St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut is a small, picturesque town situated at Lake Wolfgangsee in Austria. The main attraction here is a cog railway ride to the top of 1783-metres tall Mount Schafberg. Even though I enjoy hiking very much, this time I decided to take a ride instead of climbing the mountain. Any ideas why? Well… I couldn’t say no to Schafbergbahn. This 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, right? Find out more about Mount Schafberg and Schafbergbahn below.
Schafbergbahn runs from May to October. Make sure to check the current timetable before arrival as it changes dependently on the month. Tickets are available in the ticket office close to the lower railway station. Good news is that no reservation is required. The ticket price for an adult is €28,80 (one way) or €40,80 (both ways). Secure some time to enjoy the views on the top. Unfortunately, all visitors need to declare the time of a return ride while buying a ticket. Below is the photo of the upper railway station.
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 with splendid views from the top. Lake Wolfgangsee looks absolutely stunning from the summit. Another place well-worth a visit is Eisriesenwelt Cave in Austria. Make sure to check it out!
The cog railway ride is an unforgettable experience. Hiking Mount Schafberg is not bad either. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, take 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. Make sure to check what else is worth doing in German and Austrian Alps in summer.
This is all you need to know about Mount Schafberg in Austria. Are you going to take a cog railway ride to the summit? Let me know by leaving a comment below!