Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut Things to Do

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    Romantic Hotel

    by nhcram Written Jan 9, 2005

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    White Horse Inn

    This hotel is the setting for the Operetta produced by two Berliners.
    Josepha, owner of The White Horse Inn, is divided in her affections between her head-waiter Leopold and Dr Siedler, a richer man. She chooses the former, after intervention from the Emperor.

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    Baroque Beauty

    by nhcram Updated Jan 9, 2005

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    Parish church of Sankt  Wolfgang

    The magnificent Parish church in Sankt Wolfgang is probably one of the most beautiful I have seen in a long time. It was built between the 14th and 15th centuries. The alter was designed by an Austrian artist by the name of Michael Pacher.

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    White Horse Inn

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Whitre Horse Inn

    St Wolfgang is renowned for the White Horse Inn - made famous by the Operetta written by Oskar Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg. Its a romantic comedy of the loving head waiter and the dynamic White Horse Inn hostess during their stay at this Inn in 1896. In 1930 Ralph Benatzky composed the captivating music, and on 8th of November 1930 the opera had its premier at the great Schauspielhaus in Berlin. Since then "The White Horse Inn" - translated into four languages - has galloped around the entire world and tells about the holiday romance on the Lake Wolfgang.

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    Pilgrimage Church

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    view of Pilgrim church

    The Pilmgrim church of St. Wolfgang is built on a small terrace, overlooking the hotel Weisses Rossl. It was built in the 14th and 15th centuries and features a stunning winged high altar built by Michael Pacher, a Baroque double altar by Thomas Schwanthaler, and a wealth of religious paintings and statues.

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    Schafberg

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    snow on the Schafberg

    From St Wolfgang the Schafberg can be ascended on foot or by the famous cog railway. We did this trip in the summer but as you can see in this pic (please enlarge) even then there had been a scittering of snow on the Schafberg so dress up warmly it may be windy and snowy up there.

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    Schafberg Cog Railway

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    railway station

    Schafberg Cog Railway, built over 100 years ago, climbs the 5,300ft Schafberg mountain the easy way. A ride on this nostagic train is a must do - especially for those fans of the Sound of Music tour - I'm sure you'll recognise it from the film. Check the website for up to date fares and timetables.

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    Pilgrimage Church Interior

    by sandysmith Written Aug 18, 2004

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    church interior

    The church is not always open but if you do get a chance to see inside the interior will leave you spellbound with its richness of colour and baroque treasures. The ceiling is stunning with its golden colours and just take a look at the ornate pulpit and organ.

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    Escaping the crowds

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Schafberg from Wolfgangsee

    A good way to escape the crowds in the town is to take a delightful trip on a boat around the Wolfgangsee. The glacial water is an amazing blue colour and you can explore other resorts on the lake such as Strobl at tone end and St Gilgen with its Mozart connection at the other end (see more in off the beaten path).
    Check the link for timetables and fares - often there is a combinred fare for the boat and train ride up the Schafberg - see later.
    In this pic we are heading for St Gilgen and have a lovely view of the Schaberg on the way.

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    The older houses of St. Wolfgang.

    by seamandrew Written Sep 20, 2003

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    One of several very old buildings in St. Wolfgang.

    Some of the buildings in Sankt Wolfgang date back to the 16th century. The church dates back the the 10th century, but to see houses that people still live in standing from such a long time ago is quite astonishing.

    This house pictured here was built in 1528. The architecture is quite unique to Austria and from what I could tell, the structure still seemed very sound. Then again, I'm no engineer or architect.

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    Water so blue, but it's not the Caribbean

    by seamandrew Updated Sep 20, 2003

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    Yes, this was in Austria, Scouts honor!

    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 beautfiul.

    Yes those are my feet, quite stylish don't you think? :-P

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    Bronze fountain beside the church

    by seamandrew Written Sep 20, 2003

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    The fountain is the structure under the gazebo.

    Next to the church is a bronze fountain from 1515. My mother-in-law translated a rather lenghty inscription that includes condescending advice to the poor pilgrims. If my memory serves me correctly, it states something along the lines of, "If you can't afford wine, then make yourself happy with the fountain's waters."

    I apologize for my picture of it. It's not the most detailed view of the fountain. I was so involved in the inscription's translation that I forgot to take more pictures!

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    Get to know St. Wolfgang's History

    by seamandrew Written Sep 20, 2003

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    Sign depicting the town's history.

    There is a sign across the plaza where the church is found and where Michael Pacher Strasse and Pilgerstrasse meet (the two main streets of St. Wolfgang). This sign depicts all the major events in the history of St. Wolfgang. With my wife's help, I have translated them for you.

    829 King Ludwig of Germany gives the East Part of the Wolfgangsee (Abersee) the Bendictine Abbey of Mondsee
    976 The Bishop Wolfgang leaves Regensburg to establish the first church at the Wolfgangsee
    994 Wolfgang dies in Pupping at Eferding (a town)
    14th-16th centuries Peak time of pilgrimages
    1429 Fire destroys town and church
    1430 The citizens receive freedom and the town is officially founded.
    1477 Inauguration of the church, rebuilt under the head abbots, Reuchlin and Eck
    1481 Altar is constructed by Michael Pacher
    1515 Pilger fountain built
    1567 Coat of Arms established by Emperor Maximilian II
    1676 Altar built by Schwanthaler
    1706 Pulpit und Altars from Guggenbichler
    1873 1st Steamship
    1893 Schafberg railway built
    1930 Operetta about the White Horse Inn

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    Replica statue of Sankt Wolfgang

    by seamandrew Updated Sep 23, 2003

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    Possible reliquary of Sankt Wolfgang

    Inside the church, is a replica statue of Sankt Wolfgang. It is certainly worth seeing. It is closed off behind an iron gate and it is well protected. It must be priceless. It's quite possible that this is a reliquary containing the remains or relics of Sankt Wolfgang. I'm not sure though.

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    Modern looking water fountain

    by seamandrew Updated Sep 20, 2003

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    Contermporary art is also part of Sankt Wolgang.

    Near the tunnel that enters the town of Sankt Wolfgang is a small Water fountain of very modern design. I didn't get a name or history about it, but it is quite neat looking. It's worth a minute to stop and look at. In fact, if you walk from the town center to the Schafberg Railway station, you're sure to pass it.

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    Schafbergbahn

    by alancollins Updated Aug 27, 2011

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    We parked our car in the Gschwendt parkplatz and then caught the ferry across the lake to the Schafbergbahn landing stage. You can also pick up the ferry at various locations around the lake. I purchased the tickets on board the ferry and the price was about 69 euros for the pair of us and it did save queuing at the station. The train station is only about 200 metres away once you get off the ferry. We only had to wait a few minutes before boarding the train. If you arrive early you can always try out one of the cafes in the area whilst you wait. The train pushes the carriages up the mountain and being a cog railway it does shake a bit. The first part of the journey is through the outskirts of St Wolfgang but as the train starts to climb then the views improve. The journey takes 35 minutes with one stop on route at Schafbergalm before you reach the top of the Schafberg Mountain. The first thing you must do on leaving the train is to obtain a seat ticket for the return journey. The railway was first opened in 1893 and the normal trains are oil fired but for an additional fee you can ride a steam train or vintage diesel. On a clear day the views from the top of the 1783m mountain are spectacular with views of the lake and surrounding mountains. There is a hotel and restaurant at the top and we indulged in coffee and cake. There are various deals available for the trains, boats and hotel or for hikers you can always hike to the top.

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