Our Salzkammergut family adventure starts directly in the heart of the Salzkammergut – Bad Ischl. Experience Adventure for the Senses trail, find friends in the petting zoo and have lots of fun while visiting the thermal springs. Then follow the salt route towards the Ausseerland region. Enjoy swimming breaks at the crystal clear Lake Altausseer, and reach Lake Hallstätter through the wilderness of the Koppental valley using a suspension bridge. By boat, head for the picturesque little town of Hallstatt, where you ascend by cable car and get to enjoy the fantastic views. Visit the exciting world of salt mines before hiking back to Bad Ischl along the lake. Whether it is home-make cakes in cosy cafés or an impressive landscape, you will get to experience the entire beauty of the Salzkammergut in one go.
- Easy hiking tours across the world-renowned Salzkammergut-region
- Walking along the salt route from Bad Ischl into the Ausseerland
- Skywalk in the UNESCO-World Heritage Region Hallstatt, the ‘most beautiful lake village in the world‘
- The salt mine, Adventure for the Senses trail, boat ride on Lake Hallstätter See and lots more
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Day 1: Arrival in Bad Ischl
You travel to the wonderful imperial city of Bad Ischl. Bad Ischl is an Austrian spa town east of Salzburg. It’s known as a gateway to the Alpine lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut region. The Biedermeier Kaiservilla displays the chambers in which Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph l spent his summers. On the grounds, the Marmorschlössl, a tea house built for his wife, Empress Elisabeth, houses the Photomuseum, with exhibits illuminating the early years of photography.
- Accommodation: Goldenes Schiff or similar
Day 2: Circular Walk Bad Ischl | 4 km
Your week of walking in the Salzkammergut starts very leisurely. After a hearty breakfast, you gleefully ascend onto the Siriuskogel, the popular viewpoint in the middle of Bad Ischl, where you use all your senses, since as you ascend on the Adventure for the Senses trail as 15 exciting stations await. At the top, further adventures are in store: an adventure playground, a petting zoo and an accessible observation tower situated right next to the comfortable inn. For the afternoon, plenty of time remains to either run riot in the Salzkammergut-thermal springs or enjoy a swim in the public pool, Parkbad Ischl.
- Walking for the day: 4 km, 1-2 hours ↑130m ↓130m
- Accommodation: Goldenes Schiff or similar
Day 3: Bad Ischl – Bad Goisern | 10 km
There is a reason why the word ‚Salzkammergut‘ contains the word ‚salt‘ (Salz) – salt has always played an important part in this region. Hence the oldest ‚brine-pipeline‘ in the world can be found in the Salzkammergut! Today you walk along the historic ‚brine-path‘ as far as Bad Goisern. You walk along easy trails from Bad Ischl’s promenade continuously along the Traun river into the Kaltenbachau-area. Past rapids and roaring waves, you proceed to Lauffen and onwards to Bad Goisern. Info boards frequently give you an insight into life in this region. If you want to cut the route in half, you take the train to/from Lauffen.
- Walking for the day: 10 km, 3.5 hours ↑100m ↓50m
- Accommodation: Moserwirt or similar
Day 4: Bad Goisern – Altaussee | 13 km + Train
Your day starts with a comfortable train ride to Bad Aussee followed by a walk to Altaussse. This is the location of Lake Altausseer See, nestling in the mountain world of the ‚Dead Mountains‘ (Totes Gebirge). Crystal clear water and a uniquely shimmering colour turn this lake perhaps into the most stunning Alpine lake ever. Marvel at unforgettable views onto the mighty rock faces of the ‚Trislwand‘ and the peak of Mount Loser. The marvellously designed walking path leads continuously along the lakeside. Numerous spots for swimming always offer an opportunity to take a break. For sure one of the most beautiful circular walks of the Salzkammergut region.
