Guided Hiking Tours

Austria | The Heart of Austria

Visit the most beautiful lakeside village in Europe.

  • "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

Trip Highlights:

  • 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 Hallstätt, 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, and spend one night in a cozy mountain hut, perched above treeline, in the heart of the Dachstein range itself. The finale of the hike leads you to the lakeside hamlet of Hallstätt, a pint-sized jewel of a village lying at the bottom of steep, wooded slopes on the fjord-like Hallstättersee.

There is a reason why people refer to Hallstätt as, “The most beautiful lakeside village in all of Europe.” Lovingly decorated gasthauses and cobbled alleyways make the secluded gem of Hallstätt feel like a storybook fantasy. Spend two nights at our hotel in Hallstätt 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.

Trip Rating

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COMFORT

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Trip Profile

Duration

7 nights/8 days
Hiking Up to 8 miles
Ascents up to 3540 ft with possibilities for easier options

Guided Tour

September 18-25, 2018
$3,650 per person double
Single (+$375)

Book before September 30, 2017 to guarantee the lowest price.

Private Guided Tour

June-Oct.
$4,670* per person double
Single (+$546)

Book before September 30, 2017 to guarantee the lowest price.

Accommodations

6 nights charming country inns
1 night simple mountain hut

Breakfast + Dinner

Daily

Luggage Transfer

Daily except for mountain hut

Transportation

All lifts + transfers incidental to itinerary beginning in Bad Goisern

Please inquire about custom transportation before and following your tour

Gateways

Salzburg, Austria
Innsbruck, Austria
Munich, Germany

*Per person price for a private group of 4. Please contact us about pricing for other private group sizes.

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Trip Itinerary

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 and evening orientation. Overnight in a historic hotel.

Today we’ll climb through mountain pastures and enchanting forests before cresting with outstanding views of the distant Dachstein peaks and the Hallstattersee. Our exciting descent delivers us to the idyllic village of Gosau. First time visitors to Gosau are typically overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the natural surroundings. 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.

The triangular pinnacles of the Hoher Dachstein, surrounded by glacial tongues, provide a stark contrast to the well-watered valleys below. Return to our peaceful accommodations in Gosau.

The Gosau lakes provide perfect reflecting pools for the surrounding mountain peaks. Hike past a number of these lakes en route to our simple, yet comfortable, mountain hut above treeline. This is a cozy place to spend the night when rolling blankets of clouds enfold the hut.

Descend from out mountain hut to our lake side hotel in Hallstätt, considered by many people to be one of the most beautiful lake side villages in the world. Our hike includes lush valleys, bubbling streams, and the big walls of the Gosaukamm Mountains.

A short transfer provides a boost to the Glacier Garden lying to the west of the village. We’ll hike to the Wiesberghaus and Krippenegg and the most spectacular of the region’s world-renowned ice caves.

Today’s walk leads north above the Hallstättersee. Between placid fjords, peaks, glaciers, and rolling hills, we’ll have a rough time keeping our eyes on the trail with all of the eye candy distracting us. We’ll continue our hike into Bad Goisern and the charming hotel where we began our tour. Our chef will prepare a celebratory dinner.

We recommend a transfer to Salzburg for an extended 8 feast of culture and Austrian delights.

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