Close to the Summits in the Heart of the Salzkammergut Region
Do you prefer taking the Schafberg Railway to the top or climbing the most beautiful summits of the Salzkammergut region, relying on your own strength only? Would you like to jump into the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wolfgangsee or enjoy a scenic lake cruise and explore the three villages St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang on the lakeshore? How about taking a stroll through the Christmas markets or walking across the snow-covered alpine pastures of the plateau Postalm in your snowshoes? Unforgettable moments are only waiting to be collected in the three villages St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang. The fit and outdoorsy, relaxation seekers and food lovers can look forward to breathtaking climbs to the summit, picturesque sunsets, freshly caught chars, fascinating customs and cultural events at any season of the year.
Summer Holidays at Lake Wolfgangsee
More than Just Fun in the Water
Lake Wolfgangsee with its crystal-clear waters is a fascinating place that attracts guests from far and near. A summer’s day at Lake Wolfgangsee can be relaxing or full of activities: swimming, sailing, surfing, scuba diving or cruising the lake in a boat. It will definitely be diverse.
Would you like to go up? The mountains in the Salzkammergut region offer plenty of great country walks for the whole family and demanding hikes to the summits. Take it easy and sit down in the cable car to the mountain Zwölferhorn from St. Gilgen. Or hop on the cog railway in St. Wolfgang that takes you up the mountain Schafberg. E-bikes, mountain bikes and racing bikes are ideal to explore the entire Salzkammergut region starting from Lake Wolfgangsee.
Cultural events take place all around the lake. Get an insight into the local customs and traditions here. The city of Salzburg which hosts the famous Salzburg Festival every year and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt are great destinations for a day trip. They are easily accessible by car or public transport.
Winter Holidays at Lake Wolfgangsee
An Insider Tip for a Winter Holiday off the Beaten Track
Get ready to discover a small, family-friendly ski resort and picturesque cross-country ski trails on the plateau of the Postalm in Strobl. Explore the surrounding mountain peaks in your snowshoes or with ski touring skis. If there’s plenty of snow in winter, there’s a cross-country ski trail on the valley floor that leads from Abersee to Strobl including a breathtaking view of Lake Wolfgangsee. A special highlight: ice skating on frozen Lake Wolfgangsee. Although it’s not possible every year, chances are high in late January/early February.
Would you simply like to lean back and relax? Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or enjoy an indulgent spa treatment on the lakeshore.
Get to know the local customs and traditions during Christmas time or celebrate the new year at the “Glöcklerlauf”, a parade with men wearing colourful illuminated caps.
Ultimate Bucket List: 3 Things to Do at Lake Wolfgangsee
1. Take a Moment to Enjoy the Beauty of Sunrise or Sunset on the Lakeshore
Don’t miss out on this moment when the water surface reflects the first or the last sunrays of the day. The most beautiful ways to enjoy sunrise: a walk along the lakeshore promenade in St. Gilgen or a morning hike to the top of the mountains Plombergstein or Weißwand. Late risers can enjoy the beauty of sunset with a glass of wine in one of the bars along the lakeshore promenade in Strobl. Other great places for an unforgettable evening: the restaurant “Fürberg” or the top of the mountain Vormauerstein in St. Wolfgang.
2. Delicious Dishes with Locally Caught Fish
Fish from Lake Wolfgangsee is a locally sourced and all-natural product. There’s no other place where you can enjoy it as fresh as in one of the many restaurants around Lake Wolfgangsee. Mainly trout, char, whitefish and and pike are on the menus. An array of culinary experiences awaits you: smoked, grilled or fried, fish on a stick or sushi - a snack that’s quite out of the ordinary. Ask your hosts which restaurant they recommend!
3. Take in Spectacular Views from the Mountain Schafberg
With 1,782m, the Schafberg is not the highest mountain in the region but it’s the most popular one for sure. How to go up there? You can either take the cog railway starting from St. Wolfgang or rely on your own strength only and follow one of the hiking trails. They lead you to the summit from any direction. It’s a 2- to 4-hour hike. Standing on top, you can gaze at 14 lakes including the lakes in the Salzkammergut region and even Lake Chiemsee. The mountain scenery at your feet ranges from the massif Dachstein to the mountains Bischofmütze and Watzmann. The panoramic view will take your breath away!