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Austrian Lakes and Mountains: Salzburg, Salzkammergut & Bavaria Group Tour

  • Weyregg, Attersee Lake Region © Oesterreich Werbung, Photographer Wolfgang Weinhaeupl

    Austria, Lakes and Mountains, Attersee, ©Oesterreich werbung Weinhaeupl
  • Salzburg in winter © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

    Austria, Salzburg, winter, christmas markets, festive break, group travel © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
  • Mondsee, Austria © Oesterreich werbung Weinhaeupl W.

    Austrian Lakes Mondsee, Austria © Oesterreich werbung Weinhaeupl W.
  • Hallstatt in winter ©Osterreich Werbung-Photographen Popp Hackner

    Austria, Hallstatt, winter wonderland, group travel, ©Osterreich Werbung-Photographen Popp Hackner
8-10 day tour
From £669 per person - minimum 25 passengers

With more than 76 lakes, it’s no surprise that the Salzkammergut region has become known as the Austrian Lake District. During this group tour, visit the very best the region has to offer: crystal clear Austrian Alpine Lakes, picturesque villages, rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges.

This tour will pass through the cinematic wonder of the Sound of Music in Salzburg and Mondsee while also taking in the famous Schafberg cog railway and the little lakeside Gmunden Ceramic Factory. Cross the border into Bavaria and take in the emerald green Königsee and the perilously perched Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s summer lodge retreat.

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Mountain Tops and Lake Beds

The town of Mondsee extends from the northern tip of the crescent-shaped lake with which it shares a name. It is best known for its 15th century parish church – its yellow facade made famous in the wedding scene from The Sound of Music.

The scenic route through the lakes takes in Attersee – Austria’s largest lake – before arriving at Wolfgangsee. Named for a local saint, the lake is dominated by the 1783-m Schafberg Mountain to its northern shore, the summit of which features Austria’s oldest inn and incredible panoramic views over the lakes.

To get there, the quirky Schafberg Railway steam train putters through green fields and dense woodland to the mountain top, offering the best route to the summit.

Salt and Ceramics

To the east lies the town of Gmunden, made famous by its historic salt mining and ceramics industries. The Gmunden Ceramics factory is a real highlight while the town’s marina, lakeside squares and promenades give it something of a Riviera feel.

Across the glimmering turquoise waters of Austria’s deepest lake, the Traunsee, sits the quietly charming market town of Ebensee. Nestled among the spectacular Austrian peaks, its tranquillity belies its darker history as site of part of one of the SS’s most brutal work camps.

Salzburg: Not just Mozart and The Sound of Music

Beneath steep Alpine hills upon the bank of the Salzach River, the elegant domes and spires of Salzburg reach skyward with a lofty ambition matched only by its cultural history. Classical music flows through the idyllic city streets as naturally as the sound of traffic might in any other city.

Birthplace to Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music, Salzburg isn’t content with the past. Instead it continues to reach into the future with a flourishing arts scene and varied cuisine as the city music halls keep tradition alive.

Salzburg sits beneath gargantuan mountains, watched carefully by the cliff top Hohensalzburg fortress, but it is never overshadowed.

The Advent of War and Lakeside Bliss

Bad Ischl built its reputation on the fateful visit of Habsburg Princess Sophie. Struggling to conceive, the princess arrived in the town for treatment. Within two years she gave birth to the future emperor, Franz Josef I, with two more sons following soon after. From there the spa town’s reputation only grew.

Franz Josef made Bad Ischl his summer home, journeying back to the Italianate-style Kaiservilla each year. It was from here that he sent the letter announcing war with Serbia in 1914, sparking the First World War.

To the south, the pastel reflections of Hallstatt’s oh-so-typically Austrian houses float freely on the crystal lake, seemingly independent of the thin strip of land upon which the village is built.

Königsee & the Eagle’s Nest

Across the border in Bavaria, overshadowing the clean emerald waters of Königsee, stands the Adolf Hitler’s summer Kehlsteinhaus retreat.

Translating as the Eagle’s Nest, it stands 1834-m above sea level at the end of a 6-km mountain road connecting to the summit via a 124-m brass-panelled lift through the rock face.

Now a restaurant offering impressive views over the Alps, the lodge’s dark history and unusual position makes this a fascinating spot to visit.


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Dates throughout 2022


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel to Austria

Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel to Germany France for an overnight stop before arriving in Austria.

Day 3

Scenic Lakes Tour & Schafberg Railway

This morning we take a scenic drive around Mondsee, home to the baroque St Michael’s Church, the setting for the wedding scene in ‘The Sound of Music’.

We continue past Attersee and stop at Wolfgangsee to visit the famous ‘White Horse Inn’, set in this truly picturesque location. In the afternoon, perhaps board an historic steam locomotive on the famous Schafberg cog railway and ride to the mountain’s summit for spectacular 360˚ panoramic views.

Day 4

At Leisure

Enjoy free time to relax in the hotel and explore the surrounding area. Depending on the choice of hotel, perhaps take a lake cruise.

Day 5

Pottery and Paddlesteamer

Today, we drive to historic Gmunden where you can enjoy lakeside squares and pretty promenades. Visit the pottery factory and discover the secrets behind the famous hand-painted Gmunden ceramic with a tour. Then cruise southwards on a paddlesteamer over Traunsee’s turquoise waters to Ebensee, where we will rejoin the coach.

Day 6

Romantic Salzburg – Mozart and ‘The Sound of Music’

The city comes alive with the sound of music today as we spend the full day exploring romantic, fairy-tale Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the setting for many of the scenes in The Sound of Music.

A guided walking tour through the traffic-free streets is followed by free time to explore more of the old town. Perhaps visit Mozart’s birthplace, or take a funicular up to the medieval Hohensalzburg fortress that overlooks the old town.

Day 7

Bad Ischl and Hallstatt

Today we head off to Bad Ischl, a popular holiday and spa resort. There’s time to explore the parks and gardens and see the Kaiservilla, the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I. In the afternoon, we travel to Hallstatt, one of the most beautiful villages in the lake district with wonderful views across Hallstattersee.

Day 8

Königssee and the Eagle’s Nest

Today we cross into Bavaria to visit the Königssee, a beautiful lake with crystal clear waters.

We then visit the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s former mountain-top residence, now part museum and part restaurant. Specially-equipped mountain buses take you the final part of the journey along a spectacular 6.5km route up to the rock face where a luxurious brass lift whisks you up through the rock to reach the Kehlsteinhaus itself. After touring the historical building enjoy another panoramic view of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps.

Day 9-10

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave Austria, make an overnight stop in Germany before continuing to Calais the following morning to return to the UK.


Suggested hotels

Landhotel Schutzenhof, Fuschl Am See **** – inspected by Greatdays’ staff in August 2017

Ideal lakeside location with wellness centre, restaurant and bar with terrace. Four course dinners with menu choice. Welcome drink and gala dinner as part of half board, free use of hotel’s private beach. Coach parking available opposite the hotel.

Tirolerhof, Sankt Georgen im Attergau *** – inspected by Greatdays’ staff in August 2017

Family-run hotel, located in a quiet part but not far from the centre of St. Georgen. Outdoor swimming pool and coach parking in front of hotel.


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April – October 2022 Landhotel Schutzenhof From £669.00 per person From £159.00 per person
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