3 federal states share this unique holiday region, which not only boasts 76 larger and smaller lakes but also impressive mountain giants. Dachstein, Totes Gebirge, Osterhorn mountains, Traunstein and Höllengebirge mountains characterise the landscape, culture, land & people.
Nobles arrived early in Salzkammergut to boost the thriving business in the salt market. However, the region itself did not benefit from the income because the Habsburgs had claimed the region for themselves.
The summer get-away also origins from the Salzkammergut. Summer holidays were already an economic factor Salzkammergut in the 19th century because the emperor spent his time at the region’s lakes on a regular basis. Especially the Viennese always wanted to be close to their emperor.
Today we celebrate the revival of the summer get-away and, just like in the past, guests come to this impressive holiday region to get away from the heat, stress of everyday life and the urban hustle and bustle.
Attergau, Lake Attersee, Ausseerland, Bad Ischl, Dachstein, Lake Fuschl region, Mondsee-Irrsee, Traunsee-Almtal Valley and Lake Wolfgang – these are the regions making Salzkammergut so unique. The heart of the region is Bad Ischl – a paradise for cross-country ski fans and wellness enthusiasts. The Almtal Valley is ideal for families. The Kasberg ski resort is perfect for being gently introduced to winter sports. With “Waldness“ offers the Almtal Valley its very own relaxation programme where you spend most of the time in the forest. Lake Traunsee, with a depth of 191 metres, is Austria deepest lake. The region around the lake is known as highlight for hikers. The villages in Attergau have a very special original charm.
The Dachstein region is the Mecca for winter sport fans in Salzkammergut. 119 kilometres of pistes guarantee fun and variety.
There is always something to do around Lake Wolfgang. The alpine pastures on the plateau of the Postalm are enjoyed by hikers in summer and by cross-country-skiers in winter. The Dachstein West ski resort is easily accessed by ski bus. Gustav Klimt was a fan of Lake Attersee; he spent his summers here on a regular basis. The lake itself is very popular among divers because of its extremely clear water. Lake Fuschl is simply romantic. Exploring this region by horse-drawn carriage or bikes is highly recommended.
Ausseerland Salzkammergut is perfect for active holidaymakers. The Tauplitz ski resort is known for its snow-reliability. Lake Mondsee is a top tip for water sportsmen and women. Sailors, surfers and kiters are delighted by the good wind conditions – Lake Irrsee on the other hand is a nature reserve and invites to relaxation.
Salzkammergut is so diverse and offers something for everyone. Join the journey to the new summer get-away!