Do you want to get away from it all? I have just the place for you and it's only a few kms from St. Gilgen.
Pack up a picnic case, throw in a book and head to Lake Krottensee. At the very small village of Winkl is where the lake is located, so pull into the car-park and set out your picnic rug on the green grass. Take in the fresh air and the peace and quiet of this beautiful area! You may be lucky and see a Grebe or another water bird, or perhaps you just want to read or have a nap, what-ever you decide to do, I think you will agree, this is a little piece of paradise that you may just have all to yourself!
There was a boat shed, perhaps this belonged to the Crown Prince who lived in Cumberland Castle, that is situated on a hill above the lake and can't be seen for the dense trees.
The Neo-gothic Tudor style castle was built in 1882 by King George, built as a residence in exile for his son Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. The Crown Prince was happy there. When he died, he was buried along with other family members, in a mausoleum in an outbuilding.
Cumberland Castle now caters for people with mental illnesses.
In the Middle Ages the Krottensee was used as a firefighting water reservoir before the Crown Prince had the area around the lake made into a recreation area. Since 1980, the lake is a protected monument.
Address: Mondseestrasse at Winkl near St. Gilgen
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From the lakeside in Sankt Gilgen, you can see a tall mountain peak looming over the opposite shore. The mountain is called Schafberg and it's most easily accessed from St. Wolfgang where there is a train that takes you to the top. The views from the top are tremendous as you can see over all of the area's lakes as well as out to the Dachstein mountains.
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