipeline Walk to Bad Goisern

Salt always has been an essential commodity in Salzkammergut. You will follow an old brine pipeline for most of the route today, and you will learn about its history. You will pass a former church as you head down to the market town of Bad Goisern, a world architectural heritage site.

Walking for the day: 11 km, 4 hours ↑260m ↓180m

Accommodation: Bad Goisern.

Day 6: Brine Pipeline Circular Walk to Hallstatt

Again following an old brine pipeline, walk to the Salzberg (the salt mountain) in Hallstatt. There is an old salt mine built in Celtic times. The ascending path offers beautiful views of the little town Hallstatt and the spectacular mountain massif of the Dachstein (the highest mountain of Upper Austria). By boat, you cross the lake and return to Bad Goisern.

Walking for the day: 15 km, 5 hours ↑450m ↓90m (+300m by cable car)

Accommodation: Bad Goisern.

Day 7: Bad Ischl to Lake Wolfgangsee

On this last – and most strenuous – walking day, first you take the train to Bad Ischl. Walk on the Elisabeth path to the idyllic little lake of Nussensee and than along the river Ischl to Strobl. Then continue along the lake, and through the Blinkling Moor natural reserve, you will reach the peninsula of Abersee offering beautiful views to St Wolfgang, Schafberg and the lake.

Walking for the day: 18 km, 7 hours ↑300m ↓100m

Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Abersee.

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Hotels for Salzburg Lake District

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3-star hotels as indicated in the itinerary. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or restaurants in the village near your hotel.

Travel for Salzburg Lake District

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Salzburg.

Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking. 

Transfers to/from Airports

Take the bus no. 150 to Abersee from Salzburg bus station (1 hour). Alternatively, you can take the train to Bad Ischl (1.30 h) and then a bus to Wolfgangsee (30 minutes). Visit the OBB website for up-to-date timetables and fares, or check the rome2rio link below.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by bus are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and take the same time as car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us. In this case, please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable to private transfers in case of late night arrivals.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included.

Country Info

Language: German. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Austria is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Salzburg Lake District

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

Appropriate for experienced walkers. Requires a sound level of fitness. Total walking is 69 km, on average 14 km per walking day. The longest walk is 7 hours (18 km) on Day 7. Overall elevation gain is 1,750 m, average elevation gain per walking day is 350 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from April until October.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Alps. The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the weather is most stable.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.


The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Salzburg Lake District

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps
  • 7 nights in 3-star hotels with breakfast
  • Boat fares on the lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstätter See
  • Train fare Hallstatt – Bad Goisern and Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl
  • Descent with the Salzberg cable car Hallstatt
  • Salzkammergut Card (discounts on more than 100 attractions)
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers from/to Salzburg Airport
  • Half-board option instead of B&B (add dinners on all evenings)
  • Hotel upgrade: 2 overnights in Bad Ischl in a 4-star instead of 3-star hotel
  • GPS rental

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport bus fares (to/from Salzburg)
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums
  • Optional bus ride Strobl to Bad Ischl (3 euro)


  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program


  • One extra night in Abersee before or after the holiday

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Salzburg Lake District
Average rating:  
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by J.S. on Salzburg Lake District

Not to be missed:
- Go up Katrinalm cable car from Bad Ischl, plenty of marked paths up there
- Go up Hallstat funicular and visit the Salt Mine
- Descent of metallic stairs from Schwarzensee to Strobl (walking 2nd day)

- Definitely, carry a walking stick with you, it helps a lot going up or down.
- A hat and sun screen is needed as well in June.
Some transport alternatives to too long stages, the ones we used:
- The 2nd day, a bus ride from the outskirts of Strobl to Bad ischl
- The 6th and last day, a bus ride from Gasthof zur Wacht (half way of the stage) to Strobl, and then by boat to Abersee.

Good places to have lunch:
- The 2nd day, Wirtshaus Lore by the Schwarzensee
- In Hallstatt, Gasthof Weisses Lamm
- The 6th and last day, Gasthof zur Wacht (half way of the stage between Bad Ischl and Strobl)

Tour information pack could be more detailed on public transport alternatives: bus stops and lines, boat docks, train stations. All in all, a nice experience.

by Ginia O'Connell on Salzburg Lake District

by David on Salzburg Lake District

Thanks, we had a great time! And I would definitely book with your company again. Everything worked well, and it was great to meet up with your local representative upon arrival. The Kirchenwirt Hotel in Strobl was great, and we very much appreciated having this at the start and end of the trip. The only small hitch was that dinner was not included on the last night since the staff had an off-day, but that was a minor point. I would also say that the hotel in Bad Ischl was not of the same standard as the ones in Strobl and Bad Goisern, which were great. Thanks again, and we look forward to booking with you in future.

by Anonymous on Salzburg Lake District

We had a really lovely holiday - one of the best we have ever had! The gorge walk from Schwarzensee was really excellent - it was a really fun way of getting down from the lake to Strobl and was very beautiful. We were also so glad to stay in St Wolfgang as we felt it was the most beautiful of the lakeside towns, and the swimming there was utter perfection. Swimming there was one of the highlights of the holiday.  Make sure to have enough water during the summer months - there are some places to fill up, but the uphill hikes are thirsty work! And always take a swimsuit, as there are so many opportunities to swim. If the water looks good, or you see a great spot, have a swim - you won't regret it! The whole trip gave us the chance to visit places that we may never have been to visit otherwise, and explore a country that we already love. The trails were great quality and so well waymarked, plus the booklet given to us was really useful. Our hotels were all lovely, with great views, spacious rooms & good breakfast. Your rep was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions fully. We enjoyed our week more than we thought possible!

by Alan D on Salzburg Lake District

Thank you for a great holiday. The Salzkammergut is beautiful, the hotels were very good and your organisation was excellent. We had a wonderful time.

by Mike N on Salzburg Lake District

We had a great time and are already talking about another trip.

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