Self-Guided Walking in Austria's Lake District Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Premium Adventures, Private Group Adventures
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

The Austrian Lakes area offers a glorious mix of spectacular views, forest trails, picture-perfect villages and swimming opportunities galore! The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, with stunning lake views every day. Every stop brings new discoveries such as St Wolfgang's antique cog railway, the summit of Schafberg and Mozart's museum in St. Gilgen.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights in a 4 star hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre based walking
  • Choice of walks each day
  • Managed by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs

Trip Highlights

  • Snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows and forest trails
  • Luxury 4 star hotel.
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Varied rest day choices: water sports, mountain rail rides, lake cruisers and Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg

Is This Trip for You?

The relaxed walking for this trip follows mainly well-marked routes with opportunities to extend each day. The walks are generally classed as easy but there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose underfoot.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route directions for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.


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Although the minimum age of clients on this trip is 12 years, younger children may also be accepted on request; please enquire for details and child prices. As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. A local agent is on hand to assist you and route directions and maps are provided. The route directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number. In an emergency, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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Land Only

Start City:
Bad Ischl
End City:
Bad Ischl

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
End City:

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Bad Ischl

    Arrive at your 4 star hotel in Bad Ischl. A typical itinerary is shown below, although you're free to pick and choose your walking each day as there are numerous options available Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs for 7 nights.

    Meals included:
  • Day 2

    Kolowratshohe or Jainzenberg

    Two circular walk options direct from your hotel; one to Kolowratshohe, a lesser-known peak above Bad Ischl, with spectacular views and the added bonus of a mountain restaurant at Hoisenrad. Or, a picturesque walk to the summit of Jainzenberg, rising directly behind the Kaiserpark and the Kaiservilla. Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs.

    Optional walk to Jainzenberg: 4hr, distance 11km/7mi.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 3

    Vormauerstein or Schwarzensee

    Hop on a local bus to Wolfgangsee, with the option of walking up to the Vormauerstein and the breath taking views of the Schafberg and the Lake Attersee. Picnic on the shores of Monichsee. Alternatively, a leisurely route up to the stunning Schwarzensee for lunch at one of the restaurants and lake views. This option gives you more time to visit the charming village of St Wolfgang. Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs.

    Optional walk to Schwarzensee: 2.5hrs, distance 9km/5.5mi

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
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  • Day 4

    Hallstatt Walk

    Today visit the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panoramic funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical salt mine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train. Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs.

    Optional shorter walk: 3hrs, distance 8km/5mi.

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 5

    Free day

    A bus ride brings you to the delightful village of St Gilgen. A thriving lace-making centre in the 1700s, today St Gilgen is a delightful village with a busy waterfront, lined with restaurants. Mozart's mother was born here and you can visit her house, which now includes a small museum. Or go by bus to explore the fairytale city of Salzburg, or the train and tram to the pottery town of Gmunden to visit the ceramic factories or the impressive Schloss Ort. Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs.

    Meals included:
  • Day 6


    Walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl and visit the three summits of Katrin, Hainzen and Elferkogel. Sure footedness is required, but from the peaks you are rewarded with an incredible 360° panorama as far as the snow-capped Dachsteins. Sit and take in the superb vistas from the two restaurants at the top cable car station. Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs.

     Optional shorter walk: 5.5hrs, distance 15km/9.5mi

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 19 km / 12 miles
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  • Day 7


    Today take the bus to Strobl, then you have a choice to head off on a low level lakeside walk, with views across Wolfgangsee to St Wolfgang and the Schafberg. Stroll through the Blinklingmoos nature reserve and on to a lakeside beach at Wassbad before heading to Gschwendt. The longer, more challenging route also takes you to Gschwendt but comes with some stiff climbs and descents and even more spectacular views of the lake and the Schafberg, Rinnkogel and Sparber mountains.

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 14 km / 8.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 8

    Leave Bad Ischl

    Your trip ends in Bad Ischl.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included:

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.



The Hotel Goldender Ochs boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre, and sits on the banks of the Traun River. It features a spa, sauna, swimming pool and sun terraces with mountain panorama.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £70.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 evening meal are included.

Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires - French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings, but you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include the ever present 'Wiener Schnitzel' (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course, the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.

Desserts are often fruit based - such as 'apfelstrudel' or cream pastries. 'Rehrucken' is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake. 'Linzertorte' is a flaky cake lined with currant or raspberry jam, encased and covered by a lattice of cake dough. Mozart's home town's speciality is 'Salzburger Nockerln', which is a very light dessert souffle dusted with vanilla sugar and sometimes served with strawberries on the side.

Plum brandy is a popular post dinner drink, or you could try one of the various types of schnapps. Austrian wine tends to be white and fairly sweet in the manner of German Mosel wines. Beer is a better known product of the country and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gosser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.


The local agent is often able to dispatch a taxi should you need it in an emergency, but may wish to charge you for this service.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Salzburg and the surrounding area is at the Northern edge of the Austrian Alps and as such has a typical Central European climate with hot summers and cold winters. However, Salzburg actually experiences relatively moderate weather making it a good year round destination. Being in the mountains, it can rain at any time in this area so be prepared for this at any point!

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Joining Instructions

Your trip normally starts at our hotel in Bad Ischl in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Arrival/departure transfers from/to Salzburg airport (approx. 60 mins) are included for flight inclusive bookings clients at standard times (usually approximately 13:35 on arrival, and 11:30 on departure) subject to prior arrangement.*

If you are arriving/departing at different times then we can also arrange private transfers by car from Salzburg (at additional cost - please enquire at the time of booking for prices).

Please note all transfers prices are based on 2 people travelling therefore for single travellers supplements may apply.

We can also book flights for you if you wish. The standard flights we usually use are with Lufthansa from London Heathrow to Salzburg via Frankfurt 08:30/13:35, (transfer to hotel, 60 mins, provided). Return: Salzburg to London Heathrow via Frankfurt 14:25/17:40.*

Full details of how to reach the start point (including local emergency numbers) will be sent to you as part of your Final Joining Instructions approximately two weeks before departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

*Please note that standard flight and transfer times are subject to change throughout the season so please enquire for up-to-date details.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

For flight inclusive bookings transfers are included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:30.  For land only bookings transfers are available for a supplement.

Location start:
Bad Ischl
Location end:
Bad Ischl

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sturdy and comfortable walking boots (with good ankle support)
Windproof jacket and warm layers
Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
Daypack large enough to carry personal items, like spare clothing and lunch
Water bottle (2 litres)
Warm hat and gloves

Optional Equipment

Walking poles
Swimming costume

Reading List

- Frommer's Austria
- Rough Guide to Austria
- Lonely Planet Austria
- DK Eyewiness Travel Guide: Austria

Practical Information



Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.



Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.



There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Austria's Timezone:
Europe/Vienna CET (GMT +01:00)


Austria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.


Austria's Currency

The national currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need money for the lunches, snacks, drinks, evening meals, some transport and entry for any sites you wish to visit. Lunches can be inexpensive if you buy produce from local markets or shops and make up a picnic. However, if you stop at a café you can easily spend €15. We would recommend budgeting for €5-15 for lunches, €25-45 for evening meals and allow an additional €10 a day for any extras. On day 4 the cable car will cost around €3 per person, payable locally. An additional €25 per person will cover trains and ferries required on your itinerary.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.


Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.



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How to Book

1. Check availability

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.