6 days
Moderate to Challenging

Salzkammergut S-Trail section III: Hiking from Bad Goisern to Hallstatt

3 lakes, 3 summits

This tour follows the middle stages of the S-Trail and leads into the heart of UNESCO World Heritage region Hallstatt-Dachstein-Salzkammergut. The Dachstein-Salzkammergut area (or: Inner Salzkammergut) comprises the villages of Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. In 1997 most of the historic cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breathtaking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves. This 6-day hiking trip includes a night in the spectacular mountain-top Goiserhütte as well as a ferry crossing on the serene and sublime Lake Hallstatt.

Salkammergut S-TrailThe Salzkammergut region is magnificent even by Austrian standards, with towering snow-capped peaks, wooded mountain slopes, lush green valleys and ice-blue lakes. Its defining feature has always been the dramatic visual effect created by its countless lakes framed by the immense peaks of the Northern Alps. This newly established long-distance trail links these highlights in a comprehensive way, never seen before.

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Respect for our planet’s limited resources and climate-friendly mobility are two major challenges of the 21st Century. We are therefore delighted to cooperate with the Austrian Federal Forest Authority on the “tree for your booking” project; a new tree planted for each hiking tour booked through us in the Salzkammergut region! Along with your travel documents, you will receive a photo of “your” tree, which you will even have the chance to visit during your trip.

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS From €610 per person sharing.*

*A high season supplement of €20 pp. will apply during July and August
*A single supplement fee will apply to solo walkers

ACCOMMODATION 4 nights in ***hotels/inns in double room.

1 night in an Alpine lodge (mountain hut)*

*Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:

  • Hut sleeping bag: blankets are available in the huts; necessary but mandatory is only a lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag liner
  • Overnight stay in communal bunks or double rooms.
AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from June 21st to Setember 22nd
5 x overnight stays
5 x breakfasts
1 x ferry on Lake Hallstättersee
1 x walker’s lunch at Ross Alm
1 x Hiking map of the Salzkammergut area + detailed routing
1 x S-Trail hiking booklet (1 x per room)
GPS tracks
Welcome video with info for your trip
1 x Salzkammergut Adventure Card – Reductions on 120 attractions in the region
3 x Luggage transfer – max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage
Service hotline daily from 8.00 – 18.00 (also on weekends)
Flights & travel insurance
Local taxes
Lunches & dinners not mentioned above
Drinks and snacks
Transport to and from Bad Goisern
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
 Half board supplement (€155 pp)
Single Room Supplement(s)
DIFFICULTY Daily stages are moderate to challenging; hiking distances in the valley can be adjusted easily by public transport. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are recommended.

Day 1: Arrival in Bad Goisern

The lakeside town of Bad Goisern is easily accessible by bus or train from Salzburg. You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation.

Overnight stay in Bad Goisern.


Day 2: Bad Goisern – Goiserhütte

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 1204 m | Descent: 126 m | 4½ hrs approx.

Steep ascent via Obermuth to the beautifully-located Goiserer lodge, beneath the summit of Mount Kalmberg. Optional ascent to Kalmberg. Not far from the lodge lies the “Kalmoos church”, a cave in which Protestants attended services in secret in the past.

Overnight stay at Goiserer lodge.

Luggage transfer from Bad Goisern to Gosau where you spend the following night (overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the night at the lodge have to be carried by yourself!)


Day 3: Goisererhütte – Gosau

Distance: 22 km | Ascent: 950 m | Descent: 1771 m | 7-8 hrs approx.

Beginning with a steep descent via Iglmoosalm to Gosau. From here you have several options. An ascent via the Zwieselalm to the Gablonzer Hütte offers stunning views over Lake Gosausee and the Dachstein Mountain. From there it is possible to take a cable car down to the shore of Lake Gosausee and either walk or take the local bus back to Gosau.

Overnight stay in Gosau


Day 4: Gosau – Hallstatt

Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 1020 m | Descent: 1254 m | 6 hrs approx.

One of the major highlights in the Gosau valley is the ascent to the Löckenmoos (1410 m) – a high marshland on the flat mountain summit. After taking in the unique atmosphere of the Alpine moor, continue through romantic forest and mountain pastures to the 200-year-old Leutgeb hut and stop for a traditional walker’s lunch with homemade products. Follow the trail along the flanks of Mount Plassen to reach the famous Hallstatt salt mines and the Welterbeblick panoramic viewing platform.

Overnight stay in Hallstatt.


Day 5: Hallstatt – Bad Goisern

Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 131 m | Descent: 156 m | 3 hrs approx.

Take some time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage village Hallstatt before making your way back to the trail. Today’s walk will be short but sweet. Once you are ready, take the ferry across the lake to the eastern shore and follow the picturesque lakeside trail to Bad Goisern.

Overnight stay in Bad Goisern


Day 6: Departure

Your trip comes to and end this morning, unless you have booked additional nights.

Arrival and departure info

  The closest airport is Salzburg. You can also fly to Vienna airport or Munich airport
  • From Salzburg, you can take bus no 150 to Bad Ischl and then the regional train (line R/REX) to Bad Goisern. Travel time 2 hrs 10 mins.
  • You can also take a train from Salzburg and change at Attnang-Puchheim for Bad Goisern. Travel time 2 hrs 40 mins.
  • From Vienna, you can take a direct train to Attnang-Puchheim and then the regional train to Bad Goisern. Travel time 3 hrs 40 mins.
  • Bus timetables available from Salzburg-verkehr
  • Train times can be found at Austrian Rail: www.oebb.at
Information for arrivals by car: Free parking available at the starting hotel.
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Bad Goisern in the Salzkammergut
Lake Hallstatt in Bad Goisern
The pretty alpine village of Gosau
Zwieselalm mountain landscape
Cow at the Zwieselalm
Hiking trail above Gosau
Panoramic view from the Zwieselalm
Gosaukammbahn © Dachstein Tourismus AG
Gosausee (c) Oberosterreich Tourismus GmbH / Andreas Robl
Lake Gosausee
Gousausee lake with view of the Dachstein (c) Oberösterreich Tourismus
Gosau alpine village
Walking path on the Löckernmoos (c) Van Tasm
Hiking at the Löckersee (c) Oberösterreich Tourismus
View over lake Hallstattersee
Rudolfsturm above Hallstatt
Hallstatt Welterbeblick © Salzwelten-GmbH
Hallstatt and mountains
Arriving in the fairytale village of Hallstatt
Hallstaettersee ferry © Oesterreich-Werbung

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