"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 and transfer to Bad Goisern, a historic market and spa town recognized by UNESCO for its culture and rural treasures. Meet your guides for a warm welcome, a brief orientation and dinner. Overnight in a historic hotel surrounded by peaceful gardens.
Today we’ll climb through mountain pastures and enchanting forests before cresting at Goiserhütte with outstanding views of the distant Dachstein peaks and the Hallstattersee. Descend to the idyllic village of Gosau. Rugged and majestic mountains encircle the village, while rolling pastures and tranquil mountain lakes make the region feel like a fairy tale. It’s easy to understand why people chose to inhabit this picture perfect region more than 7,000 years ago.
Following a short transfer to Rußbach, we will hike the Gamsfeld, famous for having the best-preserved and varied fossil beds in the Alps. After a hearty and typical hut lunch, we return to Gosau.
Today’s hike takes us from our hotel to the end of the valley to explore the area around Gosausee, the most famous lake of the region. We’ll circumnavigate the lake and stop for a delicious lakeside lunch while enjoying views of the imposing Gosaukamm above. Return to your hotel in Gosau.
After a short transfer to the charming Rossalm, we hike beneath the Plassen and connect to Hallstatt. When we reach the salt mines high above Hallstatt, where workers have been excavating for the last 6000 years, we will hop on the funicular to take us into town.
Access the high karst terrain below the Hoher Dachstein with the Krippenstein cable car and traverse the stunning plateau to the Wiesberghaus hut for lunch. Along the way, we will come across impressive rock formations and panoramic views of the Dachstein Massif and the Hallstattersee. Return to Hallstatt via the same route.
On our last day we will cross the Hallstattersee by ferry and hike along the eastern lakeshore on the “Panoramaweg.” If the weather permits, we will take a dip in the lake and stop for an Apfelstrudel before heading back to Bad Goisern.
We recommend a transfer to Salzburg for an extended 8 feast of culture and Austrian delights.