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Schafberg (Sheep Mountain) is a mountain located in the province of Upper Austria right where it borders the province of Salzburg. It is called sheep mountain because from a specific angle (from the Attersee) the summit does look like a sheep. It stands 1783 meters tall (about 5850 feet high).

The easiest way to find it on a map is to search for the Wolfgangsee Lake (also known as the Abersee) and the Attersee and Mondsee Lakes. Schafberg sits right in between the 3. The towns of Sankt Wolfgang (im Salzkammergut) and Sankt Gilgen are also good markers.

Once you make it to Schafberg (the best way to approach it is from the south which requires a long drive around the Wolfgangsee) you can either choose to hike all the way up to the Schafbergspitze (Sheep Mountain Summit), to which an early start will prove most useful, or you can take the easy way up, via the 40 minute ride on the Schafbergbahn (Sheep Mountain train).

One at the top, the view is spectacular. Rumor has it that on the clearest of days, you can see 12 lakes (among all the many mountians). The farthest is said to be the Chiemsee over in Germany. I didn't see that far, but it was a cloudy day when we visited. The 12 lakes are:

Wolfgangsee (Abersee)
Zeller See (Irrsee)
Obertrumer See
Niedertrumer See
Abtsdorfer See
Waginger See

As a traveler to Austria, seeing the Alps and its beautiful glacial lakes is on everyone's to do list. I can think of no better place to "tickle your fancy" as they say. A visit here is a memory that will last a lifetime!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing view from the summit
  • Cons:Get's chilly at the top.
  • In a nutshell:Kodak moment!!!!
  • Last visit to Schafberg: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 19, 2003
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  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2004 at 12:55 PM

    The views from here are truly amazing. You captured them well.

  • dannebro's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2004 at 10:59 AM

    very nice !

  • awayhome's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2004 at 9:55 AM

    Great page and pics. Happy travel-))

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2003 at 1:54 PM

    Drew, brilliant pics and interesting infos about a lovely area. I am glad you had your camera with you ... :o)

  • globerover's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2003 at 7:03 PM

    I once visited this place when I still was in school, which was - I should say - more than just a couple of years ago. Thanks in the name of all VT-members that you chose to take the camera up, rather than the jacket!

  • MEdelmann's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2003 at 9:41 AM

    A wonderful place about a very interesting and beautiful place in Austria. I hope to be there soon, someday...

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2003 at 2:48 PM

    What a great page about one of the most beautiful spots, every tourist in Austria should visit ! Great infos & pics, also showing, how quickly the nice weather might be over...


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