Culture & places of interest in the Lungau

Immerse yourself in a history dating back more than 700 years

The Salzburg Lungau is rich in cultural treasures. Below is a short list of just some of the day trip destinations or places of interest in the towns and villages that are worth a visit:

The Tourist Information Office staff will be delighted to provide you with more detailed information, for example with travel directions and opening times. At the Tourist Information Office you can also obtain the current SOMMERJOURNAL (summer magazine) as well as the AKTIV IM SOMMER (active in summer) folding map, which includes this and many more tips.


You shouldn’t miss this on a holiday in the Salzburg province

Mauterndorf Castle

The town landmark reigns majestically on a rock and offers a very special type of castle experience. Constructed as a toll castle and at times used as the summer residence of the Salzburg archbishops, Mauterndorf Castle is today a living museum, interesting for everyone, whether families, seniors or groups.

Lungauer Landschaftsmuseum (Lungau country museum)

This exhibition in Mauterndorf Castle shows you the uniqueness and the diversity of the Lungau traditions in the annual cycle. Even the agricultural way of life from times gone by is displayed. Here, too, you can enjoy free admission with the SalzburgerLand Card and Die Abenteuerlichen Drei (The Adventurous Three) combined ticket.

Stepped gable houses in the town centre

In the 16th century, the Lungau mining industry enjoyed a boom and so important trades people relocated to Mauterndorf. The yoke-makers from Bavaria were the most powerful of these and influenced the architectural style long-term; the most striking detail is the stepped gables on the buildings in the Bavarian-Franconian style.

Parish church of St. Bartholomew

This impressive church stands in the centre of the historic town and in addition to Romanesque features, the architecture also reflects early gothic and baroque elements. A special attraction is the high altar painting “The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew” from the year 1668 by J. Fr. Pireth.

Church of St. Wolfgang

This small church dating from 1642 is located on an elevation a few minutes from the town centre. The Mount Calvary depiction, as well as the crucifixion group on the southern side of the façade, is worth visiting. Special mention should be made of the view from the Church of St. Wolfgang of the Lungau basin and the surrounding mountains.

Chapel of St. Gertrauden

The oldest church in Mauterndorf can be found In the St. Gertrauden neighbourhood. The church was built in the Romanesque style and also has the “cemetery of the innocent (non-baptised) children”.

The Taurachbahn

The Taurachbahn railway – the highest altitude narrow gauge railway in Austria – still travels today between Mauterndorf and St. Andrä. A journey with the museum railway train is an adventure for young and old.

Free trip with the SalzburgerLand Card and “The Adventurous Three” combined ticket.

The Sagenhof

In Steindorf, a few kilometres from the town centre, is the legendary organic farm, Staudingerhof. A private museum has been set up in the former granary, which includes Roman finds, amongst others.

Information: Family Gruber +43 (0)6472 - 73 80

Stampflmühle museum mill

This museum mill, which is a combination of several mills brought together, may be viewed by anyone interested and, upon request, you can also see the old mill in operation!

Information: Tourist Information Office +43 (0)6472 - 79 49


Learn more about the creation of the most famous Christmas carol

Parish, Pilgrimage & Silent Night Museum

In 1816 in Mariapfarr, Joseph Mohr wrote the text to what is the probably the most famous Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night”. Documentation of this, as well as numerous sacral exhibition items, can be found in this museum, which is attached to the pilgrimage church.

Information: +43 (0)6473 - 87 66 | oder

Mariapfarr Pilgrimage Church

In the centre of the town stands the Pilgrimage Church, which was originally constructed in the Romanesque style and modified in the 15th century. Worth seeing are the remains of the frescoes from the 13th/14th century.


Interesting insights into the Lungau history

Pilgrimage Church of St. Leonhard

The pilgrimage church was consecrated in 1433 and since then has been regarded as ”the most beautiful gothic country church in the southern German-speaking region”. Especially worth seeing are the valuable glass windows, in particular the "gold window".

Information: Mrs. Marianne Resch, +43 (0)6474 - 68 70

Lungauer Heimatmuseum (local history museum)

This is where you can get an insight into the manual skills of a farmer and the everyday life of the citizens and agricultural workers in the Lungau. A special tip is the chest room, where the development of this traditional style of furniture is presented from the gothic period into the 19th century.

Information: Family Heitzmann, +43 (0)6474 - 65 04 |


Impressive castle and exciting silver mine

Finstergrun Castle

An imposing castle that was first mentioned in records in the 13th century and today is owned by the Evangelischen Jugend Österreich (protestant youth association in Austria). In addition to guided tours, educational programme events and adventure projects are on offer.

+43 (0)6475 - 228 |

Ramingstein silver mine

Delve into a long forgotten time and discover how miners used to work in the mine. Today the mine is an experience for young & old, and more especially an adventure for children!

Information: Family Heitzmann, +43 (0)6474 - 65 04


Let yourself be enchanted by the legendary old walls!

Moosham Castle

The former administrative centre of the Lungau and the seat of the governor is now open to the public during the summer months. The governor’s room, the “Schörgen Toni” chamber and the granary are just some of the stops along the interesting tour.

Information: +43 (0)6476 - 305 |


A highlight for children on a summer holiday in the Lungau holiday region

Children’s nature trail

A visit to Lessach should definitely be planned on your family holiday in Mauterndorf. This is where hiking becomes an adventure. A variety of stops along the way, humorously designed, ensure that there is no time for children to get bored. The large adventure playground with a rope way, barbeque area, slide and much more invites children to play and have fun.

Start: “Wildbachhütte“ car park next to the Purggergut farm, walking time about one and a half to two hours

St. Michael im Lungau

For all those who want to experience a true adventure

Adventure park

If you are looking for a true adventure during your summer holiday in Mauterndorf, then we recommend you visit the adventure park that was opened in 2009 on the Katschberg near St. Michael. High above, a course leads through the tree tops – lots of action and fun for young and old.

Information: Martin Seebacher, Phone +43 (0)676 - 637 09 70 |


In the mood for the Middle Ages for young and old?

Samson figure in Mauterndorf

An exciting trip back in time to the late Middle Ages awaits the visitor to Mauterndorf Castle. Life in the castle at the end of the 15th century is presented true to life in the interactive exhibition. There is a fascinating view of Mauterndorf and the surrounding mountains from the 44 metre high fortified tower.

Mauterndorf Castle