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Walking in the Salzkammergut: the Austrian Lake District

30 walks in Salzburg's lakes and mountains, including the Dachstein

Guidebook describing 30 day walks among the lakes and mountains of Austria's Salzkammergut. Easily accessible from Salzburg, the area is sometimes described as the Austrian Lake District. Routes range from easy lakeside strolls and walks to local points of interest to more strenuous through-routes and ascents of the neighbouring peaks.


The hiking season in Salzkammergut runs from May to October, with the best months for walking being June, July and September.


Altauseer See, Bad Ischl, Dachstein, Fuschlsee, Gosausee, Grundlsee, Hallstätter See, Mondsee, Traunsee, Wolfgangsee


Day walks, mostly graded easy to moderate, with a few longer or more challenging routes. No special equipment or technical skills required.

Must See

Beautiful lakes including Fuschlsee, Mondsee and Traunsee below peaks such as Feuerkogel, Schafberg and Trisselwand. The Unesco-listed Dachstein massif, and the sprawling karst plateaus of the Totes Gebirge and Höllengebirge. World-famous salt mines at Hallstatt and Altausee, and beautiful towns such as Bad Ischl and St Gilgen.
26 Mar 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 30 walks in Austria’s Salzkammergut, a region of lakes and mountains near Salzburg. With the majority of routes graded easy to moderate, there are plenty of options to suit less experienced walkers and families, and most can be accessed by public transport.

Walks range from 5 to 20km (3–12 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–9 hours. They are divided between four geographical areas, including the ever-popular Dachstein.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping
  • GPX files available for download
  • Refreshment and public transport information for each walk
  • Accommodation options, public transport and sites of interest for each of the geographical sections, plus notes on the ‘gateway’ cities of Salzburg and Linz
  • History, geology, plants and wildlife

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By Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham ( is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Central and Southeastern Europe. He is the author of 14 books, and his work is published widely in magazines.  

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