From the end of April to mid-October, and on the Advent weekends (weather permitting), the historic steam train trip from St. Wolfgang to the 5,800-foot peak of the Schafberg offers a great chance to survey the surrounding countryside from what is acclaimed as the "belvedere of the Salzkammergut lakes." The mountain is also a hiker's paradise–take advantage of one-way train tickets for a less strenuous afternoon. Pause for refreshments at one of two inns on the peak.
On a clear day you can almost see forever—at least as far as the Lattengebirge mountain range west of Salzburg. Crowds waiting for trains are likely, so start out early to get a seat by a window for the best view; call the ticket office to reserve a spot at your preferred departure time.
Schafbergbahn. The steam train itself is a curiosity dating from 1893, and does not run in bad weather. Buy tickets on the train and allow at least a good half day for the outing. 06138/2232–0. 06138/2232–9705. www.schafbergbahn.at. €22 for either the mountain or valley trip, €32 for both. Late Apr.–mid-Oct., daily 9:15–5:10 (hourly service).