The Gosau Lake Experience

Brief information

The area around Lake Gosau in Gosau is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts and climbers. In summer, the lake invites you to swim and dive in summer. But also for boating and stand up baddlng. The bus stop is right by the lake. The car park is only a few minutes' walk from the lake. And now more information about Lake Gosau in Upper Austria...

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.”

Hiking offers around the Gosau Lakes

“Vorderer” Lake Gosau

© Kraft

“Hinterer” Lake Gosau

© Kraft | Der Hintere Gosausee bei einem Ulraub in Gosau

Places of happiness: Gosau Lacke

© Kraft | “Glücksplatz“ Gosaulacke bei einem Urlaub in Gosau in der UNESCO Welterberegion Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut

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.

Leisure activities around the Gosau Lakes

Boat rental at Lake Gosau

© Kraft Bootsverleih am Gosausee

Lake Gosau: Bathing with glacier views!

© Kraft | Baden im Salzkammergut: Vorderer Gosausee

Lake Gosau “Laserer Alpin” Via Ferrata

© Krauß | Klettersteige im Salzkammergut: Laserer Alpin Klettersteig am Gosausee

SUP – Stand-Up-Paddling on Lake Gosau

SUP - Stand-Up-Paddling Eintrag Gosausee

Diving in the Salzkammergut

‘Klackl or Seeklausalm’ on Lake Gosau

© Kraft  Klackl- oder Seeklausalm am Gosausee

Nordic walking in World Heritage

Lake side Inn Gosausee

Hiking around Lake Gosau

Excursion destination "Ziweselalm" Gosau

A little tip for all excursion guests: The valley station of the "Gosaukamm cable car" is right next to Lake Gosau. This cable car takes you directly to one of the most beautiful alpine pastures in the Salzkammergut: the Zwieselalm. Read more below...

Where Hiking Enthusiasts and Sunbathers Meet

The Zwieselalm in Gosau is one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Extensive hiking routes lead over alpine meadows and through shady mountain forests where one can spend hours of enjoyment or relish in short hikes from one alpine lodge to the next. Whether you’re stopping in for a pleasant snack at the Gablonzer lodge, a thirst quencher at the Zwieselalm lodge or a relaxing sun bath at the Sonnenalm, the family-friendly hosts, pure mountain landscapes and impressive views of the picturesque Gosau Lake promise an unforgettable experience in the Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley region. We hope you enjoy your hiking holiday in Austria!

Gosau booking - Are you still looking for accommodation?

Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.