Mozart Town: Though, He's Never Been There!
After spending 5 minutes in the center of St. Gilgen I was sure that Mozart himself had done something here: Either he was born here or he was inspired here or he spent some part of his life here. I was really surprised to learn he'd actually never been to St. Gilgen. It was the home of his grandfather and the birth place of his mother. Also, his sister lived here after she got married. You'd understand why I was that surprised to learn these after your very first five minutes in the town:)
Almdudler and Stiegl
While in St. Gilgen I had my first taste of a uniquely Austrian drink called Almdudler. It's a light and refreshing, slightly citrusy and not too-sweet soft drink that also has some secret Alpine herbs. It's really good!!
I also had a Stiegl Goldbräu beer. It's a typical lager with a nice amber color and a smooth taste. In fact, I think it's Austria's most popular beer (I saw it everywhere I went).
Motoryachts galore in the Marina
St. Gilgen is certainly a good place to rent a speed-boat or a fast motoryacht. Obviously the restrictions that apply for some other lakes in the area, do not apply for Wolfgangsee. Rent a yacht or bring your own - BUT better check first with the local authorities or your hotel, the legal situation of boats, not beeing registered in St.Gilgen might be tricky...
The Schafberg seen from St. Gilgen
On my picture you may see the tiny public beach of St.Gilgen and in the back the Schafberg, on the opposite shore of the Wolfgangsee. A historic steam-train will take you up there from St.Wolfgang within 45 minutes and you will have an excellent panorama-view over the surrounding mountains !
Have a look on my page about " St.Wolfgang am Wolfgangsee "!!
Nicest town on Wolfgangsee!
On July 18th we visited St. Gilgen. We arrived by boat, because I parked the car in Strobl on the other end of the lake we had a nice boattrip to St. Gilgen. We visited St. Gilgen's home mountain Zwölferhorn with the funicular and had a bite in a restaurant, walked to through the town and visited the museums.
St. Gilgen Tourist Info