Salzkammergut (Austria)

The Salzkammergut Experience


Next Trip: We hosted groups here in 2009 and 2012. We hope to return to the Salzkammergut in the future, but we don’t have a trip scheduled. Let us know if you’d be interested.

The Salzkammergut is a magnificent region of mountains and lakes, southeast of Salzburg, Austria.  Our home for The Salzgammergut Experience is the storybook village of St. Gilgen (seen above), on the shores of Lake Wolfgang, about 30 minutes from Salzburg.  Salzburg, the birthplace of the composer Mozart, is one of our favorite European cities; watch the classic movie “The Sound of Music” to understand its appeal.

Summer is the perfect time to experience the magic and beauty of the Salzkammergut, as we explore its villages, mountains and lakes.  During the week we’ll travel by ferry, cogwheel mountain train, cable car, and funicular. 

Highlights of our week in the Salzkammergut will include:

  • The picturesque villages of St. Gilgen, Mondsee, St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt
  • The Schafberg and Zwölferhorn mountains and the high meadow at the Postalm, including easy walking and lunches with awe-inspiring views
  • The spa town of Bad Ischl and the Kaiservilla, the summer home of Emperor Franz-Joseph and the Empress Elisabeth
  • A trip to the ancient Salt Mines above Hallstatt, where we’ll don protective miners’ clothing before traveling deep within the mountain
  • An evening in Salzburg, including dinner and a classical concert in an historic setting

Optional day trips include an excursion to Berchtesgaden, Germany and Lake Königssee or a full day in Salzburg.  There’s plenty to enjoy in St. Gilgen if you prefer a day on your own.

St. Gilgen in the Salzkammergut

Our group will enjoy traditional Austrian food in a variety of settings: waterfront restaurants and cafes, simple mountaintop inns, a Vienna-style coffeehouse, and fine dining establishments. We’ll even break away one evening to have an Italian meal. (After all, the Italian border is only a few hours away!)  

See more photos of the beautiful Salzkammergut and the city of Salzburg. And take a look at our fun during our Salzkammergut Experience week in June 2009 and July 2014.

The Salzkammergut in photos

We’ll meet the group at the Salzburg train station, a 1-1/2 hour trip from Munich.  There are several daily flights to and from the USA to Munich, and Munich is an ideal city to explore before joining our week.  You can take the train from Munich or we can suggest a shuttle service. You may also want to extend your trip to spend more time in Salzburg at the end of the week.