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Walking in Austria’s Lake District

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A glorious mix of spectacular scenic views, wooded forest trails and picture-perfect ‘chocolate box’ villages await as you pass crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams and secluded bays.

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Walking in Austria’s Lake District.

The Salzkammergut area (Austria’s Lake District) is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of the country. Boasting 76 lakes and with a beautiful mountain backdrop, it’s a perfect place to relax and let the calming atmosphere envelop you.
This 7-night self-guided walking holiday offers a selection of activities, where you’ll enjoy a mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes, wooded forest trails and ‘chocolate box’ villages. There are also some great spots to stop off for a swim or dip your toes after a day’s walking. The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, and you can extend them on most days.
You’ll spend seven nights in the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl – a favourite 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. Other highlights include walking via the UNESCO village of Halstatt for picture-postcard views, the imperial spa, salt mines, ice cave, the Katrin cable car and the Siriuskogl viewing platform.
Stop off at the town of St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful 15th-century church (you can sit in the arched windows and enjoy your lunch al fresco from here), and hop on the antique cog railway up to the summit of the Schafberg for unrivalled Alpine views. Visit St Wolfgang’s Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher.
Unrivalled **** luxury at the family-run Hotel Goldener Ochs, a calm and relaxing place to spend time, with a ‘feel-good’ wellness centre and a panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 nights center based,  4**** accommodation
  • Route notes and maps

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows and forest trails
  • Luxury **** hotel.
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Varied rest day choices: water sports, mountain rail rides, lake cruisers and Mozart’s fairytale city of Salzburg
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive at Bad Ischl

    Arrive at your **** hotel in Bad Ischl. Before dinner your reps will outline suggested walks for your week. A typical itinerary is shown below, although you’re free to pick and choose your walking each day as there are numerous options available (Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs for 7 nights, Breakfast included)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Kolowratshohe or Jainzenberg 15km/9.5mi/5hr or 11km/7mi/4hr

    Two circular walk options direct from your hotel; one to Kolowratshohe, a lesser-known peak above Bad Ischl, with spectacular views and the added bonus of a mountain restaurant at Hoisenrad. Or, a picturesque walk to the summit of Jainzenberg, rising directly behind the Kaiserpark and the Kaiservilla.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Vormauerstein or Schwarzensee 11km/7mi/4.5hr or 9km/5.5mi/2.5hr

    Hop on a local bus to Wolfgangsee, with the option of walking up to the Vormauerstein and the breath taking views of the Schafberg and the Lake Attersee. Picnic on the shores of Monichsee. Alternatively, a leisurely route up to the stunning Schwarzensee for lunch at one of the restaurants and lake views. This option gives you more time to visit the charming village of St Wolfgang.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Hallstatt walk 15km/9.5mi/6hr or 8km/5mi/3hr

    Today visit the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panoramic funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical salt mine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Free day

    A bus ride brings you to the delightful village of St Gilgen. A thriving lace-making centre in the 1700s, 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. Or go by bus to explore the fairytale city of Salzburg, or the train and tram to the pottery town of Gmunden to visit the ceramic factories or the impressive Schloss Ort.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Katrin 15km/9.5mi/5.5hrs or 19km/12mi/7hr

    Walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl and visit the three summits of Katrin, Hainzen and Elferkogel. Sure footedness is required, but from the peaks you are rewarded with an incredible 360 panorama as far as the snow-capped Dachsteins. Sit and take in the superb vistas from the two restaurants at the top cable car station.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Dachstein 10.5km/6.5mi/3hr or 9.5km/6mi/5hr

    After a longer journey to get there, the reward of the incredible Dachstein mountains are well worth it! A shorter walk allows you to visit the ice caves (payable locally) and spend time at the 5finger viewing platform. The second more strenuous walk is along a well-kept path towards Oberfeld, ascending through pine trees to the ridge of the Niederer Rumpler and on up to the saddle of the Taubenkogel with its large summit.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Bad Ischl
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Where you stay
Hotel Goldener Ochs
The Hotel Goldender Ochs boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl’s pedestrianised town centre, and sits on the banks of the Traun River. It features a spa, sauna, swimming pool and sun terraces with mountain panorama.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires – French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings. Local specialities include the ever present ‘Wiener Schnitzel’ (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course, the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.

Desserts are often fruit based – such as ‘apfelstrudel’ or cream pastries. ‘Rehrucken’ is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake. ‘Linzertorte’ is a flaky cake lined with currant or raspberry jam, encased and covered by a lattice of cake dough. Mozart’s home town’s speciality is ‘Salzburger Nockerln’, which is a very light dessert souffle dusted with vanilla sugar and sometimes served with strawberries on the side.

Plum brandy is a popular post dinner drink, or you could try one of the various types of schnapps. Austrian wine tends to be white and fairly sweet in the manner of German Mosel wines. Beer is a better known product of the country and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gosser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Grade 2: Leisurely/Moderate
The relaxed walking for this trip follows mainly well-marked routes with opportunities to extend each day. The walks are generally classed as easy but there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose underfoot. The altitude is low throughout and does not exceed 1500m. The walking is point-to-point and your luggage is transferred between hotels for you. The walking is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy, enjoys the occasional weekend walk and can walk 2-5 hours per day.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/09/2019
5/5

Mrs Higgins

We had a wonderful holiday which more than lived up to expectations. We loved the location. The lakes and mountains, towns and villages in Austria, were really picturesque and were fortunate to see them in amazingly good weather.

Our holiday Reps, Jill and Colin were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Their knowledge of the area and advice on walk routes were the basis we used to planning what turned out to be a wonderful week of walking.

Reviewed On 23/09/2019
5/5

Dr Barrett

Excellent from start to end, great base for walking holiday. Glad we could fly from local airport. Team in Austria - very friendly and knowledgeable.

Reviewed On 29/07/2019
5/5

Mrs Parry

Excellent hotel in Bad Ischl with very good transport connections to various walks just 10 minutes walk from hotel. All walks suggested were within the grade with some being a little more challenging than others. All with outstanding views. If there weren't so many other places to visit in the world I wouldn't hesitate to return. A friend and I found the walk descriptions easy to follow and going at your own pace gave you the options to take as long as you liked at various places of Interest. Would definitely recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys walking with a little challenge and stunning views .

Reviewed On 18/07/2019
5/5

Mr Plumridge

Good location, great walks, brilliant food.

Reviewed On 12/06/2019
5/5

Mr Ancell

We had a excellent walking holiday in the magnificent Austrian Lake District. The weather was kind and we walked every day up into the hills and

Mountains and were rewarded with spectacular views of the lakes,forests and snow capped mountains.

Must give a special mention to our guides Colin and Jill who’s briefings and tips about the walks were excellent, went out of their way to keep in contact

Via txt and helped to make this holiday special.

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