St Wolfgang Holidays
At a glance
Unwind with a beer on St Wolfgang's cobbled streets
Ride the rack-and-pinion railway to Schafberg Peak
Join the pilgrims at the Church of St Wolfgang
Destinations in St Wolfgang
Top things to See and Do in St Wolfgang
The village of St Wolfgang lies in the middle of Lake Wolfgangsee. Many of the beaches in this town are privately owned by the hotels, but there are a few public beaches to relax on, too. Lake Appesbach and Badestrand Intermezzo are both nice places to spend a day by the water.
Lake Appesbach is a 30-minute walk or 1-minute bus ride away. The beach area is attached to a camping site but non-residents can swing by to use the facilities. Here, they offer paddle boarding, boat hire, kayaks, opportunities for fishing, sun loungers and parasols, plus a restaurant and beer garden.
Like Appesbach, Badestrand Intermezzo is part of a private resort property but the public has access to it. It’s small and quiet, with a patch of sunbathing lawn, and is peppered with sun loungers and parasols.
The neighbouring towns of St Gilgen and Bad Ischl hold weekly farmers' markets on Fridays and Saturdays. They're great for taking holiday snaps and picking up local produce or gifts.
There's a little capacity for shopping in St Wolfgang, but not much. You can browse a few clothing stores, sports shops, speciality retailers and souvenir shops if you want to treat yourself.
Spend a peaceful evening people watching from local haunt Café Wallners. They do range of tasty sweets and special drinks - Aperol spritz being a popular choice - to accompany sitting back and soaking up the town’s nighttime atmosphere.
For a true taste of Austria, get yourself to the town square. Some nights, they hold shows with Austrian dancing, where locals don their traditional dirndls and lederhosen. Other evenings could host brass band performances or music concerts. Keep an eye out each week to see what’s on.
Restaurants and cafés line the shores of Lake Wolfgang, many of them specialising in freshly caught fish and delicacies from the forest. Eating out here is usually a high class affair, though prices remain reasonable – so expect delicious food and drinks without breaking the bank.
Treat yourself at Konditorei Wallner
The family-run Konditorei Wallner is a household name in St Wolfgang. Situated in the centre of town and open since 1908, this café offers a variety of homemade cakes, pastries, sandwiches and drinks – including the Aperol Spritz. It’s a beautifully decorated building, so you’ll know it when you see it.
Fresh fish at Gasthof Franz-Joseph
Set on the lakeshore, Gasthof Franz-Joseph offers pleasant views over Wolfgangsee, friendly staff and delicious traditional Austrian food. They specialise in fish, creating dishes from the day's fresh catch. Their outdoor terrace is pretty popular so make sure you book in advance if you want to sit outside.
Bag a burger at Krastoff
Above the lake, near the entrance to the village, is Krastoff, a small American-style bar. It’s known for its friendly owners and for being a great place to grab a burger or snack in the evening, so it's no surprise to see locals, as well as tourists, enjoying themselves there.