Walking Holidays in Austria

Austria - Salzburg & St. Jacob's Way

Austria has a magical route which is a thousand years old. Our Austrianwalking holiday will take you through the foothills of the Austrian Alps, and you will walk on Salzburg’s Jacob’s Trail (St. James's Way), Rupert’s Winkl and past high mountains into the Alps. The former clerical state of Salzburg always welcomed pilgrims and treated them very well. Interesting ecclesiastical sites, charming countryside and impressive walks contribute to a relaxing and reviving self-guided walking holiday.


£569 per person based on 2 people sharing. Single supplement - £100


Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast, train fare Seekirchen – Oberhofen, route instructions, luggage transport.

Not included

Airfares (or bus or train fares) to starting point of trip, meals except breakfast, drinks, travel insurance and gratuities.

Departure dates

Every day from 9th May to 19th September

To book please visit our booking Information page
T: (44) (0)1242 254353


Day 1: Arrival at Seekirchen on Lake Wallersee.

Day 2: By train to Oberhofen – Eugendorf. By train you reach the border, where Salzburg’s Jacobs Trail starts. First you walk past soft green hills down to Lake Wallersee and then follow the path to Eugendorf. 23 kms/14.4 miles

Day 3: Eugendorf – Salzburg. Distant mountains are greeting the pilgrim and pointing to the destination. A comfortable walk brings you downhill to Salzburg, where a wealth of churches and ecclesiastical monuments wait to be discovered. A detour to Maria Plain, a baroque pilgrim church towering high over Salzburg is worth the effort. 14 kms/8.75 miles

Day 4: Salzburg – Großgmain/Bad Reichenhall. Across the city you walk into the direction of mount Untersberg. At little town Großgmain you cross the German border to Rupert’s Winkl and afterwards you reach the Bavarian salt metropolis, Bad Reichenhall. 18 kms/11.25 miles

Day 5: Bad Reichenhall – Unken. Today you follow the river Saalach back into the area of Salzburg. Past Lake Salzachsee you walk deeper and deeper into the mountains. The hiking path partly follows the river bank, sometimes wildly gushing through steep rock walls. 17 kms/10.6 miles

Day 6: Unken – Waidring/St. Ulrich. At first you follow the river Saalach into the widening valley around Lofer, a mountain village of great original charm. In front of you the steep Loferer Steinberge mountain range seems to scrape the sky. Cross via Strubpass into Tyrol. 26 kms/16.25 miles

Day 7: Waidring/St. Ulrich – St. Johann. According to the route you choose, on the dyke path, or past Lake Pillersee and St. Jacob’s church, to St. Johann.
16 kms/10 miles.

Day 8 : Departure

Difficulty of walk

Walk on quiet country roads, forest trails and walking trails. The 'pre-alps' region around Salzburg is a lovely landscape of gentle hills, little farmhouses and very small villages, and lakes. Beyond Salzburg you are among the German mountains, following a river trail and walking over little passes. The daily walks are sometimes quite long (6 hours walking) but there are almost no significant ascents and some days are short enough to enable you to visit places of particular interest. Supermarkets en route allow you to buy lunches. Some experience of self-guided walking useful but there are plenty of possibilities to take the bus or train to shorten the walks.

Group size

This self-guided walking holiday can be operated for 2 or more people.


Gorgeous scenery, historic route, comfortable accommodation, beautiful city of Salzburg.


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Accommodation & additional information


Rooms with breakfast in country hotels and guest houses.

Getting there

Salzburg is well-served by plane from all major airports

What to take

Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, swimming costume, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, rainproof, fleece, compass, torch and a first-aid kit.


We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.

To book, contact Pilgrim Walks at:
T: (44) (0)1242 254353

Walking Holidays Austria


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