On A Discovery Tour of the Salzkammergut
Sight-seeing in the Salzkammergut district
The Lake Fuschl region and the Salzkammergut Lake District are always full of surprises. Throughout the year, by rain or sun, a whole host of places of interest and sights are waiting to be discovered. Enjoy nature, find out more about the history and culture of the County of Salzburg or discover cosy mountain restaurants as you walk through the countryside and try out some local specialities.
From the very long list of sights and places of interest we have chosen just a few that shouldn’t be missed whilst on holiday on the shores of Lake Fuschl.
The Zwölferhorn Mountain & Gondola
From the village of St. Gilgen on Wolfgangsee Lake (just 7 km from Fuschl am See, easily reached by local bus) the gondola cable car will take you up to the top of the Zwölferhorn, 1522 metres above sea level, in just 16 minutes. During the ride you can enjoy the incomparable view of the Wolfgangsee lake, the Schafberg mountain and right into the foothills of the Alps in the neighbouring county of Upper Austria. In the summer the Zwölferhorn is popular with hikers and para gliders, and in winter with skiers and snowboarders. At the top of the cable car there is a restaurant that welcomes guests throughout the year with friendly service and Salzburg mountain specialities. If you’re lucky you may even catch a local musician playing folklore songs on his accordion.
Castle Wartenfels Ruins
Starting off at the Hotel Mohrenwirt you can pick up the walking path that will take you to the ruins of Wartenfels Castle. The ruins are poised on a rock outcrop on the side of the Schober Mountain. 20 minutes walk below the ruin you can enjoy some refreshments at the Wartenfels mountain inn. The castle was built in 1255 and from here you have great views over the surrounding countryside. If you’re feeling really energetic you can continue the steep climb to the top of the Schober mountain (1328m). A steep climb, good walking boots required.
Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary
The sanctuary was built in the year 2000, is under the private ownership of Michael Aufhauser, who has been a pioneer for innovative animal protection methods since 1989 and is open all year round. This tasteful estate has become a symbol for animal rights and for the protection of dogs, horses, goats, cows... these animals were all rescued from dire or hopeless situations. Furthermore, each animal has its own personal story to tell. Many well known public figures have supported this project by taking on animal sponsorships and in so doing have helped to increase the sanctuary’s popularity. Enthusiastic coverage from Journalists and the media in general help to maintain public awareness of the Gut Aiderbichl cause. This is a great day out for children and their parents. Check out the various events held here such as Christmas and Easter Markets and various children’s events. A self-service restaurant means that you can spend the whole day with the animals if you choose.
The Salt Mines in Hallein
Salt found in the region gave Salzburg its name (Salz = salt). The unique journey into the depths of a “World of Salt” begins when you put on the typical salt miners’ overalls. Dressed in white, a small train will take you through the tunnels and, on highly polished wooden slides, you descend from one level to another into the heart of the salt mine. Your guide will escort you during the entire tour, giving you an insight into life and work underground. To the sound of mystic melodies, the famous underground salt lake is then crossed on a large raft. Films and presentations complete the guided tour. After your visit to the salt mines, there’s more. Right next to the Salt Mines you will discover the Celtic Village, a prehistoric open air museum. In the reconstructed settlement you can witness how the Celts lived and worked 2,500 years ago.
Hellbrunn Palace and The Water Games
The palace, built between1612 and 1615 by Santino Solari under the reign of Archbishop Markus Sittikus, with its extensive park, its trick fountains and the mechanical theatre is considered one of the most beautiful examples of manneristic architecture north of the Alps.
The Hellbrunn mountain is the source of many natural springs and it this water that has been diverted to form the many brooks, pools and ponds that bring the magnificent gardens of the Archbishop’s summer residence to life. The Archbishop took pleasure in wandering through these very gardens, visiting the secret grottos, watching the water powered mechanical figures in the garden theatre and being amused by the trick fountains. The palace’s magnificent halls and courtrooms, the splendid park and the entertaining trick fountains once played host to the nobility on many a festive occasion. Adjacent to the Palace you will find Salzburg’s excellent zoo.
Salzburg Open Air Museum - Salzburger Freilichtmuseum
In the middle of the National Park “Untersberg” you will find Salzburg’s historic Open Air Museum. Stretching over 500,000m² of countryside, the museum is divided into 5 sections representing the 5 districts within the County of Salzburg: Flachgau, Tennengau, Pongau, Pinzgau, Lungau and their traditional building styles. 60 farm houses, barns, mill houses, craftsmen’s houses with their workshops and mountain huts from 5 centuries are on display. In addition there are exhibitions and regular special handcraft demonstrations making your visit to the museum in Großgmain in Salzburg an unforgettable open air experience! The museum is a living documentation of rural life, farming and trade & industry in the County of Salzburg from the 16th to the 20th Century. Sixty buildings, including a school house, blacksmith, mills and saw mill, have been moved from their original sight and painstakingly erected on the museum grounds. A leisurely walk through the museum (the walk is well suited to families with pushchairs or those dependent on wheelchairs) will give hours of pleasure, a cultural experience and plenty of fresh air. An adventure playground with a water area, tree house, double swing and lots, lots more can be found next to the restaurant.