St. Gilgen

It is hard to believe, but we are running out of weekends to spend in the greater Salzburg region!  Determined to make the most of every free day, we headed back to the Salzkammergut Lake District.  How do I say this…IT. IS. Spectacular.  Per Rick Steves, “Idyllic and majestic, but not rugged, it’s a gentle land of lakes, forested mountains and story book villages….(Germany & Austria 2008)”   I hope to try to capture that description in our photos a bit here and in an upcoming post on Konigsee.

We spent the whole weekend chasing the sunshine around two different mountain lakes.  As if Hallstatt (also the Salkammergut region) wasn’t enough, we just kept coming back for more.  So, this particular day, we started in St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgangsee.  It has been titled “Mozart Village” (as if he wasn’t everywhere enough) and has a rich history, but to get to St. Wolfgang, one would have to drive all the way around the lake.  So, we thought we would take the scenic boat route.

The day started out cloudy. Here, Lake Wolfgangsee

Lake Wolfgangsee,  started out cloudy.

So, we took a walk around St. Gilgen while we waited for the boat to arrive and the clouds to clear.

The Parish, St. Ägydius, dates back to

The Parish, St. Ägydius, was refurbished in the 18th Century. That means it is really old.

It had a breathtaking cemetary.

It had a breathtaking cemetery.

I feel as if I have not captured the architecture of this country nearly well enough, here an attempt to remedy that.

I feel as if I have not captured the architecture of this country nearly well enough, here an attempt to remedy that.

A lovely part of town, with a typical Gasthof for eating and drinking.

Finally, the boat arrives to take us to St. Wolfgang across the lake.

Finally, the boat arrives to take us to St. Wolfgang across the lake.

Boat approaching

Boat approaching- it was rather large boat with, of course, a fully stocked bar.

Leaving St. Gilgen

Leaving St. Gilgen

There are amazing hiking trails everywhere, and even a running route around the lake, must be near marathon length!?

There are amazing hiking trails everywhere, imagine them here above the rock…and even a running route around the lake, must be near marathon length!?

We approach the lovely town of St. Wolfgang (Volff-gahng).

We approach the lovely town of St. Wolfgang (Volff-gahng).

View of St. Wolfgang church from the boat

View of St. Wolfgang church from the boat

Like so many towns here, narrow with fabulous architecture.  We had quite a few hours to stall, until the boat took us back...

Like so many towns here, narrow with fabulous architecture. We had quite a few hours to stall, until the boat took us back…

So, we stopped into the chuch, circa 976.

So, we stopped into the chuch, circa 976.

976?????? Did you read that right??  For my German- fluent friends, a close up:

But, Wikipedia sheds further light...

But, Wikipedia sheds further light…

For the history buffs, from Wikipedia:  “Saint Wolfgang erected the first church at the shore of the Wolfgangsee after he withdrew to the nearby Mondsee Abbey in 976. According to legend he threw an axe down the mountain to find the site and even persuaded the Devil to contribute to the building by promising him the first living being ever entering the church. However Satan was disappointed as the first creature over the doorstep was a wolf.”     So…is that how he got his name!?  How do they KNOW this!?!?!

For our pics of Mondsee Abbey, see here.

view from St. Wolfgang church.  This makes me want to pray, you?

View from St. Wolfgang church.

Other view from the church.  Note to self, STAY HERE NEXT TIME.

Other view from the church. Note to self, STAY HERE NEXT TIME.

Lunch on the lake!

Lunch on the lake!

We found a lovely American couple to take our picture.  They were from Portland, practically our neighbors.  We made it back to our boat with an exhausted toddler to boot.  What you don’t see pictured is our nearly 3 yr old,  melting down due to fatigue, and 2 parents trying to keep him happy, but I digress.  Our next post will be about a boat trip across a mountain lake, where we had a lovely lunch and of course, beer.

Hope you don’t mind the redundancy.

Doesn't this look photo-shopped? I don't know how to photoshop, so, it is real

Doesn’t this look photo-shopped? But, I don’t know how to photoshop, so there you are.

Yours in pristine mountain-lake-taverns (and churches from the 10th century),

Kim

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