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Schafberg mountain description and photos - Austria: Salzkammergut. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Schafberg.
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Mount Schafberg is part of the large mountainous region of the Salzkammergut and is located about 30 kilometers from Salzburg. Its height is 1783 meters. At the foot of the mountain is the picturesque Wolfgangsee lake with numerous tiny settlements on its shores.
The top of the mountain can be climbed by a cogwheel railway. Like a toy, this train rushes along its slopes and reaches the very top, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the surroundings, small towns and the extended Lake Wolfgangsee. However, in good weather, in addition to this lake, more than 10 other lakes can be distinguished, including Lake Attersee, which is the largest in all the Austrian Alps.
Still on the top of Schafberg Mountain there is a small hotel called Schafbergspitze, opened back in 1862. Interestingly, this is the first hotel in all of Austria to be built on top of a mountain.
The railway, built in 1893, begins in the village of St. Wolfgang, which is located at the foot of the mountain, on the northern shore of the lake. It should be noted that the road goes up very sharply. The town is located at an altitude of 548 meters above sea level, while the first stop is already at an altitude of 1365 meters. The entire ascent to the top of the mountain takes about 45 minutes. Surprisingly, the railway works even in winter, when the steep slopes are covered with snow, but climbing the mountain at this time of the year is possible only up to a mark of 1050 meters above sea level.
It is also worth paying attention to Lake Wolfgangsee itself , which is distinguished by the crystal clearness of its water, having a turquoise hue. Various types of fish are found here, as well as an old paddle steamer. And the town of St. Wolfgang is famous for its church dedicated to St. Wolfgang, where thousands of pilgrims flock every year. Especially worth noting is the main altar of the temple, which is a late Gothic masterpiece - it was completed in 1481. However, this settlement is also known as a popular ski resort.
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