Holidays to St. Gilgen

St. Gilgen is known as the elegant lakeside home of the Mozart family – and just 30 minutes away from musical Salzburg

Walking holidays to St. Gilgen take you to the lovely north-western shores of Lake Wolfgang. The wealthy have long sought out its shores, building grand mansions along the waterfront. Most famously, Mozart’s family lived here – there’s a museum dedicated to them in town that’s well worth a wander. Other worthwhile explorations include the lakeside path leading past beaches and bays and the Schafberg mountain, which can be reached by Austria’s oldest cog steam railway from St. Wolfgang.

St. Gilgen: hometown of the Mozarts

St. Gilgen is filled with fanciful baroque and rococo architecture. Cafés, shops and alpine-style houses are adorned with frescoes and oversized flowering balconies, and streets lead to the towering onion-domed church where Mozart’s parents got married. You can learn more about Mozart in the house museum – just perhaps not the sibling you’d assume. This was the birthplace of Anna Maria, the mother of Mozart, and celebrates her daughter Nannerl, who was a child prodigy and harpsichordist who often headlined above her famous brother – a career quickly put to and end when she became old enough to marry.


To find out more about Nannerl’s brother, head to Salzburg, where museums and operas explore Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and works - his birthplace is on the famous Getreidegasse shopping street in the centre of the Old Town. The Salzburg Museum showcases everything from archaeological finds to modern art installations over several grand floors. And, make sure to stroll the Mirabel Gardens or walk up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress which watches over the cobbled streets of the city below. It’s all an hour’s bus journey away from St. Gilgen.

Into the mountains

A cable car glides from St. Gilgen to the top of the Zwölferhorn in 10 minutes where panoramic hiking trails lead in all directions and include a family-friendly mountaintop circuit that meanders past sundials, star charts and telescopes that offer intriguing insights into the geology of this corner of the Alps. The Schafberg mountain is another great pick – best reached via the historic cog railway from St. Wolfgang that takes the ache out of the uphill climb - the views from up here are quite something, and there's plenty of exploring to be done on foot.

Life on Lake Wolfgang

Two other villages decorate the shores of Lake Wolfgang. St. Wolfgang is home to a myth-wreathed pilgrimage church and footpaths that lead up into the hills behind. Strobl, meanwhile, is the place to chase the sunset. Walk between them by following the waterside paths or hop aboard the historic paddle steamer or one of the ferries that cruise the waters. Water sports are popular too, including paddle-boarding, kayaking, water skiing, sailing and wakeboarding on the blue-green alpine lake - take a dip or rent a rowing boat or pedalo.

Why book a summer holiday in St. Gilgen with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Wolfgangsee's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to St. Gilgen include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Hotels in St. Gilgen

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Hotel Hollweger St. Gilgen Austria

The elegant Hotel Hollweger sits in beautifully manicured gardens with views over the clear blue waters of Wolfgangsee. Settle in, feel at home, and enjoy a touch of luxury in this quiet and beautiful corner of the Salzkammergut.

Resort Combination

Two Centres | Combine your stay in St. Gilgen with 3, 4 or 7 nights in another resort in Austria or Slovenia. We recommend the pretty Tyrolean village of Söll and lake resort Bohinj in Slovenia.

Please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11 for more information.

Things To Do
  • Lake-side lido for swimming and rowing boat/pedalo hire
  • Famous Mozart’s House’ museum
  • Watersports including sailing, water-skiing and wind-surfing
  • Steamboat and ferry trips to St Wolfgang
  • Cycling, mountain biking
  • E-bike hire
  • Bathing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Mini-golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Tennis
  • Horse & carriage rides
  • Heritage and Musical instrument museum

The pretty lakeside promenade is ideal for gentle walks and fantastic views across to the Schafberg mountain railway, while St. Wolfgang is only a boat ride away. There are spectacular views from the top of the Zwölferhorn cable-car and walkers will enjoy the panorama path around the top. Various excursions are offered from St. Gilgen, Austria, including nearby Salzburg and the picturesque village of Hallstatt.

Popular walks:

St Gilgen to Furberg 1h | Easy

One of the prettiest sections around the lake is from St Gilgen to Furberg (1 hour), with a lovely inlet and restaurant in Furberg. Walk up from Winkl from here to the Huttenstein castle and the Gut Aich monastery. A ferry departs from Furberg back to St Gilgen.



  • Home of Mozart, there is an open-air music pavilion in the village centre which hosts regular classical, folklore and brass band concerts
  • The annual village ‘Dorf Fest’ (approx. second week in June) is the biggest festival of the year with traditional live entertainment, music, beer tents and food stalls.

St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang offer over 140km of marked walking trails, over rolling hills and rural pastures, through woodland and up to high peaks with stunning lake panoramas. There are easy lakeside paths and panoramic walks from the top of the lift stations, as well as challenging hikes up to local peaks and various marked trails back down the mountains for those who don’t want to climb. St. Wolfgang and Fuschl are easily accessed by ferry or bus.


Popular Walks include:

St. Gilgen to Fürberg 1 hr Easy

One of the prettiest sections around the lake is from St. Gilgen to Fürberg (1 hour), with a lovely inlet and restaurant in Fürberg. Walk up to Winkl from here for the Hüttenstein Castle and the Gut Aich monastery. Ferry departs from Fürberg back to St. Gilgen.

Cable-car & Cog Railway

From St. Gilgen the Zwölferhorn cable-car accesses the highest peak for breathtaking views across the lake. At the top there is a 30 minute panorama walk, viewing platforms, restaurant, and plenty of enjoyable marked trails back down to the village. St. Wolfgang’s ‘Schafberg’ peak is reached by mountain cog railway for similar trails and is easily accessible by bus or ferry from St. Gilgen.

Bus, Bike & Ferry

There are walking paths all around Lake Wolfgang which can be achieved in stages, reached by bus or ferry. Most sections are flat and possible to cycle round and are particularly enjoyable by E-Bike.

Good to know

Walking trails: 300km of walking trails (120km locally and more in the wider Wolfgangsee region)

Terrain: Rolling hills, Alpine lakes, meadows and forests with some steeper routes

Best time to go: end of May to start of October. It can get hot in July and August but a dip in the lake is a great way to cool off

Recommended for: Easy walking, nature, activities

Fly into: Salzburg (approx. 2 hours)

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by coach

Rep Service: In resort

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