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Salzburg Lakes Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Idyllic lakeside walking
  • Wild, colourful alpine flowers and mountain wildlife
  • Gorge crossings with spectacular waterfalls
  • The UNESCO Natural Heritage area of Hallstatt

Explore the beauty of Austria’s Lake District in the Salzkammergut region near Salzburg. Wonderful mountain scenery, pretty villages and alpine lakeside walking make this a marvellous area in which to soak up the sights, relax and unwind.

Visit Mozart’s Village (St Gilgen) and the fantastic UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of Hallstatt with its unique natural landscapes. Sample the local cuisine and enjoy picnic lunches along the lakeside paths on this stunning region just south of Salzburg.

Your holiday starts by the side of Lake Wolfgangsee where you will be based for your first 2 nights, taking the ferry across the lake each day provides a pleasant start and the lakeside walking on these days give wonderful and dramatic views. Visit the ancient imperial summer residence at Bad Ischl and why not relax in a thermal spa on your free day here. The walk heads south to Bad Goisern following the brine pipeline to the UNESCO sight at Hallstatt and returns up to Lake Wolfgangsee to end your journey.

DAY 1: Arrive Abersee/Lake Wolfgangsee

Abersee is a village located on the west side of Lake Wolfgangsee - one of the most well know lakes in the Salzkammergut region. It is easily accessible by bus. No.150 runs from Salzburg bus station and takes approx 1hr. Many low cost airlines fly into Salzburg Airport including Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet 2, Flybe and flythomascook.


On arrival at your hotel in Abersee/St Wolfgang you will have a welcome meeting in the evening (6pm) with our local agent, they will give you all the information you need including picture route notes and will be able to answer any questions you may have.


Overnight: Abersee or St Wolfgang


DAY 2: Round trip to St Wolfgang & St Gilgen

You start today by taking a pleasant boat trip across Lake Wolfgangsee to St Wolfgang where your walk starts. Heading north you follow the trail up to Falkenstein wall where you can enjoy fantastic views down to the lake below. The path heads down to follow the lakeside trail into the Mozart village of St Gilgen. Take time to wander through this pretty village and when you are ready you can head back on the boat to Abersee for your overnight stay.


Walk: 12.6km, Ascent 260m, Descent 260m


Overnight: Abersee/St Wolfgang


DAY 3: Walk to Lake Schwarzensee then valley walking to Strobl

Today starts again with a short boat trip to St Wolfgang and then you continue up through forest tracks to Lake Schwarzensee. Its worth taking the trail around the lake and having a stop at the lake cabin of Lore for a refreshment. The gorge pass heads into the valley down to Strobl and from here you pick up the local bus down to Bad Ischl and your overnight stay.


Walk: 13.6km, Ascent 289m, Descent 289m


Overnight: Bad Ischl 


DAY 4: Rest Day in Bad Ischl

Bad Ischl is a fabulous stop for a rest day, there is so much to do in this spa town. The Emperor Franz Joseph spent his summer holidays here and you can take a tour of the Kaiservilla - his residence during the summer months. There are plenty of city walks where you can stop for coffee breaks along the river, or why not relax in a thermal spa.


Overnight: Bad Ischl 


DAY 5: Walk to Bad Goisern

Today's walking is fairly easy and flat and should take you between 3-4 hrs. You might want to start a little later today or take your time and have a picnic lunch on route. You follow the oldest brine pipeline for most of the route today.


Salt is an important source of income in Salzkammergut and you will learn all about the history of it with the many signs on the trail. You pass a former pilgrims church which is worth a visit as you head down to the market town of Bad Goisern.


Walk: 10.6km, Ascent 177m, Descent 96m


Overnight: Bad Goisern


DAY 6: Round Trip to the UNESCO heritage area of Hallstatt

Continuing along the salt trail to the salt mountain in Hallstatt today. Quite demanding walking up to mount Mount Salzberg but you will be rewarded with fantastic views down to Dachstein and the lake town of Hallstatt. Plan a visit to the salt mine and visit the excavation sights. Take the boat back to Bad Goisern for your overnight stay.


