Austrian Lake District Tours

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Austrian Lake District
Stretching east of Salzburg into the foothills of the Swiss Alps, the Austrian Lake District—the Salzkammergut—is home to some of Austria’s most stunning scenery. This is an idyllic spot for a summer vacation, with picturesque alpine villages, lush green valleys framed by snow-dusted peaks, and dozens of glittering lakes. 

The Basics
Salzburg is the gateway to the Lake District, and day trips might include a tour of the Dachstein Ice caves, a boat cruise across Lake Wolfgang, or a visit to the town of St Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. Many visitors combine a scenic drive through the Lake District with a sightseeing tour of Salzburg’s UNESCO-listed Old Town or a visit to the Obersalzberg salt mines. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s easy to get around in the Lake District; pick one town as your base and explore the others on day trips. 
  • Most towns have their own Visitor Information centers where you can purchase hiking maps, access free Wi-Fi, and learn more about the region. 
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a swimsuit—you can take a dip in many of the lakes. 

How to Get There
Buses and trains link Salzburg with larger towns such as Mondsee, Bad Ischl, and St. Wolfgang, but the most convenient way to explore is with your own transport or on a guided tour. Boats and passenger ferries also link the towns and villages around the Attersee, Traunsee, Mondsee, Hallstätter See, and Wolfgangsee lakes, but most run only in summer. 
 
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit the Lake District is in summer; book tours and hotels in advance if you’re visiting during the busiest months of July and August. At this time of year, you can get your fill of outdoor activities like hiking, sailing, and water sports; in winter, meanwhile, you can hit the ski slopes on the surrounding mountains. 

The Sound of Music tours
The Austrian Lake District is perhaps most famous for its starring role in the musical “The Sound of Music” and visitors still come from all around the world to visit the film’s scenic locations. Sound of Music tours typically visit the magnificent Schloss Leopoldskron and Schloss Hellbrunn; the gazebo at Schloss Hellbrunn, where Liesl von Trapp sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”; the Mondsee church where Captain Von Trapp married Maria; and, of course, the green meadows where the iconic opening scene, starring Julie Andrews, was shot. 
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Salzburg Super Saver: Austrian Lakes, Mountains and Salt Mines

See the best of Austria with this Salzburg Super Saver, combining two top-selling tours at a discounted price. Led by an expert guide,  travel underground to salt mines dating back 450 years and pay a visit to the charming Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden. Afterward, explore the Lake District in the Austrian Alps and soak up incredible views. Take a boat ride on Lake Wolfgang and see the historic Castle Huttenstein. Your day trip will conclude with transportation back to Salzburg.
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Austrian Lakes and Mountains: Salzburg Sightseeing Tour

Soak up the scenery of Austria’s Lake District on this 4-hour tour from Salzburg. Led by an expert guide, visit Fuschl Castle, wander the town of St Wolfgang and pop into the famous White Horse Inn for refreshments. Enjoy a boat ride across Lake Wolfgang and explore St Gilgen before making your way back to Salzburg.
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Panoramic Salzburg City Tour plus Austrian Lakes and Mountains Sightseeing Tour

Explore Salzburg and Austria’s scenic Lake District on a 5-hour tour. Departing from Salzburg, follow an expert guide through the city's UNESCO-listed Old Town and pay homage to the place where Mozart was born. Afterward, admire the famous Gothic altar in the village church of St Wolfgang, and take a boat ride across the lake to St Gilgen. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Salzburg.
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Viator Exclusive: 'The Sound of Music' Private Tour with Breakfast at Schloss Leopoldskron

Relive your favorite scenes from ‘The Sound of Music,’ learn the history behind the Von Trapp family and have breakfast in a Rococo castle on this private Viator Exclusive in Salzburg. Led by an expert guide, visit the iconic locations captured in the film, such as the wedding church at Mondsee. You’ll also enjoy breakfast inside Schloss Leopoldskron, another film site from the musical, on this comprehensive 6-hour experience that can’t be booked anywhere else.
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Private Tour: Austrian Lakes and Mountains Tour from Salzburg

Explore Salzkammergut on a customizable private tour, and discover the treasures of the Austrian Lake District.  After leaving Salzburg with your private guide, journey through the lake-studded landscapes of the alps and learn about the region’s history. Pass legendary lakes like Mondsee and Wolfgangsee; admire a Gothic altar in a St Wolfgang church; and check out the birthplace of Mozart’s mother on a trip to St Gilgen by boat (boat ride is optional).
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