Geological Loop Tour in Gosau

Starting at the Gosauschmied, this circular walk is also possible in bad weather in proper walking boots. Follow the road up to the lower Gosau lake for about 1km and then bear left along a gravel track. The route continues over several small bridges.
The streams you cross are known as the "Brunnbaeche". The streams are fed mostly by water from the Dachstein plateau and even the Dachstein glacier itself, which is why these streams do not dry out even in long, hot, dry spells. The water from each little "spring" has its own individual taste. Try it out!

As you continue through the woods you get a glimpse of the Stausee lake every now and then. After a relatively steep stretch you should not re-join the road, but continue along the "Panoramawegerl"("Panoramic Route") running parallel with the edge of the woods. This brings you to the "Gasthof Gamsjaeger" (100m from the starting point).

Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

Information at a glance

  • Starting point: Hotel Gosauschmied
    Destination: hotel Gosauschmied
    Duration: 1h
    Length: 2,95 km
    Altitude difference (uphill): 148m
    Lowest point: 765m
    Highest point: 841m
    Difficulty: easy
    Panoramic view: Individual Views
    Most economical season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
    This easy tour is also walkable when the weather is bad.

  • Safety Tips for Hiking
    The best tips for tour preparation, equipment and emergency situations while hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut at a glance. Remember to play it safe!
    Should a situation arise where recuse services are required,
    you can obtain the needed help under the number 112.