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Austrian Skal Day 2023

October 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm October 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm CEST

The Austrian Skål Day 2023, set against the backdrop of the idyllic St. Wolfgang – Bad Ischl, promises an enriching experience for all attendees. This year’s event holds special significance as it offers a captivating preview of the upcoming celebration honoring Bad Ischl’s prestigious designation as the European Cultural Capital of 2024.

Friday, October 6, 2023 – Delegates Assembly and Gala

The day commences with individual arrivals and check-ins at the world-renowned Romantik Hotel im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee ****S, offering a picturesque setting for the Skål Day proceedings. The package, priced at €150,00 per person per night in a double room, includes a sumptuous Rössl breakfast buffet, access to the exquisite wellness area, and convenient parking facilities. For more information, visit Hotel Website. A shuttle service is available from Bad Ischl train station to the hotel, ensuring seamless transportation for attendees. This segment of the program, hosted by Skålleague Andrea Schupfer, sets the stage for an engaging day ahead.

At 3:00 pm, the Delegates Assembly convenes in the newly inaugurated “adventure area” of the Schafbergbahn. This remarkable addition, completed after over two years of construction and an investment of approximately 10 million euros, promises a unique and immersive experience. Skålleague Mario Mischelin will guide the proceedings, ensuring an informative and productive assembly.

Simultaneously, at 3:00 pm, accompanying persons will have the opportunity to partake in an enjoyable guided tour of the renowned pilgrimage church of St. Wolfgang, led by senior host Helmut Peter.

Come evening, the Gala unfolds at 7:00 pm in the historic Pacher Haus in St. Wolfgang. The evening promises a delightful affair, featuring the presentation of the Skål Austria Tourism Quality Award. An exclusive ensemble, specially curated for the occasion and themed “You can have fun in the Salzkammergut,” will regale guests with highlights from the world of operetta. Anticipate an evening filled with surprises and a culinary experience par excellence. The Gala, hosted by Skålleague Robert Gratzer, is set to conclude around 11:00 pm, leaving attendees with cherished memories.

The rate for this enchanting evening is €90,00 per person, inclusive of an aperitif, a sumptuous menu, and a selection of beverages.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 – “Capital of Culture meets Alm”

The day unfolds with a unique excursion, promising an engaging blend of culture and nature. Priced at €25,00 per person, this segment will be hosted by Skålleague Brigitte Stumpner.

At 9:30 am, attendees will gather for departure by shuttle bus from the Hotel Weisses Rössl in St. Wolfgang. The journey will lead to the Bösendorfer Hall in Bad Ischl, a hidden gem within the Post- and Telegraph Office that is not typically accessible to the public. Here, participants will be treated to intriguing insights into the Cultural Capital Salzkammergut 2024. Intendant Dr. Elisabeth Schweeger will provide an illuminating presentation on the current projects and background.

Following this, a guided tour of Bad Ischl, titled “Did you know…?” and led by Skålleague Noelia Torres de Glasser, will offer a deeper understanding of the city’s cultural and historical significance.

Lunch à la carte awaits at Café Zauner Esplanade at 12:30 pm, offering a moment of culinary indulgence.

The journey continues with departure by shuttle bus to the wild and romantic Rettenbachalm, situated approximately 650 meters above sea level. Here, an interactive guided tour of the alpine pastures awaits, providing firsthand insight into the production of typical alpine specialties. Attendees are encouraged to actively participate in this engaging experience.

The day culminates with a return journey to either Bad Ischl or St. Wolfgang, ensuring attendees have ample time to reflect on the rich experiences of the day.

Logistical Details and Additional Information

For detailed information regarding logistics and FAQs, refer to the provided QR-Code or register online. Attendees traveling via train are encouraged to alight at Bad Ischl train station and can avail the shuttle service to St. Wolfgang by sending an email with their details to

Accommodation is available at the Romantik Hotel im Weissen Rössl, offering a special rate of €150,00 per person including breakfast. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at or by phone at +43 (6138) 2306. By using the code word “SKÅL TAG,” attendees can secure this special rate. Single rooms are available upon request, with a lake view option available for an additional €30,00. Guests are welcome to extend their stay until Sunday, and those opting to do so are advised to reserve their table at the Weissen Rössl for Saturday evening.

For alternative accommodation options, please contact, and the team will be happy to assist in finding suitable arrangements.

Further details about the gala menu and special dietary considerations can be directed to

Transportation for the “Capital of Culture meets Alpine Pasture” excursion is recommended for attendees departing on Saturday. Those arriving by train can avail a shuttle service from St. Wolfgang to Bad Ischl. For those staying until Sunday, arrangements will be made to ensure convenient transportation.

Upon registering, attendees will receive confirmation along with details for payment. The participation fee should be settled promptly to secure registration. Additional expenses such as overnight stay and consumption at the chosen hotel are to be settled directly upon checkout.

For any further inquiries or assistance, please feel free to contact secretary Andrea Schupfer at or call Robert Gratzer at +43(0)676 9759136. Your queries, requests, and wishes will be attended to promptly.

Skal Austria

+43(0)676 9759136

Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl

Markt 74
St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, 5360 Austria
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