Salzburg & Königssee

Mozart's city & beautiful Bavaria
Combine a discovery of musical Salzburg with breathtaking Alpine walking on this self-guided, two-centre holiday. Staying in high-quality hotels, enjoy famed Bavarian hospitality, explore rewarding routes and sail across a fjord-like lake hidden in a quiet corner of Germany.
Salzburg & Königssee. 4 nights
Salzburg & Königssee. 4 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in Salzburg and Königssee

Fewer than thirty kilometres separate Salzburg and Königssee as the crow flies, yet they couldn’t be more different. The former is one of Austria’s foremost cities – and one of the finest Baroque cities north of the Alps – while the latter is the fjord-like, emerald-green lake at the heart of Berchtesgadener Land, one of Germany’s hidden corners, which is surrounded on three sides by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.
Salzburg’s allure lies not only in its rich cultural heritage, but also in its ornate buildings, elegant squares and elaborate fountains created by craftsmen from Venice and beyond, who lent it a distinctly Italian feel, while Königssee – Germany's deepest and purest lake – enchants with its serenity and its backdrop of imposing peaks. By combining the two, this break promises plenty of variety and an appealing mix of culture, history and scenic walks, with the chance to visit the Eagle's Nest, which sits on a rocky promontory above Königssee, commanding some of the most impressive views in Germany.



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  • Arrival in Salzburg

    Night 1: at Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich or Hotel Trumer Stube (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Explore Salzburg
    Salzburg is vibrant and cosmopolitan, its rich culture inextricably linked with its most famous son, Mozart. So that you can get a good feel for the city, we provide detailed notes for a self-guided walking tour that takes in the city's architectural and historical highlights plus a few surprising corners. As you explore, take time out to stop for Kaffee und Kuchen at Café Tomaselli, a Viennese style-coffee house that is pure Salzburg tradition. It has been trading for 300 years and is still in the hands of the founding family, and was a favourite haunt of Mozart who came here to drink 'Mandelmilch', a creamy almond-flavoured milk drink.

    We also offer an extended version of the walk which gives you the opportunity to take in the glorious views over old Salzburg from the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the wooded waymarked paths of the Mönchsberg mountain.
    Exploring Salzburg: the fountain in Residenzplatz
  • Over the border to Bavaria
    Today you are transferred by taxi through the Alps and over the border into Bavaria and the magical region of Berchtesgadener Land. Your destination for the next two nights is Schönau am Königssee and the Alpenhof and on arrival you will be provided with a 'guest card' (Gästekarte) which entitles you to free and/or discounted travel by bus and rail in the area. Schönau am Königssee is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery offering a fine choice of superb routes and panoramas to enjoy. As it's just a short journey (35 mins) you have time to begin exploring as soon as you arrive.
  • Explore Schönau am Königssee

    Eagle’s Nest walk: 9km, 3.5hrs; 490m ascent/250m descent
    Ascend through forest to a low ridge of the Hoher Göll mountain range and the base of the Kehlstein, to reach the Dokumentation Obersalzberg where the compelling history of Berchtesgaden during the Third Reich is chronicled. From there, a special bus climbs the seven kilometres of winding mountain road to reach a tunnel and elevator inside the mountain which take you to the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle's Nest, now a popular tourist destination with a restaurant and beer garden offering jaw-dropping views over Berchtesgaden National Park to the Alps and the Salzburg basin.

    Lakes walk: 19km, 6.5hrs; 640m ascent/descent
    Sail the beautiful, fjord-like Königssee (pay locally) to reach its furthest shore, from where a short walk takes you to Obersee, a hidden lake whose still surface reflects the granite splendour of the Hagen mountains. Since 1909, only electric boats have been allowed to sail on the lake, hence its purity. Follow a path to its furthest shore where a Hütte sits overlooking the water. Continue your boat ride to St Bartholomä where a path leads from behind its iconic pilgrims’ church to a viewpoint over the Eiskapelle, a dome-like glacier at the foot of the east face of the mighty Watzmann. Back on the lakeside, you could enjoy lunch at the restaurant in the former hunting lodge next to the church, which serves fresh and smoked trout and whitefish, pulled straight from the lake.

