Feel the spirit of summer - by boat and train
A ride over the scenic Wolfgangsee, one of Austria’s most impressive Alpine lakes, is an absolute “must” for all visitors to the idyllic Salzkammergut region. Equally enjoyable is the ride up to the top of the Schafberg by cogwheel railway. Let one of the mighty steam locomotives do the hard work for you, as you ascend to the peak in fine fashion and then are rewarded with amazing panoramic views. This winning combination of boat and train has enchanted generations of travelers and will be sure to be a huge hit with you as well!
The SchafbergBahn is the steepest cogwheel railway in Austria and reaches the summit of the Schafberg in only 40 minutes. With an altitude of 1783 meters above sea level, this graceful mountain offers some of the best views in Europe! You will enjoy „life at the top“, also thanks to the warm Austrian hospitality at the Hotel Schafbergspitze.
From late April to late October the WolfgangseeSchifffahrt provides shipping services on the lake and conveniently connects all the towns with each other. The most renowned destination is St. Wolfgang and its legendary Hotel Weisses Rössl (White Horse Inn), which was once made famous by an operetta. From July to September the nostalgic paddle wheeler “Kaiser Franz Josef I.” is in service on the lake, while the coal-fired steam locomotives operate twice a week on the cogwheel railway. Let these classic vehicles from the late 19th century take you back in time!
Banquet and conference services are available all season long, should you choose to celebrate a family fest, a wedding or a corporate function on site. The SchafbergBahn’s steam locomotive shed at St. Wolfgang or the Hotel Schafbergspitze are probably two of the most unique event venues in all of Austria!
Moonshine rides to the Schafberg summit
Take the train to the summit late in the evening, as the sun sets and the moon comes out in its full glory. Either or, the natural beauty of the mountain and the amazing light effects of the different times of day will be sure to inspire you.
Special offers for families
Kids love the cogwheel railway and an excursion to the summit of the Schafberg is a great day out for the entire family. With the specially discounted family package it is also a most affordable day-trip! Every Friday afternoon two adults and three kids may travel together for only 59,90 Euro. At the Hotel Schafbergspitze you may take advantage of other attractive offers for kids, like spaghetti, schnitzel or sausage for only € 5,80 per child.
On the Wolfgangsee kids will find excitement when the special children pirate ship sails on two different days in the summer. Aboard the children may learn about princesses, witches, pirates and robbers. The real highlight comes when they get to visit the captain in the wheelhouse and grab the steering wheel themselves! While the kids are busy, the parents can simply enjoy the scenery of the lake and relax.
Dreams of steam – 2014 nostalgia
There’s no better way to cruise on the Wolfgangsee than aboard the original paddle wheeler „Kaiser Franz Josef I.“ from 1873. Enjoy its luxurious style that is so reminiscent of the Belle Époque. The spacious free decks, the graceful wooden ornaments, the elegant awning which provides you shelter from the elements, and most of all, the big red paddle wheels and small white funnel are the vessel’s most striking features and the fixtures that make it so much fun to ride on. Once you reach the mountain, you may take one of the nostalgic, coal-fired steam locomotives dating from the 1890s and the time when the SchafbergBahn originally opened. These old workhorses require 500 kg of coal and 3000 l of water for a return journey.