With a village in the heart of a nature reserve, famed for the turquoise waters of its lake, holidays to Fuschl guarantee amazing views.
History, culture and cafés
Formed during Austria's last ice age, Lake Fuschl is packed with history. The nearby ruins of the 13th century Wartenfels Castle and the local mill that still operates after nearly 150 years are great sights for getting your cultural bearings. And at night, the friendly bars and cafés of Fuschl offer a warm welcome – perfect for an Austrian nightcap before bed.
Lazy days on the lake
The lakeside promenade’s a lovely spot for watching the world go by and there are steamers, hydrofoils and even an electric boat that’ll take you to the castle fishery and back. It’s a gentle seven-mile walk around the lake on shady paths lined with pine trees, and there are plenty of little villages and beaches to stop at along the way.
Out and about
• Lake bathing
• Rowing boats
• Bike hire
• Cycle routes
• Tennis courts
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Take your pick
Fuschl has a handful of beaches and bathing lakes to choose from. Visit the quieter beach of Stöllinger on the southern shores of the water, or, just further along, the equally tranquil Wesenauer, with patches of golden sand. Or head to the more family-friendly Fuschlseebad lakeside beach and pool.
Beach with a view
For a truly breathtaking experience, drop by the Hof bei Salzburg bathing lake in Fuschlsee, which is surrounded by sweeping mountain scenery. This natural beach comes with changing facilities, beach volleyball, a sprawling grass area and a sunbathing jetty.
Fuschlseebad lakeside beach
Families will find everything they need at Fuschlseebad. Not only is there a sandy beach, but you’ll also find plenty of watersports, play areas and slides to keep everyone busy. There’s a big indoor area, too, for when the weather is not so pleasant.
Hop on a bus to scoop up some local bargains and delicious produce at the weekly farmers' market. Great for holiday snaps and taking in the atmosphere, the market runs every Friday on Aubockplatz in Bad Ischl, just outside Fuschl.
There aren't too many shops in Fuschl, but there’s a small collection of mid-range stores selling traditional clothing, gifts and souvenirs.
Fuschl is a very small village and is all about the slower, quiet nightlife. A popular evening pastime is a gentle stroll along the waterfront.
For a spot of live music, the larger hotels often put on various musical nights, set in lovely surroundings. The music ranges from oompah bands to jazz and also more contemporary.
Friendly bars, cafés and restaurants line the streets of Fuschl, offering a warm welcome to everyone. You can sample locally caught fish in many of the eateries and, as the region is famous for its elderberry pastures, there is an abundance of fruity specialities for you to get your hands on, like the elderberry flower cuvée. You’ll find some restaurants sitting on the tranquil lakeside, but there are also a good few dotted around the centre of resort.
Sweet treats at The Ruming Mill
A short walk from Fuschl’s town centre is The Ruming Mill, a gorgeous café in a lovely woodland setting that serves delicious homemade cakes and their very own elderberry cordial.
Authentic fare at Restaurant Brunnwirt
On the lakefront is the Restaurant Brunnwirt, with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is handwritten in German - don’t worry if you don't speak German, the staff will translate for you - and offers inventive versions of traditional dishes.
Dine like a local at Café Flora
In the centre of town is Café Flora, a casual and modern establishment ideal for lunch or just a quick drink. It’s known as the hub of the town as it’s always full of people, and it offers a range of Austrian and international dishes.
Lake Fuschl is the jewel of the area, and offers a stunning backdrop for walkers. There’s a path running all the way around the 11.8km circumference, as well as 150km of trails in the surrounding valley and mountains.
The most relaxing way to experience the lake is, unsurprisingly, by water. Steamers and hydrofoils run from the neighbouring towns of St Gilgen and St Wolfgang, and there’s also an electric boat that goes from the Fuschl promenade to the castle fishery and back.
You can catch a bus to the nearest station in Bad Ischl and, from there, take a train to Salzburg (2 hours 10 minutes) and even Vienna (3 hours 15 minutes). The famous Schafberg mountain railway is also a must in nearby St Wolfgang.
Look out for the main bus stop outside the Tourist Information Office. There’s a good local service to Bad Ischl and St Gilgen, as well as buses to Salzburg.
The Zwolferhorn cable car in St Gilgen is a must – it gives the most spectacular views of the sparkling lake.
Choose your route from 150km of marked walks in and around Fuschl. Stroll around the lake at your own pace and dip your toes in the crystal-clear waters as the path follows the contours of the water’s edge, giving you countless impressive views. Get to know the flora and fauna of Fuschl on the nature trail - noted in English and German. For your next outing, try tracing the route of the Ellmaustein, passing the old mill and watch demonstrations of traditional flour-grinding. Or if you fancy more of a hike, follow the route over the Mozartblick (Mozart's view) to St Gilgen on Lake Wolfgang.
Walk from Fuschl
The 11.8km walk around the lake is gentle and there are villages and beaches along the way so you can dip your toes in the water. There’s also a trail through the woods with information boards, so you can learn about local flora and fauna. The Ellmaustein route passes the old mill, where you can watch traditional flour-milling demonstrations, and the hike over the Mozartblick to St Gilgen is more demanding but worth it.
This route has quite a lot of up-and-down but it's gentle and the views are truly beautiful. Stay on route 30, the Fuschlseeundweg, which starts off winding past houses and restaurants before heading out into the country. An hour’s walking will bring you to the lake. Look out for the prominent Schloss Fuschl building, where you can stop for a break. Route 30 will carry on through meadows and woods before rejoining the lake and leading back to Fuschl.
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