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Itinerary help for adventurous hiking youth with no car

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Itinerary help for adventurous hiking youth with no car

Hi all:

My best friend and I just graduated and are making our way to Central Europe, hoping to do some day hikes in the Alps this August. We will be in Prague, are thinking of going to Vienna and then Salzburg, and from there looking to escape from the city a bit and get into the hills for few days. We are adventurous with public transport and two low-maintenance girls, but I would love suggestions of where to go outside of the cities given we are traveling without a car (where there might be hostels or guest houses on the cheap, etc).

Any thoughts about this itinerary (or other ideas of hiking in wider area!) welcome.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Itinerary help for adventurous hiking youth with no car

From Salzburg you could get the bus out to Gosau. This is a lovely valley with Gosausee lake at the very end of it and mountains that are "dolomiten" stone so they look like the Dolomites in Italy. There are cable cars and fantastic walking up above the valley. This site helps with getting there:

http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Salzburg/Gosau

This Gasthof (which is great for lunch) is at the lakeside and gives you a great panorama to look at.

http://www.gasthof-gosausee.at/Willkommen

Just around the other side of the mountain is Hallstatt lake and Hallstatt village, one of the most beautifully situated villages in Europe. From there you could take the cable car up the Krippenstein mountain and visit the Five Fingers platform which you really need to "Google" because there are so many fabulous images of it it's hard to choose one. This will give you an idea, though:

…salzkammergut.at/en/attractions-sights/aust…

The whole Salzkammergut lake area is very scenic with pretty villages all round lake wolfgang but the walking will be a bit tamer than that at Gosau. At Strobl, at the southern end of Lake Wolfgang (Wolfgangsee) there are watersports and, as this village is not so touristy, it's a great place to chill after hiking). Strobl is easily accessible from Salzburg by bus.

…salzkammergut.at/en/home.html#oben

Heading in the other direction, and if you really are adventurous, you could do a hike on the Watzmann. This spectacular mountain is just over the border from Salzburg, in Bavaria. You'd take the bus (840) to Berchtesgaden (around 40 minutes) and then another bus to Konigsee (around 15 minutes). Konigsee lake is the cleanest in Europe and only allows electric boats. The boat trip there is about 2 hours long and to be honest the scenery is a little "samey" as it's rather like a Norwegian Fjord. But towering over the lake is the fabulous Watzmann. Hiking there is steep and it took us about four hours to reach one of the "alms" where we had a fantastic lunch and then came back down. You can go further to the Watzmannhaus and I can only guess what the views must be like up there.

http://www.summitpost.org/watzmann/150412

On the other side of the lake is the Jenner mountain which can be accessed from a cable car actually situated in the car park at Konigsee. There's good hiking up there and fantastic views. We took the cable car to the top, then hiked around the mountain and back down to the "Mittelstation" (middle station of the cable car) which took us an afternoon.

http://www.jennerbahn.de/de/englisch/

Hope some of this is helpful.

Liz.

Edited: 12 June 2014, 08:58
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2. Re: Itinerary help for adventurous hiking youth with no car

You could use Youth Hostels. There is a good one in Bad Ischl https://www.hihostels.com/hostels/004018

from there you would have access to the whole of the Salzkammergut by bus and/or train as described by Liz in previous post

Edited: 12 June 2014, 16:14
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