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Self-drive roundtrip - Austria

Hiking vacation in Austria with cultural highlights

Highlights

  • Small-group tour with an expert guide through Austria’s nature and cultural highlights

  • Book exciting excursions for your trip (optional)

  • Explore the two baroque alpine cities of Salzburg and Innsbruck

  • Hike through the idyllic landscapes of Salzkammergut

  • Three fixed traveling dates in 2021

    • 12.06. - 18.06.21

    • 10.07. - 16.07.21

    • 09.10. - 15.10.21

Description

Austria is a country full of stunning mountain landscapes, old baroque towns, and famous classical music. During this week’s hiking and cultural trip, you’ll explore the city of Mozart and go to a classical music concert in the evening. Get to know one of the most beautiful alpine landscapes while hiking through the Austrian Salzkammergut, then take a detour to Chiemsee, where you can enjoy Bavaria’s beautiful nature. And of course, a visit to the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, won’t be missed!

Destination

Europe

Salzburg - St. Wolfgang- Innsbruck

When you arrive in Salzburg, it’s as if you’ve come into a fairy tale storybook. The surrounding mountains, 250-year-old Mozart architecture, fast-flowing Salzach, view of the graceful domes and towers, the impressive Hohensalzburg castle atop a rigid cliff, and the majestic Alps all intertwine to create a unique panorama.

When you arrive at Salzburg, check into your first hotel. Freshen up and go on a walk to get to know Salzburg.

Travel time Salzburg airport - hotel: approx. 20 minutes / about 6 km

Overnight stay with half board in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is a magnificent baroque city famous for its historical musical traditions. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent his childhood and youth in Salzburg, so during the city tour with your expert, get to know the stomping grounds of this famous musician.

Discover the Getreidegasse, where Mozart was born in 1756. Visit the magnificent cathedral and Goldgasse, where goldsmiths organized workshops in the Middle Ages.

The magical city draws in all types of travelers with its burgeoning art scene, wonderful food, well-tended parks, quiet side streets with classical music blowing from open windows, and traditional concert halls. Everywhere you go, the scenery, skyline, music, and history will add to your excitement for the city.

Overnight stay with half board in Salzburg, Austria

After a replenishing breakfast, you will leave Salzburg and prepare for your hiking adventure! Just a few kilometers outside of the city, you will immerse yourself in the diverse nature. The alpine panorama consists of lush pastures, magical forests, and sparkling lakes. When you arrive at today’s hiking destination, the impressive alpine landscape and mountain backdrop against the blue glacial lakes will take your breath away.

The Salzkammergut region is east of Salzburg, near the Dachstein summit (2995 m). Embark on a hike to Lake Wolfgang to experience nature up close. First, you will take a boat across the lake to St. Wolfgang, and then you’ll start the easy hike on a path that offers fantastic views of the lake. From the Falkenstein wall, you’ll continue on the idyllic Fürbergweg along the lakeshore to the Mozart village of St. Gilgen. This quaint village is the perfect place for a relaxing break. Afterward, you will return to the mainland by boat.

Travel time Salzburg - St. Wolfgang: approx. 50 minutes / about 50 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in St. Wolfgang, Austria

Salt mining and trading, also known as the “white gold” of the Middle Ages, is closely linked to Salzkammergut’s history and culture. On today’s hiking route, you’ll follow the old Soleleitung (pipeline), learn about salt production, and arrive at the city of Bad Goisern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early evening, you’ll return to St. Wolfgang.

Option in case of rainy weather: a tour with the SchafbergBahn. The cogwheel train is the steepest of its kind in Austria. These mighty steam locomotives have operated between the base station on the St. Wolfgang lake to the 1783 meter high summit of the Schafberg since 1893. The SchafbergBahn makes it possible for every visitor to climb the mountain for an unforgettable journey. On the way, relish the incredible views of the Alps. In 2022, Hotel Schafbergspitze proudly celebrates its 160th anniversary!

Walking time: approx. 4 hours / about 11 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in St. Wolfgang, Austria

After breakfast, continue your journey to Innsbruck. Today’s travel route leads you through the southeastern part of upper Bavaria, with a stopover at the Chiemgau region’s Chiemsee.

