What To Do

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Summer

 The area is excellent for a whole range  of activities. Lake swimming is popular with many attractive beaches and  surprisingly warm water from July to September. It is safe and the  water is of drinking quality. There are numerous opportunities to swim  and have fun in the lakes or outdoor swimming pools for a small charge.


Mondsee Alpine Beach  is very popular with families and a good value day out. There are a  number of water slides, diving platforms and inflatables in the lake.  There is a sandy beach and a large grassed area for sunbathing. For  younger children there is a small pool with water slide. Showers,  toilets and changing facilities are available along with a café serving  drinks, snacks and ice cream. Strobl has a beach area with café and children’s playground and boats for hire. 


Bad Ischl  has an outdoor swimming pool in the town centre with water slides and a  large grass area for relaxing. Scuba diving in Lake Wolfgang is also  available, from premises along the main road to Abersee.

In Bad ischl the  Eurothermen  is a spa with thermal baths renowned for their healing properties. The  pools are both indoor and outdoor so suitable all year round and in all  weathers. Saunas, massage and steam baths are also available at an  additional cost. The main area is suitable for all the family with the  ‘Lazy River’ sweeping guests along through caves and spas. 
Summer  tobogganing is a great family fun experience. There are 2 places  available nearby, Strobl and Fuschl (both only 15 minutes from the  apartment). Strobl has a choice of 2 tracks so offers greater variety,  but both are great fun.

In the surrounding area there are plenty of places to visit including the historical village of Hallstatt with its salt mines and ice caves.
Salt  is very important in the area and there are a number of mines offering  tours. Hallstatt is the closest with its beautiful scenery. Hallein  south of Salzburg is also good fun with slides and a raft ride across  the underground salt lake. Alternatively, a visit to the salt mine in Berchtesgaden (in Germany) could be combined with a cable car ride or a boat trip on Lake Königssee. This is also the home of the Eagle’s Nest and a beautiful place to visit only an hour from St Gilgen.


Information about all the activities and places to visit in the Salzkammergut can be found on the website  www.salzkammergut.at/en.
Also,  the Salzkammergut card is available for €4.90 per adult which gives  discounts of around 30% on all the major attractions in the area. Winter  card – November to April. Summer card – May to October. More  information and a full list of the participating attractions can be  found on the website or from the Tourist Information Office.   

Sport

Local sporting activities include scuba-diving, swimming, tennis,  walking, sailing, cycling, fishing, horse riding, skiing, golf,  wind-surfing, water skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering,  paragliding. Links to the many sports available in the Wolfgangsee area  can be found on the region's website - www.wolfgangsee.at. This has excellent information in English and links with contact details to the various schools or activity provider. 

Golf

There are 3 excellent golf courses in the area at Bad Ischl, Fuschl and Mondsee.   

Walking

The town is perfect for walkers with 80km of marked paths in and around  St Gilgen, all easily accessible from the centre of the resort. The  cable car will take you to the top of the Zwolferhorn Mountain,  at 1,522 metres, where you will find a number of paths and many huts  offering food and drink with fantastic panoramic views. You may wish to  return by cable car or on foot. Alternatively, the area is very popular  with paragliders and there is a local Paragliding School  based at the cable car base. Other popular walks include the three hour  walk through peaceful woods to St Wolfgang. Walking maps are available  at the Tourist Information office. All the routes are signposted and accessible throughout the year with cafes or restaurants available. 

Cycling

 The area has numerous cycle paths around the lake and cycle hire is available in the village. Lots of advice is available here.
 

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Around Lake Wolfgang

During the summer the historic mountain railway, the Schafbergbahn, runs to the top of the Schafberg where you can spend the night in the mountaintop hotel  or simply enjoy the view and walk or ride down. You can take the boat  to St Wolfgang followed by a trip to the top on the 19th century  railway. Some of the old engines from the 1890s are still running. There  is a combined ticket offer for the boat and railway and further  discounts available with the Salzkammergut card.
You  can also continue on the boat to visit the lovely town of Strobl with  its lakeside promenade. A day ticket for the boat is good value as you  can get on and off all day.
 

Salzburg

Salzburg  is a fantastic city with beautiful architecture wherever you look. It  is the birthplace of Mozart and as such there is a museum in his birth  house. This is situated on the Getriedegasse which is the main shopping  street in the city. The façade of the cathedral has recently been  cleaned is certainly worth a visit. Salzburg castle can  be reached by funicular railway or by walking up the hill. The views  are spectacular from the top. There are a number of museums including  the Natural History (Haus der Natur) which was recently refurbished
and the Residenz which was the home of the Bishops and houses a fabulous collection of paintings. Mirabell Palace and Gardens can be found on the opposite side of the river and are a must for fans of "The Sound of Music". There are daily tours available which take in all the popular locations from the film.
Hellbrunn Palace  is situated south of Salzburg. The park boasts the summer house from  the ‘Sound of Music’ and has many popular features. The trick fountain  tour is fun for all the family. Salzburg Zoo can be found in the same area. 

Winter Activities - Skiing

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Local Ski Regions

 There are many options for skiing within an hour of the apartment. 


Dachstein West  is the largest resort with excellent facilities at Gosau and Russbach.  With 142km of pistes for all abilities and fun parks for snowboarders  it has everything needed for a great family skiing holiday. Ski gear may  be hired from the base stations or locally in the villages. The ski  schools are well equipped for all levels including children and as this  resort is less well known, it tends to be less busy. In our experience  the ski school classes tend not to be full and offer excellent value.  There is also a creche  for babies and younger children available at Russbach. The drive from  the apartment usually takes approximately 50 minutes depending on  traffic. There is plenty of free parking too.


The Postalm  offers limited skiing with only a small number of runs available. It is  perfect for children and absolute beginners with a fun park and tubing  on offer. The drive up the Postalm road (from Strobl) is spectacular  with many twists and turns. The road has a toll which can be taken off  the cost of the lift pass in the resort. From the apartment, the drive  up takes approximately 35 minutes.  

For Children

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  "Hi my name is Matthew, I am 9 years old & I live In Macclesfield.  In the holidays I go to Austria, a country in Europe with my mum and dad.
 

​In summer it gets really hot, that’s because it’s a hot country in summer.  I like to go to Mondsee Lake with my friends that live there.  At Mondsee Lake I go on water slides. My favourite water slide is one where it cuts off half way down, & then you’re just falling, it’s not high though.  Also in summer I go to a summer Rodelbahn (it’s just basically like an outdoor bobsleigh but not on ice).  There’s one in Fuschl & one in Strobl, the one in Strobl I think is better because there`s two lanes.  In St. Gilgen I go to the park & I have lots of fun there. I really like the zip wire. After that I sometimes get an ice cream because there`s an ice cream shop opposite, just near there you can go in a little speed boat but they`re not very fast. In winter it’s so snowy there that you could build a snowman every day!  I have snow ball fights quite often. In winter I go skiing in various different places like the Postalm, Zell Am See & Gosau.  There’s a place just down the road (about a 5 minute walk) where younger children can learn to ski & you also sledge there as well.  The Postalm is kind of for beginners but Gosau is for all level skiers & snowboarders.  Zell Am See is for all level skiers & snowboarders as well as Gosau.  If you visit Salzberg you can go to the market. If you want to go somewhere cool why not go to the castle.  I also like having a hot chocolatein the square."