Holidays in St. Wolfgang

It’s all cheerfully painted houses, cobbled streets and myth-wreathed churches in St. Wolfgang – one of the most charming towns on Lake Wolfgang

What’s in a name? Plenty when you visit St. Wolfgang, a town christened for the saint said to have tricked the devil into building a pilgrimage church here. The views are pretty divine – St. Wolfgang settles on a promontory in the centre of the much-loved Lake Wolfgang. Townhouses, shops and hotels painted in colourful hues line narrow streets that lead to the waterfront, where a tree-lined promenade follows the water’s edge. Walking holidays in St. Wolfgang explore further afield too – to the cog railway and hiking paths of Schafberg and the jagged limestone mountains beyond.

Walking in St. Wolfgang: lake and mountains

Rambles range from lakeside wanders between the three towns of Lake Wolfgang to high alpine hikes and strenuous summits that can be reached on foot, by cable car or by bus. Easier footpaths also head into the hills behind St. Wolfgang, running past Alpine farms and mountain huts. Wherever you roam, the views are always great, thanks to the backdrop of the Schafberg, Zwölferhorn and Postalm mountains. After all, this is the Salzkammergut – Austria’s spectacular lake and mountain district.

Lake Wolfgang

Ferries and an original 19th-Century paddle steamer cross between the towns of Lake Wolfgang, while sailing boats and watersports take to the water. The lovely village of St. Gilgen is well worth a visit, as is Strobl – best enjoyed as an end-of-day digestif, thanks to its cinematic sunsets. Plus, Lake Wolfgang is just one of over 70 lakes in the Salzkammergut, all connected by an excellent bus service.

The Schafbergbahn cog railway

The steepest steam cog railway in Austria eases peak seekers to the top of the Schafberg (1,768 metres) from St. Wolfgang in around half an hour. From here, views stretch over the lakes and Alps of the surrounding Salzkammergut region and, on clear days, as far as Bavaria in Germany. A green-shuttered mountain hut balances on a rocky outcrop – great for high-rise refuelling – and hiking paths lead back down to St. Wolfgang. You can walk back in about three and a half hours.

St. Wolfgang to Salzburg

Thanks to its saintly backstory, St. Wolfgang was once a VIP pilgrimage site. Go on a tour of the church to find out about its history and admire the gothic artwork by Michael Pacher, one of the earliest Renaissance painters in the region. It also hosts classical and operetta concerts in the summer. Alpine brass bands, on the other hand, tend to pop up in the village square to play their foot-tapping tunes. Fancy a change of scene? Visit the riverside city of Salzburg – the birthplace of Mozart and famous as the filming location of the Sound of Music.

Why book a summer holiday in St. Wolfgang 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. Wolfgang 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.

Added value

Free all-day ferry boat ticket for all Inghams guests to St. Wolfgang (once per stay)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

Hotels in St. Wolfgang

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Hotel Weisses Rossl, St Wolfgang Reception

The iconic Hotel Weisses Rössl sits in the centre of St. Wolfgang’s pedestrianised zone, directly on the shore of the lake. The building oozes character and history and offers first-class comfort, service, and cuisine, and if you're a spa aficionado, then this place is hard to beat.

Things To Do
  • Regular operetta and classical music evenings
  • Historic paddle steamer and boat trips
  • Swimming and rowing boats at the lakeside lido
  • Watersports, including water-skiing, wind-surfing, sailing and diving
  • Schafberg mountain railway
  • Nordic walking
  • Bathing
  • Cycling and mountain biking and Electric bike hire
  • Horse riding and horse-drawn buggy rides
  • Tennis
  • Mini-golf
  • Guided tours of the church


Festivals and Events

St. Wolfgang is a big draw for for music lovers with regular operetta, classic and folklore music evenings and concerts throughout the week. 

Lift and cable-car approx. opening times 

The opening dates of summer lifts vary in resort. Please find the latest update for the summer:

Schafbergbahn – open from approx 16 May.


There are a number of walks and rambles around Lake Wolfgang, and many steeper paths into the hills behind the village to local farms and mountain alms. A scenic ride on the historic Schafberg cog railway takes you some easy walks along to the mountain top affording panoramic views across the lake. Start points for further walks around the Lake Wolfgang, St. Gilgen and Fuschl are accessible by ferry and local bus. St. Wolfgang Tourist Office provides a list of marked trails and maps.

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 30 mins by coach

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team

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