5 days

Salzkammergut S-Trail section II: Hiking the Schafberg Mountain

4 lakes, 3 summits

This tour follows the early stages of the S-Trail from Lake Wolfgangsee to Lake Mondsee and Lake Fuschlsee, 3 of the region’s most popular swimming lakes. It includes a boat trip on Lake Wolfgangsee as well as an unforgettable ride on the classic, olde worlde cog-railway up the Schafberg Mountain (1,783 m). From there you will enjoy the most magnificent 360° panoramic views in the whole Salzkammergut region.

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.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS From €660 per person sharing.*

*Discounts available for children (under 14) sharing their parents’ room
*A high season supplement of €30 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.

*Note: Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as ‘Austrian Twins’ and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available. The hotels are located close to the walking trails.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from May 9th to October 8th
4 x overnight stays in selected hotels
4 x breakfasts
1 x boat trip from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang
1 x ascent with the cogwheel railway to Mount Schafberg
1 x bus ticket from Fuschl to St. Gilgen
1 x Bottled Liqueur from Aich Abbey
Welcome video with info for your trip
1 x Hiking map of the Salzkammergut area + detailed routing
1 x S-Trail hiking booklet (1x per room)
GPS tracks
1 x Salzkammergut Adventure Card – Reductions on 120 attractions in the region
2 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
Drinks and snacks
Transport to and from St Gilgen
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
 Half board supplement (€150 pp)
Single Room Supplement(s)
DIFFICULTY This trip is graded moderate overall. Although the walking distances are not long, day 2  features a steep descent from the Schafberg and day 3 features quite a steep climb to Wartenfels castle ruin.

The distances can be shortened by using 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 St. Gilgen

Arrival in the elegant village of St. Gilgen, just 29 km from Salzburg on the northern shore of Lake Wolfgangsee. This idyllic place if famed for its wonderful scenery.

You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation.

Overnight stay in St. Gilgen.


Day 2: St. Gilgen – St. Wolfgang – St. Gilgen via the Schafberg

Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 53 m | Descent: 1184 m | 3-4 hrs approx.

Although the actual walking distance is not long today, it is a busy day which is sure to be very memorable!

You begin by taking a boat trip across Lake Wolfgangsee to St. Wolfgang (35 mins). You then take the cogwheel train (another 35 mins) to the 1.783 m high Mount Schafberg. Take some time to enjoy the stunning panoramic views over the surrounding peaks and lakes before beginning your hike. You descend steeply from the mountain station to Schafbergalm. From there you follow the Schafbergtrail to Winkl, where you will find Aich abbey. Take a break to visit the splendid herb garden and sample the delicious liqueurs. Choose your favourite liqueur from more than 10 different varieties (1 per person included). Finally, you walk along the romantic lakeshore path along Wolfgangsee to St. Gilgen.

It is also possible to extend today’s walk by 9 km. To do this you would begin by walking the lakeside path to St. Wolfgang, rather than taking the boat.

Overnight stay in St. Gilgen.


Day 3: St. Gilgen to Mondsee via the Almkogel

Distance: 18 km | Ascent: 592 m | Descent: 600 m | 5-6 hrs approx.

Today’s stage leads from Lake Wolfgangsee past the Almkogel peak to Lake Mondsee. The forest peak that you climb between does not look like much from a distance, but offers a wonderful view. Otherwise your walk alternates between tranquil forest paths and cultivated farmland. When you reach Mondsee – by the shore of the lake of the same name – be sure to visit the striking gothic basilica, where the famous wedding scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. You can also stop for a refreshing drink or snack by the lakeshore before the last 4 km, a lovely riverside stroll through the Zeller Ache ravine to your hotel which is located in quiet countryside surroundings.

Today’s route can also be shortened by taking a bus or taxi for the last 4 km from Mondsee village.

Overnight stay in Hotel Prielbauer, Mondsee.


Day 4: Mondsee – Wartenfels – Fuschl am See

Distance: 13 km | Ascent: 510 m | Descent: 398 m | 4-5 hrs approx.

You begin by either walking back along the riverside path to Mondsee village or taking a bus/taxi (which would shorten today’s walk to 9 km).

The first part of the route from Mondsee is quite a steep ascent to the former forester’s hut Wartenfels, nowadays an excellent inn and guesthouse. A short detour to the nearby castle ruins Wartenfels comes highly recommended. If you feel in the mood for more walking once you reach Lake Fuschlsee it is well worth doing the beautiful circuit of the lake (10km). Bus ride from Fuschl back to St. Gilgen (ticket included).

Overnight stay in St. Gilgen.


Day 5: 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
Bus 150 runs every 30 mins between Salzburg and St Gilgen (journey time 44 mins). Timetables available from Salzburg-verkehr

The bus station in St Gilgen is near the base station of the cable car.

Information for arrivals by car: Free parking available at the starting hotel.
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St Gilgen am Wolfgangsee (c) Oesterreich-Werbung / Volker Preusser
St. Gilgen Rathaus
Lake Wolfgang, St. Gilgen
Wolfgangsee Ferry © Wolfgangsee Navigation
St. Wolfgang
SchafbergBahn (c) Salzkammergutbahn Gmbh / Ursula Bahr
SchafbergBahn © SalzburgerLand Tourismus
Hiking signposts on the Schafberg
Enjoying the view at the Schafberg
View above the clouds on the Schafberg
Hiking on the Schafberg above Wolfgangsee
Wonderful views on descent from the Schafberg
View over Mondsee
S-Trail hiking signposts © SalzburgerLand Tourismus
View over Lake Wolfgang
Path along Lake Wolfgangsee
Fisherman on Lake Wolfgangsee
Mondsee Basilika (c) TVB-MondSeeLand
Wartenfels Castle
S-Trail signposts underneath the Schober
Hiking at Lake Fuschlsee
Lake Fuschlsee underneath the Schober
Boat on Fuschlsee

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