Event resort Scalaria at lake Wolfgangsee in Austria

Lake view from a room of the Scalaria in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

Scalaria is a hotel as well as an event location located next to lake Wolfgangsee in Austria. Ready for hosting and entertaining Iarge companies with their staff or clients. For tourists it is open during several summer weeks and Advent season. I was invited by the resort to stay there for a night and to learn about the best moments the place has to offer.

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Steam locomotive Z11 of the Schafberg Railway

Steam locomotive Z11 in full steam

This ‘old’ steam locomotive Z11 was actually built in 1992 as part of the class 999.2. It is operated by the Schafberg Railway (Schafbergbahn) which is leading from Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut up to the Schafberg. This metre gauge cog railway is pretty steep, at a total lenght of 5.85 km it gains about 1,200 m height difference.

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Painter’s Steep in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

The painter's steep in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

High over Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut a hiking trail named The Painter’s Steep (Malersteig) leading up to the Kalvarienberg Hill offers a fine view of Sankt Wolfgang and lake Wolfgangsee. The name origins from the fact that many famous landscapists used to paint their works standing on those meadows.

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Shop for colonial goods in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

Shop for colonial goods in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

A shop sign I haven’t seen for ages: In former times a shop for colonial goods (Kolonialwaren) sold goods generally delivered from far away. E.g. coffee, tobacco, cacao, spices, tea and so on. Today there is no need for such specialized shops so I was glad to see such an old inscripiton while walking through Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut.

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Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

An interesting detail of the Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang (Wolfgangseer Advent) is a Christmas crib created by the wood carver Matthäus Mayrhauser. The crib consists of about 40 life-size sculptures scattered over a larger area. Everybody is invited to walk betCeen the figures so in the evening it is difficult to decide who is a real person and what is a wooden figure.

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Scalaria Air Challenge at lake Wolfgangsee, Austria

Scalaria air challenge above Wolfgangsee in Salzkammergut, Austria

While staying at the event location Scalaria I often came accross photos and posters of this great water plane, a Dornier DO24 TT. It reminded me of the fact,  that every year an air show takes place above the nearby lake Wolfgangsee. An interesting continuation: In the 1920s there was a connection between Vienna and lake Wolfgangsee by water planes!