Austrian Lakes Walk

Austrian Lakes Walk information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Difficulty
    moderate - challenging
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Schedule Details

Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).


  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery of the Salzkammergut region of Austria
  • Experience the exhilaration of trekking across alpine pastures
  • Viewing flora and fauna including ibex, chamois and marmot
  • Enjoying the warm family run hotels

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Salzkammergut alpine region of Austria encompasses 76 crystal clear lakes, the Dachstein Glacier, lush summer meadows and impressive rock faces up to 3000 vertical metres high. During this inspiring walk, there is ample time to appreciate the natural beauty of the region and the alpine villages of wooden chalets decorated with colourful window boxes while at night you will enjoy the warm hospitality of your hosts. Staying in pensions and small hotels, you can relax and enjoy the satisfying cuisine typical of the region. There will be opportunities to sight fauna including ibex, chamois and marmot along with numerous butterfly species which are endemic to these high alpine meadows.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels/inns - upgrade option to 4 star hotels, supplement applies (note: itinerary is slightly different - see above for details)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Boat trip on wolfgangsee (ferry to st wolfgang)
  • Luggage transfer (two pieces each - additional pieces cost eur5)
  • Emergency hotline (9am to 7pm)
  • Information pack including hiking map and tourist information
  • Salzkammergut souvenir
  • Salzkammergut adventure card - reductions on 130 first class attractions in the salzkammergut


Day 1 Join Bad Ischl
On arrival in Bad Ischl make your way to the hotel. Later in the afternoon you will have a welcome meeting where you will receive all your hiking information, detailed maps and accommodation vouchers. You may wish to take the time to explore this wonderful spa town with its many day hikes, visit the Emperor’s Villa or even take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Lake Wolfgangsee.
Day 2 Walk to Attersee (7hrs/21.5km (17km)) 710m/691m
Today you start your walk along the former riding paths of the Empress Sisi. The walk will take you across some beautiful moors beside Lake Schwarzensee, and via Eisenau & Burgau walk trails. From the lakeshore town of Burgau you can shorten the walk (4.5km) and take a bus to your hotel in Unterach am Attersee on the Lake Attersee or continue on foot around the lake to reach your hotel.
Day 3 To Mondsee and on to Abersee (7 hrs/21.5km) 815m/775m
Spectacular views and breathtaking scenery make this an unforgettable day in the heart of Austria's Lake District. Wander through mountain pastures and alongside glimmering lakeland shores. You may wish to visit the Church in Mondsee where the wedding for the “Sound of Music” was filmed or spend extra time wandering through the village of St Gilgen. This evening you will stay in the village of Abersee. Note: There is also the option to take a bus from St Gilgen to Abersee.
Day 4 Boat trip then walk to Strobl (3hrs/7.5km or 8hrs/22km) 542m/558m or 840m/970m
A change of pace this morning, as you begin with a boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee, the most famous lake of the Salzkammergut region. There are then options to either have a rest day with some easy walking or take on the challenge of some strenuous hiking. For the easy option, take the ferry to St Wolfgang and explore this charming lake-side village. Visit the church and take the steam train to the summit of Schafgerg (1760m) for magnificent panoramic views of the region*. An easy walk along the lake promenade then takes you to Strobl, a town named after a merchant family. In the 17th century this was a centre for pilgrims and carters. Overnight in or near Strobl. For a challenging day rewarded by spectacular views, follow the hiking path between Sparber and Bleckwand Mountains up to the Postalm - the largest mountain plateau in Austria. There is a surprising variety of flora and fauna to be discovered in this area. Take a break in an original alpine hut and sample some alpine produce from the farmers. Return via the same route or descend to the Weissenbach Valley before reaching your accommodation in or near Strobl. *Please note that the steam train is open from 25 April to 26 October (subject to change) and may be closed due to inclement weather.
Day 5 Walk to Bad Goisern (8-9hrs/21km) 895/977m
The walk today includes a traverse around the back of the Kathrin Mountains (Katergebirge) and into another branch of the Weissenbach Valley. After following a forestry road there is a steep ascent on a narrow mountain path to Barenpfadkogel, the highest point today at 1331m. A well-placed bench invites you to have a rest and enjoy the mountain view before an extremely steep descent to the river-course. The route passes Chorinskyklause – the ruins of an historical dam built between 1809-1819 to allow logged timbers to be washed downstream for milling. Continue along the valley to Bad Goisern where you will spend the night. Note: if you would like to avoid today's steep descent, you can take a bus to Bad Ischl and walk to Bad Goisern (10km).
Day 6 Walk to Hallstatt (3hrs/13km) 419m/397m
Walk from Bad Goisern to Hallstatt along Soleweg. This is the oldest part of the Salzkammergut in the Hallstatt Dachstein World Heritage region. You will get fantastic panoramic views of Hallstatt and Lake Hallstaettersee and the Dachstein Alps. The trail follows the world’s oldest pipeline, which was established in 1607. The construction used the unbelievable amount of 13.000 wooden pipes. With only 950 inhabitants, the small charming village of Hallstatt is wonderful to stroll around. The style of buildings range from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque. The image of the town on the lake is on many promotions for Austria, in all seasons. Overnight Hallstatt.
Day 7 Walk to Bad Aussee (5hrs/17km) 414m/277m
Today's walk takes you to the lovely town of Bad Aussee. You can shorten the route by taking a ferry to Obertraun (10mins, EUR3), then walk to Bad Aussee. You can shorten the walk further by taking the train between Obertraun and Bad Aussee (25mins, EUR6). If you walk the full distance, from Hallstatt you take the path along the lake to Obertraun and up to the Koppenbruller Cave. The cave is open from May-September. It is a huge spring where you can see first hand how the water follows its course within the Dachstein Mountains before arriving in Bad Aussee. Surrounded by a lake, mountains, and woods, Bad Aussee is an old market town in the "green heart" of the Salzkammergut.
Day 8 Walk to Bad Ischl (8hrs/25km) 517m/703m
A spectacular day of mountain vistas and woodlands will be enjoyed on the trail from Bad Aussee to Bad Ischl. The trail will take you along the Promenade before arriving at Altaussee. You arrive at Bad Ischl via the Rheinpfalzalm and Hisnradalm. Bad Ischl is quite a large town with over 13,000 inhabitants combining noble tradition with modern day living. Trip concludes on arrival in Bad Ischl where your luggage will be waiting for you. If you have time we recommend you book an additional night at the end of the trip in Bad Ischl. Ask our office for details of rates.