- Walking for the day: 13 km, 3-4 hours ↑50m ↓50m + train (approx. 30 min)
- Accommodation: JUFA Bad Aussee or similar
Day 5: Ausseerland – Obertraun/Hallstatt | 14 km
Today, you leave the Ausseerland region. You follow the lively river Traun to the ‚Austeg‘. There the wilderness of the Koppental-valley awaits you. You walk across an impressive suspension bridge over the roaring river, and you proceed along a former railway track next to the crystal clear river Koppentraun, accompanying your route roaring noisily all the way to the inn ‚Koppental‘. After a short break, you continue with renewed energy to the entrance of the cave ‚Koppenbrüllerhöhle‘, which is well worth a visit. Then you descend to Obertraun, where you walk to your accommodation or take the boat ride across to Hallstatt.
- Walking for the day: 14 km, 4-5 hours ↑150m ↓300m
- Accommodation: Gasthof Hirlatz or similar
Day 6: Circular Walk Hallstatt | 3-4 km
Depending on the location of your accommodation, you take the boat across Lake Hallstätter See into the World Heritage Site Hallstatt. By salt mine train, you roll up to the Skywalk and enjoy the ‚World Heritage View‘ – on the 360-metre high, free-floating viewing platform, it is hard to get enough of the view. Nevertheless, your hiking adventure continues. Afterwards, we strongly recommend you visit the salt mine. Only there will you experience the air and touch of days gone by up close and get to slide down fun wooden slides just like the miners used to do! You walk back along the ‚brine-path‘ downhill past the roaring waterfall with stunning views onto Hallstatt headed to your accommodation or cross the lake again back to Obertraun.
- Walking for the day: 3 km, 3-4 hours ↑0m ↓300m
- Accommodation: Gasthof Hirlatz or similar
Day 7: Obertraun/Hallstatt – Bad Ischl | 10 km
Today you walk along probably the most beautiful hiking path in the Salzkammergut region called Ostuferwanderweg, along the eastern shores of Untersee. Walk through fjord-like lake scenery and enjoy one more time the picturesque view onto Hallstatt, however, this time from the opposite side. At the suspension bridge towards the defensive ditch, you get to look down into the deepest part of the lake glistening in blue. En route, you walk through jolly wooded areas, along gravel paths across meadows – don’t forget to pack your swimming gear – the marvellous, fresh lake invites you, again and again, to take a break and have a swim. From either Untersee or Steeg, by train back to Bad Ischl.
- Walking for the day: 10 km, 3-4 hours ↑50m ↓50m
- Accommodation: Garni Sandwirt or similar
Day 8: Departure or extension
Departure after breakfast.
What to Expect
Accommodation is in nice hotels (3*** category). We have carefully hand-picked all places, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way; there are plenty of beer gardens and small shops to satisfy your thirst and appetite! Dinners are available at all overnight accommodations or close by.
Difficulty & terrain
Minimum age: 6 years. Basic fitness level and hiking experience needed. Children should be used to walking a couple of hours at a time. Walking through mostly on well-maintained hiking paths along rivers and lakes. All hiking tours remain easy and entertaining, with each day completely different from the next. Some routes can be comfortably managed by bus or train (read more about difficulty grades). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never 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.
When to go
This trip is available from May until the end of October.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season. For more information on travelling in Austria, please visit our blog Best time to go to Austria.
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Our recommended airport for this holiday is Salzburg (SZG).
- From Salzburg, take a direct bus (approx. 1.5 hours) or train via Attnang-Puchheim to Bad Ischl.
- Parking: Only a limited number of hotel parking spaces are available free of charge; no reservation is possible. Public car park near the hotel for approx. EUR 35 per week, no reservation possible, payable on site.
- For up-to-date train schedules, visit Austrian Railways or use the Omio planner above
- 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
- Train journey Bad Goisern – Bad Aussee
- Train journey Untersee/Steeg – Bad Ischl
- 2x boat ride – Lake Hallstätter See
- Salzkammergut Adventure-Card with lots of services (discount for cable car rides, thermal springs Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, and many more)
- Welcome meet&greet
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel information with route maps or overview maps, route descriptions, tourist attractions, etc.
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Train journey to/from Lauffen on Day 3, approx. EUR 3 per person
- Journey from Bad Aussee to Altaussee, approx. EUR 5 per person
- Visit of salt mine world “Salzbergwelt” Hallstatt, approx. EUR 24/adult and approx. EUR 17/child
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras & supplements
- Single room supplement for members of a group
- This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers
- Children discount (valid when sharing a room with two fully paying adults)