Advent and Christmas at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl by Lake Wolfgang
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Advent used to be one of the calmest times of the year. Lake Wolfgang gives you the opportunity to experience this time of calm and contemplation again in the run-up to Christmas. This is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. Here, you can forget about everyday life, leave the hustle and bustle behind and enjoy a unique holiday experience.
Traditional Christmas market and romantic tranquillity
Experience a contemplative pre-Christmas period at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl. Enjoy its unique atmosphere, visit pretty shops and find unique gifts. Relax in the Rössl SPA and enjoy a perfect dinner. Savour the anticipation of Christmas in a quiet and relaxed setting.
Advent by Lake Wolfgang
The Christmas market on Lake Wolfgang is one of the most beautiful in Austria. The romantic Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang offers a pre-Christmas retreat and makes the perfect starting point for visiting St. Wolfgang's Advent market. The three locations for Lake Wolfgang Advent get you well and truly in the mood for Christmas. Enjoy the atmospheric pre-Christmas season and get handmade gifts from the region.
Romantic winter holiday at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang. Explore the snow-covered fairytale landscape around St. Wolfgang on foot or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along the lakeshore. Relax as a couple in the Partner-SPA and enjoy a romantic dinner at our gourmet restaurant. During Advent, Lake Wolfgang enchants with traditional handicrafts and glittering Christmas decorations. You can also experience traditional Perchten and Krampus celebrations in the run-up to Christmas.
The traditional Hotel Im Weissen Rössl by Lake Wolfgang is the perfect place to experience Austria's Chrismas traditions first-hand. Romantic St. Wolfgang hosts Krampus and Perchten parades, while the Glöckler bells drive out wicked spirits on 4 January. Enjoy the heated Lake Pool and snowy winter landscape during your stay.
New Year's Eve
Celebrate the New Year with an unforgettable winter holiday at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang. Enjoy the New Year's celebrations by the lake and watch the fireworks from the hotel. Ring in the New Year with gastronomic delights and a stylish party. Begin the next morning with a relaxed, refreshing breakfast and get the New Year off to a great start with parties, indulgence and wellness.
Christmas at the lake
Tradition and custom We like spending time together as a family, especially at Christmas! Become part of this cherished tradition and visit us during the most wonderful time of the year. The typical Christmas markets of the Lake Wolfgang Advent enchant with their hushed beauty and romantic atmosphere. The charm and traditional fare of this place make an Advent trip to the Salzkammergut an unforgettable experience for families, children and all visitors who are looking for something truly special. Explore the most beautiful shops and buy many a souvenir or Christmas gift. You'll feel right at home
Advent like back in the good old days – special moments in the Salzkammergut
Treat yourself to a few days of rest in the hectic pre-Christmas period. At the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang, you can leave everyday cares behind and enjoy calm days full of romance. The hotel is known far and wide, while and the Christmas market in St. Wolfgang is one of the prettiest in Salzburg province. In Austria, we call it the "Christkindlmarkt", and it is a tradition that has endured for centuries. During this time, the whole place turns into an inviting stage. This year, the Christmas market will be open from Wednesday to Sunday. So secure your box seat for the start of the week, escape the daily grind and experience the romance of Advent and Christmas in St. Wolfgang. A boat trip on Lake Wolfgang is an experience to remember. Circle the famous lantern in the lake, enjoy unique views from the water and warm up with a mulled wine at the Christmas market. A unique spectacle, especially at night!
The romantic Hotel Im Weissen Rössl makes the perfect Christmas retreat during the week. The Rössl SPA is comfy and warm, especially when it's cold outside. Topped off with a perfect dinner, perhaps during one of our truffle weeks, you can immerse yourself in the spirit of Advent and recharge for a busy Christmas period. We have a little time until then, so make the most of it. Relax and unwind in the run-up to Christmas with us.
The Lantern of Peace at Lake Wolfgang
The 29 metre-high lantern floating in the lake off St. Wolfgang is visible from afar and a symbol of Advent that invites all observers to pause and reflect. On a raft in front of the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl, the light dances on the water and makes the wintry Lake Wolfgang shimmer. Every day, the flame of the Lantern of Peace is lit anew to send its message to the opposite shore of the lake and far beyond, across the snow-covered mountains, to the whole world. Taking a twilight dip and enjoying the light cast over the lake by the lantern before the darkness falls is a truly special experience.
Game enclosure at the Nativity Village by Lake Wolfgang
The game enclosure in Strobl is an attraction for all Advent visitors to Lake Wolfgang. Children's eyes in particular light up at the sight of the live animals. A Nativity scene is an essential part of Christmas in the Salzkammergut, and animals are a must. At the life-size Nativity scene in Strobl by Lake Wolfgang, you can marvel at deer, roe deer, goats and sheep. You can also get special on site to give the animals a nice treat. Hand-feeding the animals is an unforgettable experience for young and old alike.
Advent on the mountain – Christmas market on the Zwölferhorn
Experience a wild, romantic mountain Advent on the Zwölferhorn. At 1,476 metres, the highest point of the Lake Wolfgang Advent festivities. The cable car operates daily until 4 pm and takes you to a winter wonderland with a fantastic view over the Salzkammergut and large parts of the Alpine foothills. The panoramic circular path to Pillstein, which is always cleared, invites you to enjoy a leisurely walk in the fresh winter air – a treat for all the senses.
Schafberg railway – take a steam train through the snow
Austria's steepest steam cogwheel railway has been making the journey from St. Wolfgang up the Schafberg for over 120 years. During Advent, it makes its way through the winter forest up the mountain to the Dorneralpe from Thursday to Sunday and on public holidays. Punch and mulled wine are served in a festively decorated carriage.
In winter, the Schafberg railway takes you to the Schafbergalm station during the following operating periods:
- Advent: 17 November–23 December 2023 (Wednesday–Sunday)
- Public holidays & New Year's Eve: 25 December 2023–1 January 2024
Exact departure times can be requested directly from the Schafberg railway