Famous for it’s idyllic location and truly stunning scenery, St Gilgen is perfect for exploring on foot. Stroll along the lakeside promenade or wander through the quaint village, admiring the traditional architecture.
What better way to see the beauty of the lake than by taking to the actual water? Ferries run to both St Wolfgang and Strobl and, depending on the service, could be a steamer or hydrofoil. You even get a discounted rate if you’ve purchased a Salzkammergut Card.
The nearest station to St Gilgen is in Bad Ischl. The station can be reached by bus 150. From Bad Ischl you could get on a train to Gmunden to visit the K-Hof ceramics museum. Trains also go to Salzburg (2 hours 15 minutes) and even Vienna (3 hours).
Buses run regularly to Bad Ischl, St Wolfgang, Fuschl, Mondsee and Salzburg.
You’ll also get discount on summer lifts with a Salzkammergut Card. The Zwolferhorn gondola is a definite must – it gives you access to the best mountain walks and also has the most incredible views at the top.
|Festival ||Month |
|Feast of Corpus Christi ||Late May |
|Annual Village Festival ||Mid June |
|Fountain Festival ||Mid June |
|Celebration of Life ||Mid June |
|Quattro Legends ||Early July |
|Music Festival ||Early July |
|Festival of the Voluntary Fire Brigade ||Mid July |
|Sailing World Championship ||Mid to late July |
|Children's Music Festival ||Late July |
|Nannerl Festival St Gilgen ||Late July |
With a selection of eateries around the lakeside and a few further inland, you can enjoy a pizza with incredible views across the water, or some dumplings in an authentic Austrian hut. As the resort is quite small, most restaurants and cafés aren’t too far from each other, but still a good distance that you can enjoy the scenery in Mozart’s Village as you find somewhere new to eat.
The Mozartplatz 2a is home to Café Dallmann, which has a fantastic selection of homemade cakes and chocolates – including the award-winning Mozart Torte. Everything is reasonably priced, and the walnut torte with buttercream is one not to be missed.
With indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks a peaceful meadow and pine forest, Angusta Grill & More offers steaks, cooked perfectly on an open wood-fire oven. The restaurant is usually full of locals so it has a great atmosphere too.
Set back from the lake is Wirt am Gries, a fine-dining Austrian restaurant with nice outdoor seating and pretty good schnitzel. The menu is simple – but the dishes are high quality – and they even have a schnapps trolley.
There are 80km of marked paths in and around St Gilgen, all easily accessible from the centre of town. Whether you’re an avid walker or a casual stroller, you’ll find something to interest you. Wander along the lakeside, walk through the village of Winkl, or ascend the Schafberg Mountain for fantastic views of twelve different lakes. After a drink, take the cog railway down into St Wolfgang and jump on the ferry back to St Gilgen. There’s also a good variety of walks from the top of the Zwölferhorn gondola, which you can get discounts for with a Salzkammergut Card.
Get your legs at Fuberg
This easy route winds through town, passing various hotspots like the public bathing area and yacht club. Past the Hotel Billroth, the route heads around the north shore of the lake, beneath overhanging cliffs and shady trees – and the views across the water are beautiful. At the Fuberg hotel, stop for a drink on the terrace and watch the world go by. After, you can walk to Winkl, follow the forest paths, or return to St Gilgen on foot or ferry.
South shore Seeweg stroll
Get the impressive scenery without breaking a sweat. Following the lakeshore, you’ll pass through the Esplanade and Leug areas before heading into the Abersee delta. Look for signs for ‘Seeweg Strobl 12’ and follow this path to the Wolfgangblick camping ground. Turn inland and this route will finally lead you to Gschwendt, a wooded area with a bar and pizzeria. Catch the ferry from here back to St Gilgen.
The Salzkammergut Card gives reductions on activities and attractions in the Salzkammergut area.
· Up to 30% off on local bus fares
· Up to 30% off of cable cars and ferry rides
· Up to 30% off entrance to local attractions and leisure facilities
· Up to 30% off activities
The card is free for those staying in the area for 3 nights or more. Children up to and including 15 years will receive discounts automatically when accompanied by an adult with the card.
Thomson resort service
We're here to give you our support and expertise before, during and after your holiday – it's what we do. This service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance via phone and email – we will text you the rep's contact number before you leave, so they're only ever a call or text away.
- Online info pack with lots of useful resort information and tips – you can also contact our reps at any time to ask questions about your holiday; even before you leave.
- Thomson Lakes & Mountains app with travel documents, resort maps, weather forecasts and a currency converter.
Our reps will meet you at the airport, help you get to your transfer and confirm any pre-booked excursions. They'll also be available in resort to invite you on an informative welcome meeting or walkabout. If you need anything during your holiday, just check your info pack or the app to find them in resort for a chat.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your hotel. Private transfers can be added when booking. These will be taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Why not try a twin centre combining 7 days in the charming Parkhotel Billroth in St Gilgen with 7 days in the elegant Grand Hotel Toplice in the Slovenian resort of Bled? Or opt for a city add-on of 3 or 4 days in Salzburg.
Give us a call to plan your perfect trip or browse our pre-chosen combinations on our twin-centre holidays page.
Transfer to your second centre is usually by coach or minibus and may be via the airport.