For your Salzkammergut, St Gilgen & St Wolfgang Private Tour you can be picked up from your hotel in Salzburg City Center, or alternatively you can meet your car at Mirabellplatz, whichever is most convenient. You will be chauffeured by a multi-lingual driver/guide speaking German, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Depending on the size of your party you will travel in a luxury Mercedes E 220 (3 seats) or a mini-van (8-seats).
On leaving Salzburg you will head for Austria’s famous “Lake District” and drive along lovely Lake Fuschl, with its clear emerald green waters and picturesque castle. Lake Fuschl is one of the best-loved lakes in the region and has inspired numerous artists, such as Ludwig Richter, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller und Heinrich August Noé.
You will arrive in the village of St. Gilgen on the north-western shore of the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). Mozart’s grandfather worked in the town, his mother was born there, and his sister Nannerl moved there after her marriage.
In St. Gilgen you will board a boat (payable direct) for a 40-minute journey to St.Wolfgang.
As you sail from St. Gilgen, you pass a palatial building on the left. A former imperial boarding school for navy officers, this is a relic of the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There is no Austrian navy today but the building houses an excellent international school.
Arriving at St. Wolfgang you will be able to explore the highlights of this historic village. It is famous for the “White Horse Inn” (Hotel Weißes Rössl), the setting of a musical comedy, and for its pilgrimage church with a late Gothic altarpiece by the 15th century Austrian Tyrolean painter and sculptor Michael Pacher.
The altarpiece in St. Wolfgang is Pacher’s best-known work, containing scenes from the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. It is considered one of the most remarkable carved and painted altar shrines in all European art.
Your route continues along Mondsee, another beautiful lake, and finally brings you back to Salzburg. This luxury tour lasts around 4 hours and, at the end, you will be dropped at your hotel or, if you prefer, at Mirabellplatz.