The Salzkammergut stretches from the City of Salzburg eastwards along the Austrian Alpine Footlands and the Northern Limestone Alps to the peaks of the Dachstein Mountains and can hardly be surpassed in its beauty. This region is scenically stunning and one of the most interesting parts of the Alps with towering mountains (Dachstein, Totes Gebirge, Osterhorngruppe, …) and great valleys. Wonderful lakes, like the emerald green Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl) or the marvellous Wolfgangsee present themselves as spectacular vistas in the varied landscape of Salzkammergut with its – believe it or not – 76 lakes.
The charming village St. Wolfgang has a strong appeal, an operetta made it world famous, the „White Horse Inn at Lake Wolfgang“.
We will visit the spa and imperial town of Bad Ischl, which attracted the members of the Habsburg dynasty. From 1849 to 1914 Bad Ischl was the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I. On our walk through the emperor’s park or along the so-called “Promenade” you will learn a lot about Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (Sisi). It’s also worthwhile to visit one of the famous coffeehouses.
Another highly recommended treasure is Hallstatt.
The village Hallstatt is such an unbelievably spectacular place that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village in China. But only in the original village will you discover this truly unique culture with such a history all in a breath-taking mountain setting.
Along the narrow shoreline embedded between steeply rising mountains and the lake Hallstätter See, heritage buildings stand next to one another, part of the houses have been built on piles submerged in the lake.
I would also like to show you magnificent Bad Aussee, the geographic centre of Austria. Every year, end of May, the Daffodil Festival takes place in Bad Aussee. The Ausseerland region also famous for the regional costumes, the Dirndls, will impress you