Sankt Gilgen Travel Guide
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...
ZWOLFERHORN CABLE CAR
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,...
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...
ST. GILES CEMETERY
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...
ST. GILES PARISH CHURCH
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...
MOZARTPLATZ - FRESCOES - RATHAUS
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...
Anna Mozart's Birthplace
Sankt Gilgen also calls itself the "Mozart Village" although Mozart in fact has never been here. Yet, his mother was born in this large, pleasant building that actually was the district court building during that time.The house directly lies on the way from the boat terminal...
Gasthof zur Post Hotel & Restaurant: Fine Dining at Post Hotel
Staff - the restaurant is managed by only one staff who welcomed us on arrival, showed us to the restaurant, took our orders, served the food, brought us our bill and bade us good-bye. She must have been a 'superwoman' of sort. Service - friendly in a typical Austrian...
12er-Horn-Buffet-Wuerstelstand: A little traditional fare
This place was nothing elaborate, just a simple, self-service snack bar located at the base of the Zwolferhornbahn (the cable car station). But since the weather was gorgeous and we noticed they had some traditional Wiener Schnitzel, we decided to pull up a chair (they were...
Boats on Wolfgangsee
A nice way to get to know St. Gilgen and surrounding places at the Wolfgangsee is to go by boat. We parked our car in the quiet town of Strobl on the other end of the lake and took the boat to St. Gilgen passing St. Wolfgang. A Daycard for a family is € 34,00 per family of 2...
There is a bus route between Salzburg and Bad Ischl that runs along the southern shores of the Wolfgansee. St. Gilgen is the first stop along the lake. You can also catch a bus directly from Bad Ischl. Or, if you're really lucky, you can get a ride from a kind-hearted VTer...
Muvertihaus: Lederhosen, etc
Just passed the church heading toward the water, you'll notice this shop on your left and inside you'll find all the normal touristy items. However, outside they had a great selection of traditional lederhosen for sale. The prices were pretty outrageous, but if you have a few hunder bucks to burn, go for it.
Updated Dec 18, 2004
Get married at the Rathaus
The day we visited St Gilgen there had been a wedding in the Rathaus (Town Hall).The reception was being held in the hotel opposite the Rathaus. I was able to take a picture of the bride, and also the silver wedding car. These are shown in the photo's together with this tip.
Lederhosen is a German word for leather trousers and at one time they were commonly worn throughout Bavaria as well as parts of Austria and Switzerland. Today, they survive mostly as a folk costume, although many people own a pair and wear them on certain traditional...
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach's house
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was one of the most important writers of 19th-century Austria. She was born in 1830 and from 1856, she lived in Vienna and spent the summers from 1889 until 1898 in Sankt Gilgen.Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was a very emancipated woman, she for...
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...
The Wolfgansee is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and is a perfect setting to rent a boat or other type of watercraft. You can head down to the waterfront and rent a boat, but be sure to ask about proper licensing and other legal issues.
A major feature of summer recreation in St. Gilgen is hang-gliding. People take small gondola cars to the summit of one of the hilltops surrounding the town, jump off sheer rock cliffs, and then gradually drift down to the plains below. Did Yooperprof try out hang-gliding...
Guided tour from Salzburg
As we only had limited time and travelled without a car, we decided to take a guided daytrip from Salzburg to the Salzkammergut, visiting Lake Gosau, Hallstatt, St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen. Yes, I can already hear some people scream out loud - but seriously, I sometimes find...
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...
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