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Walk from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang

Hiking Route · Lake Wolfgang
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Walk along the shores of the Wolfgang Lake, visit the Faulkenstein church before ending the walk in St Wolfgang
moderate
9.5 km
2:45 h
230 m
212 m
Leaving St. Gilgen’s traditional buildings behind, today’s route takes you along the shore of the glistening waters of Lake Wolfgang. Ascend to Faulkenstein, where you will find the 14th-century pilgrim church dedicated to St. Wolfgang himself. From here you can also enjoy impressive views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Continue on this local pilgrimage route, passing information boards telling the story of the local saint. Descend into the town of St. Wolfgang and wander the pretty streets before taking the bus or ferry to delightful Strobl for your overnight.
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Author
Minna Harshbarger
Updated: November 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
750 m
Lowest point
539 m
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Safety information

In rainy weather, the trails can be muddy and slippery. Take footwear with good tread that gives you support.

Inquire about the current weather conditions (e.g. in your accommodation or at the local tourist information office) and watch the weather changes. Pay attention to any diversion information.

Please refrain from entering the pastures despite the diversion sign and follow the diversion until you are back on the regular path.

Tips, hints and links

Timetable information for the bus & trains can be found here: https://www.ooevv.at/?seite=home&sprache=EN 

Start

St. Gilgen Ferry Dock (539 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.766295, 13.368179
DMS
47°45'58.7"N 13°22'05.4"E
UTM
33T 377726 5291614
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Destination

St. Wolfgang Ferry Dock

Turn-by-turn directions

From the ferry dock in St. Gilgen, start with your back to the lake, TURN RIGHT and follow the road parallel to the shore. When you reach the Mozarthaus, TURN RIGHT onto the gravel riverside path.

Follow the signs for “Spazierweg Rund um's Dorf - Walk around the village”. When you get to the road by the mini-golf course, TURN RIGHT and walk along the road for about 1 km along the lakeshore.

You pass a lookout point with benches. Ignore the streets turning off to the left. At the fork in the road, after a slight ascent, BEAR RIGHT and follow the path down through the small village of Brunnwinkl.

The path leads you back to the lake. Pass Gasthof Fürberg and CONTINUE STRAIGHT at the parking lot. At the next fork in the road by a little open green patch of grass, BEAR LEFT and follow the path towards St. Wolfgang. After a steep section, you can visit the pilgrimage church (Falkensteinkirche) located on the mountain and leave a blessing for Saint Wolfgang, visit the cave in which, according to legend, the clergyman hid from the devil, when he visited.

As you exit the forest, the path CONTINUES through the small town of Ried as you finish the last leg of today's walk along the lakeshore, direction St. Wolfgang.

You will arrive at the ferry dock, from here you can either take the bus or the ferry (payable on-site, approx. € 6) to delightful Strobl. If you are staying in St. Wolfgang for the night you will need to take the ferry or the bus to Strobl the next morning.

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Coordinates

DD
47.766295, 13.368179
DMS
47°45'58.7"N 13°22'05.4"E
UTM
33T 377726 5291614
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Equipment

We recommend that you wear well-worn hiking shoes with a good profile. In addition, a waterproof rain jacket and rain pants in bad weather and sunscreen and a sun hat in good weather.

Always take enough water with you (at least 1 litre). Hiking sticks can take the strain off your knees when hiking

In your information package, you will find a detailed list of the hiking equipment you need, such as good hiking shoes, functional clothing, rain jackets and daypacks.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.5 km
Duration
2:45h
Ascent
230 m
Descent
212 m
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