Group of hikers in the World Heritage village Hallstatt
Culture and history at the Kurhaus of Bad Ischl
Unspoilt nature along the hiking trails in Salzkammergut region

Lake Walking in Austria’s Salzkammergut Charm

White Horse Inn, Imperial Summer Residence and UNESCO Heritage.

„Most beautiful country in all time“ an old folk song claims and this quote truly applies to the Austrian Salzkammergut. Mountains, lakes and picturesque places belong to one of the most beautiful treasures of the world. This uniqueness has been recognized by UNESCO and the region Hallstatt has been declared UNESCO Heritage of nature and culture.

Moderate Walking

Moderate Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour


On your walk along a walking trail to Falkenstein rock wall you enjoy beautiful views of the lake. An idyllic path along the lake takes you into Mozart village St. Gilgen. Return by boat.

approx. 3.5 hours
10 km
250 m
250 m

From St. Wolfgang on Saddle walk to lake Schwarzensee. Here the lake cabin of Lore is worth a stop for the delicious home made snacks. Via Wirer gorge into the valley and around Bürglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl. By coach into the ancient Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl.

approx. 4.5 hours
12 km
300 m
300 m

Use your free time to explore the many places of interest in Bad Ischl. ‘Kaiservilla’ Emperor Franz Josef’s summer residence, Café Zauner with famous delicacies or a visit to the Salzkammergut thermal spa.

Salt always has been an important source of income in Salzkammergut. The oldest brine pipeline of the world leads from Hallstatt’s salt mine to the salt works in Bad Ischl. Walk along the promenade into Kaltenbachau, a site of Imperial pleasures as horse races, picnics and rendezvous. On brine pipeline trail to Bad Goisern, the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt. By train to Hallstatt. If you want to walk a little higher, you can hike on the spectacular mountain trail of the “Eternal Wall”.

approx. 3 to 5 hours
11 km
50 m
50 m

Continue on brine pipeline trail to the salt mountain in Hallstatt (salt mine dates back to Celtic times). Here you enjoy a scenic view of the lake and Dachstein massif. Plan a visit of the salt mine, enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf’s tower and visit the excavation sites.

approx. 4.5 hours
12 km
400 m
100 m

By train to Bad Ischl. Along the romantic Sissi-Path you walk to the tiny lake Nussensee then along river Ischl back to lake Wolfgangsee. Through the nature reserve Blinklingmoos along the lake back to today’s stop-over.

approx. 5.5 hours
18 km
300 m
200 m

Tour character

This tour combines pleasant walking with culture and places of interest. The walking paths are good, there are just some short ascents on smaller serpentine paths. We can recommend this tour for families.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 27, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Sep 16, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019
Season 2
May 20, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
Season 3
Jul 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
The Pleasures of Hiking in the Salzkammergut 8 days, charm, AT-SKWWO-08A
Base price
Surcharge single room

Category: You spend the night in specially selected hotels with special "extras" and can enjoy all the facilities of the charming accommodations (see "Accommodation").

Services and infos


  • 7 resp. 4 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Cruise fare Wolfgangsee (8-day tour)
  • Ferry fare Wolfgangsee, Hallstättersee (Hallstatt 8-day tour)
  • Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt (8-day tour)
  • Train fare from Hallstatt to Bad Goisern (8-day tour), from Bad Goisern to Bad Ischl
  • Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card (reductions for cable cars, thermal bath Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, Boat rides etc.)
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline


Optional extras:

  • Transfers from/to airport/station Salzburg available upon request.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • 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). Pick up service from the bus stop by the hotel.
  • Parking: mostly free hotel car park available, partly public car park, approx. EUR 30 per week. No reservation required.


Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus ride Strobl – Bad Ischl, approx. EUR 4 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!


