Schwarzenbach 16, St. Wolfgang, 5360, Austria
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Beautiful St. Wolfgang
The views of the lake, the mountain scenery and the quaintness of the village itself make St. Wolfgang a truly picturesque place. I would have to say that nearby Hallstatt is even more visually spectacular, but because it is better connected to the rest of the region, St. Wolfgang makes for a superior base for exploration. Most of the guidebooks will tell you that Bad Ischl is the best base and when it comes to rail and bus lines this is true, but I would go with St. Wolfgang anyday. It's a short bus ride to Bad Ischl and it's much more atmospheric.
Sankt Wolfgang is a great area to hike.
Hikiing and biking are two additional activities you can find to be very enjoyable here in Sankt Wolfgang. With so many fields and mountains, you're certainly to find a trail to suit all skill levels. Bikes can be rented in town (see website). A good pair of hiking shoes and some warm dry clothes is all you need if you plan to hike up to the Schafberg summit.
the old trains of 1873
There are still the trains of 1873 in service and it might be a good idea to be there in time to get a nice seat at the window and to have a look for the technical side of the trains, before you take your seat.
every train consists of 2 waggons only, and whenever more waggons are needed, several trains will leave just behind each other.
History of St Wolfgang
St Wolfgang is named after the bishop who founded the Pilgrimage Church in this town by throwing his axe from the Falkenstein hill into the valley below and building on the spot where the axe landed. Today, there is a colourful plague next to the Pilgrimage Church depicting the history of the town (see photo).
Going up to Schafberg mountain
Schafberg is a mountain located next to St Gilgen, and one of the must-do activity is to take the famous Cog-railway train up the mountain and have beautiful views of the surroundings on a clear day. The train station is about 10 minutes walk from St Wolfgang along the main road.
For more information and photos, please see my transportation tip section of this VT page as well as my VT Schafberg page. Personally, I think this trip is worth the money though it does not come cheap (24 euros return per person if you want to take the train to the top).