Schafberg mountain is a must-see on any bucket list Austria! From the top of the mountain, you can see one of the most stunning panoramic views, not only in the Salzkammergut region but in the
Yes, Schafberg mountain is one of the best places to visit in Europe! 🙂
If you visit Schafberg on a sunny, clear day you will be rewarded with spectacular views of amazing lakes and the foothills of the Alps – really breathtaking! You will not want to leave that place, believe me! 😊 On the top of the mountain, you will find a hut – yes the famous one – which you probably have seen on Instagram! It’s a Schafbergspitze Hotel, located at an altitude of 1783 meters high above the sea level – not a
How to get to Schafberg Mountain?
If you are planning to visit Schafberg mountain in Austria you will have to fly to Salzburg, the closest airport to the Salzkammergut region in Austria
Rent a car at the airport and drive from Salzburg towards St Wolfgang, which will take you about an hour. You can also choose to drive to St. Gilgen (about half of the time) and take a boat to St. Wolfgang. The Wolfgangsee is lovely but this way will require better planning so take this into consideration if time is an issue.
If you are travelling from Hallstatt, it will take you only 40 min to get there!
Once you get to St Wolfgang you have two options how you can get to the top of Schafberg mountain:
Hiking to Schafberg Mountain
Without a doubt, the best way to travel to the top of Schafberg Mountain is hiking. For many, this is the ultimate goal of the whole trip to this part of the Salzkammergut region. So your only question will be: which route you should take. There are three hiking routes from which you can choose. You can start from either St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen or Lake Mönichsee.
From the valley station in St. Wolfgang it will take you about 3 hours to reach the top. If St. Gilgen is your starting point, the route will take you to the Schafberg summit in 3 hours. And Lake Mönichsee, which is the longest hike, will require about 4 hours of your time. Do not worry if you don’t speak any German, all hiking routes are marked perfectly, so you won’t get lost along the way to the of the mountain 😊
Take the Cog Railway
If hiking is not your cup of tea, or simply you have limited time for this activity in Austria, just take the Cog Railway to top of Schafberg Mountain
It is really stunning – as many attractions in Austria, it just can’t get any more epic than that! While you are relaxing on Austria’s much-loved Schafberg Cog Railway the surrounding views will get only better with every minute. The whole experience will take you only 35 minutes, which will give you much more time to admire the stunning views from the top.
This is the way we have taken and that was a great choice 🙂
Two things to remember if you are planning to take the Cog Railway:
- In the summertime, this is a very popular attraction so you might not be lucky to get your ticket. Make sure you book it in advance. We went to Schafberg in October so it was definitely less busy.
- While you get to the top of Schafberg Mountain you will have to reserve a slot to get back. Simply tell one of the Cog Railway team members what time you plan to get back (so you have
a guaranteed place).
We would recommend spending
And the views from the top of the Schafberg Mountain? Well, just check the pictures below 😊
Can the view get any better than this? I don’t thin so! 😉
Where to stay around Schafberg Mountain?
There is no shortage of amazing places to stay during your trip to Schafberg Mountain in Austria. Please see below some of the TOP hotels we have selected for you:
“Located at the base of the Schafberg Mountain in the Salzkammergut region, Schafberg Apartments is a 4-minute walk from Lake Wolfgang and 10 minutes from the village centre and the Schafbergbahn Cog Railway.”
“Featuring panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Wolfgang, this guest house in Sankt Wolfgang offers modern rooms and apartments with a private balcony. The Schafberg Railway Station is 350 yards from Pension Wolfgangsee, and St. Wolfgang’s centre is 550 yards away.”
Need more inspiration? Browse the map to find a hotel near Schafberg:
Is it worth hiking around Schafberg Mountain in Austria?
It can’t get better than this hike! Whether you are hiking Wolfgangsee or going on top of the Schafberg mountain – it is 100% worth spending a day in this part of Austria! 🙂
So, is Schafberg Mountain in Austria on your travel bucket list? 😊
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