Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape

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The Salzkammergut is a resort area in Austria, spans the federal states of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Salzburg (Salzburgerland), and Styria (Steiermark).

Salzkammergut is not an official administrative division of Austria and as such has no clear borders. The historical term referred not to a region but to specific possessions (salt mines) of the Habsburg Monarchy within the region.

Parts of the region were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The core zone includes the towns HallstattObertraunGosau and Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee.

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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.

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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.

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 BUS >   Eurolines Austria – is the largest operator and organizer of bus travel in Austria though many services are not included in their schedules. Flixbus – the biggest fish in the German Intercity Bus pond and now a major player in most of Europe serves a couple of international routes through and into Austria.

 RAIL >   Tickets can be purchased from certain locations to Austria via the ÖBB website (+ Rail Europe). The only competitor to ÖBB is WestBahn on the Salzburg-Linz-Vienna line (the company shares the name of the line it runs on). Vienna is the largest railway hub but day and night trains from most Central European countries travel to many stops across Austria. (*Rail travel in Europe)

 AIRPORTS >   The most important international airport is Vienna airport. + St. Gallen-Altenrhein AirportFriedrichshafen.


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