Beautiful lakes, wonderful panoramas that the eye can see. The beautiful village by the Wolfgangsee is situated in the “Salzkammergut” region, in the Austrian state of Salzburg. Is was first mentioned in the year 1376 and five centuries later the shipping on the Wolfgangsee was the reason for the upcoming tourism. During this period many rich Viennese had their villas there. Nowadays St. Gilgen has about 4,000 inhabitans and lies approximately at 500 metres above the sea level. You think it's boring? No it's not! You will be surprised by the diversity offered. Today the village is a famous travel destination. Mainly because of the fact that the village was promoted as “Mozart Village” in 2005. Although Mozart never has been there, his grandfather worked in St. Gilgen and his mother was born there. Boats from the picturesque village sail around the beautiful Wolfgangsee providing excellent views of the surrounding mountains. All in all the holiday region St. Gilgen offers everything you expect from a perfect holiday destination: wellness, culture, nature and sport.
Places to visit
Strobl from the Wolfgangsee is situated in the northeastern portion of Salzburg. It lies very close to Sankt Gilgen and has population of about 3,500. The area is popular for watersports and hiking as well as skiing in the winter. On the lakeshore you can find a sculpture by Toni Schneider-Manzell. Furthermore Strobl has an attractive church the St. Sigism and Paris Church where the famous Tassilo von Fürstenberg is buried.
Hallstatt is a beautiful village near the Hallstätter See and is especially known for its production of salt. Because salt was a valuable resource, the village was historically wealthy. The village is famous for its small-town appeal and therefore a popular tourist attraction. If you are brave enough tour the world's first salt mine or visit the famous Bone House. Because of the extremely small cemetery burials are only accessible for a specific amount of time. After 10-15 years the bones are stacked in the Bone House. Who needs the Dungeon?
The fashionable spa town Bad Ischl was first mentioned in 1262. In 1846 Franz Joseph I chose the city for his summer residence. If you are interested in the life of the imperial family visit the pompous Kaiservilla. In 1853 the engagement between Sissi (= Elisabeth of Bavaria) and Franz Joseph took place in Bad Ischl. Today the Seeauerhaus is the location of the Museum Bad Ischl. If you have a sweet tooth visist the famous Konditorei Zauner and enjoy delicious cakes.
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Five top attractions of St. Gilgen and surrounding area
Birth house from Mozart's mother: Although Mozart has never been there, his mother was born there and his sister lived 17 years in this house. The history of St. Gilgen is inextricably linked to the famous Amadeus Mozart.
Wolfgangsee Boat Service: The beautiful region can be discovered by boat with boat services Wolfgangsee. Check out one of the most impresssive lakes in Austria.
The Salt Mines: Enjoy a guided tour of the Hallstatt salt mine. A mystic salt lake and a resplendent salt crystal chamber are just some interesting attractions offered. The Mine offers excitement and fun for young and elderly!
The Romantic Road: The road stretching from Salzburg to Vienna connects the most beautiful landscapes and fantastic lakes. It's an incredible way to explore the romantic spots of the country. Even exciting if you are single!
Dachstein Ice Cave: Visit the largest ice caves of the world. It's the most outstanding touristic point of attraction in the Salzkammergut. But please don't forget to wear warm clothes if you don't want to end up as an ice cube.
10 travel tips for St. Gilgen
Water sports: The Wolfgangsee offers all possibilities to do water sports. So jump into the refreshing water and enjoy your eventful holiday.
Sports: The village by the Wolfgangsee has more to offer than water sports. Skiing, Tennis, Bowling or Horse Riding are just a few examples that let superjocks hearts beat faster.
Rudolfsturm: Try the “Rudolfsturm” restaurant Hallstatt and enjoy a marvellous view over Lake Hallstatt. Experience excellent gastronomy!
Zwölferhorn mountain: Go up on the Zwölferhorn in a cable railway and enjoy the excellent view as well as the unspoilt, wonderful nature.
Pilgrams' way: Pass the Falkenstein church and you will find the famous “wishing bell”. If the bell was heard to ring three times, the inhabitants had a wish fulfilled. Ready to give it a try?
Summer Tobogganing Slope: In Gschwendt/Strobl you will find a leisure and sport pleasure for the whole family.
The Schafberg: The Schafberg offers a great experience whether going up in the famous Schafbergbahn or by foot.
The Postalm: It is the largest coherent almarea of Austria. Enjoy your stay in cosy huts and join the local cows.
Ballon and Airship company: Wanna feel like a bird in the sky? Then fly over the mountains, valleys and lakes of the beautiful Salzkammergut. Not everybody has experienced boundless liberty.
Animal Park: Here you can find domestic animals, looking for stroking and feeding. Furthermore a large playground, go-cars and water-games are offered. Funny also for adults!
Tips for St. Gilgen
1. Sankt Gilgen is situated in the east of Salzburg – The Sound of Music country. The movie is famous around the globe and Salzburg is allways well worth a visit.
2. If you pay attention will find lots of reminders of Mozart around the village.
3. There are many museums, for example the Music Instrument Museum.
4. You can find a number of cafes and restaurants around the lakeside.
5. Furthermore there are three supermarkets situated in the town centre.
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