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Self-Guided walking the Salzkammergut Lakes tour

Self-Guided walking the Salzkammergut Lakes

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Magnificent lake and mountain scenery - Austria's Lake District
  • Unterach and Bad Goisern - Beautiful Austrian villages and market towns
  • Mouth watering food and drink - From Apple strudel to Zirbenschnaps -made from pine cones.

Short Description

On this self-guided walking holiday explore the picturesque Salzkammergut Lake District. Walk from the unspoiled Lake Schwarzensee to Lake Attersee - Austria's largest Lake. Hike among Alpine pastures, high plateaux and summit some of the region's most spectacular peaks. Stay in traditional Alpine villages and market towns. Austria's Lake District is the perfect setting for a rich hiking experience.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Bad Ischl

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Austria

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Bad Ischl

Description

The holiday starts in the charming village and ancient resort of Bad Ischl. On arrival you can take a wander through the streets of this Spa town, do a little shopping or enjoy a coffee and apple strudel in one of the many cafes.

Included Meals : Dinner

Day 2 - Walk from Bad Ischl along the Elisabeth Forest Trail to Lake Attersee

Description

Today's walk starts from your hotel in Bad Ischl; walk past the church and along the Ischl River. Cross the forest on the beautiful Elisabeth Forest Trail. Ascend to Lake Schwarzensee (715m). In the summer, when the sun has warmed up the water, you may wish to take a dip in the clear waters. You reach the town of Moosbach, where you can stop for refreshments at one of the charming cafes. From here there is a steep ascent of the gorge, then descending to Attersee Lake. Walk along the shore to Unterach where you spend the night.

Today's 21.5km walk is expected to take between 7 hours and you will ascend 450m and descend 410m. There is the option to shorten the walk by 7km if you take the bus part of the way.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Walk to mountain refuge and pastures, then on to Wolfgangsee Lake

Description

Today starts with a climb in the shadow of the Schafberg (1783m), start by following a series of hair pin bends which continue to cross mountain pastures up to the Buchberghütte refuge where you can refuel on some regional food and drinks. The path continues towards Scharfling, and then descends to the Krottensee Lake, where you can take a refreshing dip in the water. From here you hike towards the shores of the Wolfgangsee Lake, then up to the town of Abersee where you spend the night.

Today's 14km walk is expected to take about 6 hours and you will ascend 650m and descend 550m. There is the option to shorten the walk by taking a bus part of the way.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Short walk to Strobl (or take boat), optional hike to alpine pastures

Description

You can spend the day soaking up the atmosphere and beautiful surroundings of Wolfgangsee Lake, one of the best known in the Salzkammergut region, with an easy short 4km lakeside walk to Strobl. Those wanting it easier can take a ferry! For those keen to stretch their legs there is the option to walk to the Postalm Alpine Pasture, the largest in Austria and one of the highest in Europe.

The Wolfgangsee stretches 10km and is surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountain range. You could take the cable car to the top of Schafberg where you can admire the panoramic views before walking to Strobl. For the energetic, you can hike up between the summits of Sparber (1502m) and of Bleckwand (1541m) to the Postalm Alpine Pasture. You may have the chance to catch a glimpse of a red or a roe deer that make their home here. Here you can stop off in one of the shepherds' huts to taste milk, cheese and bacon. Next descend back to Strobl along the Weissenbach stream where you spend the night.

Today's walk is 4 kms with an addition optional 14km walk, and is expected to take about 1 hour and 6 hours respectively, you will ascend 950m and descend 250m. There is the option to shorten the walk by returning by bus from the pastures.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Walk from Strobl to Bad Goisern

Description

Starting from Strobl, it's not long before you find a path called the Bear Track. This is an old path leading to a pass at 1333m. There is a great panorama from here and also an optional ascent to the top of a nearby peak (1414m). This is not a well-trodden route and has very steep drops making it unsuitable for vertigo sufferers. You then descend the wide valleys and walk towards Hallstättersee Lake following streams and gorges to the attractive market town of Bad Goisern where you spend the night. The wooden village with flowered window boxes, on the lake shore, framed by the mountains makes it one of the most picturesque in the region.

Today's 19km walk is expected to take about 8 hours and you will ascend 840m and descend 970m. There is the option to shorten the walk by taking a bus or train part of the way.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Walk from Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee

Description

Hike towards Hallstatt on the E4 route, one of a network of 11 long distance paths across Europe offering marvelous views of the remarkable village of Hallstatt, jewel of the Salzkammergut region. Take the time to explore Hallstatt with its 16th century Alpine houses and alleyways, home to cafes and shops, before beginning your walk. You follow the lake banks and walk through the narrow valley of Koppental, up to Bad Aussee on the confluence of three rivers.

Today's 25km walk is expected to take about 7 hours and you will ascend 445m and descend 425m. There is the option to shorten the walk by taking the bus part way.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Walk from Bad Aussee to Bad Ischl

Description

Your final day walking takes you to the spa town of Altaussee nestled on the shores of a lake. From here you start climbing up to the Blaa Alm pasture. Then, you follow the Rettenbach gorges then a good forest track leads you back to Bad Ischl where you spend the night.

Today's 20km walk is expected to take about 7 hours and you will ascend 700m and descend 600m. There is the option to shorten the walk by taking the morning bus from Bad Aussee to Altaussee.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Trip ends Bad Ischl

Description

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Self-Guided walking the Salzkammergut Lakes

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