Our top tip: "When the lights go out in the village". For a few hours, the electric lights go out all over the village, and St.Wolfgang is bathed in candlelight. Our guests can also avoid the crowds at weekends and visit the atmospheric Advent market when it is quieter.
White Horse Inn on celluloid
THE film with Peter Alexander and Waltraud Haas
When people talk about "the film" then it can only be the first White Horse film from the 1960s!
The comedy's background
This film should be part of every home. The light carelessness of the world-famous White Horse melodies, combined with the innocent humour and the great acting skills from Waltraud Haas, Gunther Phillipp or Peter Alexander warm hearts and put a smile on everyone's faces.
The film is just as closely linked to Lake Wolfgang as the operetta. We have compiled some interesting facts and anecdotes around the film's development.
At White Horse Inn on Lake Wolfgang - where luck is knocking on your door!
The film was shot on the original locations on the Austrian Lake Wolfgang. This film version is based on the operetta by Ralph Benatzky from the 1930s, but introduced some changes. The story was set in the present, which made it possible for Sigismund Sülzheimer to arrive at White Horse Inn by helicopter. Ottilie Giesecke was renamed to Brigitte. And finally the music was arranged with modern swing and popular music elements by Heinz Gietz.
The outdoor scenes were shot in the summer of 1960 on the original locations in St. Wolfgang, all the indoor scenes were shot in Bad Ischl the following autumn. Some of the scenes were filmed in the Berglandfilm production ateliers in Vienna. Because there was no helicopter for filming available in Austria, a German helicopter had to be dismantled, due to the border regulations, and brought to Austria on a lorry, where it was later reassembled.
Then and today - the films at White Horse Inn
"The 1960 film is without a doubt the most famous of the three films that were shot here and like the other two, from 1935 and 2013, it is constantly shown on our hotel channel", tells White Horse landlady Gudrun Peter. How much more she and the team at White Horse Inn have to tell you about the backgrounds, find it out during your next stay - come in and forget your worries!