The lake is the largest in Bavaria and is known by the locals as the “Bavarian Sea.” Stretch your legs and experience the unique panorama from a new perspective during a hike around Chiemsee in the area of Übersee and Feldwies.

In the early afternoon, you will finally reach Innsbruck. The city lies in a valley surrounded by the Alps. The Olympic Winter Games took place here in 1964 and 1976, and the city continues to attract many visitors to its magical landscapes.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to choose your plans.

Driving time St. Wolfgang- Chiemsee: 1 hour 10 minutes / about 95 km
Driving time Chiemsee - Innsbruck: 1 hour 30 minutes / about 135 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is one of Austria's most beautiful cities because of its medieval old town — it looks like a magical setting out of a storybook. Can you see the mighty Habsburg castle and baroque cathedral dominating the scene? The Olympic hill offers views of the giant mountains and cow pastures that create a stunning contrast between city and nature.

Today’s city tour will give you a chance to admire the baroque architecture and an opportunity to enjoy the enchanting views of alpine nature. Be sure to snap some pictures of the city’s landmark, the Golden Roof.

In the afternoon, explore the city on your own! Walk down Maria-Theresien-Straße and relax at a traditional coffee house, or visit one of the museums, such as the Kaiserjägermuseum and its impressive architectural surroundings.

When Maria-Theresien-Straße was built over 700 years ago, there were only a few farmhouses in Neustadt. Life still revolved around the old town, surrounded by mighty medieval city walls and only accessible via Maria-Jörgen-Tor from Maria-Theresien-Straße.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Innsbruck, Austria

Before you know it, a week of cultural and nature activities has already passed. What were your favorite highlights? Have you learned many new things from the experts?

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Imlauer Hotel Pitter****, Salzburg, Austria

Opened in 1864, the family-run hotel nestles in a central location close to many of Salzburg’s most famous sights. While you enjoy delicious delicacies at Imlauer Sky Bar & Restaurant, relish the panoramic city and surrounding views. All rooms and suites are soundproof, so nothing stands in the way of your relaxing stay. They also offer a minibar and a selection of tea and coffee, and WiFi throughout the hotel. As you relax or work out at the sauna and fitness studio, you’ll also have impeccable views of the mountains! The refreshing breakfast buffet offers regional and organic products at the Imlauer Sky Restaurant.

Landhaus zu Appesbach****, St. Wolfgang, Austria

The private estate lies directly on the Lake Wolfgang shore and is only a 10-minute walk from the St. Wolfgang center. During your stay, pamper yourself in the gourmet restaurant, relax on an isolated beach, and stroll through the hotel’s private gardens. The accommodation was built in 1912; therefore, its antique furnished rooms and luxurious interiors impress all. The rooms include free WiFi, satellite TV, and a bathroom with bathrobes.

Hotel Peter****, St. Wolfgang, Austria (for July and October)

Clearwater, blue sky, and imposing mountains: you must be in St. Wolfgang! Anyone who decides to visit will only get the best quality time in this beautiful destination. Your accommodation lies between Bad Ischl and the charming towns of St. Gilgen and Strobl. Welcome to the cozy Hotel Peter.

Hotel Zach***, Innsbruck, Austria

Hotel Zach welcomes you to its quiet location in a side street, only a five-minute walk from Innsbruck’s old town and the main train station. The bright rooms feature wooden furniture, cable TV, a desk, and a bathroom. The hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, vegetables, and traditional Tyrolean bacon in the morning.

Closest airport: Salzburg Airport

Including

  • Six nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar:
    • Two nights at Imlauer Hotel Pitter**** with half board in a double room in Salzburg, Austria
    • Two nights at Landhaus zu Appesbach**** (June dates) or Hotel Peter**** (July & October dates) with breakfast in a double room in St. Wolfgang, Austria
    • Two nights at Hotel Zach*** with breakfast in a double room in Innsbruck, Austria

Excluding

  • International arrival

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Optional excursions (visits, admissions, etc.)

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

Travel dates

  • 12.06. - 18.06.21
  • 10.07. - 16.07.21
  • 09.10. - 15.10.21

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