An Austrian Lake Retreat at Lake Wolfgangsee in Sankt Gilgen

During our week in Salzburg, we decided that a couple of nights in an Austrian lake retreat was in order – we just wanted a little peace and quiet in an out-of-the-way nook.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Furiously Google researching before we left, I hatched a plan to hop on the coaches that serve the towns dotted around Austria, and after boarding we merrily watched the countryside gradually change before our eyes over the 45-minute journey.

Arriving in Sankt Gilgen itself, and then continuing on for another 10 minutes around the lake shore, we disembarked in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, to our Austrian inn where we were definitely the only tourists in earshot. 

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

The comfortable murmur of sound was wonderful; birds twittering as they went about their business, the soft sound of the lapping lake, the chitter chatter of locals enjoying a family lunch and the occasional tinkle of glasses.

How cute is this flower box lined balcony?

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Seegasthof Gamsjagai where we stayed is a traditional, family-run inn is located directly on Lake Wolfgangsee, on the road halfway between St. Gilgen and Strobl. The building is alpine chic, inside and out – and couldn’t have suited us better.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

And the view from our very generous deck wasn’t too shabby either.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

The joy of staying above a bar & restaurant meant that we didn’t have to go more than a flight of stairs to quench our thirst – and with such a lovely view, honestly we didn’t move very much from this exact lakeside spot under the umbrella.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

It’s not so bad is it? It was just what the Doctor ordered.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Eventually, I peeled my husband away from the tableside, and we took full advantage of the beautiful lake waters.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

We swam in the surprisingly warm waters until sunset (at one point I’d found myself surrounded by 20 or so ducks which was a unique experience to say the least) working up quite the appetite for the hearty menu.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Seegasthof Gamsjaga’s restaurant serves Austrian cuisine and Salzkammergut specialities such as fish from the lake and apple strudel. Unfortunately we were far too hungry to take photos of our dinners – so you’ll just have to take my word for them being delicious and filling.

All followed by crisp, cool steins of local beer of course. I seem to have developed a taste for beer in Cologne – I blame my friend Phil… 

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

In the mornings we enjoyed the buffet breakfast which included a slice of apple strudel or two, because when in Austria… 

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

It was tough to leave at the end of our three days, but we’d recharged our batteries which meant that we had restored the spring in our step.

Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

See what I mean about not just spending a single day in Salzburg? Northern Austria has so much to experience – and I haven’t even begun to share our day trips yet!

Do you prefer city or countryside escapes?

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Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi