Scenic Lakes Walk in Austria

Scenic Lakes Walk in Austria

Whether you are exploring one of its national parks, experiencing the beauty of the Alps on a long-distance trail, or heading out on a family day hike - Austria offers unlimited opportunities. Hiking has a long tradition in Austria and is the country’s unofficial national pastime.
Austria offers a huge variety of different hiking options and themed walks for every grade of hikers. Scaling one of the countless mountain peaks, hiking from pasture to pasture, embarking on a multi-day hike, or just enjoying a leisurely day hike – all of it is part of the Austrian hiking experience!
Unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in natural beauty and traditions. Recharge your body batteries, breathe in the clean air, enjoy the relaxing scent of a forest or a mountain meadow. Experience Austria like the locals to find out what makes the country to unique and authentic.
We organised a leisure hike to the Salzkammergut region in Austria. Located on the northern edge of the Alps, and nestled between numerous lakes, Salzkammergut offers good multi-day walks and hikes for hikers of different levels.
The closest city to the Salzkammergut region is via Salzburg. As there are very few flight connections to Salzburg from Singapore. It is best to travel to Munich then catch the train to Salzburg. The train journey is around 1 hour.
Thereafter, we transfer to the public bus to get to the village of Abersee where the beginning of the hike is.
German is the main language in Austria. ‘See’ in German means lake and ‘bad’ refers to spa (town/village). The trip is 8 days and cover 5.5 days of walks (in European context)/hikes (in our context!).
Our first day of hike brought us along the shores Wolfgangsee. Probably best known of all Salzkammergut lakes because of its drinking water quality. We hiked along the high trail to the Falkensteinwand (pilgrims' path) and enjoy beautiful views of the lake. Then we continued the romantic lakeside path until the Mozart village St. Gilgen. Thereafter, relax on a scenic boat cruise that will bring us back to the nearest pier to our village.

The path is easy as we covered paved route, forest trails and hard gravel trails. There is gentle undulations along the way with a short steep ascent during the pilgrim’s path which is completed easily within 20 minutes for most hikers.
The 2nd hike is slightly longer but still easily achievable by regular leisure hikers. We left Abersee and will stay in Bad Ischl for 2 nights. The hike begins directly in the village centre of Wolfgangsee. Walk on well paved roads and forest paths with almost unknown ascent to the Sattle and then to the Schwarzensee, which is idyllically nestled in the wooded mountains. Take a break in the beer garden on the shore before returning to the valley of Wolfgangsee. Continue along the spectacular Bürgl Panorama Trail, whose wooden footbridges take you directly over the water, to the lakeside promenade in Strobl. Then we took a bus to the old imperial town of Bad Ischl.

It a free day in Bad Ischl as we approached to the middle of the hiking vacation. You may simply hang up your hiking boots and relax in this spa town. Or take a morning hike to Siriuskogel Hill which is about the height of Bukit Timah Hill (approx. 164 M).
We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the river especially the group spent a good several hours at the legendary Cafe Zauner with its delicious cakes! Take walk around the town centre for some cute Austrian souvenirs or replenish active apparels. Since we are in the spa town, so a visit to an Austrian spa could be on the agenda.
Lace up our boots again as we begin our hike. It is advisable to start early if you wish to make an optional visit to Mount Katrin via cable car. The mountain is 1,400 M tall and at the summit, you can marvel at views of the Dachstein with its glaciers and the lakes on a clear day.
Then we stayed away from the lakes took the forest nature trails and through some villages to get us to Bad Goisern. The distance is manageable and constantly flat with no notable undulation. The rain came and drizzled for the rest of the walk.
The highlight of the entire hiking trip must be today! A walk to the famous Hallstatt Village along Hallsttersee. There are 2 recommended routes to approach. Unfortunately there were some falling rocks and the main route is closed off. Hence the group took the alternative route along the lake which is longer and flatter to Hallstatt. It was another raining day and the temperature dropped but it did not dampened our mood at all.
The picturesque village on the lake with the same name owes its existence to the rich salt deposit of salt in the mountain of Hallstatt more than 7,000 years ago. In 1997, Hallstatt was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. If time permits, visit the oldest salt mine in the world which is located at the foot of the almost 2,000 M high mountain Plassen. We took the furnicular to Rudolfsturm, a historic fortress tower where the panoramic platform "Welterbeblick" with tremendous views of the lake, Hallstatt and the surrounding mountains unfolded in front of our eyes.
The last day of our hike is the longest of the entire hiking vacation. There is an alternative to cut short the route by taking a bus. However the group felt since it’s the finale, let’s complete entirely on foot! Some sections were replicated (a couple of kilometres) but the hikers were still in great spirits especially fatigue set in after several consecutive days of walking.
Today's route rewards everything a hiker's heart desires: the most beautiful paths along the lake and river banks, green meadows, shady forest paths, interesting themed trails, traditional places, places to stop for refreshments and all this in a varied landscape!
The group walked through fields and forests to the idyllic Nussensee where we can take a rest on its lonely shores. Especially after the gradual long ascent trail leads uphill through the forest, it can be muddy there at times. Do take the crisp clear water reflection of the trees on the lake.
Then the rest of the hike is fairly relaxed as the hikers welcomed a gentle descent. Continue on the riverside path and along the Ischler Ache back to the Wolfgangsee. Finally, the last stretch long the beautiful lake as you walk through the nature reserve to the ferry station and on to Abersee.
This itinerary is suitable for beginner hikers as novice hikers if you are attempting your first overseas hike. The 2-night stay in each village helps to relax the pace without the need to pack and unpack everyday as most multi-day hikes require. The best time for hikes in Austria is May, June, September and October.
If you want to see more of our experiences, you may take a look at the photo album on Facebook or watch the video.
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