One of a long time planned destination has been put into pracitce upteen years:
Taking the cog railway “Schafbergbahn” uphill the Schafberg to its top station.
The “Schafbergbahn” has been officially taken into operation on August 01, 1893.
The major work is done by 4 oil-fired steam engines which are crossing an altitude difference of 1,190m by cog railway.
While peak seasons, they have 2 additional DMUs (diesel multiple units) as well as 2 diesel-electric locomotives.
Once in a while 2 original trains are running by a special nostalgia timetable.
The total track lenght is 5.85km.
Fortunately the weather on this day was sunny and nearly cloudless.
Short time later we arrived at the valley station of the “Schafbergbahn” at 542m A. A.
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While the train journey you can get several chances to see down the Wolfgangsee – in case of getting a seat on the right side on the window. 🙁
The train tooks – including refilling the water – approx. 40mins to the top station “Schafbergspitze” on 1,732m A. A.
Arriving at the top of the mountain was a great view over the “Salzkammergut” – even it was a little bit hazy.
As the top station is not the highest point, we walked upwards to enjoy the best possible view.
Reaching the mountain’s top at 1,782m A. A. we have had a great panorama view.
Under perfect conditions you could see 13 lakes.
Fuschlsee, Attersee, Mondsee and the Wolfgangsee are only the well-known of them.
The heaven’s gate
Around 100m away of the alpine hut “Schutzhütte Himmelspforte” which is now a restaurant, is a stone portal – the so-called “Himmelspforte” (‘heaven’s gate’).
From this portal a via ferrata starts downwards to Eisenau.
Alpine expert knowledge as well as solid footwear is absolutely necessary!
This via ferrata is not for greenhorns!
Of course, photos of Schafbergbahn may not be missing. 😀