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“Most amazing views ever”
Review of SchafbergBahn

SchafbergBahn
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Take a ride on the steepest cog railway in Austria from St. Wolfgang to the top of the 1,783 m tall Schafberg. In 35 minutes, the SchafbergBahn will carry you to the top. With its striking summit, this is one of Austria’s most beautiful and scenic mountains, treating visitors to incomparable views of the surrounding natural landscapes.
Reviewed June 19, 2013

This was the absolute highlight of our Austrian Alp vacation. The cog railway takes about 45 minutes to get to the top, with great views all the way. The first half, best views are on your left side. The top half has best views on the right. It is best to get there early as it is popular. Combining it with the lake boat tour can make it a full day outing.

At the top, there are a couple of good snack bars and restaurants, and lots of places where you can get the most amazing views of the various lakes. Just wander around for a few hours - with the changing clouds (often below you), the view changes frequently.

I would not recommend the trails down the mountain as they are not well maintained. If you want to walk up or down, it is best right beside the tracks, with better footing. We tried some of the other trails, but they were slippery and not as well maintained as our usual Canadian Rockies trails.

Don't forget to book your down trip early. We thought we would wait a while, and by then our preferred trip was booked up.

Just enjoy the views - best ever!

2  Thank will-from-Calgary
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

If anything, it was an experience! The railway and the ride were very good with some spectacular views as we were going up.
It took about 20 minutes to reach the top. The seating is very basic being wooden bench seats with a small thin cushion but not uncomfortable.
You are locked in each compartment so there's no getting out even if you had to in an emergency!
Unfortunately, when we reached the top, it was misty most of the time with only occasional breaks to see some memorable views.
There are lots of walks to do up there if you are so inclined. It was cold (about zero) up there so we decided to get some lunch in the hotel/restaurant up there. Prices were a little expensive and the food was almost inedible so beware.
The trip for two adults cost us around £60 which to us is expensive for what it was. Perhaps if we had gone on a clearer day we would have a different opinion.
We are still glad we went.

1  Thank delboy138
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Train will bring you to the very top of the beautiful mountain. The higher you get the more wonderful the view.
Make sure the weather forecast is for a sunny day, and not too overcast as it will spoil the beautiful views.

Thank Renate K
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

A bumpy ride, but amazing scenery at the top. Well worth a visit. Take a warm layer as weather can change quickly at the top.

1  Thank SarahDManchester000
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is one of those must do things when you're in St.Wolfgang. Be prepared to go for an early train as they do get busy and be prepared for a bumpy ride - it is a cog railway and you feel all the cogs.

It is however worth the discomfort (and the price) for the outstanding view you get form the top of the mountain. Watch the weather and try to pick as clear a day as possible to go. Also remember you're going up high and it is cold up there, so take a jacket.

Thank FoodieFred
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