On 20 May 1873, the imposing paddle wheel of the steamer “Kaiser Franz Josef I.” churned through the water of lake Wolfgangsee for the very first time. On the jetty meanwhile, a curious crowd of onlookers cheered on the birth of this passenger ferry service.
The atmosphere was similarly euphoric twenty years later: On 1 August 1893, the SchafbergBahn carried the first seven passengers to the top of the Schafberg, high above lake Wolfgangsee. This cog railway was regarded as a masterpiece of mobility and the ideal complement to the ferries of WolfgangseeSchifffahrt. And thus it has remained to this day.