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Introducing Kefermarkt

It’s silent enough to hear a pin drop in the tiny village of Kefermarkt, home to the Pfarrkirche St Wolfgang. The pilgrimage church’s main claim to fame is its Gothic Flügelaltar (winged altar). A masterpiece of craftsmanship, the limewood altarpiece towers 13.5m, with latticework fronds rising towards the ceiling. At the centre are three expressive figures, carved with great skill: St Peter, St Wolfgang and St Christopher (left to right as you face them). The wings of the altar bear religious scenes in low relief.

Perched on a hill overlooking the forest and Schloss Weinberg’s red turrets is microbrewery-cum-guesthouse Schlossbrauerei Weinberg, 10 minutes’ walk from Kefermarkt. Homebrews are paired with hearty flavours including beer-drenched goulash, beer-battered schnitzel and fresh trout in the vaulted restaurant (mains €7 to €12), which opens onto a tree-shaded terrace. The quiet rooms have small windows with views of the castle.

Frequent trains travel between Kefermarkt and Freistadt (€2.20, 10 minutes). The church is about 1km north of the train station.