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Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

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Scenically stunning, immerse yourself in the beauty of flower-filled meadows, looming mountains and quaint villages dotted around the glimmering lakes.

  • Reviews 16 Reviews
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy plus
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All about the Walking in Mozart’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 10-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 three 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 and, at St Gilgen, enjoy a decadent coffee and Apfelstrudel. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.
You stay in unrivalled 4 star luxury, family-run hotels that are calm and relaxing places to spend time, with ‘feel good’ wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail. In Bad Ischl, your hotel has an enviable riverside location, while the Gasthof zur Post in St Gilgen, once a stage coach stop, dates back over 600 years.

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.
  • 10 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of **** hotels
  • 5 Days walking
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
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

  • Relaxed walking through ‘chocolate box’ villages, with snow-capped peaks as a backdrop
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
  • Luxury **** hotels throughout; swimming opportunities every day
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive fresco-ed houses
  • Varied rest day choices: Mozart’s fairy tale city of Salzburg, lake cruises, water sports and mountain rail rides
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Bad Ischl

    We meet you at Salzburg airport and take you (1 hour) to your 4-star hotel in the centre of Bad Ischl.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: At Bad Ischl - Hallstatt Walk 11km/7mi/3hr

    Today take a bus to the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panorama funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical saltmine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: At Bad Ischl

    There is plenty to do today – explore pretty Bad Ischl itself, with its riverside location. Stroll along the esplanade and have coffee and cake in the world famous Zauner cafe, take in some of the imperial history (visit the Emperor’s Villa and gardens) or relax in the EurothermenResort Thermal Baths. A trip to the nearby Dachstein Ice caves and spectacular 5 Fingers Lookout is also an option.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km/10mi/4hr or 20km/12.5mi/6hr

    Today you can either walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl to the summit of Katrin (1,393m). You’ll enjoy fabulous 360Aree; views of Traun and Hallstatter lakes, backed by the impressive Hollengebirge and Dachstein peaks. From here, your route takes you down the forested Katrin Pass. Tiny violet gentian flowers perfume your route as you pass Nussen Lake, a great picnic spot. Continue along the valley following the River Traun until you reach Strobl. Here you’ll stay as guests of Frau Zopf and family at the elegant 4 star Hotel Bergrose.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: At Strobl

    The village of Strobl is fun-packed – there’s a summer toboggan run, a wide range of water sports, cable car rides and a popular animal park. Take the cog railway to the top of Schafberg (lots of optional walks) or join one of the many hop-on, hop-off lake cruisers. There’s also a natural beach for sunbathing.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Strobl to St Wolfgang 15km/9.5mi/4hr or 18km/11.5mi/5hr

    Today you’ll take a path up into woodland before emerging to marvel at superb valley and mountain views. Continue to Schwarzensee in time for lunch at one of the restaurants, with panoramic views over the lake, or for a picnic on the lake shore. From here, head down along the Sattlweg via verdant meadows and pretty hamlets with a superb panorama, to Lake Wolfgang and your 4 star hotel with a private swimming area on the lake.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: At St Wolfgang

    Explore the pretty town of St Wolfgang and the lake, with its stunning turquoise waters. The town is renowned for its beautiful 15th century church and frescoed houses, and you can also take the cog railway to the top of Schafberg.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: St Wolfgang to St Gilgen 13km/8mi/3.5hr

    Take The Pilgrim’s Way to the Falkenstein Chapel, built into the cliff face, then head on to the pretty hamlet of Winkl. Continue through archetypal Austrian meadow vistas and forest trails to St Gilgen.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: At St Gilgen

    Discover the delights of St Gilgen with its busy waterfront. Alternatively, follow the Mozartsteg to Fuschl, passing between the Ellmautall and Eibenberg mountains. Continue on to tranquil Fuschlsee, before getting the bus back to St Gilgen.

  10. Day 10 Day 10: St Gilgen (Fuschl) to Mondsee 11km/7mi/3Hr or 15km/9.5mi/4hr

    From Fuschl, head up to the remains of Wartenfels Castle – from here the aerial views of Fuschlsee, Irrsee and Mondsee are fantastic. Climb the Schober (1,320m) for marvellous views to Lake Wolfgang and the Schafberg peaks.

