Sankt Gilgen Travel Guide

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Sankt Gilgen Things to Do

  • ZWOLFERHORN

    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...

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  • 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, taking in ST. Gilgen village, the lake, Mountains, Mountain huts, cows and...

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  • THE PROMENADE

    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...

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  • 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 lovingly tended to on individual graves, flowers, pretty headstones made...

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  • 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 christened there on the same day as she was born (25 December, 1720).The Church was...

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  • 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 peering out behind a bush!I loved walking here as it is a pretty town and there...

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  • Musikinstrumente-Museum der Völker

    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!!!Opening hours: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....

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  • St. Aegidius

    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)

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  • Ride the cable car

    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.

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  • Fresco's

    Whilst here for a short stop, we came across many buildings with colourful facades.I will put more of them in a travelogue later.

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  • Zwölferhorn

    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...

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  • St. Aegidius Church

    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...

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  • Heimatmuseum

    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...

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  • Fountain

    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.

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  • Lakeside location!

    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...

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Sankt Gilgen Hotels

Sankt Gilgen Restaurants

  • 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 way.Ambience - traditional style decor and furnishing. The dining room is filled...

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  • 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 actually picnic benches). The Wiener Schnitzel was good and I had the...

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  • Various

    Sankt Gilgen is not a huge place and I didn't see an over-abundance of restaurants. However, you won't go hungry. Michael and I noticed this group of mostly tourists eating at this cafe just off of the main square. There is also a nice looking restaurant in the Hotel zur Post which serves traditional Austrian food in a 15th century setting.

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Sankt Gilgen Transportation

  • 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 adults and 2 children. You can take the boat is often as you want. Nice,...

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  • Bus

    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 like I did. From the bus station, it's a short walk to the right down...

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Sankt Gilgen Shopping

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    by acemj Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    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.

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Sankt Gilgen Local Customs

  • 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.

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  • Lederhosen

    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 occasions. Some lederhosen are worn just below the knee like knickers and are...

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  • 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...

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Sankt Gilgen Off The Beaten Path

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    by acemj Updated Dec 18, 2004

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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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Sankt Gilgen Sports & Outdoors

  • Boating

    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.

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  • Hang-glinding

    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 when he was here. Yeah, sure, you bet!

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  • Mozart Town: Though, He's Never Been...

    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...

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  • Lakeside

    Historically, Sankt Gilgen has been a wealthy man's playground for a long time. Even today, many of Salzburg's wealthier residents have homes here. Its location on the northwestern edge of the Wolgansee ensures that there are always great water activies to participate in, weather permitting of course.

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  • Great day to see this place

    Michael (VTer globetrott) and I picked a great day to visit Sankt Gilgen. The weather was warm and sunny and there were no crowds at all. The town welcomed us with a relaxed atmosphere complete with flower boxes in windows, fountains and an amazing combination of mountain and lakeside setting.

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