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The Salzkammergut region in Austria: Austria’s Lake District

Holiday paradise: St. Wolfgang in Austria

Discover Austria’s Lake District, the Salzkammergut region, and learn about the origins of its name: “The Estate of the Salt Chamber”.

View from the Lake to the village St. Wolfgang with church
St. Wolfgang 

Lake Altaussee in autuum with the Dachstein glacier
Lake Altaussee 

Nowadays, when we have plenty of salt available, it is hard to imagine that it was once traded as "white gold". It was so valuable that the Habsburg dynasty, former territorial lords of Austria, monopolised the privilege of salt mining. The imperial salt chambers oversaw the salt mining very closely – hence the name: “the Estate of the Salt Chamber”, which translates as “Salzkammergut”. History also tells us that the Salzkammergut region does not specify a geographic or local region, but rather the region where the imperial salt chamber claimed the source of the salt for itself.

The Salzkammergut region: Austria’s Lake District. Historic salt mining in three Austrian provinces.

The Salzkammergut region extends over three Austrian provinces: Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg. The Inner Salzkammergut is home to an especially enchanting landscape. Bad Ischl, Hallstatt and Bad Aussee are great destinations for day trips, and you should definitely visit during your holidays in St. Wolfgang. The Outer Salzkammergut with Lake Mondsee and the city of Salzburg are also easily reached from your holiday destination of St. Wolfgang. A day trip to the city of Salzburg will definitely be one of the highlights for your holidays at Lake Wolfgang.

In the heart of the historically fascinating and beautiful landscape of the Salzkammergut region, the Austrian Lake District, you will find one of Austria’s most beautiful lakefront hotels: the White Horse Inn beside Lake Wolfgang.
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