St Gilgen Holidays
At a glance
Tour The Sound of Music's filming locations
Catch the gondola to Zwolferhorn's icy peak
Cycle through Alpine villages
Destinations in St Gilgen
Top things to See and Do in St Gilgen
The glacial Wolfgangsee bathing lake borders the town of St Gilgen, and stretches around 10.5km from north-west to south-west. It’s divided into two by a peninsula, and the western section, at St Gilgen, is known as Abersee.
The water in Wolfgangsee is nearly good enough to drink, and the lake is framed by the Schafberg and Zwölferhorn Mountains and the Postalm Plateau.
Sunbathing and sports
Enjoy a relaxing stint on a beachy patch of shore or one of the sunbathing jetties, jutting out over the water. For more active people, Wolfgangsee has plenty of watersports – paddle boarding, windsurfing, diving and boats for hire.
St Gilgen holds a weekly farmers' market at Brunettiplatz, which runs on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. You might be able to scoop up some bargain souvenirs in the form of fresh produce from the local farms.
The choice of shops is very limited. There are a few sport shops selling various activewear and accessories, and the Altwaren und Raritäten Meichlefull shop is full of antiques, knick-knacks and other curious objects that make it an interesting place to browse.
Café Nannerl is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so pop in for a late-night drink or ice cream. The venue shares its name with Mozart’s sister, and is a popular spot for sweet treats.
St Gilgen is a quiet town on the whole. Friday nights often play host to the local brass band, who play at the bandstand just next to the park. Subject to weather, the band will play from 8pm, perfect for a free, after-dinner concert.
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 you can still admire lovely scenery as you wander in search of a new place to try.
Delectable desserts at Café Dallmann
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.
Join the locals at Angusta Grill & More
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.
High quality local fare at Wirt am Gries
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.