The Salzkammergut is one of Austria‘s most beautiful regions – and not without reason. Beautiful lakes in combination with majestic mountains, delicious Austrian food and lots of different things to do. In this blog post, I'm sharing my highlights of the Salzkammergut with you: Road Trip Salzkammergut in four days!
Road Trip Salzkammergut | Itinerary for 4 Days
Day 1 | Hallstatt
Hallstatt is best visited very early in the morning before the busses with millions of tourists to arrive. And yes, it really is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures – and with a little bit of patience, you may even manage to snap a picture where it looks like you have Hallstatt all to yourself. Definitely visit the Beinhaus – the Ossuary – next to the Catholic Church on the hill. The Salt Mine, that overlooks Hallstatt, is absolutely worth a visit, too. A lift takes you up the mountain and on the top, you can enjoy stunning views. The Salt Mine in Hallstatt is the oldest in the world, and a visit with a guide (included in the ticket) is super interesting and well worth it. The wooden slides in the mountain are a highlight!
In the evening continue to drive to Bad Ischl.
Parking: P2 is located directly at the entrance of the Salt Mine. Plenty of signs show you the way.| Route: Hallstatt – Bad Ischl | Distance: 21km | Time: 24 minutes | Find accommodation in Bad Ischl
Day 2 | Bad Ischl & St. Wolfgang
Start your day with a walk through the former Imperial City Bad Ischl. Follow Sissi's footsteps and visit the Kaiservilla. Then continue to St. Wolfgang am Wolfgangsee. Have you seen the film Im weißen Rössl aka The White Horse Inn with Peter Alexander? By the way, the Weißen Rössl does really exist and the restaurant offers wonderful views over Lake Wolfgang. If the mountains are calling, you can take the Schafbergbahn to Schafberg but unfortunately, the tickets aren't cheap!
Parking: several car parks are available in St. Wolfgang | Route: Bad Ischl – St. Wolfgang | Distance: 18 km | Time: 21 minutes | Accommodation in/around St. Wolfgang
Day 3 | Canyoning Fuschlsee & Mondsee
Start the morning adventurously with a canyoning tour through the Almbachklamm or Strubklamm. Enjoy lunch at Hotel Obermayer afterwards (where the canyoning tour starts). After lunch, lake Mondsee is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed afternoon.
Parking: free parking spaces are easy to find | Route: St. Wolfgang – Canyoning Ebenau – Mondsee | Distance: 64.7 km | Time: 57 minutes | Find accommodation in Mondsee
Day 4 | Attersee & Gmunden
Attersee is one of my favourite lakes in the region and is popular with divers all year round. If you are interested in breathing underwater, sign up for an introductory dive at Under Pressure dive centre in Weyregg. Don't worry if you don't fancy a dive, take a dip in the lake to cool off and watch the resident swans. Then head to the lake Traunsee – in Gmunden. Take a stroll through the beautiful castle Orth and end the road trip with a walk through the centre of Gmunden and the promenade.
Parking: free parking spaces are easy to find | Route: Mondsee – Attersee – Gmunden | Distance: 57.7 km | Time: 59 minutes | Find accommodation in Gmunden
Tips for your Road Trip Salzkammergut
To make your road trip through the Salzkammergut even more fun, here are some extra tips for you:
Tip to save money: Salzburg Card
If you plan to spend a day in the city of Salzburg, consider buying the Salzburg Card. All sights in the city are free and special discounts apply all over Salzburg. Also, the tickets to the Salt Mine in Hallstatt are cheaper too (even though Hallstatt is in Upper Austria).
Have you visited Salzkammergut? What are your favourite spots? Don't forget to let me know in the comments!
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