St. Gilgen

Nestled amidst the Austrian Alps, St. Gilgen is a picturesque village on the shores of Wolfgangsee, exuding a charm reminiscent of fairytales. A quintessential Austrian landscape awaits, adorned with charming houses, serene lakes, and majestic mountains. Read more

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St. Gilgen, often dubbed as the "Mozart Village", is located in the Salzkammergut Lake District, not far from Salzburg. The connection to Mozart is strong, with his mother being born here and his sister, Nannerl, later residing in the village. Beyond its Mozartian ties, St. Gilgen is a haven for nature lovers. The serene Lake Wolfgangsee offers boating, swimming, and stunning panoramic views, especially from the Zwölferhorn Mountain via the cable car. The quaint town itself is a blend of historic buildings, charming alleyways, and beautiful gardens. Its pastoral beauty was even showcased in the opening scenes of the movie "The Sound of Music". Whether seeking relaxation by the lakeside, mountain adventures, or cultural experiences, St. Gilgen is a delightful destination that ensures unforgettable memories.
St. Gilgen is the epitome of Austrian charm and beauty, making it a perfect destination for those looking to experience the idyllic countryside, steeped in culture and history. Whether it's the sound of church bells, the refreshing lake breezes, or the melodious echoes of Mozart, St. Gilgen is bound to captivate every visitor's heart.

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The most famous sights
What to do in St. Gilgen

Wolfgangsee Lake:

This tranquil lake offers opportunities for boating, swimming, or just admiring the pristine beauty of the Austrian landscape.

Zwölferhorn Cable Car:

Providing panoramic views of the lake and surrounding Alps, this cable car journey is a must for every visitor.

Mozart’s Mother’s Birthplace:

A tribute to the village's famous connection, this house gives insights into the early life of Mozart's family.

Pilgrimage Church of St. Wolfgang:

A historic church overlooking the lake, known for its beautiful altarpiece.

Falkenstein Wall:

A hiking trail leading to ancient rock inscriptions and offering breathtaking views of the lake below.

Heimatkundliches Museum:

Delve into local history and traditions at this museum, showcasing artifacts from the region's past.

Schafberg Mountain:

Accessible by a cog railway, this mountain offers some of the best views of the Salzkammergut region.

Baroque Parish Church:

A beautiful baroque structure in the heart of St. Gilgen, known for its stunning architecture and historical significance.

The Sound of Music Tour:

For movie enthusiasts, embark on a tour to recognize some of the iconic spots from the famous film set in and around St. Gilgen.

St. Gilgen Advent Market:

If visiting during the festive season, this market offers traditional crafts, local delicacies, and a heartwarming atmosphere.

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In and around St. Gilgen

Sankt Gilgen (0 km)

Nestled by the shimmering waters of Lake Wolfgang and encircled by lush mountains, Sankt Gilgen is an Austrian paradise. This idyllic village epitomizes the charm and beauty of the Salzkammergut region, making it a must-see destination for any traveler.

St. Wolfgang (7.01 km)

Nestled alongside the serene Wolfgangsee lake, St. Wolfgang is a picturesque Austrian town that exudes Alpine charm. A haven for nature lovers and history buffs, it's a place where time seems to pause and every view feels like a postcard.

Sankt Wolfgang (7.52 km)

Nestled on the shores of the shimmering Wolfgangsee, Sankt Wolfgang stands as a picturesque gem amidst Austria's Alpine panorama. This idyllic lakeside town invites visitors with its blend of timeless charm, rich history, and unparalleled natural beauty.

Bad Ischl (20.75 km)

Bad Ischl is a quaint Austrian spa town nestled in the heart of the Salzkammergut region. Famed for its therapeutic salt treatments, the town offers a rich history, imperial heritage, and a stunning alpine landscape that inspires rest and relaxation.

Hallein (23.09 km)

Hallein is an Austrian town where history and nature converge. Known for its salt mines, scenic landscapes, and historical architecture, Hallein offers a blend of cultural richness and natural beauty that makes it an appealing destination for tourists.

Salzburg (23.21 km)

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a Baroque gem with a magnificent historic centre, situated between the Salzach River and the Hohensalzburg Fortress. The picturesque streets and charming atmosphere will captivate you.

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