Werfenweng – a Village Goes Softly Mobile
In Werfenweng the future has already begun – with lots of fun and leisure according to the promises made on the web site of the small community in the Salzburger Land. Werfenweng is located at 900 metres above sea level, on the southern slopes of the Tennengebirge and has everything a tourist could wish for: a picturebook Salzburg landscape, cosy guesthouses and above all an unspoilt environment. When it comes to soft mobility Werfenweng is an exemplary Austrian town: here car-free tourism is a practical reality. No-one is compelled to switch to this alternative mode of transport, but swapping the car key for a SAMO key is made particularly appealing for holiday guests.
Electric Scooters and Horse-Drawn Carriages
SAMO stands for soft mobility. With the Eco-Pass, train passengers in particular are able to make use of all the municipality’s alternative modes of transport. The fleet includes electric scooters specially for young people, gas-powered vehicles, horse-drawn carriages and a shuttle bus. Almost 80% of hoteliers in the village have signed up to the SAMO scheme, and many local residents have joined in, using their cars for long journeys only. In 2004 Remotion, the conference on eco-friendly drive technologies and mobility concepts, was held in Werfenweng, followed by 30 school trips and specialist seminars. As a result of these efforts overnight stays have risen by 29% since 1997. The number of guests arriving by train has also soared by 28% since 1997. 8,500 rail passengers mean approx. 4.5 million fewer kilometres by car, or fuel savings of some 365,000 litres.