We are a couple in our 20's ready for our first ever hiking holiday! We will be flying into Salzburg for a 5 day holiday. I would like to stay somewhere we can can hike during the day and return to our residence in the evening. Although we are quite fit, the only hiking we've ever done is a 11km walk through the Thai jungle, so we want this to be a positive experience :)
We would like to stay somewhere we can have half board. We don't need nightlife in the town as I'm sure we'll be too tired to go out after our hike. Besides hiking, I'd like to visit thermal baths for a half day and the ice caves in Dachstein. We will not have a car and will use public transport. I'd like to stay in a place that has beautiful hikes and a lake to walk around with hikes that are easily accessible from where we're staying.
Can you recommend a town for us to stay in? I'm a bit overwhelmed at the choices from Salzburg! So far St. Wolfgang, Zell am See, Hallstatt seem to be the front runners.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!!