The Austrian Lakes


Holiday overview




Self Guided




May - Oct


£ 745 pp


7 nights

The Austrian Lakes have some of the finest scenery in Europe, and some parts of this region are only reachable by foot.

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.


Price (staying in 3 star hotels):

£745 per person (low season: 4th May – 26th May & 16th September – 6th October)

£770 per person (mid season: 27th May – 16th & 2nd September – 15th September)

£795 per person (high season: 17th June – 1st September)

Single room supplement £185


Price (staying in 4 star hotels):

£1,425 per person (low season: 4th May – 26th May & 16th September – 6th October)

£1,490 per person (mid season: 27th May – 16th & 2nd September – 15th September)

£1,555 per person (high season: 17th June – 1st September)

Single room supplement £355



  • Accommodation for 7 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
  • Boat fares on the lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstättersee as per programme (8 day programme)
  • Train fare Hallstatt – Bad Goisern and Bad Goisern – Bad Ischl
  • Descent with the Salzberg cablecar at Hallstatt.
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
  • Route instructions
  • GPS route
  • Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card (reductions for cable cars, thermal bath Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, Boat rides etc.)
  •  Welcome meeting


Not Included:

  • Airfares (or bus or train fares) to starting point of trip
  • Meals except breakfast
  • 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, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus ride Strobl – Bad Ischl, approx. EUR 4 per person are not included


Departure Dates:

Self-Guided – Daily from May  to October

NOTE: This holiday is also available for 4 nights.  See Austrian Lakes short break.

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: St. Wolfgang-St. Gilgen

Take the boat to St. Wolfgang. The high walk to the Falkenstein wall offers a very fine view over the lake. Then the walk continues along the  idyllic Fürberg way along the lake and eventually we arrive at Mozart’s village of St. Gilgen. Return by boat.

Details: approx. 3,5 hours | 12 km | ­ ascent 260 m, descent 260 m.


Day 3: 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 4: Rest day in Bad Ischl

Visit the Emperors villa, Café Zauner or the hotel Austria, where once upon a time the engagement of Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria (the Sissi of the famous film …) took place, and with the Thermal Baths there is plenty to do.  Overnight Bad Ischl.


Day 5: 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 6: Circular walk to  Hallstatt

Walk to the Salzberg (salt mountain) in Hallstatt. The Brine Pipeway Way rises gently and offers beautiful views over the little town of Hallstatt and the marvellous mountain massif of the Dachstein (highest mountain of Upper Austria). Cross the lake by boat and return to Bad Goisern. Overnight Bad Goisern.

Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 13 km | ­ ascent 420 m, descent 400 m.


Day 7: 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 8: Departure


Night 1 and 7: Hotel (example): Aberseehof

Night 2 & 3: Bad Ischl  Hotel (example): Goldenes Schiff

Night 5 & 6: Bad Goisern: Hotel (example): Goisererhof

(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 airlines such as Flybe, Easyjet and Ryanair.

To get to the starting point of the holiday at Abersee/Lake Wolfgangsee there are bus connections from Salzburg bus station.  We can also arrange transfers on request.

By train to Salzburg, by bus to Wolfgangsee (approx. 1 hour).

Or by train to Bad Ischl and by bus to Wolfgangsee (approx. 30 min).

Parking: mostly free hotel car park available, partly public car park, approx. EUR 30 per week, no reservation required.


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.



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.