St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut is a picturesque, Austrian town situated at Lake Wolfgangsee. The main attraction here is a cog railway ride to the top of 1783-metres tall Mount Schafberg. Even though I do enjoy hiking, this time I decided to take a ride instead of climbing up the mountain. Why is that? Because Schafbergbahn is the steepest cog railway in Austria, running constantly since 1893. These vintage steam-powered cog locomotives rise 1190 metres up and cover 5,85 km within 35 minutes! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
If you wish to hike Mount Schafberg, you’re more than welcome to do so. Take the walking track number 23 that starts from the church in St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut. You will hike through the forest to Schafbergalm, one of the cog railway stations. From there, follow the walking path number 20. It crosses the tracks several times, leading across completely open terrain and steeply uphill to the summit. Your efforts will be rewarded by splendid views from the top of the mountain. Lake Wolfgangsee looks absolutely stunning from there.
The cog railway ride is an unforgettable experience. Hiking to the top of Mount Schafberg is not bad either. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, I would suggest taking a ride up to Mount Schafberg and hike back to the town or do the opposite. The total elevation to cover is 558 metres. It will take you around 3 to 4 hours to climb up the mountain and 2 to 3 hours to go down. The trail is not difficult, but reasonable fitness level is required. There is also a mountain hut on the summit. Schutzhütte Himmelspforte offers some refreshment opportunities.
Schafbergbahn run from May to October. Make sure to check the current timetable before arrival as this may vary dependently on the month. Tickets are available in the ticket office close to the railway station. No reservation is required. The ticket price for an adult is €28,80 (one way) or €40,80 (both ways). You need to declare the time of a return ride while buying a ticket.
I remember my trip to Austria and Germany very well as I enjoyed it big time. Eisriesenwelt Cave was just a part of it. Make sure to check the other places worth a visit in German and Austrian Alps in summer. Don’t miss the blog posts about Eisriesenwelt Cave in Austria and outdoor activities in Bavaria either.
That’s all about Mount Schafberg in Austria. Did you decide to take a leisurely trip on cog-railway up to the mountain or did you hike to the summit? Let me know by leaving a comment below!