The Austrian Lakes – Short Break


Holiday overview




Self Guided


Easy to Moderate


May - Oct


£ 550.00 pp


4 nights

The landscape of the lakes in the Austrian Salzkammergut is one of the most beautiful in the country and indeed in the world (as recognised by the UNESCO status of the region of Hallstatt). Some special gems that can be reached only on foot – a treat on this self-guided walking tour. Agreeable walking distances taking 3 to 4 hours per day.

An introduction to the route will be given to you by our local representative in your hotel. This is a self-guided holiday but guided departures are also available – see below


Price (staying in 3 star hotels):

£550 per person (low season: 4th May – 26th May & 16th September – 6th October)

£565 per person (mid season: 27th May – 16th & 2nd September – 15th September)

£615 per person (high season: 17th June – 1st September)

Single room supplement £120


Price (staying in 4 star hotels):

£820 per person (low season: 4th May – 26th May & 16th September – 6th October)

£850 per person (mid season: 27th May – 16th & 2nd September – 15th September)

£905 per person (high season: 17th June – 1st September)

Single room supplement £220



  • Accommodation for 4 nights in good 3 star hotels (or 4 star hotels if upgrading) – see list under Additional information
  • Welcome meeting when route notes and maps and everything you need for the holiday will be handed over.
  • Breakfast,
  • Ferry fare Wolfgangsee
  • Train fare Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
  • Route instructions
  • Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card (reductions for cable cars, thermal bath Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, Boat rides etc.)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Back up telephone number


Not Included:

  • Airfares (or bus or train fares) to starting point of trip
  • Meals where not specified, drinks
  • Travel insurance and gratuities
  • Bus from Stroble to Bad Ischl (4 euro approx.)
  • Transfers from Salzburg to first hotel can be arranged at additional cost
  • Tourist tax (€4 in Bad Ischl) has to be paid on the spot.


Departure Dates: May – October

Day 1: Arrival at Abersee/Wolfgangsee

Your welcome meeting will either be on the evening of your arrival or before your walk the next day. At the meeting you will be given maps, route notes, tickets for the boats and everything you need for your holiday.


Day 2: Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl

Take the boat to St. Wolfgang, then continue along the Sattel (saddle) walk to lake Schwarzensee, where Madame Lore at the lake hut offers a great selection of local specialities. The walk continues down into the valley, by a gorge and round the Bürglstein to the lake promenade in Strobl. Take the local bus to the Emperors town of Bad Ischl. Overnight Bad Ischl.

Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 15 km | ­ ascent 290 m, descent 290 m.


Day 3: Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern

Salt always has been an important raw material of the Salzkammergut. Walk the promenade alongside the river Ischl to the world cultural heritage site of Bad Goisern. Overnight Bad Goisern.

Details: approx. 3,5 hours | 12 km | ­ ascent 180 m, descent 100 m.


Day 4: Bad Goisern to Wolfsgangsee

Take the train to Bad Ischl and walk along the Elisabeth-path to the idyllic little lake Nussensee and than along the river Ischl to back to your starting point in Wolfgangsee. Overnight Wolfgangsee.

Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 18 km | ­ ascent 260 m, descent 260 m.


Day 5: Departure or additional days


Night 1 and 4: Hotel (example): Aberseehof

Night 2 : Bad Ischl: Hotel (example): Goldenes Schiff

Night 3: Bad Goisern: Hotel (example): Goldenes Schiff

(Sometimes we need to use another hotel if these are fully booked – hotels are of the same quality and category)



St. Wolfgang: Weisses Rössl 4****

Internationally renowned is this hotel on Lake Wolfgangsee because of Ralph Benatzky’s operetta. However this traditional hotel does not rest on the laurels of its glittering past. On the contrary: this family-led business is a legend, never growing tired of defining itself anew. Located directly at the lake complete with spa area and heated pool in the lake a hotel with all amenities awaits. Feel completely at ease at the

Bad Ischl: Villa Seilern 4****S

Located in the picturesque spa town of Bad Ischl, Villa Seilern consists of a classical villa built in 1881 and its modern and stylish annex building. The spa area comprises a sauna, a steam bath, a hot tub and an indoor pool. Each of the bright and modern rooms at Villa Seilern comes with a balcony with views of local mountain and are fitted with furniture made of natural materials like wood. In the restaurant you enjoy fine Austrian and international cuisine.

Hallstatt: Heritage Hotel Hallstatt 4****

Wedged between the mountain and the lake, in the middle of the UNESCO world cultural heritage you can really feel the unique ‘Hallstatt’-feeling. The Hotel ‘Heritage’ unifies three historic town houses into one very special hotel: in the heritage-protected buildings no hotel room looks like the other, every room enchants with its own story and decor. You will be fascinated by this unique flair and the stylish furniture in the most amazing lake-town in the world.



Salzburg is the most convenient airport to fly into and is served by many  airlines.

To get to the starting point of the holiday at Abersee/Lake Wolfgangsee there are bus connections from Salzburg airport. The 150 goes to Abersee from Salzburg Bus station (approx. 1 hour).

What to take: Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sunblock/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit.