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Welcome to Hooked on Walking holidays and our Sound of Music Walking Holiday in Austria. This hiking vacation in Austria is in the region made famous by the film The Sound of Music the fabulous scenic region of the Salzkammergut around Salzburg. Our walking holiday is available as a self led walking tour over nine or seven nights. This region known more for where that great film the Sound of Music was filmed. Steep rocks and cliffs next to lush green mountains are some of the scenic delights you will find in the Salzkammergut, as well as lovely hidden mountain lakes, which are a wonderful blue and green colour. The paths are usually quiet, but lively with nature on all sides. This fabulous landscape again and again will make you stand still and enjoy the beauty, in this way natures best is experienced.
Day 1 – Individual arrival at Abersee/lake Wolfgangsee
Arrival at your hotel and time to relax before your trekking holiday begins.
Day 2 – Lake Schwarzensee, Strobl and Bad Ischl
Today it is first by boat to St. Wolfgang and a hike on the Sattelweg (saddle walk) to lake Schwarzensee where the hut serves homemade cakes. Descend to the valley via a gorge and round the Bürglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl. By bus to the Emperors summer residence and salt-city Bad Ischl.
Walking time: 5 hours, terrain: short ascents, distance approx. 9.8 miles 15.5 km, Up/Down: 240m / 240 m
Day 3 – Lauffen, Ewige Wand (eternal wall), Predigstuhl, Bad Goisern.
We start walking along the promenade of Bad Ischl along the salt-lye pipeline you walk to the pilgrims village Lauffen. A path, cut into the rocks of the Ewige Wand (literally meaning the eternal wall) to the mountain Predigtstuhl (literally meaning pulpit), a wonderful scenic view awaits you before you descend to Bad Goisern.
Walking time: 5 hours, terrain steeply uphill to the peak, Distance approx. 9 miles 14,5 km , Up/Down: 785 m / 650 m
Day 4 – Bad Goisern – Transfer Alpine Pasture – Altaussee – Bus Bad Aussee
From alpine pasture to alpine pasture you walk on a high plateau to lovely Ausseer Land. Then you have a downhill walk to the alpine pasture of Blaa Alm and along the flower trail to Altausse. Then you go by bus to Bad Aussee. 11.7 miles 18.8 km, 5.5 hours walking time, up/down 486/ 589m.
Day 5 – Rest day in Ausseer Land
Today you can either relax by the lake or we can strongly recommend the 3-lake-tour to the legendary lake Toplitzsee.
Day 6 – Bad Aussee – Koppenbrüller caves – Hallstatt
Today you walk along a river path through the deeply cut Koppenvalley to the Koppenbrüller caves (public access and guided tours!). On you walk to the Lake Hallstättersee, where you take the boat to the centre of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Take some minutes to stroll through the wonderful small alleys of Hallstatt or visit the World Heritage museum.9.3 miles 15 km, 4.5 hours walking time, up/down 150/220m.
Day 7 – Hallstatt with Celtic grave sites, mount Plassen, Gosau valley
Today first by cable you descend to the Hallstatt mountain valley with the Celtic grave site and the salt mine. Past the mountain Plassen to the Gosau valley. The view on the highest mountain range of Upper Austria, the Dachstein with his glaciers awaits you and later on to the steep ridges of the Gosaukamm. These views are marvellous and a real highlight of the tour.
Walking time: 6 hours, Terrain: steeply uphill passages, afterwards slightly up and down, Distance: approx. 7.8 miles 12.5 km , Up/Down: 686 m / 554 m
Day 8 – Lakes Gosausee
A lovely walk to the little lakes of Gosauseen. In the end of the valley an alpine hut invites you for a “Jause” a lunch-break.
Walking time: 4 hours, Terrain short steeply uphill passage, afterwards slightly up and down, Distance: approx. 7.9 miles 12,7 km, Up/Down: 300 m / 300 m
Day 9 – Gosau, lake Nussensee, lake Wolfgangsee
By bus to Bad Ischl. Along the Elisabeth-walk to the idyllic little lake Nussensee and then along the river Ischl to Strobl. On the banks of the lake through the Blinkling-moor to Abersee (lovely view to St. Wolfgang, the high mountain Schafberg and the lake Wolfgangsee).
Walking time: 6 hours, Terrain slightly up and down, Distance: approx. 12.3 miles 19,2 km , Up/Down: 277 m / 209 m
Day 10 – Individual Departure
After breakfast your tour is complete
4 to 7 hours walking per day with some climbs of 800 metres, some level of fitness and experience is needed
Comfortable 3 star hotels
7 night version without days 5 and 8
What is Included
Tour Code Salz1-7 , Salz1-9
Price per persons based on 2 persons sharing double room 7 / 9 nights
£629 / £799
Single person 7 / 9 nights
£719 / £912
How to get there
By plane to Salzburg and then a short transfer. We can fix a private transfer from Salzburg to first hotel for £92 (1-4 persons).
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