I’m just back from a relaxing holiday in Austria. We were in the Salkammergut, a resort area that stretches from the city of Salzburg through Upper Austria and is referred to as the Austrian Lake District.
The name Salkammergut means “Estate of the Salt Chamber” and derives from the Imperial Salt Chamber, the authority that ran the salt mines of the Habsburg Monarchy.
We stayed in the quiet resort of St Gilgen on the shore of Wolfgangsee. It was a perfect base from which to explore the region.
St Gilgen has a beautiful church with its onion shaped dome and is dedicated to Saint Giles.
St Gilgen is famous for being the birthplace of the mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and each day hundreds of tourists come to visit the house.
Once the crowds leave, St Gilgen is a charming place, somewhere just to relax and look at the fine buildings or perhaps enjoy a coffee or an ice cream.
We were staying at the Hotel Billroth. Situated by the lake on the outskirts of the village it was once the home of Theodore Billroth an eminent surgeon in the 19th century. The hotel retains much of its original decor, mahogany panels, antique furniture and paintings. The view from the terrace looking down the lake was stunning, especially in the evening when the sun was setting and the light changing on the mountains.
A perfect place to sit and enjoy our evening meal and a nice bottle of wine.