Around Wolfgangsee

Moving on from Hungary (see my blog from Budapest here) we crossed back into Austria again.  After a couple of nights at an enroute stopped that produced some lovely scenes around sunset. We headed to Wolfgangsee.

It was something of a random choice.  It was on a lake, tick.  There were a number of campsites with good reviews there, tick.  It seemed to put us in fairly easy reach of Salzburg which we wanted to visit, tick.  In practice it was one of the best stays we had on the whole trip (although there were a few).  The lake which is fairly long has a promontory about halfway along it.  Our campsite and others were on that and the views of the lake and the mountains were stunning.  There was a bus stop around 250 metres from the campsite and a cycle route along the lake close by.

Salzburg

One of the reasons for stopping on Wolfgangsee was that it put us within fairly easy reach of Salzburg by public transport.  We left quite early one morning and, after just under an hour, were wandering around Salzburg.  It is a lovely town and setting, on the river with a fortified area overlooking everything.  There was a good range of places to eat and a day was enough to see what we wanted.  By mid afternoon the weather looked rather threatening – about five minutes later there was a massive thunderstorm and we had not quite made it back to the bus stop!

Back at Wolfgangsee

We found St Gilgen – an easy cycle ride along the lake – was a lovely village.  At times it really was rather busy with tourists though although not as bad as St Wolfgang on the other side of the lake.  From St Wolfgang there is the Schafberg Railway which is a mountain tram taking you high enough to get some lovely views over both Wolfgangsee and the surrounding area.  Indeed the side of the lake we were on had a cable car going up from St Gilgen which not only gave some great views but also allowed us some high level walking too.

All in all this was one of the best stops on the break.  I think there is little doubt we would aim to return to the general Salzkammergut area again on a future trip. Austria had got to us so we decided to move to another area in the country and that is the subject of the next blog.

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