If you ever visit the city of Salzburg and don’t see this glorious lake region just half an hour by car east of the city then you have truly missed out on the most beautiful part of Austria.
Sparkling clean lakes, green hills, wonderful mountains, romantic towns and cities make up this region that is filled to the rim with scenic beauty and a rich local culture.
The regional train has a comprehensive service running through the heart of the Salzkammergut and on into Styria. This provides easy access to the region from both Salzburg and Vienna, passing through Gmunden (map), Bad Ischl (map), Bad Goisern (map), Hallstatt and Obertraun.
I would however suggest car hire as the best way in which to explore this fascinating region. This gives you the freedom to explore area such as Gosausee (map) and St Wolfgangsee (map), not accessible by train.