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Homepage > Austria > Salzburg Lakes
  • Duration: 5 or 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 1
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from April 28th to October 13th
  • Location: Wolfgangsee/Peninsula Abersee
Tour Details

Our Salzburg Lakes Walking Holiday in Austria is in the region made famous by the film the Sound of Music; the fabulous scenic region of the Salzkammergut around Salzburg.  Explore this wonderful region around Salzburg with its many Austrian lakes and mountain scenery which makes it the ideal location for a walking holiday in Austria. This is an easy level graded walking holiday with scenic walks in the Austria lakes and mountains region.

You will start in Wolfgangsee where you will spend 2 nights, taking a ferry across the lake to start your walks. From St Wolfgangsee, you will make your way to Bad Ischl, where you can see the Emperor’s villa (Kaiservilla) or just enjoy your rest day soaking up the scenery. Following the brine line to Bad Goisern, you will continue onto the world-famous Hallstatt before eventually returning to Wolfgangsee.

The Austrian Lake District is considered one of the most beautiful treasures on earth. The uniqueness of this area has been recognised by UNESCO which has declared the region around Hallstatt as nature and world heritage site. We will show you some of the beauties on this Salzburg Lakes hiking tour that can be reached only by foot. You will not only enjoy the mountain scenery but the pretty villages and towns along the way. Taste some of the local cuisines, take your time and unwind.

Starting Location

Wolfgangsee/Peninsula Abersee

Price Includes

  • 5 or 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star hotels
  • Information Pack
  • Route Instructions and Maps
  • Boat fares on lakes Wolfgangsee and Hallstatter see. Train fares Hallstatt-Bad Goisern , Bad Goisern-Bad Ischl (7 night tour only).
  • Luggage transfers

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Other Public Transport
  • Bus Strobl to Bad Ischl(approx. 5 Euro)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Extra Nights
  • Accommodation Upgrade (4 star) in Bad Ischl on Standard Tour
  • GPS Rental
  • Upgrade Tour to 3 star superior / 4 star hotels
Trip Info


Walks of around 4-6 hours each day with some climbs of 300 metres, a lovely first-time tour in low-level mountain scenery.


Comfortable 3 star hotels

Travel Insurance

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.


NOTE: 5 night tour includes day 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 (departs from Hallstatt)


Day 1Wolfgangsee

Arrival in Wolfgangsee/Peninsula Abersee

Day 2St. Wolfgang – The pilgrim path to St. Gilgen

First, you will travel by boat to St. Wolfgang and then along the higher altitude hiking path to the Falkenstein wall. Enjoy the view on the lake along this mountain path. The romantic mountain path along the lake will lead you to Mozart’s town St. Gilgen. Then you can return by boat.
Walking time: 4 hours, terrain 354m up and down, distance: approx. 6.4 miles 10.5 km

Day 3St. Wolfgang – The trail to the lake Schwarzensee then the Canyon path to Strobl

First again by boat to St. Wolfgang and then we continue along the Sattel (saddle) walk to the Schwarzensee, where the Lore’s lake hut awaits you with its titbits and local specialities. We hike into the valley through a gorge and around the Bürglstein to the lake promenade in Strobl. Then by bus to the Emperor’s town of Bad Ischl.
Walking time: 5.5 hours, distance: approx. 7.4-9.8 miles 11.8km – 15.8 km, Up/Down: ↑ 395 m ↓395 m

Day 4Rest Day

A day off in Bad Ischl with the possibility of visiting the Emperor’s Villa, Café Zauner or the former Hotel Austria, where the engagement of Emperor Franz Joseph and Sisi took place.

Day 5Bad Ischl – The salt pipeline path to Bad Goisern

Salt is and has been one of the most important raw materials in the Salzkammergut. There are a number of Salzburg salt mines. However, on today’s walk, you will walk along the Ischler Promenade on the brine line into the world heritage site in Bad Goisern.
Walking time: 4 hours, terrain 260m up 180m down, distance: approx. 6.7 miles 10.5 km

Day 6 Lakeside Trail Bad Goisern to Hallstatt

First, you will follow the river trail to Lake Hallstatt where you shall walk along the lake into the “Fjord”. Soon you will see the first houses from Hallstatt and the stunning mountains with the Salt Mountain. You can enjoy the ferry to Hallstatt centre, walking around the little alleyways or take the funicular up to the salt mine. There are many options to enjoy. The day ends with a boat and train ride back to your hotel in Bad Goisern. Distance: 14.5km 9 miles Walking time: 4.5 hours Up/Down 90m

Day 7Bad Ischl – Elisabeth’s Wander Path to lake Nut – River path to lake St. Wolfgang

First, you travel by bus to Bad Ischl before you continue along Elisabeth’s Wander Path, you will reach the romantic Nussensee and then follow the flow of the river Ischl to Strobl. Then onto the lakeshore path through the Blinklingmoos which will lead you back to Abersee. Enjoy once again the beautiful view on St. Wolfgang, the Schafberg and naturally the lake.
Walking time: 6.5 hours, distance: approx. 12.2 miles 19.5 km, Up/Down: 210 /140 m

Day 8Departure

Departure after breakfast or stay some extra nights.


How to get there

By plane to Salzburg and then a bus to the tour start. We can fix a private transfer from Salzburg to the first hotel. Alternatively, you can fly into Munich or Vienna and take the train to the tour start.

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