View of the historic town of Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt as the morning sun shines over the Salzkammergut mountains
View of Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountains of the Salzkammergut in summer

Active holiday in the Salzkammergut

The Salzkammergut in Austria is a true paradise for active holidaymakers. With its idyllic landscape, surrounded by numerous lakes, majestic mountains and picturesque forests, towns such as Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun offer a wide range of outdoor activities.


View over the rooftops of Hallstatt with a wonderful view of Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountain landscape of the Salzkammergut

Hiking in the Salzkammergut

Hiking in the Salzkammergut is an experience in itself, with a multitude of well-marked hiking trails that lead through breathtaking landscapes. From leisurely strolls along the lakeshore to challenging mountain hikes, every hiking enthusiast will find their route here. Numerous huts offer refreshments along the way, and the more than 60 lakes in the region are perfect for a refreshing dip. To ensure a safe hike, you should follow the rules of behaviour in nature and call the Alpine emergency number 140.

Favourite hiking routes:

  • World heritage view round in Hallstatt
  • Dachstein circular route
  • Salzkammergut Lakes Trail
  • Hike to the Dachstein cabins such as the Wiesberghaus or the Siomnyhütte
  • "On the trail of the Celts" Hike (Salzburg-Gräberfeld-Dammwiese-Waldbachstrub-Hallstatt)

Climbing in the Salzkammergut

Climbing in the Salzkammergut ranges from exciting routes in limestone caves to challenging rock climbing sections in the Alps. The Dachstein region, known for its high-quality climbing routes, offers unique climbing experiences. The via ferratas are suitable for all ages and range from difficulty levels A to F. The best time for climbing is spring and autumn, although heat is to be expected in the summer months. In bad weather, climbing gyms in Bad Ischl, at Mondsee or in Gmunden offer alternatives.

Favourite via ferratas:

  • Seewand via ferrata Hallstatt
  • Via ferrata Dachstein Krippenstein
  • Via ferrata Gams am Krippenstein
  • "Ewige-Wand" via ferrata in Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt

Further leisure activities for your active holiday

Cycling in the Salzkammergut

The well-marked cycle paths in the Salzkammergut are ideal for cycling tours along the lakes or on challenging mountain bike trails. Guided cycle tours offer exciting insights into the nature of the region. Gravel bikes, a mixture of racing bikes and mountain bikes, are also ideal for exploring the varied paths and roads of the Salzkammergut.

Segway & e-bike tours

Segway and e-bike tours are a modern and environmentally friendly way to explore the area. They offer a fun and effortless riding experience. Segway tours through the Gosau Valley can be undertaken independently or with a tour guide, while e-bikes are ideal for exploring Lake Hallstatt or the Dachstein circuit.

Water sports

The clear mountain lakes in the Salzkammergut offer ideal conditions for water sports such as stand-up paddling, rafting or diving. They offer both exciting adventures and relaxing moments in the midst of nature.

Paragliding and tandem flights

Experience the Salzkammergut from a bird's eye view while paragliding. Whether from the Krippenstein or the Zwölferhorn in St. Gilgen, the panorama over the lakes and mountains is breathtaking.

Nordic walking

Nordic walking is a gentle full-body workout that combines perfectly with nature on selected trails. The routes range from relaxed lakeside paths to challenging hilly landscapes.


Archery in the Salzkammergut combines precision with the experience of nature. There are courses for beginners and advanced archers in Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt, and the region is known as the Mecca of archery.

Fishing & Angling

The crystal-clear mountain lakes are ideal for fishing, although a fishing licence is required. Find out about the best fishing spots in advance.


The eight golf courses in the Salzkammergut offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountain and lake landscape and are suitable for players of all levels.

Discover the diversity of the Salzkammergut and experience an unforgettable active holiday in one of Austria's most beautiful regions. Book your room online now or send us a non-binding enquiry.