- MONDSEE, ST GILGEN and ST WOLFGANG PART 2 -

Mondsee to St Gilgen

LINKS to other pages in the Mondsee and Wolfgang site and to the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

1 : Attersee and Mondsee
2 : St Gilgen
3 : St Wolfgang
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Our coach leaves Mondsee and skirts the lake (below) before arriving at St Gilgen situated on the north western end of Wolfgangsee.

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St. Gilgen is a well-known travel destination. Boats from St. Gilgen sail around the Wolfgangsee, providing transport and views of the surrounding mountains.

In 2005 St. Gilgen was promoted as the "Mozart Village" by the Wolfgangsee Tourist Board. Although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart never visited St. Gilgen , his grandfather worked in the town, his mother was born in St. Gilgen, and his sister Nannerl moved there after her marriage.

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Summer and winter alike, the Zwölferhorn mountain in St. Gilgen on the Wolfgangsee provides an excursion trip for young and old and for locals and guests.

Using the cable car in just 16 minutes, one reaches the mountain station 1476 metres above the town. From here one has magnificent views over seven lakes and as far as the Dachstein glacier peak.

In winter the Zwölferhorn, due to the peculiarity of its slope, offers skiers and snowboarders at all levels of expertise interesting runs. Hence families with varying degrees of ability can ski together on the Zwölferhorn. While the advanced can ski down the steep slope, the others can take the easier routes.

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St Gilgen is situated on the south-western shore of the lake Wolfgangsee. It has 3,753 inhabitants, lies at 545 metres above sea level and covers an area of 98.67 square kilometres.

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Aegidius (Saint Giles) - a name which is reflected in the name of the town, Saint Gilgen.

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The mountain station is the starting point for many walks. Particularly mentionable is the Panorama Round Route from the Zwölferhorn to the Pillstein and the newly erected Illingeralm Route.

One would need about 1.5 hours to walk the Panorama Route and approximately 4 hours for the Illingeralm Route. "The fantastic views en route in wonderful natural landscape are regeneration for body, soul and spirit" !!

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A view from Seehöehe over to Lake Wolfgang (below and below right).


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A last look at the view (right) from the summit (below)......

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.... before taking the cable car down to St Gilgen where our coach is waiting in the car park. We continue our journey to St Wolfgang.


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