Mountains Lakes Rivers: Alpine vacation for families in Austria

8 Days

Your trip

Looking for a family vacation in nature? Fun with exercise and the wonder world of the mountains? An example for your children that will – perhaps – shape a lifetime?

Welcome to the Salzkammer good, the mountain world of the Northern Alps!

Lush meadows, mighty forests and blue-green lakes. As adventurous as the Salzkammergut itself is our hiking trip for families along rivers & lakes.

You start – and end – your round trip directly in the heart of the Salzkammergut – in Bad Ischl.

Experience the sensory wonder trail, find friends in the petting zoo or have fun visiting the thermal baths – the spa from imperial times has lost none of its charm.

Then follow the traces of salt in the direction of Ausseerland. At the crystal clear Altaussee Lake you have enough time for swimming breaks – and perfect for a unique selfie with panoramic view.

The trail then leads you through the wilderness of the Koppental to Lake Hallstatt. Spectacular highlight of the day: the ‘suspension bridge crossing’. By boat you will travel to picturesque Hallstatt, where you will take the cable car to the top and enjoy the fantastic view of the UNESCO nature and world heritage region.

Be sure to visit the Salzbergwelten before hiking along the lake back to Bad Ischl. Whether homemade cakes in cozy cafes or imposing landscapes – in a single hiking trip you will experience all the beauty of the Salzkammergut.

Accommodation

  • You will stay in family and family-friendly 3*** hotels, inns and guesthouses

Catering

  • every day a rich breakfast is included

Route and requirements

  • We have deliberately put together an easy and child-friendly tour for you.
  • Please bring a lot of joy, basic fitness and some hiking experience. Children should be used to walking for a few hours at a time.
  • Hike mostly on good hiking trails along rivers and lakes. The hikes always remain easy and fun, no two days are the same. Some routes are conveniently covered by bus or train.
  • The minimum age for the tour is 6 years.
  • The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Travel with dog

On this tour – no problem! Bring your four-legged friend. Please let us know the breed and size of your dog when booking. Any additional costs are payable on site. Please be sure to observe the leash and conservation regulations.

Arrival by train

You can reach Bad Ischgl relaxed directly by train or by bus from Salzburg in a 1 1/2 hour spectacular ride. If you rent the bikes with us, you will also not have any stress with the bike transport. Just get on the train with you, on vacation, ready, go!

Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn, www.bahn.de or www.oebb.at.

Car/Parking

Parking spaces are available on site in a public parking lot from approx. 35 to 50 € / week near the hotel, limited also directly at the hotel; payable on site. Please make a reservation when booking.

Country information

Please note our information on entering Austria under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Worth experiencing

  • Visit to a salt mine
  • Boat tour on Lake Hallstatt
  • Hiking in the footsteps of the salt of Bad Ischl
  • Skywalk in the 'most beautiful lakeside town in the world', the UNESCO World Heritage Region Hallstatt

From day to day

Arrival :
Day 1

Day 1: Arrival in Bad Ischl

Travel by train or car to the Salzkammergut. We will inform you about your destination hotel in time before departure. The travel documents are waiting for you at the hotel.

Circular hike Bad Ischl :
Day 2

Circular hike Bad Ischl, 4 km, 130 m ↑↓, ~ 2 h

You start your hiking trip in the Salzkammergut quite comfortably. After a hearty breakfast, it’s off to the Siriuskogel, the popular viewing mountain in the middle of Bad Ischl. You will hike with all your senses, because along the sensory wonder trail you will find 15 eventful stations all the way to the top. More adventures await you at the summit: an adventure playground, a petting zoo and a walk-in lookout tower right next to a cozy inn.

In the afternoon there is enough time to let off steam in the Salzkammergut-Therme or to swim in the Parkbad Ischl.

Breakfast
Bad Ischl - Bad Goisern :
Day 3

Hike Bad Ischl – Bad Goisern, 10 km, 100 m ↑, 50 m ↓, ~ 4 h

It is not for nothing that the Salzkammergut bears its name – salt has always been an important component of the region. Thus, the oldest “brine pipeline” in the world is also located in the Salzkammergut! Today you follow this historic brine path to Bad Goisern. On easy paths you walk from the Ischl promenade always along the Traun into the Kaltenbachau.

Past rapids and rushing waves, the route leads to Lauffen and on to Bad Goisern. Information boards will always give you an insight into the life of the region. If you want to cut the distance in half, take the train to/from Lauffen.

Breakfast
Bad Goisern - Altaussee :
Day 4

Hike Bad Goisern – Altaussee, 15 km, 50 m ↑↓, ~ 4 h

Your day begins with a comfortable train ride to Bad Aussee and you will then hike to Altaussse. There it lies, nestled in the mountains of the Tote Gebirge – Lake Altaussee. Crystal clear water and a unique shimmering color make the lake perhaps the most beautiful alpine lake of all.

Unforgettable views of the mighty rock faces of the Trislwand and the Loser peak are there to be marveled at. The beautifully laid out hiking trail always leads along the lakeshore. Numerous bathing places offer you again and again the possibility to stay. Definitely one of the most beautiful circular routes in the Salzkammergut.

