Salzburg is in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. It’s full of mountains and lakes waiting to be climbed up, walked round and swum in.
Attersee is the biggest lake, and at 170 metres, the second deepest after Traunsee.
One of the warmest lakes is Hintersee if you fancy a swim. It can get up to 26 degrees in the summer.
There are many walking trails – heading upwards not only allows you to experience the fantastic views, but also to avoid both the swimming crowds round the lake in the summer and the fog which settles there in the winter.
Here are two walks we did in the hills around Attersee.
Walk 1 – Schoberstein – at the bottom of the Attersee
Approx 1.5 hours to summit
Park round the corner from the lakeside hotel in Weissenbach, or in their car park in the winter when the hotel is closed. There was plenty of space for a campervan, although that might be different in peak summer season.
The path is clearly marked. It starts at the left hand side of the hotel, passes up through an old garden and then into the woods at the back. The ascent is about 1 1/2 hours; this part is fairly steep but manageable.
Nearer the top, there’s a chain to hold, and if you’re afraid of heights don’t look down. Katie is a little, but she managed. For younger children, this bit might be tricky.
The last few metres is a bit of a scramble up the rocks – and then you’re there. The views are great. The summit is 1037m.
This is the same view taken in November when the fog is lying over the lake. It was like pea soup at ground level and a chilly 5 degrees; up top it was beautifully clear beyond the cloud level and 16 degrees.
Walk 2 – Feichtensteinalm, behind Hintersee
Approx 2 hours to summit, other peaks can be added on
Follow the road beyond the little town of Hintersee until you can go no further. There’s a large parking area at the edge of the woods.
We were meeting friends who were taking their horse up to the mountain pasture for the summer. There are certain days in June when lots of horses head up en masse, this being one of them. It avoids the horses who arrive earlier bullying the new arrivals – there is still a bit of bickering as they form a natural pecking order but once they are settled in, it’s very special to see the horses cantering free over the mountain. The younger horses form one group and the older horses another group.
The walk to the top takes around 2 hours from the car park. It’s firstly through forest.
Then it’s in the open. It can get very hot without shade in summer, remember a hat. It’s open meadow and the path climbs up towards the summit where there’s a little restaurant.
The mountain flowers are beautiful.
Neil and our Austrian friend, Margaret, climbed to a nearby summit. Katie and I followed the horses to make sure they had settled in.
Where to stay with a campervan
We were lucky that our friend lives nearby and has a house on the edge of the forest. Thank you Margaret, Ernst and Anna xx.
We also stayed at a farmstay just beside Hintersee. Big, clean shower,; electric hook up – 13 euros a night. It’s a turn off to the left between Mondsee and Hintersee, just before the lake. Coordinates –