Strobl, Austria

Strobl lies on the eastern side of lake Wolfgangsee in the Salzkammergut region and has a population of around 3,500 people which swells in summer as tourists come to take advantage of the natural beauty of the village, lake and region.  Like many places in the Austrian lake district, it was 'discovered' in the nineteenth century thanks to the development of the railway and the fact that the Emperor Franz Josef used to spend many of his summers at nearby Bad Ischl.   The author Hugo von Hofmannsthal spent his vacations at Strobl and around 1900, it became a residence of Baron Gecmen-Waldeck, whose family industries generated enormous wealth, and supported a sumptuous residence in Hietzing (Vienna) as well as vast properties in Bohemia. During this period as well Strobl regularly hosted events for the aristocracy and high bourgeoise summering in Bad Ischl.

From around 1863 steamers began to criss cross the lake between Strobl, Sankt Wolfgang and Sankt Gilgen.  Even today, the boat remains the quickest way of travelling between Sankt Wolfgang and Sankt Gilgen.

What the town has to offer is the outdoor life and the village of St. Wolfgang is within hiking distance.  Other population destinations include the Postalm plateau and the Schafberg (1783m), which can be ascended via a cog railway, the Schafbergbahn.  

The name Strobl appears to mean something like scruffy although it may also have come from the family name of the family that owned the village - or vice versa of course.  

Film star Emil Jannings lived in the village.  Born in Switzerland, he was an early Hollywood star but with the invention of 'talkies' his German accent made it difficult for him to find work.  He came to Germany in the 1930s and appeared in a number of films produced by Goebbels.  After the war, he was unable to work as an actor because of his association with the Nazis.  He died in the village and is buried in Sankt Wolfgang.

The parish church dates to 1758 and holds the grave of Prince Tassilo von Fürstenberg.

 

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