start dates May - mid Oct)
The routes take you through
some of the prettiest scenery Austria has to offer, suitable for
anyone in good health.
All the routes are designed for anyone in good
health. All the routes can be varied, as you wish, to make them shorter,
longer or harder. Routes can be shortened with the use of trains, buses or
boats in most cases. Of course it is also possible to include a day out
exploring the city of Salzburg or relaxing by the lake. Your hosts can help
you to create a program tailored to your interests and wishes.
Walk 1 - Step out of the front door onto
to a circular trail leading through the peaceful Sarstein Mountain forest,
through a nature reserve and returning along the tranquil path of the River
Traun at the foot of the towering Krippenstein Mountain. 3 hours.
Walk 2 - Arrive in Hallstatt by boat to
appreciate the full magnificence of this historic village built on the steep
mountain shore of Lake Hallstatt. Climb the winding path up to the 13th
century Rudolfsturm (watchtower). Pause to enjoy the splendour of Lake
Hallstatt way beneath you before taking a circular route around the
Echerntal valley. The ancient forests uncover a dramatic gorge and waterfall
forged by glaciers from a previous ice age, The Glacier Garden. 5 hours.
Variation: Tour of Hallstatt, Bone House, Museum, Salt Mine, boat trip. Hire
a bike and take bike path to Hallstatt.
Walk 3 - Take the cable car up the
Krippenstein Mountain (2100m) with its unusual Karst plateau landscape which
in spring and summer is a sight to behold, swathed in a myriad of alpine
flowers. Various routes to suit all capabilities. 2hours+ Variation: Visit
to 5 Fingers viewpoint for a panoramic view of the surrounding area, tour of
Giant Ice Caves.
Walk 4 - Take the romantic forest path
along the Koppentalweg tracking the course of the river. Pause for a drink
in one of the local huts to fully appreciate the natural beauty and
tranquillity to be found amongst these alpine meadows and picturesque
hamlets. Arrive in the small traditional, cultural town of Bad Aussee in
Ausseerland. 3 hours. Variations: Extend to full day for circular route. 8
hours. Explore the town of Bad Aussee, Alt Aussee Lake. Dedicated cycle
path, hire a bike from your hosts.
Walk 5 - Follow the stunning path along
the east shore of the crystal clear Lake Hallstatt with the view across to
the village of Hallstatt nestled into the steep rising mountain. Pass
through forest, hamlets and the smallholdings utilizing the lakeshore
meadows until you reach the northern end of the lake. Continue following the
flow of water along the river Traun towards the Imperial town of Bad Ischl.
5 hours. Variations: Hill walking to Predigstuhl. Take the train part way
and spend time relaxing in the salt water spa at Bad Ischl. Stop for coffee
and cake at the renowned Cafè Zauner. Open air swimming pool in Bad Goisern.
Hire a bike and take the dedicated bike path all the way to Bad Ischl.
Walk 6 - Take a short bus ride to the
next valley. The walk begins along the valley floor of Gosau, surrounded by
lush, rolling meadows, the path climbs and continues to the end of the
valley where you are met with a breathtaking view of the Dachstein glacier
reflected in the still waters of the Vorderer Gosausee. Follow the lake
shore path to the end of the lake where you enter the forest and begin a
steady climb up. Passing a waterfall continue up until, through the trees,
you catch sight of the Hinterer Gosausee. This is a vision normally only
enjoyed by climbers, the still and silence, the impressive craggy summit of
the Dachstein and blinding white ice-cap, only accessible to those that
know! 5 hours. Variation: Cable car to Gosaukamm.
Walk 7 - Head to the famous village of
St Wolfgang and pick up the pilgrim's way, "The Sound of Music" countryside.
The lakeside route has been used since medieval times, marked every few
hundred metres with narrative, little shrines all linked to St Wolfgang,
Bishop of Regensburg. He founded the town and church in 976 which
subsequently became a famous centre for pilgrimage. Arrive in St Gilgen,
whose claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of Mozart's mother and his
sister also lived there. Take a boat back to St Wolfgang. 2.5 hours (walk
only).Variations: Cog-wheel railway up the Schafberg mountain to enjoy
panoramic views of no less than 5 lakes. The Pilgrimage church in St
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