Walk: 12.5km, Ascent 424m, Descent 400m (113m of which to walk)


Overnight: Bad Goisern  


DAY 7: Walk back to Achensee/Lake Wolfgangsee

Today you start by taking the train back to Bad Ischl and then along Elizabeth Walk to Lake Nussensee. It might be worth starting early as today is quite a long days walking. The path then follows past the nature reserve of Blinklingmoos back along to Lake Wolfgangsee.


Walk: 19km, Ascent 260m, Descent 260m


Overnight: Abersee/St Wolfgang


DAY 8: Onward Travel

Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We aim to give you an authentic experience and use local family run accommodations in 3* traditional hotels. The hotels are generally chalet types with wooden interior which are typical of the region.


Alternate accommodation

During high season, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your walking routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same standard as those described.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the trail. Your route notes have details for each day. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants and we can add on a half board option if required. This will show up as part of the booking process.


How To Book

This holiday is available to start any day of the week between mid April - early October. To make a provisional reservation select "Book". Option & Extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Because every holiday we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:


  • You provisionally book the tour/s you are interested in on your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
  • We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
  • If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

Time of Year

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is fair.  However we do offer this holiday between the months of April and October, so any time during this period will be good for walking.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room   This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded Easy to Moderate. Daily walks are of 3 to 6 hrs and many of the walks are alongside lakes and through valleys.  You should be a regular walker and have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday.


Navigation

The routes on this holiday are not way-marked so you will need to follow the detailed route notes with maps that we provide. The notes are in picture form which makes it easy to navigate and if you are unsure of a turn then you can always go back to the last picture to make sure you are on the right track.  You will also have a welcome meeting on Day 1 where you can ask any questions.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you
have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and
emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to/from Abersee - Lake Wolfgangsee

By Air: Many low cost airlines fly into Salzburg Airport including Ryanair, EasyJet, Jet 2, Flybe and flythomascook.


Abersee is located on the western side of Lake Wolfgangsee and is easily accessible by bus from Salzburg. Take the bus #150 to Abersee
from Salzburg bus station (1H). Alternatively you can take the train to Bad Ischl (1H30) and then a bus to Wolfgangsee (30m). Visit the OBB website  for timetables and fares.

Getting to/from Abersee - Lake Wolfgangsee

By Air: Many low cost airlines fly into Salzburg Airport including Ryanair, EasyJet, Jet 2, Flybe and flythomascook.


Abersee is located on the western side of Lake Wolfgangsee and is easily accessible by bus from Salzburg. Take the bus #150 to Abersee from Salzburg bus station (1H). Alternatively you can take the train to Bad Ischl (1H30) and then a bus to Wolfgangsee (30m).  Visit the OBB website  for timetables and fares.


 

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in traditional 3* hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 by our local partner
  • Detailed picture route descriptions and maps
  • 24-hour assistance by phone
  • Wolfgangsee boat trip tickets
  • Bus fare from Strobl to Bad Ischl
  • Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt
  • Train fare Hallstatt - Bad Goisern, Bad Goisern - Bad Ischl

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to first / from last accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights during the walk
  • Half board supplement (evening meal included)

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular.  Please note you can start this holiday on any day of the week between April and October. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans. 

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded easy to moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle.  Most of the paths are easy to follow and although undulating in parts the paths are generally easy.  Walking each day is between 3 - 6 hrs.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Salzburg is the best airport to fly into and it is approx 1hr to Lake Wolfgangsee.  Many airlines fly into Salzburg including Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet 2 and Flybe.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is fair.  However we do offer this holiday between the months of April and October, so any time during this period will be good for walking.

What happens if I can't walk a stage? 

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventureSalzburg Lakes
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Well organised (10)
  • Fun (7)
  • Great accommodations (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Holiday (9)
  • Trying something new (7)
  • Relaxation (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • World traveller (6), Occasional traveller (4)

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4.0

Beautiful scenery

By Pete

from Vernazza

About Me World Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • Exhausting
  • Poor Accommodations

Best Uses

  • Holiday
  • Relaxation
  • Thrill Seeking
  • Trying Something New

Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

Free backpack is great
Flexible policy on bag transfer is good

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best way to travel!

By Hattons101

from Near Seattle, WA, USA

About Me Avid Adventurer, Occasional Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

    My husband and I loved this trip! Slowing life down to a walking pace gives one so much time for reflection, relaxation, observation, sensation. The Salzkammergut is spectacularly beautiful and it was wonderful to have someone knowledgeable of the region choose a network of paths that would show off some of its greatest wonders.

