Our Jacobs Trail hiking vacation in Austria is a level 2 self guided Camino walk following a thousand-year-old trail. From boundary mark to boundary mark through the foothills of the alps you walk on Salzburg’s Jacobs Trail, 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. You will walk on quiet country roads, forest trails and walking trails.
The ‘pre-alps’ region around Salzburg is a lovely landscape of gentle hills, little farmhouses and very small villages, and lakes. Beyond Salzburg, you are among the German mountains, following a river trail and walking over little passes. On the Jacob’s Way, the daily walks are sometimes quite long (6 hours walking) but there are almost no significant ascents and some days are short enough to enable you to visit places of particular interest. Some experience of self-guided walking is useful but there are plenty of possibilities to take the bus or train to shorten the walks.
The Jacob’s Trail we think is one of the best hiking trails in Austria.
Seekirchen on Lake Wallersee
You will walk on easy trails, but some days will be quite long.
A level 2 tour. You should be able to walk upto 6 hours per day with climbs per day up to around the 500m
Mainly 3 star country inns and guest houses
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrival to Seekirchen. Check in and relax.
First a short journey by train where you reach the border, where the Salzburg’s Jacobs Trail starts. First, you walk past soft green hills down to Lake Wallersee. The trail then continues onto Eugendorf.
Distant mountains are greeting the pilgrim and pointing to the destination. A comfortable walk brings you 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.
Across the city, you walk into the direction of Mount Untersberg. At the little town of Großgmain you cross the German border to Rupert’s Winkl and afterwards you reach the Bavarian salt metropolis Bad Reichenhall.
Today you follow the river Saalach back into the country of Salzburg. Passing Lake Salzachsee you walk deeper and deeper into the mountains. The hiking path partly follows the river bank, sometimes wildly gushing through steep rock walls.
At first, you follow the river Saalach into the widening valley around Lofer. The mountain village Lofer could retain the original charm. In front of you, the steep rocks of the mountain range Loferer Steinberge seem to scrape the sky. You then cross the Strubpass into the Tyrol region of Austria.
According to the route you walk on the dyke path to St. Johann or passing Lake Pillersee and St. Jacob’s church to St. Johann.
Depart after breakfast.
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