HOLIDAY BY LAKE WOLFGANG AT TOP CAMPING BERAU
Hello camping fans and hiking enthusiasts, today Marianne (61) would like to share with you her experiences during her two weeks holiday stay at Top Camping Berau by Lake Wolfgang, together with her husband Josef (65). Since Josef retired we have had more time to pursue our hobby. We both joke about the fact that motorhomes have been invented for us. We enjoy nothing more than packing our belongings and exploring nature with all its beauty by motorhome from our hometown Bamberg.
Since we have visited already pretty much every corner of Germany, it was time for us to discover the neighbouring country Austria step by step. We searched on the web and found the portal topcamping.at. There we discovered Top Camping Berau by Lake Wolfgang. As we are both very active it was important for us to find a base from which we could plan our small excursions. Top Camping Berau turned out to be ideal, as it offers many varied hiking trails and attractions in the vicinity. In September we went for a two-week camping holiday to the province of Salzburg on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wolfgang.
CAMPING BY LAKE WOLFGANG – IN A BEAUTIFUL BAY
The arrival at the campsite by Lake Wolfgang is already a great experience. Although the pictures on the Internet were very expressive, the live experience in the most beautiful bay on Lake Wolfgang exceeds all our expectations. It is not without a reason that the campsite by Lake Wolfgang is part of the group "Top Camping Austria".
We find spacious pitches with a view of the lake, which are equipped with power supply, fresh water, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The modern sanitary facilities are very clean and tidy. If you want you can relax in the sauna or in the massage room while others work out in the gym. However, we prefer to spend our fitness sessions outdoors. The first hiking trip is scheduled.
HIKING TRIP AROUND LAKE WOLFGANG
After a hearty breakfast, we are going on our first hiking trip. The trip "Around Lake Wolfgang" is a must for every nature lover who spends the best time of the year in this region. As we learn from the manager of the campsite, a famous lake tour with over 3,000 participants takes place every October. The best time for this round trip is about 1 ½ hours.
Of course, we take it easy and plan to do the tour over approximately 6 hours. From our base, Camping Berau, we head northwest to St Wolfgang. There we can admire the Schafberg - the "landmark" of St Wolfgang. "This one is next on our hiking schedule” my husband says while we pass the impressive rock massif. Between Ried and Fürberg we climb the Falkenstein (200 vertical meters), the rest of the path leads along the lake to St Gilgen. When we arrive there Josef suggests: "Come on, tomorrow we'll climb the Schafberg but today we treat ourselves to a ride in the "Zwölferhorn” cable car. I agree immediately. As we enter the cabins we feel nostalgia because they are still in their original state. Between Lake Wolfgang and Lake Fuschl we are floating slowly upwards enjoying the magnificent view, which is even exceeded by the one from the platform at the summit.
There are also many hiking possibilities at the top of the mountain, but for today we decide to go back to the bottom station to continue our tour around the beautiful Lake Wolfgang. We head back via Strobl to our campsite by Lake Wolfgang, where we end the day with a hearty snack.
„SCHAFBERG“ WE ARE COMING
After our hiking trip around Lake Wolfgang, where we only had to tackle a 200-metre difference in altitude, we are now really looking forward to climbing the Schafberg (1,783 m). As our starting point we choose the parking area at the bottom station of the Schafberg railway.
A tip from us: Depending on your condition you have several opportunities to enjoy the magnificent view from the summit. You can complete the return trip either on foot or by rack railway or you can also split it, that is walk to the “Schafbergalpe” and take the rack railway from there to continue to the top. Josef and I prefer to hike and approach the summit step by step on foot. On our way back we decide to enjoy the view from the rack railway. Leaving the car park we follow the signposts, which lead us to the right and slightly uphill until we reach a fork. From there we take a slightly steeper path and after a half-an- hour walk we reach the Aschinger snack bar. For the next two hours, the path leads steadily uphill but without arduous obstacles. When we reach the “Schafbergalpe”, we stop for a snack and chat with another couple. Simone and Martin are from the region and we get on very well. For the last hour we walk together up to the summit. Josef and I are surprised to encounter an area with concrete steps on our way to the summit.
Simone and Martin tell us the historical reason for this. Since Emperor Francis Joseph wanted to enjoy the view even in his old age, the steps were intended to help his "chair carriers". When we arrive at the top, we fully understand His Imperial Highness – it’s just breath-taking. The Salzkammergut lakes sparkle in the sun and the magnificent view extends from the Alps in the south to the Bohemian Forest in the north. A little later we say goodbye to our holiday acquaintances and board the Schafberg railway. Austria's steepest rack railway has been operating since 1893. It takes us down to the bottom station in 35 minutes. On the way there, the enchanting landscape is unfolding and so are our vivid impressions of today.
OUR STAY AT TOP CAMPING BERAU
After two impressive hiking experiences, we decide to spend a relaxing day at Lake Wolfgang. It gives us strength for further excursions. And there are also many opportunities to get pampered.
First of all, there is a vast culinary choice. As passionate campers we normally like to cater for ourselves. There is a bakery and a shop selling fresh produce from the region on site. But when we smell the delicacies from the event bar "Hias" it is difficult to resist. We take a break from cooking and enjoy a tasty pizza. We also visit the "Schmankerl Stubn" and the "Franzl", where local specialities like Tarte Flambée and “Brettlbrote” are on the menu several times during our holiday. Another tip from us: The Cordon bleu with side dishes of your choice or the famous "Kasspatzen" are definitely worth trying. We also spoil ourselves with an extensive wellness massage and time to unwind on the sunbathing lawn right by Lake Wolfgang.
LETS CONQUER THE BLECKWAND AND SALZBURG
The change from relaxation to physical activity suits us very well. Among other things, we visit the Bleckwand during our wellness-hiking-holiday. For this approximately 3-hour tour you start in Strobel and when you reach the summit of the Bleckwand you have walked 5.1 km and climbed 974 vertical metres (highest point: 1541 m). The trail (no. 877) starts above the Mahdhäusl tavern. We follow this route and turn right at mark no. 34. From there we continue along path no. 876, which leads us to the Bleckwand hut at 1,329 m above sea level. Further up we pass the summit ridge and the "Ofenloch" with a magnificent view, before we reach the summit of the high Bleckwand. It is difficult to find the right words to describe this impressive view. You should experience it for yourself.
In addition to our hiking trips, we also would like to tell you about our trip to Salzburg, which is only a few kilometres away. Rainy weather being forecast, we thought that visiting the "House of Nature" was a good idea. We can highly recommend this also for families with children, because this museum is really an adventure. From primeval dinosaurs, rare reptiles and fabulous crystal treasures inside the earth to the magic moments of space travel – you will discover man and nature from a very exciting angle. And the visit of “Hangar 7” will not be an unforgettable experience for children alone. Josef and I have never seen anything like it. Close to Salzburg Airport, the architect, Volkmar Burgstaller, has created a kind of huge wing made of 1,200 tons of steel and 380 tons of special glass. The "wing" is full of all sorts of historical and current exhibits: airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles, Formula 1 cars, etc. There are two cylindrical towers next to the sky vault made of glass. Here we find a restaurant where we enjoy a delicious lunch.
I hope I managed to give you a little insight into our 14-day adventure holiday in the Salzkammergut region. Camping Berau, charmingly nestled in a bay by the beautiful Lake Wolfgang, proved to be the perfect spot for our stay. You can experience a lot on the campsite in Berau and the surrounding hiking routes and attractions are not far away. Have fun on your camping holiday by Lake Wolfgang! Best wishes, Marianne and Josef.