St Gilgen

q: So what do you do when you’re tired & sore from skiing and the low cloud that greets you makes visibility so poor that sightseeing holds scant appeal?

a: Take a ride on the St Gilgen cable car to the top of the mountain!

The 16-minute trip commences from near the St Gilgen Busbahnhof on the Postbus 150 route and rises to just below the Zwölferhorn summit at 1522m.

Breaking through the cloud cover is a truly magical experience as the glorious sunshine and brilliant, blue sky are hard to believe when conditions on the ground are so poor.

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The view is breathtaking but during winter it can be a little slippery at the top so walking shoes or boots with good tread are highly recommended.

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There is a good-sized viewing platform and from there a final short climb to the peak where a large, wooden cross stands sentinel.

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A restaurant at the top where the cable car operates serves typical Austrian food so I tried the würstl mit senf+kren und brot, not all that dissimilar to a good ol’ hotdog back home.

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Skiers brave the 1km decent but it’s not for the beginner or feint-hearted as it sounded very icy and looked even more precipitous.

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This is one side-trip that is definitely worth the €20 charge for adults, €14,50 for children 15 years and under, or €2,50 for your dog.

Kim*

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3 thoughts on “St Gilgen

  1. Pingback: postbus 150 « travel blog

  2. Could you imagine Chloe on a cable car? She carries on like a banshee in a normal car!

    Kim*

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