WITH MAMA TO THE TOP OF THE SCHAFBERG
EXCURSION TIPS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Right in time for Mother’s Day, the last snow and ice will have been removed from the SchafbergBahn and nothing more will stand in the way of your excursion. The fleet of WolfgangseeSchifffahrt ferries gives you yet another option for an outing with the best mama in the whole world.
At least once a year when Mother’s Day comes around again, you have a marvelous opportunity to thank your mother for all she does and has done. For those of you planning to give her a special surprise, Salzburg AG has a number of excursion trips up its sleeve. For example, how about a trip to the top of the Schafberg? The ever-popular SchafbergBahn cog railway chugs practically all the way to the summit. In fact, it is the steepest cog railway in Austria and has been running from St. Wolfgang up the 1783 meters-high Schafberg since back in 1893. The train will begin its new season on 11 May, perfect timing for your Mother’s Day festivities. In just 35 minutes, the steam-powered cog locomotives carry passengers to the top of the mountain, traveling 1190 vertical meters and 5.85 km along the way. Even during the ride up, passengers are treated to spectacular views of the Salzkammergut region. And once you get to the top, you are able to enjoy some of the most glorious scenery in all of Austria. The lakes of the Salzkammergut glisten like magical jewels, each vying for your attention, while your eyes can roam all the way from the Bohemian Forest in the north to the Alps in the south.
Welcome on board
If you are more in the mood for water rather than mountains, WolfgangseeSchifffahrt is likely to be the perfect choice for you. The fleet has been ferrying passengers back and forth between the idyllic communities of St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen and Strobl for over 145 years. Each of the seven boat landings lends itself as the starting point for springtime strolls. In Ried, you will definitely want to discover Falkenstein Chapel, while we also recommend a visit to the pilgrimage church in St. Wolfgang, site of the famous Michael Pacher Altar. Strobl enchants visitors with its beautiful promenade, and in St. Gilgen you should definitely set aside some time to explore the house in which Mozart’s mother was born. Thanks to the new WolfgangseeTicket, you have the opportunity to board and debark at all the lake landings, making it the ideal companion for your journey of discovery on Wolfgangsee: on water as well as on land.