Salzburg, 27.05.2020 – 28.05.2020
Discover The Salzkammergut In The Emperor’s Footsteps
Lake Wolfgangsee is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Surrounded by towering summits, the blue pearl of the Salzkammergut is the epitome of a picture-postcard motif. With the SchafbergBahn, Austria’s steepest cog railway, and the WolfgangseeSchifffahrt ferries, you can marvel at this unique part of the world from whole new perspectives: out on the water as well as on land.
Emperor Franz Josef I was also awestruck by the beauty of the Salzkammergut and developed a close emotional connection with the region. In the course of his 86 years of life, he spent 82 summers amid these magnificent landscapes. Due to his illustrious presence, the entire Salzkammergut became the preferred choice for summertime escapes from the city in the late 19th century. Foreign dignitaries were often fascinated by the technological achievements of WolfgangseeSchifffahrt ferries and the SchafbergBahn cog railway. The Schafberg, with its grandiose 360° panorama, was a particularly popular destination for the emperor. Records indicate that Emperor Franz Josef I first rode the SchafbergBahn cog railway up the Schafberg on 26 August 1894. In August 1897, he even spent the night at Hotel Schafbergspitze, the oldest mountaintop hotel in Austria.
Follow in the Emperor’s footsteps as you experience the fascination of Wolfgangsee and the Schafberg first-hand.