The Gosau Lake Experience
Boundless free-time enjoyment on and in the water
Just as the picturesque views draw visitors to the lakeside town of Hallstatt, the spectacular vista of the Dachstein Glacier rising behind the mountain lake helps to solidify Gosau as one of the top travel destinations in the Salzkammergut. Few visitors to this breath-taking jewel of nature know that the depth of the lake was increased by 12 meters as the result of damming in order to create a better water reservoir and more effective hydro-electric power production. Deeply touched by its beauty, the world traveller and natural scientist Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt declared this regal culmination of the Gosau Valley before the mighty slopes and peaks of the Dachstein to be the “eye of God.”
“Vorderer” Lake Gosau
Gosau | A picturesque mountain lake situated between the impressive Dachstein Glacier and the mighty peaks of the Gosaukamm. Experience hiking, climbing, or diving during your visit to Lake Gosau in the Salzkammergut.
“Hinterer” Lake Gosau
Gosau | This small, idyllic mountain lake at the foot of the Dachstein is a worthy reward (especially in autumn) after an extensive hike. Passing by the Gosaulacke (another small lake), the hike lasts approximately 1.5 hours (one way
Places of happiness: Gosau Lacke
Gosau | Small mountain lake between the two larger Gosau lakes. Especially recommended during the play of colours of autumn leaves. Here you can really let your spirit roam free!
Aktueller Blick auf das Wetter
Family holiday in Gosau: The world-famous view from Lake Gosau to the majestic glaciers of the Dachstein in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Meeting place for hikers, climbers and worshipers.
Holiday Adventures between Mountains and Lakes
Today the Gosau lakes aren’t only a beloved photo motif but also offer a plethora of outdoor free-time activities: from favourite hiking and walking routes to stimulating fixed-rope climbing courses. For those who prefer the water, the “Vorderer” Lake Gosau provides several possibilities including electric boats and gorgeous bathing spots. With its rich aquatic environs, clear waters and extraordinary underwater views of the Dachstein, this natural jewel is also a must for any diver. Rustic alpine huts and a cherished restaurant round out the recreational opportunities on Lake Gosau, which we’ve compiled for our guests.
Boat rental at Lake Gosau
Gosau | Lake Gosau: Enjoy Lake Gosau, with the splendid view of the imposing Dachstein glacier, during a boat trip over the picturesque Lake Gosau.
Lake Gosau: Bathing with glacier views!
Gosau | Lake Gosau (Vorderer Gosausee): This small mountain lake is a nature reserve and characterised by very cold, clear water of drinking water quality. Ample parking is available at the Zwieselalm cable car station. Most fascinating: The view to the Dachstein Glacier!
Lake Gosau “Laserer Alpin” Via Ferrata
Water, ice and rock are the perfect mix for this approximately 1-hour climbing experience with difficulty level C above Lake Gosau in the Salzkammergut.
SUP – Stand-Up-Paddling on Lake Gosau
In recent years, Stand-up paddling has also established itself on Lake Gosau, a millennia-old sport from the South Pacific. Sightseeing on the water. King Dachstein always in view.
Diving in the Salzkammergut
Diving | Salzkammergut: The crystal clear mountain lakes of Gosau and Hallstatt are amongst the most attractive diving areas in Europe. That is what makes diving in the Salzkammergut so appealing.
‘Klackl or Seeklausalm’ on Lake Gosau
Gosau | Klackl or Seeklausalm: Alpine hut with down to earth comfort and fantastic views of the Gosau lake and the Dachstein glacier. Alpine life with water wells and cows - super idyllic!
Nordic walking in World Heritage
Nordic Walking - walking at a rapid pace with sticks - the gentle whole body workout for endurance, strength and fitness. Here you will find the most beautiful trails at a glance!
Lake side Inn Gosausee
Spend your holiday in the beautiful mountain area in the Alps in the "Salzkammergut". Our house has been managed for decades by our family. Our commitment is to offer our guests a pleasant and relaxing stay for attractive prices with a permanent impressions. Book online now!
How about a winter holiday in the world heritage?
The oldest salt mine in the world, the breathtaking "Five Fingers" viewing platform, the view of snow covered Dachstein Glacier from the romantic Lake Gosau - these and more destinations thrilled millions of visitors, from around the world, who visited the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut in summer. However, also in winter, the four towns of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region - Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun – have their own special charms: Rest & Relaxation in lovingly furnished apartments and perfectly equipped hotels, fantastic winter hiking trails, unrivalled snowshoe trails, romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides and a variety of thermal baths on the outskirts of the World Heritage region. Numerous swimming pools, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms are available. Or treat yourself to one of the numerous applications such as classical or relaxing massages. Indulge yourself and enjoy the absolute tranquillity between mountains and lakes. Beautiful winter holiday in the world heritage!
Magical Spots between Mountains and Lakes
From the Kalverienberg in Gosau, which offers visitors fantastic panoramas of the Gosau Valley, the romantic Koppenwinkel Lake in Obertraun with its absolute tranquillity, to the incomparable charm of the “Goiserer Seeplatzl”, the numerous enchanting locations of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut wait to be discovered. We’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful natural settings between mountains and lakes just for you—and new ideas are continually added!