The Zwolferhorn is a 1522 meter high mountain, which we have just arrived at by the Cable car from St. Gilgen.
Once at the top, there is a 1.5 hour circular walking path that you can do, we didn't, we were just content with enjoying the wonderful views. The views from here are far reaching and spectacular, well worth doing the ride to the top. The alpine flowers were blooming, the only problem was the weather, we could see rain coming across the lake, so not real good photos!
There is a cafe with outdoor seating, that would be a nice place to stop for awhile on a warmer day.
We visited here in Summer.
If you have time, do this Cable car trip.
The Zwolferhorn Cable car is located on the main road at St. Gilgen, so you cannot miss it! There is plenty of car parking available.
As the day was sunny, we decided to take the ride to the top. The views are fabulous on the way up, taking in ST. Gilgen village, the lake, Mountains, Mountain huts, cows and more!
Would you believe by the time we came down, the clouds had come and it began raining!
ROUND TRIP....ADULTS...21.50 EUROS CHILDREN 14.50 EUROS
This is where we sat for a while after our walk around the village. It was lovely sitting here overlooking the Lake and the Mountains. Boats were on the lake, and back on shore, people were walking along the promenade. Behind us was a beautiful park and garden with a childrens playground, and beside that, a place to buy ice-creams.
This is what holidays are about, absolute bliss!
Next to St. Giles Church is an old walled 15th century cemetery.
I love exploring cemeteries, but even if you aren't a cemetery lover, I think you will find this one interesting. Mozart's grandfather and his brother-in-law are buried here.
Arches, small chapels, little gardens lovingly tended to on individual graves, flowers, pretty headstones made this a beautiful resting place for the departed.
There has been several Churches built here. As the population has outgrown each church, a new one was built. In 1767, the last "new" church was built, and in 1769 it was consecrated.
This Church was where Mozart's grandparents were married, and his mother, Anna, was christened there on the same day as she was born (25 December, 1720).
The Church was open so went inside. There I saw a stunning High altar that was constructed in 1768. Not an overly elaborate Church, but still worth seeing.
Pop in and have a look!
OPEN DAILY...Approx 8 - 7pm
What you mustn't miss doing here, is walking around the town.
This it the way I found the gorgeous Rathus, with flower boxes, flags and a Mozart monument out the front. Then I found more buildings with frescoes, many built with the dark brown wood. I even found a Gnome peering out behind a bush!
I loved walking here as it is a pretty town and there was something to see around every corner!
Musical instruments from all over the world are exposed to you in this nice museum.
Don't miss it when you're in St. Gilgen!!!
1. June-15. October:
Tue-Sun: 9:00-11:00 and 15:00-19:00 hrs.
16. October-6. January:
Mon-Fri: 9:00-11:00 and 14:00-17:00 hrs.
7. January-31. May:
Mon- Thu: 9:00-11:00 and 15:00-18:00 hrs.
Fri: 9:00-11:00 and Sun. 15:00-18:00 hrs.
Adults: € 4,00
Children: € 2,50
This is like a family church for the Mozart family. It is where Mozart's grandparents got married and his mother was christened. Mozart's sister married here in 1784, and Mozart's grandfather and his brother-in-law are buried there. We didn't go inside the church but as far as I know it's baroque style (I'm not really sure though)
The cable cars ascend to a height of 5,500ft above sea level. In the winter of course this is a ski run.
Unfortunately there was no time on our whistle stop tour tp ride the cable cars, but having ridden many of them in various countries, it was not high on our list for the short time we had to explore St. Gilgen.
From the Top of the Zwölferhorn you have a great view on the surrounding area. You can see different lakes of the Salzkammergut like the Wolfgangsee, Fuschlersee and Mondsee.
There are two nice walks down of up if you wish from Zwölferhorn to St. Gilgen.
1. St. Gilgen across Elferstein.1.5 - 2 hours
2. St. Gilgen across Stubneralm 2-2.5 hours.
3. The easiest way back the way you came by funicular.
Adults up and down € 17,00
Children up and down € 11,50
Adults one way € 12,00
Children one way € 8,50
Cheapest way Salzburgerlandcard. If you visit the Bundesland Salzburgerland it is the best investment you could do! Buy one for a week or two weeks!
This church originally dates back to the early 14th century, but it was remodeled as the existing Baroque structure in the 18th century. Mozart's grandparents were married here and his mother Maria Pertl was baptized here.
The interior is simple and elegant and is a perfect place for an intimate wedding. There are chandeliers hanging from the ceiling (see the last picture in my travelogue) and the wooden benches and golden trimmings of the altar give it a very traditional feel.
Outside, there is an attractive flowery cemetery with excellently maintained graves complete with well-manicured walkways and on the sunny day that we visited, it was a great place for a stroll.
Michael and I didn't go inside this museum, but it's an interesting looking place from the outside. It sits back off of Pichlerplatz in a former lace-maker's house. The museum displays the historical aspects of lace-making in Austria and in particular, the role that Sankt Gilgen had in the 18th century when Austrian laws forbade the importation of foreign lace.
Okay, enough of this Mozart stuff!! Well, at least St. Gilgen's focus is on Mozart's mom. This fountain is located right in front of the childhood home and shows his mother playing as a child in St. Gilgen.
Sankt Gilgen sits at the northwest edge of the Wolfgansee (Lake Wolfgang) and is a great base for exploring the lake and surrounding hillsides. This picture shows the small beach that sits only meters down the road from the main square and church. From here, it's a short walk to a small waterfront promenade where you can rent boats are equiment for waterskiing or windsurfing. You can also set off from here on easy hikes around the lake, which also edges up to the towns of Strobl and St. Wolfgang.
BIG SNOUTS? Yep, apparently Mozart's mom, Maria Anna Pertl, who was born in this house just off of the main square had an enormous nose. In fact, Mozart himself is said to have inherited this trait. His sister Mariann who also was known as Nannerl, also had a giant honker! Check out the stone carving on the wall outside the home and you'll notice the prominence of the Mozarts' noses.