"We loved that the routes were flexible and adapted to our group. The last day's hike was probably our favorite, and it sounded like it's not always possible to do. Guides were knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to be around. We really enjoyed the hut lunches and the night in the hut on the mountain (though one was enough). It was a good amount of time for hiking -- both each day and in total."- Maria Klutey
Hiking past glacially carved lakes in the rugged Gosaukamm mountains.
Views of more than 100 limestone peaks in the Dachstein mountain range.
Two nights in Hallstatt, one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in Europe.
Brilliant blue lakes, lush meadowlands, and hundreds of limestone peaks with cascading glaciers are the hallmarks of our eight-day hiking tour through the Salzkammergut region of Salzburg, Austria. While the history runs deep in the Salzkammergut, with evidence of human habitation going back 7,000 years, it is the blend of spectacular mountain scenery and impeccable Austrian inn keeping that makes the region legendary.
Starting out from the historic town of Bad Goisern, recognized by UNESCO for its outstanding cultural treasures, you’ll hike to a luxury four-star estate surrounded by the dramatic walls of the Gosaukamm Mountains. Climb into the rugged Dachstein Mountains, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Alps’ northernmost high limestone range. The finale of the hike leads you to the lakeside hamlet of Hallstatt, a pint-sized jewel of a village lying at the bottom of steep, wooded slopes on the fjord-like Hallstattersee.
There is a reason why people refer to Hallstatt as, “The most beautiful lakeside village in all of Europe.” Lovingly decorated gasthauses and cobbled alleyways make the secluded gem of Hallstatt feel like a storybook fantasy. Spend two nights at our hotel in Hallstatt enjoying the best of two worlds — stunning mountain scenery and a fairytale village on one side, delicious lakeside views with glacially carved waterways and steep cliffs on the other.
Arrive in Bad Goisern. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a lovely dinner.
A short transfer out of town accesses your trailhead for the day. Ascend on a moderately steep, but good trail to the Goisererhütte. Enjoy lunch at this small and cheerful establishment before hiking down through mossy forests to the village of Gosau.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2700 ft./2775 ft.
From your hotel in Gosau transfer by van to the neighboring village of Rußbach. Rußbach is at the foot of the Gamsfeld, an impressive but hike-able summit. We will also provide details of more moderate outings on the flanks of the peak. The Gamsfeld is famous for having the best preserved and varied fossil beds in the Alps. Return to Gosau hotel.
Summit hike: 6 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 3700 ft.
Easier hike: 4 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1500 ft.
A quick transfer to the Gosauseen, the most famous lakes of the region and our trailhead. Climb high above the lakes on the panoramaweg. Traverse to a high hut for lunch and descend back to our pick up spot via cable car.
Distance: up to 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2000 ft.
After a short transfer, hike beneath the famous Plassen and connect to Hallstatt, the most famous village in the area. Perched on the lake shore, Hallstatt is one of the Alps most interesting places, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Distance: up to 6 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1500 ft./2900 ft. (if you walk into Hallstatt, /1755 ft. if you take the Salzbergbahn to descend into Hallstatt).
Use the Krippenstein cable car to access the high karst terrain below the Hoher Dachstein. This plateau is home to the largest caves in the Alps. Traverse the plateau to the Wiesberghaus on a superb trail with synoptic information stations. Wiesberghaus offers great food and we highly recommend their homemade dumplings (Knödel). Return via the same route or descend to Hallstatt on foot.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2000 ft.
Hike to Hallstatt: Elevation gain/loss: 2000 ft. / 4422 ft.
For the longer option, take a bus to Obertraun or catch a ferry at the center of Hallstatt to access the opposite lake shore. You will be on the “Panoramaweg”, the scenic hike, the entire day. This idyllic lakeside ramble circumnavigates the Hallstättersee and brings you back to Bad Goisern, the first village visited. If the weather is warm enough, bring your swimsuits and take a dip in the lake! Overnight in the same hotel in Bad Goisern.
From Obertraun: 9 miles
From Hallstatt train station: 6.5 miles
Elevation gain/loss: n.a.