Hiking on Lake Wolfgangsee
First we go past the International School and walk speedily to Brunnwinkl, where we have to pause for a while because the path leads directly along the lakeside and the waves are beating against the wall. Two ducks wake up and swim round a little. There is a plaque set into the rocks describing the rock flora - this is one of 16 plaques on the “Nature and Culture” themed walk around the lake.
After about an hour we reach the Fürberg guesthouse and can see one of the ferries belonging to the Lake Wolfgangsee fleet in the distance. We continue on further to a path called “Josef Ebner Weg” (No. 19), which forks off left over the Falkenstein to St. Wolfgang. It was on this path that the pilgrims followed in the footsteps of St Wolfgang. Passing a little wayside shrine dedicated to St. Hubertus, we walk along a path which takes us through woods and fields until we spot the “Ochsenkreuz” (Oxen cross) island in the lake.
We sit on a bench and take in the atmosphere, the sun is reflected on the rocks and the Oxen Cross glitters. Birds visit the little island and fly skywards again twittering. Gerhard tells us the legend of the Oxen Cross.
We head back over the field pathway and hike back to Fürberg, where we look forward to a lovely ice cream. Our grandson really wants to go on a boat, so we take the paddle steamer “Kaiser Franz Josef” and sail over to St. Gilgen.
A lovely day comes to an end and we are already planning our next hike, maybe via the Sattelweg and Riedersteig paths to St. Wolfgang or maybe around the Sparber Mountain in the parish of Strobl.
After a little while, we continue our walk and reach the Hochzeitskreuz (Wedding Cross) 15 minutes later, about which there is also a story to be told, and we enjoy the glorious view of the Zwölferhorn Mountain on the opposite side of the lake, with just as many amazing hiking routes on offer.
It is also now time for a hearty snack of locally produced food that we brought with us in our special Lake Wolfgangsee hiking rucksack.