St. Gilgen Resort Information
Sankt Gilgen is in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, east of Salzburg - The Sound of Music country! There are a number of lakes in the Salzkammergut region, one of the largest being Wolfgangsee (or Abersee). St. Gilgen is on the north-west side of Lake Wolfgang. The main road (158) passes on the edge of St. Gilgen so there is no through traffic. There are several villages around the lake - the main ones being St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, and Strobl am Wolfgangsee.
Click here for a Resort Map of St. Gilgen and details of walking / hiking maps.
There are a number of shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels situated around the lakeside, Uferplatz and the two squares, Mozartplatz by the town hall & Kirchenplatz by the church. Wolgang A Mozart’s mother was born in St. Gilgen as so there are lots of reminders around the village. Being on the lakeside, there are lots of water activities.
There are four museums, including an Music Instrument Museum (Musik Instrumente Museum) where you see and hear music instruments from around the world and hear them being played.
There are two Spar supermarkets, one in the centre and one next to the Information Office, and a Billa supermarket 5 minutes along the road from the Information Office. There are several Banks with ATM machines.
Click here for photos of St. Gilgen.
Walking / Hiking in the St. Gilgen Area
There are about 900 km of paths in the Wolfgangsee area ranging from level walks around the lake to mountain paths up to the summits of the surrounding mountains. The Tourist Office may offer free led walks.
St. Gilgen Walking / Hiking Maps
There are several maps that cover the area at different scales suitable for walking, hiking and exploring the area.
Click here for St Gilgen Map Information.
St. Gilgen Tourist Information
The Tourist Information Office is in a modern building on the main road about 500m from the village centre.
The nearest airport is Salzburg which is about 35 km - 1 hour away from St. Gilgen.
Other airports are:
- Innsbruck: 230 km - 2h 10 mins
- Munich: 180 km - 1h 45 mins
Rail Stations (Bahnhof) and Ferries
Trains are run by Austrian Railways ÖBB. Since the closure of the Salzkammergut-Lokalbahn and the station at St. Gilgen in 1957, the nearest train stations to St Gilgen are now in Salzburg 25 km west, and Bad Ischl 25 km east.
Ferries (Wolfgangseeschifffahrt - Wolfgangsee Ship Journeys) run from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang, Strobl and several other places around the lake. They are run by the train company ÖBB. Wolfgangseeschifffahrt.
In St Wolfgang, there is a small cog railway that runs to the summit of the Schafberg mountain, Schafbergbahn.
Click here for ÖBB train, ferry and bus timetables in English.
There are a number of bus routes. The main one, route 150, “Der Ischler” runs between Salzburg, Fuschl, St. Gilgen, Strobl and Bad Ischl.
Buses do not run through the village. The nearest bus stop is on the main road (Busbahnhof) at the old train station, where buses to Mondsee, route 356, also leave. Buses for St. Wolfgang and Postalm leave from Strobl.
Click here for ÖBB Postbus, train and ferry timetables in English.
There is one cable gondola that runs most of the year.
The valley station is just outside St. Gilgen next to the main bus stop (Busbahnhof) and the mountain station is just below the Zwölferhorn summit at 1521 m. The journey takes about 15 minutes.