ST. GILGEN - HOTELS & TOURIST INFORMATION
This famous lakeside resort is situated at the western part of the Wolfgangsee (Wolfgang Lake). Sankt Gilgen is easily accessible from Salzburg, which is only thirty kilometers away. Once a majestic stronghold of the prince-archbishops of Salzburg, St. Gilgen now is a playground for the Salzburg’s new aristocracy - the fashionable and wealthy who have mountain villas around. In summer the resort attracts mainly Austrians and Germans to the indoor swimming pool and bathing beach, as well as to some fashionable and lavish parties and festivals.
St Gilgen has many Mozart relations - in the vicinity of the Rathaus is the house in which Mozart’s mother, Anna Maria Pertl, was born in 1720. The Mozart Fountain, erected in 1927, stands on the main square in front of the Town Hall.
Like many guests from all over the world Mozart also appreciated the picturesque views and the crystal clear and tranquil lake. Strolling along the lakeside or going up on the Zwölferhorn Mountain in a cable railway one can enjoy the un-spoilt nature here.
Another exciting experience is a boat trip between St Gilgen, Strobl and St Wolfgang.
From the Postalm pasture, the Schafberg or Katrin Mountain one can delight the beautiful views of the Alpine scenery.
There are no railway lines running into Saint Gilgen but buses (the line serving Fuschl am See and Hof bei Salzburg) run frequently to and from the nearest railway stations, stopping in St. Gilgen after a ride from Salzburg (trip takes around fifty minutes) or Bad Ischl (forty minutes). If coming here by car you should head east of Salzburg for around 35 kilometers on Route 158.
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