The Places to Be on Lake Wolfgang
Even Emperor Franz Joseph I preferred the idyllic lake region for a relaxing getaway. Today, visitors still come here to enjoy traditional pleasures and recharge their batteries in the Salzkammergut. These are the places to be at Lake Wolfgang.
September 22, 2022
Where to stay
Cortisen am See
The Hotel Cortisen am See is an oasis of well-being where you can unwind amid colorful interiors. ©wolfgang stadler photography & art paper
The adults-only hotel Cortisen am Wolfgangsee offers an inspiring and colourful mix: none of the 26 double rooms or nine design and loft suites look the same. A special hideaway for a well-earned summer holiday on the lake is the exclusive Boat Shed Suite on the upper deck of the boathouse, right on the shores of Lake Wolfgang. The first floor boasts a 25-meter indoor panorama pool overlooking the lake. From the terrace of the gourmet restaurant there’s a breathtaking view of the lake and the backdrop of the surrounding mountains.
Cortisen am See
Market 15, 5360 St. Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut
Tel.: +43 6138 23760
Price: Doubles incl. six-course à-la-carte breakfast from €210 per night
A film icon – and still one of the most popular houses on Lake Wolfgang. © Peter Philipp
This iconic hotel, which has been the subject of an operetta and several films, looks back on a 500-year history. The iconic house is currently managed in the fifth generation. A historic time in the beautiful Salzkammergut is guaranteed.
Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl
Market 74, 5360 St. Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut
Tel.: +43 6138 2306
Price: doubles from approx. €261 per night
Where to eat
At the gourmet restaurant Atelier, culinary and art are writ large. © provided
Inspired by the overlap between grand cuisine and art, this restaurant has built a reputation for its artistic cooking and presentation, the use of unusual ingredients and the exploration – and tearing down – of boundaries. Head chef Stefan Fischer, an artist and abstract painter in his free time, finds inspiration in the unusual to reach new culinary heights every day.
Ischlerstraße 16, 5340 St. Gilgen
Tel.: +43 6227 7040
Haus am Hang
Tradition meets modernity at the restaurant in St. Gilgen – and delivers delicious results. © provided
In his restaurant in St. Gilgen, host and head chef Lucas Bocsa uses fish freshly caught from the lake and the finest ingredients from the region to prepare delicious creations that offer a delectable reinterpretation of classic Austrian cuisine. There’s a lovely view of the lake from the panorama terrace, and inside, the restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance and warm, welcoming hospitality.
Haus am Hang
Mondsee-Bundesstraße 10, 5340 St. Gilgen
Tel.: +43 664 4435701
What to do
Historical shipping company
Setting sail with the Wolfgangsee-Schiffahrt is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. © Salzburg AG Tourismus
Currently comprised of six ferries, Wolfgangsee-Schiffahrt started operating in 1873, when the paddle steamer Kaiser Franz Josef I – a truly remarkable technical innovation at the time – set off on its maiden voyage.
Take the Schafberg cable car to the top and admire the natural scenery at Lake Wolfgang. © Salzburg AG Tourismus
Austria’s steepest cog railway rattles scenically from St Wolfgang up the Schafberg mountain to just below the peak at 1,783 metres, offering spectacular views on the way up and back down. The trip to the peak takes a leisurely 35 minutes, climbing 1,190 vertical meters in the process. The final stretch is particularly impressive, as the train passes within touching distance of the rock walls and through two tunnels.
Where to shop
The noble brandies of the house are incomparable. © provided
Characterful spirits, hand-crafted with the deepest respect for nature and the region.
The traditional pastry is a delight for all. © provided
This family-owned company has been baking gingerbread in St. Wolfgang for over 200 years.
This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Summer 2022.