Prior to our recent trip to Austria, we had never even heard of the town of St Gilgen. For us, it simply came up as an overnight stopping point on our drive from Munich to Hallstatt. Little did we know how much we would fall in love with the surrounding area. Less than 5 miles before we reached the town of St Gilgen, we came across Fuschl am See (pictured below). Who knew a lake could be so turquoise?!
Following our brief visit to Fuschl am See, including an impromptu boat ride, we arrived in the delightful town of St Gilgen. It was our idyllic setting: small, not very populated (less than 4,000 residents), charming Austrian shops and guesthouses, and a beautiful lake (Lake Wolfgang).
The Town of St Gilgen
We were fortunate to have rented a car (from AVIS in Munich), allowing us to come and go as we pleased. However, if you are relying on public transportation there is a bus stop nearby where you can catch Bus 150 to/from Salzburg.
Hotel Schernthaner, situated in the center of the historic village, would be our resting place for the night. Its rooms provide great views of the surrounding town, mountains, and lake.
The interior of the guesthouse was inviting and traditionally decorated in Salzburger-style. The bath towels were petite, the shower ridiculously small, and no AC or fan made it a slightly uncomfortable stay, but the hospitality of the host and her staff were outstanding!
Its location makes it ideal for exploring the small town of St Gilgen. The Zwolferhorn Cable Car is within walking distance. Bikes are available to use free of charge at Hotel Schernthaner, which we took advantage of and rode to the lake before an evening rain storm cut our ride short.
Following the brief shower, we went back out to explore the town and found the most wonderful restaurant (Wirt am Gries) to enjoy a traditional Austrian meal.
The open-air grounds created a beautiful and romantic setting for a wonderful summer evening.
And what’s a meal in Austria without some dumplings?!
We were quite full from dinner and wanted to further explore the town, so we set out to stroll through the streets of St Gilgen.
We’re so glad we did!
As we walked, the sky turned a peculiar pink and the townspeople came out of their shops and homes exclaiming that it was unlike anything they had ever seen before.
And before we knew it, the sky was completely pink! It was magnificent!
The following morning, we awoke early to enjoy the breakfast included in the room rate at Hotel Schernthaner.
Although our time in St Gilgen was brief, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this delightful Austrian town. What was just supposed to be an overnight stay turned out to be a pleasant surprise on our way to Hallstatt (pictured below).