Walking and Hiking Austria
The Austrian Salzkammergut is a dramatic region of alpine and subalpine lakes, deeply carved valleys, rolling hills and rugged, steep mountain ranges rising to almost 10,000 feet. Much of the region is remote wilderness, and even in the visited parts, such as the Wolfgangsee and Mondsee, you’ll always find isolated areas where still, glassy waters provide limitless opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing or just sitting on the shore and skimming stones.
Austrian Tourist Office
“The Salzkammergut area comprises a number of beautiful lakes boasting water of premium quality: Attersee, Mondsee, Traunsee, Wolfgangsee, Altausseer See, to name but a few. The lakeshores have largely been left untouched and therefore offer a peaceful and unspoiled environment for sunbathing and relaxing. However, the Salzkammergut area offers many culinary and cultural highlights as well: Take Bad Ischl with its imperial splendor, charming St. Gilgen, or the lovely towns of Wolfgangsee, Strobl and Gmunden. Activities by the lakes include all kinds of water sports, walking and hiking, Nordic walking, running and golf. With 4,150 kilometers of marked routes along lakes, alleys and educational trails, and high up in the mountains, Salzkammergut is indeed a hiker’s paradise.“
Walking each day can be of varying degrees of difficulty, from simple strolls to more strenuous hikes. Walks follow gentle routes on even surfaced and clearly marked paths with some uphill sections that are not too steep or long. More demanding hiking is available for those who want the extra challenge. There will always be an option for those who suffer from vertigo and it will be well noted which routes require a “head for heights". There are also ample opportunities for golf, tennis, shopping, and/or lounging at a beach or pool. Explore as much – or as little - as you want. You don't ever have to do everything. Some days you may wish to settle into a local café and just enjoy the ambience.
Saturday, Freising/Munich. Gerhard will meet you at the Munich Airport (MUC) and provide transfer to our hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax and get acquainted with Freising, one of Bavaria's oldest towns, which grew up around a monastery founded in the 8th century. Dinner at Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery. The monks of the Weihenstephan monastery were granted the privilege of brewing and serving their own beer in 1040, a tradition that continues today.
Sunday through Tuesday. Schlögener Schlinge. We travel by bus to the beautiful Upper Danube Valley, and the Schlögener Schlinge. This is often described as “the natural wonder of Upper Austria“ and described as the most beautiful and pristine section of the Danube. Our hotel rooms all have a private balcony, facing the river, allowing you to watch and enjoy the river traffic passing by. There is an abundance of walking and hiking alongside the Danube, and the adjacent hills.
Wednesday through Tuesday. St. Wolfgang. We travel by bus to experience a magical part of Austria as we pass by scenic lakes and mountains filmed in the Sound of Music. Numerous beautiful villages and towns punctuate the bucolic landscape. St. Wolfgang rises above the lake and clusters around a small 15th-century church, containing an altar that has been ranked as one of the finest surviving examples of Gothic woodcarving. The resort is a summer paradise, with lakefront beaches and cafes, and hiking opportunities in all directions. Situated at the water's edge with its own boat landing, our hotel retains an aura of rustic charm reminiscent of the day when the entire Salzkammergut region was the private playground of the Austrian emperors. The hotel served as the setting for Ralph Benatzky's operetta, White Horse Inn. It offers not only walking options, but also a variety of water activities. One of our excursions will take us for a stroll through Hallstatt, a historic village that is listed as a UNESCO “World Cultural and Natural Heritage“ site. Along the lake shores, the houses are seemingly stacked one on top of another – so picturesque, in fact, that they have even built a replica of Hallstatt in China. Next, we visit a small workshop specializing in regional, old-fashioned, yet timeless wares. Another outing takes us to Salzburg, where a local guide will introduce us to the town’s most important highlights. Explore intriguing courtyards and narrow gingerbread ornamented streets. See Mozart’s birthplace, now a museum. Option of walking up to the fortress and following the ridge to the other side of the city.
Hotel Im Weissen Rӧssl
Wednesday, Freising/Munich. On our travels back to Germany we’ll stop at Lake Fuschl for lunch and a walk along the lake shore. The scenery is breath taking, and the tranquil lake is surrounded by pine clad hills and gentle mountains. The color of the lake is unique – some days, it glimmers turquoise, other days it shines a deep impenetrable blue color, and sometimes it even sparkles a pure emerald green.
Thursday. The adventure ends as you bid farewell to Europe and fly home from Munich International Airport (MUC). Or, now that you are enjoying the relaxed lifestyle, stay a few extra days. Munich is an attractive city with easy going people that like to celebrate and enjoy life. The world-famous Oktoberfest begins on Saturday, September 19th. The city has several world-class museums, and can lay claim to having the richest cultural, gastronomic and retail life in southern Germany.
Tour Leaders: Gerhard & Darlene. Several of the walking days we will be supported by a local, guide from the region. On some of the walks we’ll have two guides, with one leading at a gentle pace and the other covering a faster pace with longer distances.
Tour cost includes:
Twelve nights in outstanding, first-class hotels. Buffet breakfast daily, two lunches and ten taste-tempting dinners unique to the region, including the Welcome and Farewell dinners. Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner. Airport/hotel transfers, transport by motor coach and boats we travel on the trip. Sightseeing, local guides, museum admissions, and all other items mentioned in the tour itinerary. All our hotels offer spa facilities to enjoy at the end of the day with a visit to the sauna, steam bath or fitness center.
Cost Of Tour Does Not Include:
Air transportation, expenses of passports, laundry, telephone, and items of a personal nature; beverages other than those mentioned as being included; excess baggage charges; health and accident and baggage insurance; or any services other than those specifically mentioned as being included. Gerhard’s Odysseys is not responsible for delays or missed portions of your tour relating to flight delays or incorrect travel documents. The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.
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View the Tourist Office web sites for some of the destinations we visit.
View the Tourist Office Web sites for some of the destinations we visit. https://www.christmastrips.com/pages/travelresources.php