Situated in about the centre of Austria, the lofty peaks of the
Salzkammergut region tower over the glassy waters of the beautiful
lake district - creating an exceptional landscape of unique beauty.
At Great Rail Journeys we visit this outstanding area of Austrian
lakes and mountains on a selection of tours.
To gain both a marvellous overview and a great insight into the
lakes and mountains of Austria, on our holidays we explore the
region on a number of varied excursions. For example, on our
"Austrian Lake District" tour we stay in the quiet, authentic
fishing community of Traunkirchen, set on the western edge of Lake
Traunsee and overlooked by the Traunstein Mountain.
We visit some of the impossibly pretty villages dotted around
these lakes, including St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt, a UNESCO World
Heritage site. Other excursions take in some of the film locations
for "The Sound of Music", and the timeless city of Salzburg - known
as Mozart's birthplace and filled with a plethora of attractions.
And of course, we discover some of the lakes by taking leisurely
cruises on them.
We also include some exciting railway trips. Some of these
scenic lines pass along the lake shores, connecting the region's
charming towns on modern routes. Others, such as
the Schafbergbahn Cog Railway, are preserved tourist
lines. This steam-hauled journey offers incredible views over the
Austrian lakes and mountains as it climbs to the summit of
Schafberg at 3,904 feet.