  11. Day 11 Day 11: Leave Mondsee
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Where you stay
Goldenes Schiff
The Hotel Goldenes Schiff is located at the bank of the River Traun at the heart of Bad Ischl, only a two-minute walk from the thermal baths of the Eurotherme Bad Ischl and five minutes from the train station. You will immediately fall in love with the peace and quiet and the unique view of the picturesque landscape of the Salzkammergut region.
Hotel Bergrose
This is a beautiful 30-room hotel 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. Rooms here are junior suites with shower or bath – all Headwater rooms have a balcony. The rooms are beautifully decorated with quality pine furniture and comfortable beds. Please note that junior suite twins consist of a double bed and a sofa bed. Parents of children under 10 years old should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Bergrose have a balcony with a step up.
Strandhotel Margaretha
The Strandhotel Margaretha sits prettily on the shores of Wolfgangsee, on the fringes of the village of St Wolfgang and just a stone’s throw from the Schafberg railway and the lake steamers’ landing stage. It has been in the Volger family for over 100 years and there are old style photos of family members decorating the hotel’s walls. The hotel simply oozes elegance, comfort and charm, with each bedroom even featuring its own individual sound system! The hotel also benefits from a sauna and solarium.
Hotel Gasthof Zur Post
Literally follow in the footsteps of travellers from the past as the Family Leitner welcome you to the Gasthof Zur Post. The building dates back over 600 years and was at one time a stage coach stop off before becoming a hotel. Inside you have a wonderful blend of history and tradition. Centrally located and just a few minutes’ walk from Wolfgangsee, the Hotel Zur Post makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, visit the Music and Mozart Museums, hike up Zwolferhorn or be pampered in the sauna and steam spa. The rooms here have been very recently renovated, and contain all the mod-cons you would expect from a 4 star hotel. Most rooms have a balcony too; please request this at the time of booking.
Hotel Leitnerbrau
The Leitnerbrau Hotel can be found in the very heart of Mondsee, just a stone’s throw from the famous church used in ‘The Sound of Music’ and a 5-minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events. A 30-room, family-run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside whilst retaining the typical Tyrolean architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious, with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.
Eating and Drinking

Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food and you will be thankful for this after a hard day’s skiing. Typically, you will be set up for the day by a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, along with the traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings; you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialties include Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables in a style similar to English cooking. Desserts are often fruit based – such as Apfelstrudel – or cream pastries. Rehrucken is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake On average Austrians, drink twice as much coffee as beer. There are many different types to choose from, particularly in the larger towns and cities and are often drunk in specialist coffee houses, known locally as a Kaffeehaus. It is often served in large cups and finished off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

Austrian wines tend to be sweet white varieties, similar to German Mosel wines. The three best-known areas for producing white wines are Krems, Klosterneuburg and Gumpoldskirchen. The main red wine producing area is Voslau. Of course Austria is better known for its beer and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gösser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 15.4km (8.8miles).
No. of days Walking: 5
Terrain: These walks are mainly easy and follow well marked routes, however there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose under foot.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

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. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

This 10-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 three nights in the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl – a favorite 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 C15 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 unrivaled Alpine views. Visit St Wolfgang’s Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher and, at St Gilgen, enjoy a decadent coffee and Apfelstrudel. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 24/07/2019
4/5

Mr Day

We had an excellent 10 days walking in Wolfgangsee district even though we happened to strike a heat wave.

Reviewed On 22/07/2019
5/5

Ms Fairchild

A beautiful way to experience the Mozart Lake District! The Headwaters team was flawless at preparing us for the day's hike and weather and getting our luggage from place to place.

Reviewed On 26/11/2018
5/5

Mr Perry

Very enjoyable holiday, not having to worry about anything. Hotels and locations absolutely beautiful. The reps Colin & Jill were world class. We particularly liked their enthusiasm and details for the walks. Wish I could do it all again tomorrow!!!!!

Reviewed On 06/11/2018
5/5

Mrs Dolan

Beautiful Scenery, well planned walks, interesting food and a chance to get off the beaten track. You always feel supported but also independent.

Reviewed On 02/07/2018
5/5

Mr Homer

Beautiful walking through exceptional scenery. Hotels comfortable, friendly offering great food

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