Salzkammergut Trekking Holiday Austria

Salzkammergut Trekking Holiday Austria

Self guided 10 Days / 9 Nights or 8 Days / 7 Nights 

Salzkammergut Trekking Holiday Austria brings you to the Salzkammergut area (Lake District), with a total of 76 lakes, is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of Austria.The defining feature of the Salzkammergut has always been the visual drama between the countless small and large lakes nestling in the abruptly rising mountains of the Northern Alps. The newly established long distance trail links these hotspots in a never seen before, comprehensive way.

In December 1997 the “Hallstatt – Dachstein / Salzkammergut” region joined the list of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. The UNESCO recognized a big part of the Inner Salzkammergut as a World Heritage site worth to be preserved. With 76 crystal clear lakes, a magical mountain world with rich green Alpine pastures contrasting jagged rock faces up to the 3000 m high Dachstein glacier the Salzkammergut offers amazing diversity and beauty for its visitors.

The culture of this region is lived tradition and custom during all seasons and it offers theatres, dance events, concerts, cabarets and exhibitions. The ambiance varies between impressive theatres to modern architectural locations.

Beside numerous beautiful villages and towns, Hallstatt is a must see. This historic village joined the list of UNESCO “World Cultural and Natural Heritage” sites in December 1997. Stroll through the beautiful village, soak up the atmosphere while resting at the lake and visit the oldest salt mine in the world.

Summer in the Lake District means discovering charming landscapes by foot and enjoying the crystal clear waters of the numerous lakes.

General information:

The Salzkammergut Trekking Holiday Austria daily stages are introductory to moderately difficult and are suitable for beginners. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are necessary to enjoy your trip.

DestinationSalzkammergut Austria
Holiday TypeSlef guided trekking
Start/FinishAbersee/Gosau valley  on day 8 Lake Wolfgangsee on day 10.
Duration8 and 10 day options
Grade Moderate Difficult
Distance8 day 76km. 10 day 107km

Daily arrival from May 11 till October 12


What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Day 1 – Individual arrival at Abersee/Lake Wolfgangsee 

Day 2 – Lake Schwarzensee, Strobl and Bad Ischl 

15,5 km, 5 hours walking time, up and down 240 meters 

By boat across the lake to St. Wolfgang. There you hike on Sattelweg path (saddle walk) to picturesque Lake Schwarzensee. Downhill into the valley through a gorge and round the Bürglstein to the Lake Promenade of Strobl. Bus transfer to the Austrian Emperor’s summer residence and salt-city Bad Ischl.

Day 3 – Bad Ischl – Salt Mountain – Mount Predigstuhl – Bad Goisern 

14,5 km, 5 hours walking time, up 785 meters and down 650 meters 

We start the walking tour at the promenade of Bad Ischl and walk upwards to the salt mountain of Bad Ischl. Passing little alpine pastures we will start the accent to mount Predigstuhl with a phenomenal view over the World Heritage of Hallstatt. Passing the Ewige Wand (literally meaning the eternal wall) we will walk downwards to Bad Goisern.

Day 4 – Bad Goisern – Transfer Alpine Pasture – Altaussee – Bus Bad Aussee 

18,88 km, 5,5 hours walking time, up 486 meters and down589 meters 

From alpine pasture to alpine pasture you walk on the high plateau to the lovely Ausseer Land. Downhill walk to the alpine pasture of Blaa Alm and along the flower trail to Altausse. With the bus to Bad Aussee.

Day 5 – Rest day in Ausseer Land 

We can recommend the 3-lake-tour to legendary Lake Toplitzsee.

Day 6 – Bad Aussee – Koppenbrüller caves – Hallstatt 

15 km, 4,5 hours walking time, up 150 meters and down 220 meters 

Along a river path through the deeply cut Koppenvalley to the Koppenbrüller caves (public access and guided tours!). On you walk to the Lake Hallstättersee, where you take the boat to the centre of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Take some minutes to stroll through the wonderful small alleys of Hallstatt or visit the World Heritage museum.

Day 7 – Hallstatt – cable car salt mount with Celtic gravesites – alpine pasture Plankenstein – Gosau valley 

12,5 km, 6 hours walking time, ↑ 686m ↓ 554 m

By cable car up to Hallstatt mountain valley with Celtic gravesite and salt mine. Past the Mountain Plassen to Gosau valley. Stunning view of the highest mountain range of Upper Austria –Dachstein with his glaciers – and later on to the steep ridges of the Gosaukamm.

Day 8 – Lakes Gosauseen 

12, 65 km, 4 hours walking time, ↑ 300m ↓ 300 m

Lovely walk to the three little Lakes Gosauseen. At the end of the valley an alpine hut invites you for a “Jause” – a typical Austrian lunch-break.

Day 9 – Gosau – Bus to Bad Ischl – lake Nussensee – lake Wolfgangsee 

19,23 km, 6 hours walking time, up 277 and down 209 meters 

By bus to Bad Ischl. On Empress Elisabeth-walk to idyllic little Lake Nussensee and then along the river Ischl to Strobl. On the banks of Lake Wolfgangsee across natural reserve Blinkling-moor to Abersee (lovely view to St. Wolfgang, high mountain Schafberg and Lake Wolfgangsee).

Day 10 – Individual Departure 

The 8 day tour is without Day 5 and 8!

Prices for the 10 days tour 

€820, per person in double room
€960, per person in single room
€166, per person 9 x half board

Prices for the 8 days tour 
€680,- per person in double room
€790,- per person in single room
€129,- per person 7 x half board

Additional nights in Abersee 
€50- per person/day/double room/breakfast
€60- per person/day/single room/breakfast

Transfer Salzburg – Starting Hotel Abersee: 

€85 – for 1 to 4 persons (one way!)
€95 – for 5 to 8 persons (one way!)

Transfer Salzburg – Starting Hotel St. Wolfgang or Strobl: 
€110 – for 1 to 4 persons (one way!)
€120 – for 5 to 8 persons (one way!)

Services included: 

  •  9 or 7 overnights in hotels (3 star level)
  •  Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome meeting
  • Rental gps device (incl. Map and trails)
  •  Taxi Predigstuhl
  •  Cable car in Hallstatt
  •  Ferry lake Hallstättersee
  •  Detailed documentation
  •  Salzkammergut Card (reduction on over 100 sights)


  •  Bus Strobl to Bad Ischl (Euro 5,-)
  •  Bus Gosausee – Bad Ischl (Euro 10,-)
  •  Bus Altausee to Bad Aussee (Euro 5,-)

Your Accommodation

3* hotels

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Fly direct Salzburg and take bus or private transfer to starting point.

Fly to Munich, high speed train to Munich (1hr 30mins) from €19. Bus or private transfer to starting point.

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

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