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.
So, we took a walk around St. Gilgen while we waited for the boat to arrive and the clouds to clear.
I feel as if I have not captured the architecture of this country nearly well enough, here an attempt to remedy that.
976?????? Did you read that right?? For my German- fluent friends, a close up:
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.
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.
Yours in pristine mountain-lake-taverns (and churches from the 10th century),