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4.9 of 5 Stars (14 Ratings)
5 stars
Suzy Allman US | 21.10.2018
Surpassed Every Expectation
This was our first Eurohike and our first walking holiday, and the Salzkammergut tour was even better than we expected. It was the perfect combination of exploration and relaxation, of conversation with locals and tourist conveniences, of having plenty of information without being part of a tour group. This is not being rushed by bus from stop to stop, but really diving deeply into a place and getting to know the back country, the sights you don't see from the road or from a train. The paths were gorgeous, varied and not too challenging, leading one day through a gorge, another day alongside crystaline Hallstatter See or Wolfgangsee, always with a place to sit for lunch or a Stiegl along the way. We added an extra day to our tour, and used it (along with the "rest" day) to rent electric bikes and see even more of the Salzkammergut countryside. We highly recommend doing this! The bike routes are just as interesting as the walking routes, and the pedal-assist bikes make it easy and super fun to cover more ground. The highlights of the trip for us: the dazzling blue of the Wolfgangsee; the friendliness of the hotel staffs at Aberseehof, Hotel Moserwirt and Stadt Salzburg; those fabulous breakfast buffets with soft cheeses, warm bread rolls, salmon, fruit; the gorge trail down from the Schwarzensee; wandering the alleys of St. Gilgen, Bad Ischl and Bad Goisern at the end of an afternoon's walk; the ferry trips across two mountain-fringed lakes, sitting and conversing with friendly strangers at Gasthof Furberg; the pure fun of navigating the trail directions, and of entering a forest from a little village (and then emerging from a forest into a different little village!). And beyond that, just the feeling of adventure upon waking in an old, friendly hotel and knowing you have a full day of the unexpected ahead of you (an ancient chapel in the woods, a suspension bridge along the Hallstatter See, a lively beer garden by the lake...). Eurohike does an exceptional job of getting you ready for your hike, with a package of information, vouchers, a "Buff", maps, and more. We can't say enough good things about this experience, and hope the bar isn't set too high for our next tour! We love the total experience of Eurohike, and will be back for another holiday, in a different part of Austria, in 2019.
5 stars
Graham Sandilands GB | 28.09.2018
Beautiful Scenery and Soul therapy
5 stars
Uwe Fischer- Wibbeke DE | 26.09.2018
Wunderschöne Wanderung im Salzkammergut
Wir hatten einen gelungenen Wanderurlaub im Salzkammergut. Die Strecken waren gut zu bewältigen, die Hotels waren auch gut, die Reiseunterlagen und Wegbeschreibungen waren gut durchdacht. Leider hat das Wetter nicht so ganz mitgespielt und einige Streckenabschnitte waren gesperrt. Aber darüber gab es auch vorab Informationen und Umleitungen.
Helene Edtmeier
Helene Edtmeier answered:
Sehr geehrter Herr Fischer-Wibbeke, vielen herzlichen Dank für Ihre Bewertung. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Ihnen die Wanderreise trotz schlechtem Wetter gefallen hat. Vielen Dank auch für die Anmerkung zur Umleitung. Wir versuchen bei Wegsperren immer genau so schöne Alternativen anzubieten.
5 stars
Ingrid Coerdt DE | 16.09.2018
Eine super organisierte Wanderung
Highlights waren ohne Frage Bad Ischl (Kaiservilla, Restaurant Sissi), Bad Goisen mit der gemütlichen Unterkunft Maria Theresia und der HP beim Moserwirt und Hallstatt Bergwerk und Seilbahn.
4 stars
thomas utic US | 11.09.2018
Good way to see the region.
The route materials provided are well organized, and the meeting to start the trip was helpful too.
5 stars
Asli Petersen DK | 12.08.2018
A very fulfilling walking trip through nature and beautiful towns
We enjoyed our walking trip around the lakes in Austria. We liked very much that the paths all had a different characteristic in nature. We enjoyed the Pilgrimage path and learned about St. Wolfgang, rang the bell in his church. Then walk from one city to the other, following the rivers and did some shopping and were fascinated by the natural beauty from the Schafberg Mountain on one day and enjoyed the caves another day. I would recommend that you take the mountain express to Schafberg Mountain in St. Wolfgang and visit the ice cave near Hallstatt. I definitely recommend this route to anybody enjoying walking.
5 stars
Klaas Bel NL | 25.07.2018
Sapziergänge mit erholsamen Nächten in ländlichen Gemeinden
Die Ankunft in St. Wolfgang war herrlich, ein wunderschönes Dorf mit Fachwerkhäusern und Trachten. Befindet sich an einem großen See, klares Wasser und herrliche Aussicht auf die Berge. Die folgenden Tage hatten wir schöne Wanderungen und genossen die Berge und die Umgebung.
5 stars
Martina Fritzsche-Göllner DE | 24.07.2018
Alles bestens!
Die Doppelübernachtungen waren angegenehm. Man konnte deshalb auch spontan etwas umdisponieren und sich dem Wetter anpassen. Der Hund war überall willkommen. Der geschlossene Soleleitungsweg war kein Problem, die andere Uferseite hatte vielleicht sogar die schöneren Ausblicke. Tipp für Hallstatt wenn man den Touristenmassen aus dem Weg gehen will: das Echerntal. Der Start an einem Mittwoch ist geschickt, weil man die Veranstaltungen in St. Wolfgang vor dem Hotel hat. Mittwoch Blaskapelle, Donnerstag Trachtenabend.
Helene Edtmeier
Helene Edtmeier answered:
Liebe Frau Firtzsche-Göllner - Vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung! Wenn es Wegsperren gibt, planen wir unsere Umleitungen immer mit viel Bedacht und suchen die schönsten Alternativwege. Wir freuen uns, dass es Ihnen gefallen hat!
5 stars
Wolfgang Frisch DE | 16.07.2017
Wanderreise Salzkammergut
Sehr gut durchdacht und organisiert. Die Besprechung für die Touren vor Ort war super und informativ. Die Unterlagen waren ausreichend und übersichtlich. Wir sind voll des Lobes und werden diese ausgesuchten Touren, egal wo, immer wieder buchen und auch weiterempfehlen. Die Schwierigkeitsgrade der Touren entsprachen der Beschreibung. Wir waren zu keinem Zeitpunkt überfordert oder ohne Orientierung. Konnten uns auf die Ausarbeitung der Touren sehr gut verlassen. Alles war super, super!!
5 stars
Peter Head AU | 09.06.2017
Walking in Salzkammergut
A well organised walk with very comprehensive instructions. Great accommodation and fabulous scenery, I would recommend this walk to anyone.
5 stars
Claudia Dohmen DE | 24.08.2016
Super Reise, bestens organisiert
Eine sehr empfehlenswerte Reise. Die Hotels mit Charme waren sehr geschmackvoll.
5 stars
Peter Piotrowsky DE | 26.06.2016
Nicht zu viel versprochen
Die Reise war gut ausgearbeitet, es hat an nichts gefehlt.
5 stars
Ulrich Nill DE | 29.05.2016
Perfekte Planung - Herzlichen Dank!
Die Planung der Reise war wieder einmal großartig. Alles hat perfekt funktioniert und, wie man in Österreich gerne sagt, gepasst! Die Hotels waren alle sehr schön, die Touren abwechslungsreich, Entspannung und Anstrengung in der richtigen Balance. Vielen Dank!
5 stars
Maureen Pidgeon GB | 23.05.2016
Another great walking tour
Excellent routes and detailed illustrated guide book made for stress free walking. Two nights at each destination worked well and was more relaxing than packing up everyday. Scenery was stunning and there were plenty of places to visit nearby, especially on our free day. All hotels were good but two were excellent with good restaurants.

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