On this 8 hour customizable private tour you will experience the beauty of the Austrian Lake District, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt, the pearl of the Salzkammergut. You can customize your tour to your preferences, choose between a visit to the oldest salt mine in the world, one of the most spectacular viewing platforms in the Alps: the 5 Fingers or the Ice Caves (weather permitting). Having a professional local driver/guide and a luxury minivan at your disposal ensures a high-class service and maximum flexibility.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Salzburg Private Tours, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsWe will pick you up from your hotel or any of the location in the city of Salzburg.Pass By: Salzburger Altstadt, Salzburg, Austrian AlpsWe leave the city of Salzburg behind on our way to the Lake District. Your private guide will explain about the city of Salzburg and how it for many years it was a independent principality, ruled by the Catholic Church and the importance of Salt and how it influenced the growth of the city. Other points of interest will be explained on route to Hallstatt. You will enjoy our off the beaten track over the mountains where you can enjoy unspoiled scenery.Stop At: Schloss Fuschl, A Luxury Collection Resort & SpaFormer hunting lodge built in 1450 by Prince Archbishop, Schloss Fuschl is today a Luxury Lake Side Resort.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: MozartblickEnjoy beautiful views above the Lake Wolfgang and the town of St. Gilgen. This is one of the most beautiful view points in the Lake District.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: 5 FingersOption 1: After a breathtaking cable car ride, walk around 20 minutes to one of the most spectacular viewing platforms in the Alps that reaches out like a hand over the 400 m drop. From 5 platforms (the 5fingers), each in a different design, you can put your head for heights to the test and enjoy unique views down over Hallstatt, the Hallstättersee lake and the inner Salzkammergut region. The 5 different levels, each 4 x 1 m in size, offer spectacular insight and views. One of the platforms is made entirely from glass and another enables visitors to gain their own personal view of the Hallstatt World Heritage site through a large Baroque picture frame. The ‘5fingers’ are illuminated until midnight and can be seen from far and wide, even at night. On the way to the 5fingers you learn on information boards much about Fauna, Flora and the Geology at Dachstein Krippenstein.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Salt mine Hallstatt AustriaOption 2:The oldest salt mine in the world, Europe’s oldest wooden staircase and the free-floating Skywalk with its “World Heritage View”, 360 meters above the ground: Hallstatt Salt Mine is a mine of superlatives. Come with us on a journey of discovery, back to the very beginnings of salt mining some 7,000 years ago, and experience the history of Bronze Age mining, recounted today in spectacular fashion thanks to state-of-the-art multimedia technology, including a Bronze Age Cinema 400 meters below ground. Here, you will experience up-close the very breath of history. Welcome to Hallstatt Salt Mine!Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", Hallstatt, Upper AustriaOptional 3:Take the train up to the Skywalk. When you stand on the “Skywalk”, Hallstatt lies right there at your feet. You look down on the world-famous World Heritage town, the cradle of the Hallstatt Period. Sparkling mystically, Hallstätter See nestles up against the medieval town like a fjord, flanked wonderfully by the spectacular panoramas of the Dachstein.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, Upper AustriaOptional 4:Dachstein Giant Ice Cave offers you chance to embark on a breathtaking adventure through rock and Ice.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Lake Wolfgang, St Gilgen, Austrian AlpsOption 5: Enjoy a mini Cruise on Lake Wolfgang from the town of St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang or vice versa. These beautiful lake side towns will leave you mesmerized by there Architecture so you will get time to explore them.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Schafberg Cog RailwayOption 6: The SchafbergBahn is the steepest cogwheel railway in Austria. Since 1893 mighty steam locomotives have powered their way from the lake-side base station in St. Wolfgang to the 1783 m high summit of the Schafberg.The SchafbergBahn allows every visitor to conquer the mountain in comfort and style, making the entire journey an unforgettable experience! Trains are in service from May through to the end of September.Once on the top, magnificent Alpine views and warm Austrian hospitality beckon. Visit the Hotel Schafsbergspitze, Austria’s oldest mountain inn, originally dating from 1862. From the top you may see numerous Alpine lakes and the Dachstein glacier.We recommend a combination from option 5 and 6Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Salzwelten Altaussee, Altaussee, StyriaOption 7: Visit the 800-year-old salt mine. During World War II this mine was used to store art works and treasures taken by the NSDAP as they advanced through Europe. This is the mine portrayed ion the Hollywood movie “Monuments Men”.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: HallstattVisit the town of Hallstatt Duration: 2 hours