Hiking at Lake Wolfgang
in the Salzkammergut


Gschmå Platzl Margarethen-Höhe

St. Gilgen, Salzburg, Österreich

... the outstanding view!

The Margarethen-Höhe at the Steigermahdl
Around 1890 the summit  of this high cliff was declared by the St.Gilgen Verschönerungsverein, a local society,  as the most beautiful observation point in the area. Many of the summer visitors at that time were members of the society,  which they supported with generous donations.
A familiy from Vienna, the publisher Goldschmidt who owned the villa at Hochreitstrasse 12, paid for a small  hut to be built at the summit.
As a gesture of gratitude the name of one of the family members was incorporated into the name of the observation place, which  became known as the MARGARETHEN-HÖHE .
In hiking guides from that time  recommendations can be found to take the path „via Steigermahdl to the Margarethen-Höhe". The name "Steigermahdl" comes from "steile Mahd" (steep mowing), once a field or meadow area at the base of the Weißwand cliff.
In January 2007 the hut was  blown down by hurricane „Kyrill“. In 2016 a new hut was erected at MARGARETHEN-HÖHE following  the initiative of local businesses and various private donations.

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Gschmå Platzl Margarethen-Höhe
Mondsee Bundesstr. 1a
5340 St. Gilgen

Phone +43 6227 2348

Contact person

Tourismusverband St. Gilgen

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