In 1873 the paddle steamer "Kaiser Franz Josef I." was launched and named in honor of the ruling Austrian monarch. With its elegant silhouette and impressive side wheels, the 33m long ship continues to impress and delight all the guests that came aboard today.
The "Kaiser" has been in service since the very beginning of passenger navigation on the Wolfgangsee and remains the star of the fleet. The iconic vessel has starred in many feature films and was recently refurbished. Taking a cruise on "Kaiser Franz Josef I." or any of the modern ships is the ideal way to experience the lovely landscape of the Wolfgangsee with its different points of interest.
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 public service on the lake. Alternately, it may also be chartered for private functions.
Aside from the "Kaiser", the fleet consists of six motor vessels, including the flagship "Salzburg" and the "Österreich", which accommodates up to 365 passengers.
Come aboard one of our comfortable ships for a great day out!