    The Eurohike staff member who met with us initially was wonderful. She went through everything with us. We had the time to look over all of the paperwork and guides before our meeting and she was able to answer all of our questions.

    The guide book was easy to follow, for the most part. A little bit of critical thinking comes in handy from time to time . There were a couple of occasions where bridges were out or being worked on, things that were coincidentally happening when we were coming through so we had to figure out an alternative route, but nothing major. As English speakers with almost no German, we had little trouble. A couple of times we were confused by signs, but local people or others on the tour would happen by and help us out.

    The lodging was great. Hosts were friendly, food was good, and beds were super comfortable. Wifi was okay, but not always reliable. This was only a little bit of a nuisance for us. It's also really fun to be out in the forest or up on a mountain and come to little restaurants and cafes. Just when you felt like it was time for a beer or a cappaccino, there would be a place to get one! And definitely check out the thermal pool in Bad Ischl - really fun!

    Many different modes of transportation also made this trip more memorable. From trains to ferries to funiculars and cable cars, we had opportunities to see the region from the middle of lakes and the top of mountains. It really was a beautifully put together tour.

    All in all it was a fantastic experience. I would have said a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but no way! We can't wait to do this again! We just have to agree on which one next

     
    5.0

    Salzburg lakes-awesome hiking trip

    By Dave

    from Seattle

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation

      Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

      Well organized self-guided hiking trip in the lake region outside of Salzburg. They provided very accurate photo-maps that were great for keeping our family of 5 happy and safe. 2 of 3 of the hotels we stayed at were great but the third was not up to standard. Our agent, Minna was accommodating and very helpful in putting a customized trip together and was excellent.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Self guided walk

      By Bev

      from Auckland

      About Me World Traveller

      Pros

      • Great Backpack Provided
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • Bad Goisern Not Good
      • Forrest Trails Confusing

      Best Uses

      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

      Some of the Forrest trails hard to follow especially at the end of Almweg. Bad Goisern was very bad choice to stay. Everything closed No access to snacks/ tea coffee.No English Tv channel
      Bad Ischl was excellent Hallstatt very good. Post bus voucher does not cover whole cost

       
      5.0

      Already planning next trip

      By Gin and Tonic

      from Kent

      About Me World Traveller

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Perfect Location
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • No Cons At All

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

      This is a great holiday for occasional or seasoned hikers. We always took the most challenging option but there were always alternatives for those who wanted to shorten the miles or cut out the hills. The organisation of the whole trip was fantastic including euro hike, our contacts while in Austria. The accommodation was perfect for our needs and our bags always waiting for us. The directions were comprehensive and the additional time tables, when needed,for buses, trains and ferries invaluable. Our hosts wherever we stayed were friendly and welcoming. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend MacAdventures to anyone

       
      5.0

      Certainly recommend this product

      By Marmaduke

      from Calgary, Canada

      About Me World Traveller

      Pros

      • Well Organised

      Cons

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        • Holiday
        • Relaxation

        Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

        The hikes were well chosen and the scenery spectacular at times. We enjoyed the varied terrain and found the suggested options challenging and worthwhile. We got a good workout for seniors in their 70's and were determined to complete each hike though at times ( because of the heat) the bus or ferry seemed quite attractive! Would highly recommend the salt mine tour in Hallstatt.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Enjoyable, but harder than we thought it would be.

        By CL2

        from Hertfordshire, UK

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Pros

        • Beautiful scenery
        • Fun
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

