Laufen – Oberndorf – Arnsdorf
We accompany you along the Salzach River to Laufen, which was once an important trade centre for the salt industry, and a part of Salzburg until 1816. We stroll across the border from the historical old town, church and the birthplace of the Baroque painter, Johann Michael Rottmayr, to Oberndorf. On the spot where the Silent Night Chapel was built, there once stood the church where the famous Christmas song, “Silent Night, holy Night” made its triumphal debut into world fame. In Arnsdorf the school houses the Silent Night Museum upstairs in the apartment of the composer Franz Josef Gruber. The return route passes through Anthering on the way back to Salzburg.
We recommend this impressive tour during the Advent and Christmas Season.
You travel with us through the picturesque Oichen Valley to the Michaelbeuern Monastery. We visit the convent with its treasures (the Walther Bible and sacred artworks), in addition to masterpieces by the baroque sculpturer, Meinrad Guggenbichler. The village Dorfbeuern, where the convent is located, is the northernmost settlement of Salzburg Province. The return route leads us into the Trumer Lake Region towards Mattsee, one of the oldest Christian centres in the province, and on through Obertrum with its famous brewery.
Trumer Lakes – Schaudorf Schleedorf – Wallersee
Our tour takes you into the friendly rolling hillsides of the Alpine Foothills landscape. The Lake Obertrum and Lake Mattsee were formed in the last glacial period, and are invitinging summer resorts. The fields around serve mostly as farmland to this day. In Schaudorf Schleedorf, you can observe the skilled craftmanship of the beautiful Salzburger traditional costume, and even sample the cheese. There’s also a lot to discover about nature and the use of the agriculture Museum. The return trip to Salzburg passes along Lake Wallersee.
Lake Wallersee with Gut Aiderbichl
The animal protectionist Michael Aufhauser founded a refuge for neglected animals near Lake Wallersee. Its setting has the harmonious backdrop of the alpine Foothills, and has been built built in the style of a Flachgau farm.
On the return trip to Salzburg, we drive through Henndorf, where the novelist and poet, Carl Zuckermayer, lived for many years in the Wiesmühle (a mill).