Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps

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  • Trekking
  • Walking tour
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Bad Goisern, Austria
  • Ends Bad Goisern, Austria
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Walking in Austria's Lake District
  • Peaks, Passes and Lakeside Walking
  • Historic Hallstatt
  • Views of the Hoher Dachstein
The Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps tour starts and ends in Bad Goisern. The Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps is a trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you through Bad Goisern, Austria and other destinations in Austria.

Self guided walk exploring the peaks and passes of Austria's stunning Lake District. Welcome to beautiful Upper Austria in the hinterland of Mozart’s city of Salzburg. The beauty of the area embraced by the Dachstein Mountains and the Hallstattersee is truly inspirational especially in the crisp, stable weather that this region often acquires during the period of this tour. There are people who claim that once you have walked here you will have experienced the best ‘typical’ alpine hiking in Europe. The tour gets off to a cracking start at Bad Goisern, a small market town lovingly embedded in the Goisertal Valley. You can opt to do a walk onto the high trails of the ‘Goiserer Hohenweg’ with some spectacular viewpoints over the Dachstein peaks before heading to Gosau via the Goiserer Hutte at nearly 1600m below an optional peak called Hoch Kalmberg 1833m. Gosau has a more pastoral feel to it and the broad valley here attracts thousands of cross-country skiers in the winter. From Gosau a circular walk will take you to the Alpine Lakes of the the Gosausee and Hintere Gosausee with some spectacular mountain panoramas to the Gosaukamm mountains, or you can do some walks along the forest edge above the valley. The next walk takes you via the flanks of Mount Plassen to perhaps the real gem of the tour, for two nights at the ancient town of Hallstatt. This is a village of some 1,200 people, wonderfully remote, squeezed between the base of Mount Plassen and the waters of Lake Hallstattersee. It grew rich from the ancient and modern trade in salt which is plentiful in the surrounding mountains. The town is almost traffic-free and it is also a UNESCO world Culture and Natural Heritage site. A tiny ferry glides between the nearest train station across the fjord-like lake and drops you off on the town’s storybook square. Clinging to its lakeside ledge under the mountains, Hallstatt seems smaller than it really is; ivy-covered guesthouses and cobbled lanes surround its pint-sized square. Its spectacular setting, at the foot of cliffs and facing the often mist-cloaked Halstättersee, is right out of a picture postcard. The local museums and churches are certainly worth a visit. The charnel house in the graveyard contains bones, including painted skulls, of the local dead whose graves were dug up after 12 years to make room for new clients. If you get tired of walking here, a funicular can whisk you up to the ‘Salzwerk’, or salt mine in a valley above the town or if you like you can hike up in an hour or so. You may prefer to take the funicular up to the mine and then walk back down to the village after the tour and go on to visit nearby Obertraun for a tour of the ice caves.
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  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 06 2019
4 - Very Good
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“This was our 4th self guided walk with Sherpa. We are always impressed with the accommodation. The walks never disappoint. Like the fact that there are usually a few different options for walking if weather turns bad or you just feel like an easier day.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Bad Goisern
  • Day 2 : Bad Goisern Walk
  • Day 3 : Bad Goisern to Gosau 16 km / 9.9 miles (1100m ascent – 900 m descent)
  • Day 4 : Walks from Gosau
  • Day 5 : Gosau to Hallstatt 16 km / 9.9 miles (900m ascent - 1000m descent)
  • Day 6 : Walks from Hallstatt
  • Day 7 : Hallstatt to Bad Goisern 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3* hotels and one 4* hotel on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag per person not weighing anymore than 20kg)
  • Emergency hotline
  • 5 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Train or cablecar services within Austria
  • Entry fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 November 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Austrian Lake District and Dachstein Alps tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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