    Mount Jenner walk: 16km, 5.5hrs; 430m ascent/1050m descent
    Take the Jenner cable car to the 1874-metre summit of Mount Jenner, from where you gaze down onto the shimmering emerald waters of Lake Königssee lying at the foot of the sheer east wall of Watzmann. Your route continues through granite peaks, pine-covered slopes and flower-filled meadows where the tinkling bells of grazing cattle provide a gentle soundtrack to nature's stunning canvas in the high Almen. There is the option to shorten this route slightly by travelling to and from the cable car station by bus.

    Visit Berchtesgaden
    Alternatively, you may prefer to take advantage of your Gästekarte and jump on the bus to the nearby town of Berchtesgaden where you can browse the heavily laden stalls of the Friday Bauernmarkt (farmers’ market); visit the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden (salt mines) for a great visitor experience; wander the streets of the historic Rococo town centre with its royal palace, arcaded shops and colourful façades; or follow one of the stages of the SalzAlpenSteig long-distance walking route alongside the river (notes not provided, but it's well signposted).

    Visit Bad Reichenhall
    Bad Reichenhall, known as Bayerisches Staatbad (or Bavaria’s spa town) is also just a short bus ride away. Here, naturally occurring brine springs are used in many varied treatments which you can try; you can visit Alte Saline – the old brine works – too. During the summer, the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra stages outdoor concerts in the Kurpark, while the Predigtstuhlbahn (the oldest working cable car in the world) is well worth a ride for the breathtaking views.    
    Views from the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest)
    Eagle’s Nest walk: 9km
    Lakes walk (Obersee): 8km from far shores of Königssee
    Lakes walk (Eiskapelle): 6km from St Bartholomä
    Ascend Mount Jenner by cable car
    Mount Jenner walk: 12.5km from upper cable car station


Our chosen hotels offer comfort and warm hospitality.

In Salzburg we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

Wherever you stay in Salzburg, we recommend adding an extra night to enjoy its cultural delights.

Please note: most beds in Austrian and German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 03 June 2024 - 01 October 2024 & 03 June 2025 - 01 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    3 - 12 Jun 2024 £890 £50
    13 - 25 Jun 2024 £945 £50
    26 Jun - 16 Jul 2024 £965 £55
    17 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £1025 £83
    1 - 27 Sep 2024 £945 £50
    3 - 12 Jun 2025 £930 £52
    13 - 25 Jun 2025 £985 £52
    26 Jun - 16 Jul 2025 £1005 £57
    17 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £1070 £86
    1 - 27 Sep 2025 £985 £52
    3rd & 4th person discount -£77 to -£80
    Single traveller supplement £77 to £80

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: taxi Salzburg to Königssee; return boat journey on Königssee; taxi Königssee to Salzburg Airport

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich, Salzburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    03 Jun - 15 Jul 2024 £114 £123
    16 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £140 £160
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £114 £123
    01 Oct - 01 Oct 2024 £97 £104
    03 Jun - 15 Jul 2025 £119 £128
    16 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £150 £171
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £119 £128
    01 Oct - 01 Oct 2025 £101 £108
    Alpenhof, Schönau am Königssee (with dinner) Double room Single room
    03 Jun - 27 Jun 2024 £175 £175
    28 Jun - 01 Oct 2024 £175 £175
    03 Jun - 27 Jun 2025 £185 £185
    28 Jun - 01 Oct 2025 £185 £185

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Salzburg jet2 
    Bristol - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Salzburg TUI 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Stansted - Salzburg jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Salzburg TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Salzburg Hbf (2h30), walk (0h15) or taxi (0h10, pay locally) to hotel £59-£61 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Berchtesgaden (0h20), rail Berchtesgaden to Munich airport (3h10) £29-£30 1230

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    own travel arrangements from airport to hotel pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Salzburg airport (0h35) included flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • return transfers between Salzburg and Schönau am Königssee

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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