Wolfgangsee als Filmkulisse


Wolfgangsee - a fantastic holiday resort and well-known film backdrop

The Wolfgangsee in the region Salzkammergut in Austria is a beautiful bathing lake surrounded by a breath-taking mountain scenery. Year after year the lake inspires tourists and locals and offers the ideal place for a relaxing holiday in the heart of nature. Due to its size of 13 km2 the Wolfgangsee is particularly suitable for bathing holidays and varied water sports activities. Above all, divers enjoy a clear view all year round and dive into an exciting underwater world. Nevertheless, the lake is not only known for its wonderful location in the Salzkammergut. The operetta "Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee" by Ralph Benatzky made the lake and the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee, located directly on the lake, famous.

The operetta "Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee"

Already in 1896 Oskar Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg wrote the romantic comedy of the loving head waiter and the Rössl landlady in Villa Blumenthal next to Bad Ischl. In 1930 Ralph Benatzky composed the rousing music and the operetta celebrated its premiere in Berlin on November 8, 1930. Especially the film version in 1960 with Peter Alexander as head waiter Leopold made the hotel and the lake world famous.

The operetta takes place in the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl during the high season, where head waiter Leopold manages to keep dissatisfied guests happy with singing. At the same time, he tries to convince his boss Josepha with charme, who, however, fends off his advances. Josepha himself is in love with the guest Dr. Otto Siedler, who in turn is interested in Brigitte, the daughter of another guest. After an argument between Leopold and Josepha, he is dismissed and moves into the Hotel Im Weissen Rössl as a guest to open the eyes of his adored Josepha.

In the 1960 film version of the operetta, the well-known actors Peter Alexander and Waltraut Haas shine in the leading roles. Since this great success, Wolfgangsee and the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl have been a sought-after destination for guests who like to take a look behind the scenes of the operetta.

Hotel tip at Lake Wolfgang

Family Peter welcomes you to the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl am Wolfgangsee for more than 100 years and provides a successful stay at the beautiful lake. The hotel, rich in tradition, offers charming hospitality and a cosy family atmosphere - completely off the image of the operetta. The Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl invites you to relax all year round in the large SPA and wellness area and especially in the heated pool by the lake and in the swimming whirlpool. In addition, the hotel spoils its guests with culinary delights in its own restaurants with Austrian delicacies and an exclusive selection of wines from the traditional Rössl rock cellar.

Wolfgangsee as film and television backdrop

In addition to the well-known film adaptation of the operetta, Wolfgangsee has often served as a backdrop for film and television recordings in recent decades. These include numerous Austrian and German film comedies from the 1960s and 1970s as well as documentaries and television shows. Three selected well-known films as well as television programmes will give you an insight into the diversity of the Wolfgangsee as a film backdrop.


On 27 July 2006, the big summer special of the ZDF show "Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel" took place at the Wolfgangsee. The presenter welcomed her audience this year in the breath-taking mountain and lake world of the Salzkammergut. Carmen Nebel presented before the fascinating scenery and well-known singers such as André Rieu, Patrick Lindner and Karl Moik offered the audience a successful show. Beside the Wolfgangsee also the imperial city Bad Ischl as well as the Seeschloss Ort am Traunsee were among the stations of the summer special.


As part of the popular feature film series, Horst Krause went to the neighbouring country to bring Karin, a friend of him, back to Berlin. In the course of the film he visits Salzburg as well as the Wolfgangsee. In this part of the Culture-Clash series, real Berliners encounter the particularities of Austrian culture.


The popular Viennese special investigators of the Tatort row are called in the context of the expenditure "true lies" to a murder case in the Salzkammergut. In the Wolfgangsee, the body of a missing journalist was found who had recently been working on a story about illegal arms trade. The Wolfgangsee serves in the Tatort as impressing panorama scenery and offers a view of the wonderful Salzkammergut to the spectators.