What to see and experience in the diverse lake district Salzkammergut

In the East of Salzburg lies the beautiful lake area Salzkammergut. The region offers many recreational opportunities in both the summer and winter months. We traveled here for two days along the crystal clear mountain lakes surrounded by green alpine meadows, forests, mountain peaks and picturesque villages. In this blog we would like to tell you about which lakes you should not miss and what to experience.

#1 Traunsee

We think the Traunsee is the most impressive and photogenic lake in Salzkammergut. The lake is surrounded by charming villages, mountains and beautiful churches. With a depth of 191 meters, the Traunsee is the deepest lake in Austria! Tip: During a visit to the Traunsee, make sure to stop at the village Traunkirchen. The Johannesburg Kapelle is the eye-catcher of the village. The Kapelle is located on top of a rock and you can see the rugged mountain landscape in the background. We rented a boat there to explore the area from the water. You sail past harbors and boathouses. A very nice experience and we definitely recommended it!

#2 Wolfgangsee

The Wolfgangsee is a large lake that extends over two federal states, Upper Austria and Salzburgerland. There is much to do. For example, plan an active day on the water; you can (kite) surf, sail, water ski, kayak, snorkel, wakeboard or paddle. Enjoy the sun on a beautiful summer day on one of the sunbathing lawns or natural beaches or discover the area via one of the many hiking trails.

We stopped at two points along the lake. North of the lake you will find a higher panoramic viewpoint where you can admire a large part of the Wolfgangsee. To get to this point, it is best to navigate to “Pöllach”. There you have a parking lot along the road where you can enjoy the view. After that, we stopped at the village of St. Gilgen; a cozy colorful village with lots of flowers, lovely shops and restaurants where you can eat with a view at the lake.

#3 Hallstättersee

The Hallstättersee, a picturesque green-blue lake, which is beautifully located at the – in our opinion – most beautiful mountain village in Austria; Hallstatt. We visited the Hallstättersee on a foggy early morning. The clouds hung just above the water, creating a mysterious atmosphere. Pay attention! Hallstatt is very popular. The small village is visited by almost 1 million tourists every year. Do you want to know how to avoid this tourist crowd? Then read our tips.

#4 Attersee

The Attersee is the perfect destination for a wonderful day at the water in Salzkammergut! The Attersee is one of the largest lakes in Austria. Take a cooling dip in the crystal clear water, which is even drinking quality. on a sunny day the ‘Rosenwind’ blows evenly across the lake from the north-east. This makes the Attersee a very suitable place for water sports enthusiasts.

#5 Mondsee

Next to the Attersee is the Mondsee. We took a trip along this lake. It was incredible. Enjoy the beautiful mountains, the clear water and be sure to visit the town of Mondsee. It is known for beautiful architecture such as the colored houses, the former monastery that now has been transformed into a four-star hotel and the Basilika St. Michael Mondsee which was used as the film setting of The Sound of Music.

In the evening we had a delicious dinner on one of the terraces and we were entertained by a performance by the locals with Schuhplattler. This is an energetic traditional folk dance, in which men in lederhosen clap and stamp on their thighs, soles and the inside of their feet on the rhythm of the music.

#6 Fuschlsee

The Fuschlsee is an idyllic lake in Salzkammergut where you can stroll along the water. Step onto one of the jetties to dip your toes and enjoy a beautiful view over the clear water. It is the perfect place to completely settle down.

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