Photographer's Note

St Wolfgang is a small village on the northern shore of the Wolfgangsee at the foot of the Schafberg mountain, it is famous for the White Horse Inn (Hotel Weißes Rössl), the setting of the musical comedy and for its pilgrimage church with a late Gothic altarpiece by Michael Pacher. A destination spa, St. Wolfgang is also a popular skiing resort during the winter. A rack railway, the Schafbergbahn runs up the mountain.

Saint Wolfgang erected the first church at the shore of the Wolfgangsee after he withdrew to the nearby Mondsee Abbey in 976. According to legend he threw an axe down the mountain to find the site and even persuaded the Devil to contribute to the building by promising him the first living being ever entering the church. However Satan was disappointed as the first creature over the doorstep was a wolf. After Wolfgang's canonization in 1052 the church became a major pilgrimage site as it was first mentioned in 1183 deed by Pope Lucius III. In 1481 it was furnished with the famous Pacher polyptych. There had been several places for lodging around the church since medieval times, while the Weißes Rössl hotel was not built before 1878. In addition to the musical comedy mentioned earlier there was a very popular movie made about the White Horse Inn. It was a musical and I have seen it probably a dozen times. They still show it on TV over there periodically.

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