St. Wolfgang and Lake Wolfgang
The Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl and surrounds
An enchanting region in Austria
Right at the heart of Austria, the Salzkammergut boasts a plethora of thrilling landscapes in glorious hues. Right outside the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl, the turquoise-blue Lake Wolfgang laps at the shoreline. Besides its stunning beauty, the lake also offers a range of activities and wellness options.
The Salzkammergut – glorious landscapes set amid mountains and lakes
The Salzkammergut is one of the best-known regions of Austria and indeed the Alps, and with good reason. For centuries, the sheer diversity, beautiful hiking trails and cycling routes of this area of lakes and mountains between Gmunden and Fuschl have proven irresistable to those looking to unwind.
Our top tip: hike or take a ride on the historic cog railway up the Schafberg, the "mountain between the three lakes". From the top you'll enjoy spectacular views of the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut.
Discover Lake Wolfgang & the surrounding area by boat
Boat offers the best way of getting to the many day trip destinations around Lake Wolfgang. Use the Wolfgangsee Schifffahrt services to explore the Salzkammergut by water and return swiftly to St. Wolfgang. If you'd prefer to go out on the lake on your own, hire an electric or rowing boat from the hotel
Wolfgang Year 2024
Celebrate the 1,100th birthday of St. Wolfgang at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgangsee. St. Wolfgang and his namesake will be celebrated in 2024. Visit the pilgrimage church of St. Wolfgang, explore the pilgrimage routes and take part in the Wolfgang anniversary festivities, including an art event and bishops' masses. Your vacation hotel Im Weissen Rössl offers you the perfect base from which to discover the history of St. Wolfgang and the region.
Salzkammergut lake stage
The impressive lake stage is being built right at the foot of the vacation resort in Ried am Wolfgangsee. The special stage, with a panoramic view of Lake Wolfgangsee, offers space for up to 800 spectators. The complete roofing of the stage and visitor area allows performances in all weathers, which is an invaluable advantage for continuous cultural and event operations in a region with a changeable climate such as the Salzkammergut. The mobile and sustainable lake stage was designed by architect Eduard Neversal, who masterfully combined modern aesthetics with professional functionality. The highlight of the Salzkammergut lake stage in 2024 will be the musical play "WOLF - Das Mystical" by Franzobel.
© Neversal Architecture
Romantic getaway in the Salzkammergut
The romantic scenery of the Salzkammergut has long been a draw for couples in love. Stunning Lake Wolfgang and the imposing mountains offer an abundance of activities for couples in summer and winter alike. How about a lovely boat trip in summer? And if you're visiting in winter, why not opt for a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride into the enchanted winter wonderland of the Salzkammergut? All year round, idyllic hiking trails take you through wildly romantic meadows, forests and up to mountain peaks.
Active holiday in the Salzkammergut
Get active, head out into the great outdoors and create unforgettable memories in the Salzkammergut. Few regions of Austria can rival the Lake Wolfgang area when it comes to the sheer number of activities. In summer, the lakes and mountains boast surging waves and fantastic views, while in the colder months you can parktake in numerous winter activities. Every season has something to offer, and the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl makes the perfect base for your active holiday in the Salzkammergut.
St. Wolfgang on Lake Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut is an idyllic holiday destination steeped in myth and legend. Many find the story of St. Wolfgang's origins especially intriguing. At the heart of this place, with an exclusive setting on the shore of Lake Wolfgang, is the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this hotel and the streets around it, which date back centuries and will leave you spellbound.
Lake Wolfgang is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria, and with good reason. Ringed by hills and mountains, it's like a precious jewel glinting amid the enchanting, ever-changing landscape of the Salzkammergut.
In summer you can enjoy swimming, bathing or diving in the cool water. In winter, the Lake Wolfgang area is a wonderfully tranquil place for a getaway, and you'll never tire of the sight of the snowy mountains in the background. In the right conditions, you can ice skate across the frozen lake – a magical experience during your winter holiday at Lake Wolfgang.
Boat trip on Lake Wolfgang
The summer season gets properly underway on 1 May. The popular excursion boats run daily between all of the holiday spots on Lake Wolfgang. Use the boat connections to plan your hike or cycling trip and create some wonderful memories. The run-up to Christmas is an especially romantic time by Lake Wolfgang, with the boats sailing back and forth between the landing stages on all days when the Christmas markets are running. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and enjoy the convenience of visiting the various markets around the lake. Experiencing the Wolfgangsee Advent is a lovely way to prepare for Christmas, and one you won't soon forget.
Boat rental on Lake Wolfgang
Experience a magical boat trip on the turquoise-blue waters of Lake Wolfgang while admiring the impressive mountain panorama and enjoying some precious time together. You can board the hotel's own boat, the "Margarethe", from right outside the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl or hire one of our pedal boats or electric boats for yourself. Fall in love with the breathtaking scenery of Lake Wolfgang, which has long enchanted renowned Austrian artists and painters like Ferdinand Kitt. Unforgettable moments await on your holiday in the Salzkammergut.
Day trips & activities by Lake Wolfgang
Whether on foot, by bike, or through the air, the Wolfgangsee and the Salzkammergut offer a captivating stay for everyone. Even before sunrise, hike up the mountain through woods and rocks, experiencing the sunrise in a breathtaking setting.
Upon returning, hop on your bike and cycle around the lake or take a short detour to the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth in Bad Ischl.
The Schafberg stands out with its distinctive shape and its steep, vertical northern side, visible from afar. The mountain lies exactly on the border between Salzburg and Upper Austria in the Salzkammergut region.
You can easily reach the summit with the oldest cogwheel railway in Austria from St. Wolfgang, or through various hiking trails and climbing routes. Once at the top, you can admire the rocky arch known as the "Felsiger Türbogen" or the "Himmelspforte" (Heaven's Gate) leading towards Lake Mondsee.
On clear sunny days, you can enjoy the splendid panorama stretching from Salzburg to Bavaria, Attersee-Attergau, and even into Styria, encompassing the mountains and landscapes.
Superb Austrian cuisine & romance combined
Following in the emperor's footsteps in the Salzkammergut
Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (Sisi), the most famous royal couple in Austrian history, not only met in Bad Ischl, but spent summer after summer at the magnificent imperial villa and in the shady forests of the area. Anyone who was anyone within the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and aristocracy duly flocked to the spa town.
And the Kaiser goes on being celebrated at the fine-dining restaurant "Poll's Kaiserterrasse" at the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang to this day. What better way to honour the former emperor than a romantic dinner of top-flight Austrian cuisine?
Cultural highlights around Lake Wolfgang
Even away from Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, a thrilling and eventful holiday awaits. The Salzkammergut has so much culture to offer beyond its imperial history. Discover young artists and their works at countless events and exhibitions. A plethora of festivals near your hotel in St. Wolfgang provide cultural experiences galore. Customs and traditions await right on the doorstep of your accommodation at the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl by Lake Wolfgang.
A dream setting on Lake Wolfgang: the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl in St. Wolfgang
Thanks to the famous operetta set here, the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl in St. Wolfgang is an iconic Austrian holiday destination. But the Rössl hosts aren't ones for resting on the laurels of the past. Boasting modern facilities, a spa complex on and in Lake Wolfgang, top-flight Austrian cuisine and characterful rooms & suites the hotel makes the ideal base for a break in the Salzkammergut. And with its unique setting right on the lake and superb packages, it's the perfect choice for a romantic getaway in this stunning region.