Walking in Salzkammergut: Heaven is a place in Austria

In all of Austria, the sublime landscapes of the Salzkammergut are widely recognised as the most magnificent example of the countries naturally blessed beauty.

The Gosau Valley in Austria's Salzkammergut regionThe Gosau Valley in Austria's Salzkammergut region Even the locals never cease to wonder at their surroundings, and you can perhaps understand why when you learn that the rivers still provide drinking water. Taking a walk in the Dachstein region of the Salzkammergut is treating yourself very well. At 2995m, the Dachstein massif is the tallest peak in a range of unimaginable beauty. Rugged, low mountain ranges (average height of 1700 metres) nicely frame the broad valley basin where you can explore the secret valleys, tranquil settlements along the River Traun, mountain sides covered in lush pasture land, romantic high-lying valleys and spectacular rock faces. Then, there is the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt, and Gosau Lake with its unspoilt shores, idyllic high mountain pastures and dense woodlands. Imagine that as your backdrop during your walks each day. The beautiful village of Hallstatt. (c) Liz LightThe beautiful village of Hallstatt. (c) Liz Light Walking towards your first site of the village of Hallstatt is one of the great walking holiday moments. Hallstatt, perhaps the most photographed village in Austria is also the country’s oldest. The beautiful old Baroque wooden architecture nestles into the surrounding mountains seamlessly by the shore of the lake.  The houses look like they have naturally risen from the ground, rather than having been built by man. The windows are small, but the sills are filled with flowers. The Salzkammergut region is also steeped in history. Across many of the villages, the wells still exists and is where people still do their washing. Many of the inhabitants speak their own dialect. Other local time-honoured traditions are still celebrated today, such as Austrian folk music, and wearing a Dirndl (dress with apron) and the Lederhose (leather trousers). There are a variety of walking trails in the Dachstein region that will suit your fitness and ability but in general the walks here are a little tougher. The trails are well marked, so self guided walking, when provided with good supporting maps and information is very enjoyable so you can tackle the various challenges at your own pace.
Interested in walking in the Dachstein region? View these Dachstein walking trips.  
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