This delightful resort in the heart of Austria’s lake district, is only just over an hour from Salzburg airport, and surrounded by stunning scenery. The lake district is home to 76 lakes, and Lake Wolfgang is the fourth largest, at 13km long and 27km round.
The village slowly grew around the church founded here in 970 AD by Bishop Wolfgang, who came to the mountains to spend time alone with the Holy Spirit. According to legend, he lived and fought several battles with the devil around the Falkenstein rockface. Today, the walk from St Gilgen to St Wolfgang is one of the most popular pilgrim’s walks in Europe.
The church of St Wolfgang is famous for its altarpiece, which was designed by Michael Pacher, the highly regarded 15th Century Austrian artist. Occupying the middle of the village square, the church provides a perfect backdrop to the twice-weekly open-air brass band concerts, and Thursday’s folklore dancing night. Other popular festivals hosted in St Wolfgng include the tractor festival, classical car rallies and occasional farmer’s markets.
Travel around St Wolfgang couldn’t be easier. Regular ferry services run around the lake, and Inghams guests receive a free all-day ferry ticket. Another transportation highlight is the Schafbergbahn, the cog railway ascending the highest mountain in St Wolfgang. The view from the top is stunning. You can see several lakes and the glaciers of the Dachstein massif.
There are many pleasant cafes, restaurants, shops and a selection of walks, from gentle strolls to challenging hikes. It’s a great place for road cycling and off-road mountain-biking, as well as water sports on the lake, including water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, diving and swimming.
There are many local places of interest: Werfen castle has daily falconry displays and the film, Where Eagles Dare was filmed here. Nearby Gosau is known for its Norwegian-like setting and glacier; while across the border with Germany, Berchtesgaden is home to Hitler’s famous Eagles Nest.
History is everywhere in this part of Austria. Ancient Hallstatt, with its distinctive salt mines, is full of quaint alleyways and charming museums that are full of stories. The thriving and historic cities of Salzburg and Linz are also readily accessible.
There really is something for everyone to do in St Wolfgang. So what are you waiting for? We look forward to welcoming you to this fabulous resort!