Breakfast
Ausseerland - Hallstatt :
Day 5

Hike Ausseerland – Hallstatt, 15 km, 150 m ↑ 300 m ↓, ~ 4 h

Today you leave the Ausseerland again. You follow the living Traun to the jetty. There the wilderness of the Koppental awaits you. Over an imposing suspension bridge you cross the rushing river and hike on a former railroad line next to the crystal clear Koppentraun, which roars along your way, to the snack station Koppental.

After a short rest you continue your way strengthened to the entrance of the Koppenbrüllerhöhle, which you can still visit with pleasure. Then it’s down to Obertraun, where you hike to your accommodation or take the boat to Hallstatt.

Breakfast
Circular hike Hallstatt :
Day 6

Circular hike Hallstatt, approx. 3 km, 0 m ↑ 300 m ↓, ~ 4 h

Depending on where you stay overnight, you’ll take a boat across Lake Hallstatt to the World Heritage site of Hallstatt. You roll up to the Skywalk on the Salzberg cable car and enjoy the “World Heritage View” – you can’t get enough of the view from the 360-meter-high, free-floating observation deck. Nevertheless, your hiking adventure continues.

Afterwards, be sure to visit the salt mine. Only there you can experience the breath of days gone by up close and personal and whiz down fun wooden slides just like the miners did back then! Back you hike on the brine path downhill, past the thundering waterfall with beautiful views of Hallstatt to your accommodation or cross the lake back to Obertraun.

Breakfast
Hotel
Hallstatt - Bad Ischl :
Day 7

Hallstatt – Bad Ischl, approx. 30 km, approx. 3 km, 0 m ↑ 300 m ↓, ~ 4 h

On perhaps the most beautiful hiking trail in the Salzkammergut, the Ostuferwanderweg, we head to Untersee today. You hike through the fjord-like lake landscape and once again enjoy the picturesque view of Hallstatt, but this time from the opposite side.

At the suspension bridge to the weir ditch you look into the greatest depth of the blue glittering lake. On the way through funny forest parts, on gravel paths over meadows and on easy hiking trails you must not forget your swimming things – again and again the wonderfully fresh lake invites you to take a break and swim. From Untersee or Steeg take the train back to Bad Ischl.

Breakfast
Departure :
Day 8

Departure or extension

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Bavaria’s hospitality and laid-back attitude.
Would you like to stay one day longer? Please ask when booking; we will try to find extra nights for you.

Services

are included in the travel package:

  • Overnight stays as indicated, in each case with rich breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 train ride Untersee/Steeg - Bad Ischl
  • 1 train ride Bad Goisern - Bad Aussee
  • 2 Lake Hallstatt boat trip
  • 1 Salzkammergut Adventure Card with many benefits (discounts for cable cars, Bad Ischl thermal baths, Hallstatt salt mine, etc.)
  • Best elaborated route guidance, Personal tour information (DE, EN), Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (DE, EN)
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

supplement you should:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Tourist tax, if due, payable on site
  • Admissions
  • if necessary, if not on foot, train ride to from Lauffen on day 3, approx. € 3,- per person
  • if necessary, if not on foot, drive from Bad Aussee to Altaussee, approx. € 5,- per person
  • on request: visit Salzbergwelt Hallstatt, approx. € 24,- /adult and approx. € 17,-/child

Country information

Journey begins 2024: daily
Season 1 11.05. – 02.06. and 09.09. – 29.09.
Season 2 03.06. – 23.06. and 26.08. – 08.09.
Season 3 24.06. – 25.08.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply. Please note that – depending on the trade fair dates – unscheduled surcharges are levied by the hotels in Friedrichhafen. It may therefore be that the prices quoted increase by surcharges depending on the overlap with trade fair periods.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room with breakfast / pers 830 € 900 € 970 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.030 € 1.100 € 1.170 €
Children discounts
Discount for 2 adults in double room, each extra bed in double or shared room.
> Child as 3rd pers in room up to under 6 years old free
> Child as 3rd pers in the room from 6 and under 12 years (“Child 1”) 460 €
> 3rd pers in room from 12 and up to under 16 years (“child2”) 640 €
Note: Please select “Child 1” or “Child 2” in the booking, depending on the age.
Extra nights
Extra night in Bad Ischl double room with breakfast 100 € 100 € 110 €
Extra night in Bad Ischl single room with breakfast 140 € 140 € 150 €
> Child as 3rd pers in room up to under 6 years old free
> Child as 3rd pers in the room from 6 and under 12 years (“Child 1”) 55 €
> 3rd pers in room from 12 and up to under 16 years (“child2”) 80 €
depending on availability, on request.

Public parking lot near the hotel ~ 35 Euro / week

Questions

Arrival by train?

Yes! As a circular tour, this trip is perfect for getting there by train. Please drive via Salzbaurg to the train station Bad Ischl. Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.de).

Is there a child discount or family discount?

Yes! If you are working with min. two full-paying guests, you can take children with you in a shared or double room with an extra bed under the following conditions:
– Children 0 to under 6 years: free of charge.
– Children 6 to under 12 years: price according to. Directory, please select “Child 1” when booking.
– Children 12 to under 15 years: price according to. Directory, please select “Child 2” when booking.

Please note: The given route is only a suggestion. Follow the paths as you please. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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