          This was our first walking holiday, and while we enjoyed it, it was tougher than we had been expecting! The main reason for this was that some of the ascents / descents are *very* steep. The webpage here tells you that the ascent is (say) 260m, which doesn't sound so bad if it's over 12km, but it was actually compressed into about 1.5km - ie. a pretty hard climb. We had trained before our holiday so that we were confident that we could tackle the length of the walks, but living in a flat part of the UK, we hadn't had much practice at steep hills, and they came as a bit of a shock. You should probably only book this holiday if you're confident you can manage these climbs.
          Another word of warning is about the steep descent down the 'Wirersteig' gorge pass, on day 3. This is not only steep but down a very narrow track right at the side of the gorge, with almost-sheer drops to the side. Some of the track has metal steps, but some is just rock, and it is quite tough going. There is a safety rope, but some people would probably find it pretty scary. There is an alternative way down if you don't fancy this, though.
          We suspected that some of the walks were slightly longer than advertised, particularly the last day, which is definitely over 20km. We also had a bit of trouble getting down with the cable car at Hallstadt; we had a voucher, but noone from the cable car company wanted to accept this - they seemed to expect us to walk down to the bottom of the mountain in order to get an official ticket! After a bit of argument, we eventually persuaded them to let us down, but it would be helpful for future travellers if this could be sorted out.
          Otherwise, we had an enjoyable time! The scenery is beautiful, and the hotels we stayed in were all good. We particularly liked the Hotel Aberseehof in Abersee. We sometimes ate in the hotels and sometimes went out; as vegetarians, we were worried about what might be available, but Hotel Aberseehof and Hotel Moserwirt in Bad Goisern both had several options. Bad Ischl was the worst for veggie options, both in the hotel (Hotel Stadt Salzburg), and in the town itself, which was surprising given that it was the largest and most touristy town we stayed in.
          The walk guide books were helpful and mostly clear; we had to think a little about some of the directions, when there was a bit of ambiguity about which path to take, but we never made any mistakes. We would certainly use Macs Adventures again.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Amazing part of the world

          By mitchy

          from Ireland

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday

            Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

            This is a walk that isn't taxing at all, yes there's some steep climbs, but if you have an average level of fitness then you're fine. The scenery is breathtaking and I think the views of Hallstatt, St Gilgen and St Wolfgang, all from walking, from the boats etc...are some of the most picturesque I've ever seen (exceeds, Whistler, NZ, Oz!) This walking holiday was new to me and we both loved it, much better than being based in one town and redoing same walks each day, we got to see some terrific little towns. So I suppose the downside is once you fall in love with a new town, you don't have the option of staying as you still have to get to place B! The map packs are very well done and for the most part you won't get lost, unless you're admiring the view and walk past a sign! But easy to get back on track.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Hills Were Alive--with Spring

            By The Moscons

            from Phoenix, Arizona

            About Me World Traveller

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

              We did the "Salzburg Lakes" trek in late April and loved it. Weather was cool, great for hiking. We had our own GPS and found the daily hikes were a bit longer than advertised. Consequently the distances given in the daily guide were a bit misleading, but we learned to adjust and never got lost. Excellent directions--photos were very helpful. Perhaps some trail names and numbers would have helped, as we seemed to follow specific trails but the daily guide did not refer to them. The detour on the 6th day due to a rockslide was not good--too much pavement and competition with the heavy bike traffic on the trail. Also, the detour was so long that once we got to Hallstat, we did not have time to do the salt mine tour, which takes 2 1/2 hours. Perhaps hiking as far as you can on the Solweg (which is a great hiking path) then busing into Hallstat would be better since there is hiking around there if one wants to do more. We also opted for the Jochwand detour outside of Bad Goisern and it was difficult but absolutely gorgeous. It added a good 3 hours to our hike that day but we did not see another soul on the trail. We also took the gorge route down from Lake Schwarzensee and it was beautiful. The cables and steps make it very secure. We also did the hike around the lake and found it to be pretty boring. The goulash soup at the Lore restaurant was the best we had the whole trip (and we eat goulash soup a lot). Seehotel Huber in Abersee was nice but we found we liked eating dinner at the Abersee Hotel a much better option--more variety and better prices. We found a good laundry in Bad Ischl that got our clothes done within 24 hours. The Maria Theresia in Bad Goisern isn't too great. Unfortunately the owner often sat right under our window and smoked. All in all, a great experience and we are already thinking about where we want to go for our next hiking holiday. Sophia was great to work with--always responsive to my many questions. No glitches on the trip. I would certainly recommend and use Macs Adventure again.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fabulous scenery

              By Aussie couple

              from Australia

              About Me Occasional Traveller, World Traveller

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great Accommodations
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Holiday
                • Relaxation
                • Trying Something New

                Comments about macs adventure Salzburg Lakes:

                Great organisation with public transport options if unable or disinclined to walk. Beautiful Austrian pensions with terrific breakfasts. Fabulous Austrian villages with magnificent surrounding scenery.

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