1. Franzosenschanze/Abersee Parking Area
This includes the area along the main road between St. Gilgen and Strobl from the 31.1 km marker to 31. 9 km marker (at the Gamsjaga in the bay). It is a long parking area directly on the lakeside with an adjacent grassed resting area. It offers an excellent diving location where the lake bed slopes steeply in places with rocky structures and sunken trees, etc.
2. Fürberg bay/
Falkenstein cliff wall
This is the area from the Fürberg jetty to the north- westerly side of the Falkenstein cliff wall. The Fürberg bay truly is a gem of nature in a very special way and divers should try to be as quiet and inconspicuous as possible. The area around the Falkenstein cliff wall is only accessible by a 300m walk and is a most beautiful but demanding diving location with it’s steep-sloping rock wall and overhanging selections.
3. Naval School
In Ried, an area of St. Wolfgang, Kaiser Franz Joseph opened and instituted a naval school in 1911. During the Second World War a cadet school for the German navy was established. Small warships were brought to anchor for the cadet training. Today the former naval school is a girl’s boarding school for home economics pupils. In the lake in front of the naval school more than 200 naval knives with handles made of ivory and gold-plated knife sheaths have already been discovered to this day. A safe lying 15 m below the water surface was once blown up by divers from the Linz fire brigade, and the contents were therefore completely destroyed.
4. St. Gilgen
The naval school in Ried was abandoned on February 07, 1945. Evidently it was the last station for the Hungarian SS, whose survivors used it as their quarters. The troops had confiscated numerous objects of value from the possession of the Hungarian nobility and from many wealthy individuals. The royal treasure and silverware had also apparently found its way into the hands of the SS troops. A part of the treasure coming from castles, the gentry and manor houses was exchanged for civilian clothes and money at the end of the war as the Americans marched into Austria. On the run from the occupying forces the Hungarian SS sunk the large majority of the treasure in the lake between St. Gilgen and Stockach. Occasional findings of objects of value near the lakeside indicate that this is so. Reports from the local population about the above-mentioned exchange of goods also seem to suggest the possibility of further places in the lake where treasure may be found. In St. Gilgen the famous film actor Theo Lingen was mayor of the town after the war. At the same time it was also a recreational retreat for Professor Dr. Hans Hass during this post war turmoil. Hans Hass was commissioned by the allies in 1945 to dive in many suspected treasure areas for possible objects of value. At Stockach, 20 m below the surface a tree of almost 15 m in height stands vertically in the water.
5. Fürbergbucht/ Falkensteinwand
The area of Falkensteinwand is either accessible over an approx. 300 m long walk on the way from Gasthof Fürberg in the direction of St. Wolfgang or by electric boat from St. Gilgen. It is counted as one of the most beautiful but also highly sought after diving spots (steep sloping rock faces with overhangs). Closed off as a protected area for spawning from 15th March to 10th May! The imposing Falkensteinwand (rock face) is already recognizable from afar and is a visual symbol of the region. One can reach the small wall by car (through Winkl). One shouldn’t take it for granted though, as you have to haul your caboodle a few meters up and down to get there. Diving takes place from the flat cove, out towards the right to a beautiful, fissured rock wall. The large wall can only be reached with a boat. The Boat hire shop (Der Bootsverleih Engel) in St. Gilgen offers a ‘Transfer shuttle’ here. At approx. 30m there is a small plateau, on which the falling undergrowth is granted a short break before it continues into the dark depths.
Earlier an American tank lay at 42 m below the surface, it has however in the mean time been rescued. The place where it rested can be found relatively quickly, if you follow the track five meters away from the bridge with the two cement barrels. The war vehicle was to be found directly at the launching site.
There are many trees lying in shallow water, the water is crystal clear.
- Be aware of boats and surfers!
- If you would find any weapons, do not touch them, otherwise monetarypenalties can be charged
- Between September 15th and April 15th every year there is a general diving ban at Franzosenschanze as well as at the launching sites in the larger car parks. According to information from the Blue Fins diving school remaining areas can be used for diving.