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3 days in salskammergut - help needed

Am from India - & This is my first trip to Europe and i would be visiting Austria from Budapest. I and the wife have 5 nights in Austria. Needed help on the following points

  1. Ideally planning 3 nights in Salskammergut - would this be an overkill ?
  2. Considering we would be visiting from Budapest, should we break the journey at Salzburg & spend 1 night there before moving early morning to Salzkammergut ? or should we proceed directly to Bad Ischl - (Trains from Budapest reaching Salzburg at 13.00 hrs & reaching Bad Ischl at 15.30)
  3. What would be a good place to stay at Salskammergut ? Would ideally not want to change residences daily - need a good base with connectivity. Places for day trips ?
  4. How is the connectivity within the region ? Or would we need to hire a car rental
Posted by
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I would overnight at Salzburg if it's a sightseeing priority for you, but not to shave 2.5 hours off your train travel day. I don't think you particularly need a car. Trains from your home base at Bad Ischl to Halstatt only take half an hour and make other stops in the region. There are several Salt Mine tours in the Salzkammergut but the one in Halstatt can be reached by train, then local funicular.

Posted by
780 posts

With three nights I would choose one location as your base whether it is Bad Ischl,or look at St Wolfgang on Lake Wolfgang with access to towns on the Lake via boat or car as well as the town of St Wolfgang which has a tram that goes up the mountain with beautiful views.Hallstatdt is easily accessable from St Wolfgang.I am returning in September to St Wolfgang for my third trip.

Posted by
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Thanks a ton for the replies.

I am more in favour of establishing a base in one location and hence doing a one night stay at salzburg then moving again for nights to salzkammergut looks a bit rushed rushed.
- How would the weather be in first week of april ?
- which would be a better location to set up a base for 3 nights - St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang or Bad ISchl - with respect to ease of commute and visiting nearby places as well as the overall experience ?

Posted by
252 posts

While I love St Gilgen (recently spent 10 nts there in September -- our 6th visit), it would not be very convenient without a car. Bad Ischl probably offers the best transportation options.

Posted by
18052 posts

If you are staying strictly in the area around St. Wolfgang (St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen, Mondsee), I would say to base your entire stay in St. Wolfgang. But if you are also planning on visiting Hallstatt, which, if you have never seen, I would strongly recommend, try to base in Bad Ischl, which is more centrally located for the entire trip, and make day trips to the others.

In 2009, I went by bus from Mondsee to Bad Ischl with a change across Wolfgangsee from St. Wolfgang, then went by bus to Lahn, which is just south (½ km) of Hallstatt. Bus transportation in that area is pretty good and a lot less expensive than renting a car.

I don't see the trip from Budapest to Bad Ischl taking 2½ hrs longer than to Salzburg. Taking the same RJ from Budapest and changing in Linz to an IC and to a regional train in Attnang-Puchheim looks like it take about 1H20M longer.

Posted by
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Thanks for the reply. The idea is to experience life in the austrian alps and stay in towns.
- Planning to make a day trip to Halstatt - if this is the case, would you still recommend basing ourselves in Bad Ischl ? or St Wolfgang?
- out of Bad Ischl and St Wolfgang ? which would be an overall better experience from stay point of view and nightlife ?
- How would the weather be in first week of April - would the attractions and salt mines be open then ?
- Since i have only 3 nights in the Salzburg & Salzkammergut area - if i reach Salzburg at 13.00 hrs and stay overnight, would that be sufficient time to visit the town of Salzburg - assuming i leave next day around 9.00 AM for salzkammergut region?
- What time does the light start fading in the evening around April ? which directly impacts the time i get to visit sights and sounds?

Posted by
4399 posts

You should go to the Austria forum on Trip Advisorr and ask your question. There is a local Bad Ischl expert that could expertly guide you with answers.

Posted by
18052 posts

From Bad Ischl it's about 20 minutes to the train station across the lake from Hallstatt and about half an hour by direct or one change bus to St. Wolfgang. Seems pretty convenient to me.

Are you going back to Budapest after Salzburg and the Salzkammergut?