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St. Wolfgang - There are so many beautiful places in the world that fascinate us as travellers, but only a few that captivate us. The place at which the church of St. Wolfgang stands today was already a highly frequented place of worship during pre-Christian times. Following Christianisation by Bishop Wolfgang of Regensburg, St. Wolfgang became a pilgrimage site and one of the most important pilgrimage centres of the Middle Ages. Experience the lake It must have been a Sunday when the Salzkammergut was created. Of course, nature needed millions of years to do it. The Alps were unfolded, planed out by glaciers and refilled with the deposits from streams and rivers. This was how the enchanting mountain and lake landscape of the Salzkammergut emerged. And we insist: It must have been a Sunday! You run along the banks of the lake, hike and walk on the marked paths and cycle on one of the many cycle paths. You can travel by boat or simply change your perspective: Balloon rides and many mountain tops provide you with wonderful views that will let you bare your heart. It is considered to be the most scenic lake in the Salzkammergut, framed by true mountain personalities. 13.5 km² large and up to 114m deep, Lake Wolfgang has a catchment area of more than 125km². Together with the Mondsee lake, it is the warmest bathing lake in the Salzkammergut (up to 26°C) and freezes shut in front of St. Wolfgang during the cold winter. It really is an experience to glide over the wide ice surface of the lake on skates. A paradise for hikers! A challenge for running enthusiasts! An experience for everyone who likes Nordic Walking! With 125km of precisely signposted paths around the lake, we will show you the best running routes. The boundaries between an unhurried walk, over a conditioning walking experience, right up to Alpinistic challenges are blurred. Every route can easily be adapted to individual fitness and personal preferences. There is ample choice, just as there are ample comprehensible maps. Nordic Walking is ideal total body training that ensures fitness and conditioning.

The use of the poles relieves the joints, so that you move forward through the landscape with a spring in your step. You will also find a wide variety of paths with varying degrees of difficulty all around Lake Wolfgang. The harmony of mountains and lakes has always attracted artists, who sought and found their inspiration here. Rudolf Alt, Gustav Mahler, Marie von Ebner Eschenbach and Johann Nestroy chose the Salzkammergut as their home. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose mother came from Lake Wolfgang, St. Wolfgang carried the musicality of this cheerful landscape to the high culture of Europe. Even today, many people engaged in the cultural sector live in the lake region. Art and tradition are important here. So take advantage of the widely varied range of cultural events in the Salzkammergut. Each one is worth a journey in itself!

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