Salzkammergut in Austria is one of the most popular destinations in the country, and yet the beautiful alpine region still manages to offer tranquil boat rides over crystalline lakes, the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature hiking through the mountains and pleasant day tours through picturesque towns.
For centuries this region has been famous for its natural landscapes, and the spa town of Bad Ischl (Bad as in a german term for Spa) was chosen by the Austrian aristocracy as a summer capital to relax in lakes said to be beneficial for health. Salzkammergut is also home to one of the oldest salt mines of the world, which you can explore while learning about the millenary history of this job.
Of course, you can also find many historical tours and places, with every town having its story to tell. In Althusser, you can find the Salt Mine where Nazis hid more than 4000 paintings that had been stolen and pillaged, and which were saved from destruction by brave mine workers. At Wolfgangsee you can learn about the lives of the famous Mozart siblings, Wolfgang and Nannerl and at the shores of Attersee Lake, Gustav Klimt’s favorite summer retreat, you can learn about this painter’s life and work.
Whether you want to row and hike, ride a bike in the summer or ski during winter, or maybe explore around picture-perfect towns and finding secrets in every corner, Salzkammergut has everything for you.