The Lake District with its natural beauty and exceptional countryside hosted the Austrian Emperor Franz-Josef and his family for their summer vacations. Splendid hunts were held by Salzburgs Prince Archbishops. In this area you will experience the breathtaking beauty of one of Austria's most beautiful regions - the Lake District just beyond the gates of the city of Salzburg.
Also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was inspired by St. Gilgen, where his mother was born! Like many guests from all over the world he once appreciated the spectacular scenery and the crystal clear lake. Walking along the lake or going up the Zwölferhorn mountain in a cable railway you can enjoy the unspoilt nature.
Zwölferhorn (1522 m)
Walking along the lake or going up the Zwölferhorn mountain in a cable railway you can enjoy the unspoilt nature.
Boat ride on Lake Wolfgang
Another unforgettable experience is a boat trip between St. Gilgen, Strobl and St. Wolfgang
You must make your way to the waterfront and see the lake up close. It is astonishing how blue and clear the lake is. Most of the glacial lakes in Austria bear this characteristic which is why the Salzkammergut region (where many of these lakes are found within the Austrian Alps) is so wonderfully beautiful.
The St. Wolfgang Pilgrimage Church & White Horse Inn
This is probably the major sight in St. Wolfgang. This church was built in the 14th and 15th centuries. This incredible church is virtually a gallery of religious art, with several altars (Gothic to Baroque), a showy pulpit, a fine organ and many statues and paintings. The best piece is the winged high altar by Michael Pacher between 1471 and 1481. Afterwards have a break along the riverside at the famous White Horse Inn.
The Kaiservilla, the Imperial Villa, was the summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and later of Austria-Hungary. This building is still the residence of the Habsburg family. The apartments which can be visited in the Imperial Villa are the salons, the Emperor's private rooms and several of the family rooms. Empress Elisabeth's private rooms, with the exception of her studay, which can still be viewd, were considerably altared by other family members who took them over after her death in 1898, and are now the apartments occupied by her great-grandson and his family. They are not open to the public. Viewing is only by means of conducted tours.