- Escape in this quaint Austrian village in on the shore of Lake Wolfgang
- Explore this peaceful village's typically Austrian culture and immerse yourself in nature - the local walks are beautiful
- Nestled at the bottom of the Zwölferhorn mountain and on the edge of the beautiful lake - St. Gilgen is a small gem in the Salzkammergut region of Austria
• coach transfer • car hire • private transfer
• Salzburg · 45km · 1 hour 15 minutes
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Culture and history
So what's it like?
The attractive village centre has many fresco painted buildings, shops, coffee houses, bars and restaurants. It also boasts a small 'Mozart Museum' situated in the house where Wolfgang Amadeus' mother was born. In the evenings the village brass band plays regular concerts and during July and August colourful traditional folklore evenings take place in a lakeside restaurant. For some of the most stunning views in the whole of the Austrian Lake District, take the cable-car to the top of the Zwölferhorn mountain.
Relax and discover
Local culture: You'll encounter foreign landscapes, traditional tribes and their music, customs and culture. For something completely different, a trip to the World of the Dinosaurs will educate and entertain you in equal measure, it has everything from fossils to Jurassic themed games for children. History buffs will also enjoy a visit to the hermitage of the original St. Gilgen, hidden behind a chapel on the Falkenstein cliffs to the west of St. Wolfgang.
Walking: A trip up the Zwölferhorn gondola is an absolute must-do. Not only do many of the best walks in the area start from the top of the mountain - the views are amazing, as is the Alpine flora and fauna. Either walk the loop around the top of the mountain - or for the more energetic, back down into St. Gilgen.
Water sports: The breathtaking Wolfgangsee is a haven for people who enjoy water sports. There are water ski and wake board schools, sailing and windsurfing schools or if you prefer to explore the lake there is also diving school. There are also several beaches around the lake where you can relax and absorb the beautiful scenery.
Evening atmosphere: With a quiet evening atmosphere St. Gilgen has a selection of restaurants and cafés around the lake side. The village comes alive at the regular festivals throughout the summer, these include a Jazz festival, annual village festival and in high season there are regular brass band concerts and a colourful traditional dance evening.
Available from £200 (return)
The Salzkammergut Card gives reductions of up to 30% on local bus fares, entrances to attractions, cable cars, ferry rides, leisure facilities and much more. Available locally for approximately €5 for adults. Children up to and including 15 years will receive discounts automatically when accompanied by an adult with the card.
There is a bus service to Bad Ischl, St. Wolfgang, Fuschl, Mondsee and Salzburg. There is also a ferry to St. Wolfgang and Strobl and a cable car, the Zwölferhorn lift, can be taken from the resort centre.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not try a twin centre combining 7 days in the charming Parkhotel Billroth in St. Gilgen with 7 days in the elegant Grand Hotel Toplice in the Slovenian resort of Bled? Or opt for a city add-on of 3 or 4 days in Salzburg or Vienna.
Transfer to your second centre is usually by coach or minibus and may be via the airport. Call us to book.