Lake Walking in Austria’s Salzkammergut with Charm

Day 1 - Arrive at Lake Wolfgangsee

Take the time to relax in your accommodation or explore the local area to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings.

Day 2 - Enjoy a circular walking route visiting St Wolfgang and St Gilgen.

Set off on 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 (6 miles) - ↑260 m (853ft)  ↓260 m (853ft).

Day 3 - Head from Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl.

Walk from Wolfgang to Lake Schwarzensee along Saddle walk. It’s worth taking a break at the Lore lake cabin for its delicious homemade snacks. Then walk via the Wirer Gorge into the valley and around Bürglstein to the Lake promenade in Strobl.  Then hop onto a coach to the old Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl. 

Details: approx. 4.5 hours - 12 km ↑300m (984ft) ↓300m (984ft).

Day 4 - Day off in Bad Ischl  

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 Austrian delicacies or take some time out to enjoy the Salzkammergut Thermal Spa.

Day 5 - Walk from Bad Ischi to Bad Goisern.

Salt has always been an important source of income in the Salzkammergut area. The oldest brine pipeline in the world runs from Hallstatt’s salt mine to the salt works in Bad Ischl. Walk along the promenade into Kaltenbachau, a site of Imperial entertainment such as horse racing and delightful picnics. Continue along the brine pipeline trail to Bad Goisern and the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt. 

Approx. 3 to 5 hours - 11 km (7miles) - ↑50m (164ft) ↓50m (164ft).


Day 6 - Enjoy a circular walking route around Hallstatt.

Continue along the brine pipeline trail to the salt mountain in Hallstatt where the salt mine dates back to Celtic times. Here you can enjoy a scenic view of the lake and Dachstein Massif. Plan a visit to the salt mine, enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf’s tower and visit the local excavation sites. Take a ferry ride across the lake to Bad Goisern.

Approx. 4.5 hours - 12 km (7.5 miles) ↑400 m (1312ft) ↓100 m (328ft).

Day 7 - Walk from Bad Goisern to Wolfgangsee.

Head to Bad Ischl by train and then walk to the tiny lake Nussensee along the romantic Sissi-Path before following River Ischl back to Lake Wolfgangsee. Continue beside the Lake through the Blinklingmoos nature reserve back to today’s stop-over.  

Approx. 5.5 hours - 18 km (11 miles) ↑300 m (984ft) ↓200 m (656ft).

Day 8 - Depart. or Extension