The St Gilgen to Hallstatt walk sits within the famous Salzkammergut region, which is a spectacular region of alpine and subalpine lakes, picturesque valleys and steep mountains. The region is still very much remote wilderness so you will always find isolated areas to swim or just sit at one of the lakes shores or along the walks that we have put together for your group. The soaring mountains in every direction provide diversity in our walks as well as fantastic views of this magnificent region. Salt was once the white gold of the region and the mines that made it famous now provide an interesting journey back in time to the settlers of the Iron Age Hallstatt culture and to the Celts and Romans.
Day 1 – Pick up from your Hotel in Salzburg. Your group and baggage are transported to St Gilgen mid morning, allowing you a full afternoon to explore this magnificent lakeside town. Plenty of time to swim in the lake, lay in the sun or just wonder around this beautiful quaint Austrian village. You can also take the Zwolferhorn (1,522 metres high) cable car and enjoy the most wonderful views of this beautiful region. You will quickly see why this region and many parts of St Gilgen were used in the filming of The Sound of Music. Worth noting – Mozart’s Mother, Anne Maria, was born in St Gilgen.
Day 2 – We have two options today. We can walk from St Gilgen to St Wolfgang (Pilgram walk) then catch a ferry (ticket provided) to Strobl or we can walk all of the way from St Gilgen to Strobl along the shore of the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). The Ferry option provides us the time to explore the beautiful village of St Wolfgang where you can ride the Schafberg Cog Train to a view you will not believe.
Day 3 – Today we do a day walk up to and around Schwarzensee (Lake). We suggest you time your walk today to be at the lake for lunch as there are a couple of options for a true Austrian meal plus Beer or Schnapps. This is a very popular place for Austrians to visit on weekends. Plenty of time to then roam round Strobl or relax with a swim or spa.
Day 4 – After our second night in Strobl we walk onto Bad Ischl the centre of the Salzkammergut region and the place of choice for past Emperors and many famous artists like Johann Strauss. Access to the Katrin cable car is minutes from the centre of town.
Day 5 – Some options for us today, as well. We walk from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt, but we can decide to board a ferry (ticket included) at Steeg to complete the second part of the walk. We can also choose the train, which provides a different view of the lake and a small ferry ride at the end to get to Hallstatt. The full walk, will fill up most of the day and is along a high walking path on the opposite side Hallstattsee of the train line – not for those who are concerned by heights. Either way, you end up in Hallstatt – the most famous town in the area not only due to its historical significance (i.e the iron Age and Salt mines) but it is the most picturesque village you have ever seen.
Day 6 – More time to discover the quaint little village of Hallstatt before being picked up and driven back to your Hotel in Salzburg.
- Detailed Route Notes
- Tour is exclusive to your group
- Information on the Villages/Towns/Cities and surrounding area
- Multi fit SIM card (Austria calls – Not Australian) – includes data.
- Luggage transfers
- Transportation from Major City Transport Hub
- Any scheduled transfers as per Trip Notes (Ferry)
- Emergency support
What’s not included:
- Lunch and Dinner
- Any entrance/park fees (A discount card will be provided for some attractions)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses along the way
- Train tickets as they can not be purchased prior (NOTE – You must validate your train ticket)
- Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.