Holidays to St Gilgen bring top-notch restaurants, classic alpine bars and snow-covered slopes – all with a backdrop of massive mountains.
St Gilgen sits on the shore of Lake Wolfgang in Austria
, a 30-minute drive from bustling Salzburg. It's home to a bevy of old-world buildings, and the landscape transforms from powdery white slopes in winter to wildflower meadows in summer.
When it comes to snow-globe towns, St Gilgen's up there with the best of them – think gingerbread house-style buildings arranged around a quaint central square. Grab a hot chocolate from a Tyrolean café before exploring the fairy tale-like streets. Summer's a feast for the senses too – the alpine countryside bursts into bloom, and visitors can dine al fresco on gooey raclette cheese.
While in St Gilgen, your subconscious might pipe up, 'I've seen this movie before' – and it'd be right. The outdoor scenes from The Sound of Music were shot here. Mozart's family also have their roots in the town – talk about a claim to fame.
Out and about
Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in St Gilgen:
• Lake bathing
• Bike hire
• Mountain lifts
• Indoor pool
• Tennis courts