With its 76 lakes and impressive Alpine ranges, the Salzkammergut region is definitely one of Austria’s most beautiful regions. In summer, the region is known for its numerous natural swimming lakes and the panoramic circular routes, while in winter guests love the small, less hectic ski resorts.
The Salzkammergut – a paradisiacal place at the outskirts of the Alps
With so much unspoiled nature, it’s no surprise that parts of the Salzkammergut, among them the picturesque village of Hallstatt on the shores of Lake Hallstätter See, are a UNESCO World Heritage. Also don’t miss the historic villages of Bad Ischl, Gmunden and Bad Aussee. At the latter, you can also find AlpenParks Hagan Lodge, which is particularly popular with hikers and mountain-bikers.
The salt mines of Altaussee are a fascinating attraction for guests of all ages. While the grown-ups learn about the mines’ history and salt-mining techniques, children turn into little cave explorers. On request, there are special guided children’s tours with Sally, the mine duck.
What makes this picturesque village so special is that people have been mining salt for thousands of years there. Up until the 19th century, the village could only be reached by boat or on small trails. There’s only little space between the mountain and the lake, making Hallstatt a particularly charming place full of lovingly decorated houses, boats and unique views.
This breathtaking boat excursion starts at Lake Grundlsee. Next up is a casual stroll to Lake Toplitzsee. Did you know that this lake is more than 100 metres deep? The third and last lake of this tour is Lake Kammersee, where the river Traun orginitates. Soak up the magical silence of this place!
The Dachstein glacier is not just a fascinating sight from afar, it’s also well worth exploring from within! Three caves – the Giant Ice Cave, the Mammoth Cave and the Koppenbrüller Cave – offer nature lovers unique insights into the spectacular world of ice and stone. Explore the fascinating caves and marvel at the breathtaking natural works of art formed by the mountains.
When winter touches down on the Salzkammergut region, covering everything with a fluffy white blanket, the landscape turns into a magical winter wonderland. The lakes often freeze over, offering perfect opportunities for ice skating or Bavarian curling. And there’s much more to see and to do during the colder months of the year in the Salzkammergut region!
Advent in the Salzkammergut region
The Salzburger Land region is famous for its atmospheric Christmas markets. Enjoy a cup of tea or mulled wine, marvel at the hand-made artworks and soak up the festive atmosphere.
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- Winter hiking and tobogganing
All toboggan runs at a glance:
- Tobogganing directly at the resort: 9 km Loser panoramic street
- Tobogganing at Zlaim in Grundlsee
- Tobogganing at Grafenwiesenlift in Tauplitz
Explore the winter landscape and breathe in the crystal-clear mountain air – discover the best winter hiking trails of the Salzkammergut region!
The alpine village Hagan Lodge is situated directly at the Skiresort Loser Bergbahnen Altaussee. Enjoy 34 snow reliable pistes kilometres at Ausseerland.
In summer, the region spanning parts of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria is particularly popular. No wonder – the murmuring streams, blooming meadows, shady forests and picturesque villages are even lovelier in the warm spring or summer sunshine!
Water sports: sailing, surfing, swimming
No other region in Austria offers quite as many water sports opportunities as the Salzkammergut. Sailors particularly love Lake Attersee, the biggest lake located entirely in Austria, while windsurfers feel at home at Lake Mondsee and fans of panoramic views prefer Lake Wolfgangsee. And swimmers? They can find breathtakingly beautiful spots at all of the region’s lakes!
The most beautiful lakes at a glance:
- Lake Altausseer See
- Lake Grundlsee
- Lake Wolfgangsee
- Lake Attersee
- Lake Wallersee
- Lake Irrsee
- Lake Mattsee
- Lake Mondsee
- Lake Hallstätter See
- Lake Hintersee
- Lake Königssee
- Lake Traunsee
Walking, hiking, climbing
The region is also a great choice for hiking. For instance, there is a quick but steep tour with a short climbing passage on the Schober. The tour starts at the parking spot of Wartenfels ruin and takes about two hours. The reward? Breathtaking views of several lakes!
: Climb the Drachenwand rock face from Lake Mondsee! Up on the summit, you’re rewarded with impressive views of the Drachenloch (“Dragon’s Hole”) and the suddenly tiny cars and lakes below.
If you’re looking for a challenge, we recommend the via ferrata starting in St. Lorenz.
You prefer a leisurely stroll? Then why not take a walk around one of the beautiful lakes of the Salzkammergut region?
The region is not only criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails, but also boasts great signposted bike trails. For instance, the many tours around the Salzkammergut lakes are particularly popular. At your AlpenParks Residence in Altaussee there’s even a trained hiking and bike guide who is happy to share the best spots with you.
The Salzkammergut region is also a popular destination with golfers.
- Golfclub Ausseerland (Bad Aussee)
- Golfclub Salzkammergut (St. Wolfgang)
- Golfclub Waldhof (Fuschl am See)
- Golfclub Attersee (Attersee am Attersee)
- Golfclub Römergolf (Eugendorf)