Places of interest in the Salzkammergut.
Ebner's Waldhof the ideal starting point for excursions in the Salzkammergut Lake District.
There's so much to do here in the Salzkammergut Lake District that you'll probably have to come again to fit it all in!
The salt mines in Hallstatt offer various tours which will take you on a journey into the past and down into the oldest salt mines in the world. Archealogical sensations await you such as the oldest wooden stairs in the world which, thanks to modern technology, have been dated back to BC 1344. Another fascinating attraction is the "Man of Salt" - the body, clothes and tools of a man conserved by salt. An absolutely fascinating day out!
A visit to the spa town of Bad Ischl, once the summer residence of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, is like entering a different world. The architecture is completely different to that found in Salzburg and the pace of life here seems somewhat slower. This is a lovely town for a day's shopping or walking where a visit to the emperors residence, the Kaiser Villa, and the famous Café Zauner for coffee and cake should definitely be on your itinerary.
The picturesque town of Gmunden lies in the Salzkammergut on the shores of Lake Traunsee. Gmunden is home to the famous Gmunden pottery and whilst you are here you should make a point of visiting the factory and shop. One of the most photographed images in the Salzkammergut is the castle Schloss Ort. From a distance it appears to float on the waters of the lake with the magnificent mountains of the region as a backdrop. You can find out more about the town of Gmunden under: www.gmunden.at
The town of Bad Aussee lies in the Inner Salzkammergut Lake District. Here you can visit the fascinating Alpine Garden covering an area of over 12.000 m2 specialising in Alpine plants. The largest salt mines in Austria and the largest ice caves in the world are located here. The local mountain is the Loser, a distinctive mountain ideal for a day out or challenging hiking tours. You can find out more about Badaussee under: www.badaussee.at
Whilst on your discovery tour of The Sound of Music Country a stop-off at the beautiful lake-side town of Mondsee is an absolute must. St. Michael's church was used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film and the village is a delight for souvenir shopping and traditional Austrian coffee and cake in one of the many cafés. There are some fantastic historic buildings in the centre of Mondsee including its castle and closer to the lake there's a great playground for children. You can find out more information about Mondsee under: www.mondsee.at
A visit to Hallein, to the south of Salzburg and the second biggest town in the county, will take you on a journey back in time. The streets of the Old Town are flanked by medieval buildings and on the way up to the local mountain, the Dürrnberg, you can visit the Celtic Museum. The salt mines here are also spectacular and well worth a visit.
The Eagles Nest
The Bavarian border is not far from Dürrnberg and a short drive will take you to Obersalzberg, home of the Kehlsteinhaus otherwise known as the Eagles Nest. This is an absolute must for those interested in the history of World War II.
Short trips just around the corner
There are a number of great excursions just around the corner from Ebner's Waldhof; the Schafberg cog railway ride and the cable car in St. Gilgen. Within walking distance from the hotel you will also find the summer toboggan run for fun and action for all the family.