In Austria, the Alps show us many diverse landscapes, ranging from gentle hills and wide valleys, up to sharpening peaks with steep slopes. Over the time, these mountains shaped the lives of its inhabitants. It is interesting how Austrians have integrated settlements into the natural landscape without humbling it.
On a beautiful summer day, I start a trip by train to Mount Schafberg from the strands of St. Wolfgang Lake. The trip was not so long, it took about thirty minutes, but the aspect of the train made me feel like I was back in time. It’s a trip on the steepest steam-powered cog railway in Austria. The wagons are a replica of those at the end of the nineteenth century, when this route, which elbowed through the pine forests and glades, came into operation.
As soon as I reached the top of the mountain at an altitude of about 1783 m, my gaze was tirelessly absorbing the panorama offered by the turquoise water of the five lakes on the horizon, as well as by the majestic mountains around. The impressive view gave me the feeling of freedom! Suddenly, grey clouds appeared on the horizon, and the weather changed in a few minutes. I thought I would not completely enjoy the landscape, but fortunately, it was not. We retreated to a terrace to enjoy a warm tea and admire the spectacle of the nature. Wreathes of clouds fell over the mountain. The color of the lakes became slate blue, the white limestone cliffs were enshrouded in the fog. It is said that the pictures are the best ambassadors, so I leave you in their „company”.
Good to know
- The train has two stops: Schafbergalpe (1365 m) and Schafbergspitze (1732 m) and operates from April to October;
- the five lakes on the horizon are called Wolfgangsee, Irrsee, Mondsee, Attersee and Fuschlsee;
- the Schafsbergspitze Hotel and a small garden restaurant are on the plateau;
- The return ticket is purchased from the St Wolfgang ticket office. When you get off the train, go straight to the ticket office to reserve your place for your return; more information can be found here.
- The program of activities and events to be held in 2018 can be found here.
- You can ascend the mountain by foot, too. Details here.