Salzburg & St James’s Way

Salzburg, Austria

Holiday overview




Self Guided




Apr - Oct


£ 720 pp


7 nights

This seven-night holiday is a magical thousand-year-old route upon quiet trails in Austria.  From border to border you follow the St. Jacob’s pilgrims’ trail through Salzburg’s foothills of the Alps, Bavarian Rupertiwinkl and past impressive mountain scenery into the Tyrol. Salzburg with its long clerical history of Archbishops still welcomes pilgrims most cordially. Visit historic churches, walk through beautiful countryside and impressive trails and find your inner tranquillity.

A magical thousand-year old route. From boundary mark to boundary mark through the foothills of the Alps you walk on Salzburg’s Jacob’s Trail (St. James’s Way), Rupert’s Winkl and past high mountains into the Alps. The former clerical state of Salzburg always welcomed pilgrims and treated them very well. Interesting ecclesiastical sites, charming countryside and impressive walks contribute to a relaxing and reviving self-guided walking holiday.



£720 per person based on 2 people sharing (27th April – 12th May & 16th September – 6th October)

£800 per person (13th May – 16th June & 26th August – 15th September)

£850.00 per person (17th June – 25th August)

Single room supplement £140



  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Transfer from Trumer Lakes to Oberhofen
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App fopr Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service-Hotline


Not Included:

  • Airfares (or bus or train fares) to starting point of trip
  • Meals except breakfast
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance and gratuities.



  • Return transfer by minibus to Salzburg or the Trumer lakes, costs EUR 189 per transfer,  reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.


Departure Dates:

Daily arrivals

Day 1: Arrival at Seekirchen on Lake Wallersee

Orientation meeting in the early evening when the route will be explained and you will be given everything you need for the walking tour.


Day 2: Train to Oberhofen – Eugendorf

Transfer to the border in Oberofen on Irrsee, where the Salzburg’s Jacobs Trail starts.  First you walk past soft green hills down to Lake Wallersee and then follow the path through a nature reserve to Eugendorf.

23 kms/14.4 miles Approx. 6 hours walking time  Ascent 340m, descent 360m


Day 3: Eugendorf – Salzburg

Enjoy the mountains in the distance as you walk  downhill to Salzburg, where a wealth of churches and ecclesiastical monuments wait to be discovered.  A detour to Maria Plain, a baroque pilgrim church towering high over Salzburg is worth the effort.

13 kms/8.15 miles Approx. 4 hours walking time  Ascent 130m/descent 250m


Day 4: Salzburg – Bad Reichenhall

Walk across the city in the direction of the Untersberg massif.   Cross the German border at Schloss Marzoll (castle) in the little town of Großgmain.  The day ends in the Bavarian salt mining town of Bad Reichenhall.  Take time to visit the new thermal spa.

17kms/11.25 miles Approx. 5.5 hours walking time ascent 190m/descent 140m


Day 5: Bad Reichenhall – Unken

Today you follow the river Saalach back into the area of Salzburg. When you have passed Lake Salzachsee the route penetrates into stunning mountain scenery through the wild and idyllic Saalach Valley.

18 kms/11 miles Approx. 5.5 hours walking time ascent 180m/ descent 140m


Day 6: Unken – Waidring

The route continue along the river Saalach into the widening valley around Lofer.  This mountain village has been able to retain much of its quaintness and original charm. In front of you the steep Loferer Steinberge mountain range seems to scrape the sky. Cross via the Strubpass into Tyrol.

21 kms/13.1 miles Approx. 6 hours walking time. ascent 380m/descent 160m


Day 7: Waidring/St. Ulrich – St. Johann

The route takes you past Lake Pillersee with its glittering waters and St Jacob’s church , to St. Johann.  There are great views of the Alps of Kitzbühel and the crags of the mountain range Wilder Kaiser.

26 kms/16.25 miles Approx. 4.5 or 6.5 hours walking time depending on the route chosen.


Day 8: Departure



Salzburg is the nearest airport or train station.  Take the bus from outside the station to the Trumer Lakes – journey about 45 minutes.

Return journey from St Johan to Salzburg takes approx. 2.5 hours then bus to Trumer Lakes.  We can arrange a private transfer for approx. €85 per person (min 2 people).



The walking is relatively easy with two longer segments to master. However these can be shortened by bus, if required.  Mainly along asphalted roads, forest paths and mountain trails. You walk in valleys therefore there is little change in altitude.

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,
  • first-aid kit.



We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
Contact us now to book this walk or make an enquiry.