St. Gilgen

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Sankt Gilgen
St.Gilgen Panorama 2007-02-22.jpg
Coat of arms of Sankt Gilgen
Coat of arms
Sankt Gilgen is located in Austria
Sankt Gilgen
Sankt Gilgen
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°46′00″N 13°22′00″E / 47.76667°N 13.36667°E / 47.76667; 13.36667Coordinates: 47°46′00″N 13°22′00″E / 47.76667°N 13.36667°E / 47.76667; 13.36667
Country Austria
State Salzburg
District Salzburg-Umgebung
Government
 • Mayor Otto Kloiber (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 98.67 km2 (38.10 sq mi)
Elevation 545 m (1,788 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 3,841
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5340
Area code 06227
Vehicle registration SL
Website www.gemgilgen.at
Town hall

Sankt Gilgen is a picturesque village by the Wolfgangsee in the Austrian state of Salzburg, in the "Salzkammergut" region.

History[edit]

In the year 1376 Sankt Gilgen was first mentioned in documents. 1873 the shipping on the Wolfgangsee started and so did the tourism too. Also the construction of the Salzkammergut-Lokalbahn in the year 1893 was a reason for the upcoming tourism. Many rich Viennese had their summer villas there such as the surgeon Theodor Billroth.

Geography[edit]

Sankt Gilgen is situated in the north-western shore of the lake Wolfgangsee, close to Strobl and to the Upper Austrian municipality of St. Wolfgang. It has 3,784 inhabitants, lies 545 metres above sea level and covers an area of 98.67 square kilometres.

Overview[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Aegidius (Latin), in English Saint Giles, which is reflected in the name of the town, Sankt Gilgen.

St. Gilgen is a well-known travel destination. Boats from St. Gilgen sail around the Wolfgangsee, providing transport and views of the surrounding mountains. The hermitage of the original St. Gilgen may be seen, behind a chapel, in the Falkenstein cliffs west of St. Wolfgang and east of Fürberg.

In 2005 St. Gilgen was promoted as the "Mozart Village" by the Wolfgangsee Tourist Board. Although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart never visited St. Gilgen (as he had intended to), his grandfather worked in the town, his mother was born in St. Gilgen, and his sister Nannerl moved there after her marriage. The village now boasts a first-class international school, the St. Gilgen International School.

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