“Vorderer” Lake Gosau

The classic excursion!

The Vordere (front) Lake Gosau in front of the shiny ice backdrop of the Dachstein mountain range –to the right flanked by the sharp pinnacles of the Gosaukamm - one of the classics amongst the postcard images. No wonder that the visit to the unique cultural landscape in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is one of the most beautiful destinations in Austria.

The front Gosau Lake: remnants from the Ice Age

The Vordere Lake Gosau is a remnant of the last ice age. The Ice Age glaciers carved out the trough, where then the water was dammed. At its far end Lake Gosau has several, partially underground inlets. The outlets are also below the water level: a part flows through artificial tunnels and tubes to a power plant at the end of the Gosau valley; a part flows through natural cracks and crevices and resurfaces in the Brunnbach streams.

Aktueller Blick auf das Wetter

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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.
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Hiking around Lake Gosau

Let us begin our hike around Lake Gosau. With views of the Dachstein, we first hike along the left side of the lake: On the sunny side, steep forests alternate with sheer cliffs. The forests consist of spruce, fir, larch, beech and maple, which push up as far as the treeline. The rock walls are partially overgrown with heather in the spring there are endless displays of alpine primroses in rich yellow. Towards the end of the lake, after the part of the path that was blown out of the mountain, we find puny birches on the dry stone heaps. Among the low-hanging branches of trees grow magnificent soft cushions of moss. At the end of the lake, where we change to the other side of the lake, is a healthy spruce - fir forest growing on the gravel soil. It is reassuring to see how the younger pines growing under the umbrella of the older trees.

On the way back, on the shady side, we pass uprooted tree trunks. In 1987, an avalanche of the century tore a wide strip out of the forest. In the summer months we are overawed by slopes of blooming alpine rose. Let yourself be enchanted with the approximately one-hour tour around the Lake Gosau in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

During summer the small mountain lake counts as one of the most beautiful destinations within the Salzkammergut, for both sunbathers and water lovers. Just before the end of the hike around the picturesque mountain lake, there is a large meadow located just below the circular hiking trail, which is also suitable for pushchairs. Here guests and locals meet on hot summer days to take a dip in the cool waters. In addition various other spots are inviting to take a swim in Lake Gosau. So do not forget your swimsuit!

If you want to relax after your walk around Lake Gosau and enjoy some culinary delights, then we recommend you make a beeline to the Seeklausalm. The rustic alpine hut, with hearty meals from the typical Salzkammergut cuisine, is located above the circular hiking trail and is just a five minute walk. Additionally, the Gosauseewirt not only offers a unique mountain panorama, but also excellent cuisine which is well known even beyond the borders of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. We hope you enjoy hiking around the Lake Gosau.

Wanderbares Welterbe

Berge, Seen, Täler - die topographischen Gegebenheiten der UNESCO Welterberegion Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut begeistern jeden Wanderer. Je nach Lust, Laune und Kondition kann man hier entweder gemütlich von Hütte zu Hütte wandern, auf Fernwanderwegen ganze Region verbinden, die grenzenlose Fernsicht genießen oder unvergessliche Glücksmomente spüren. Die Wandermöglichkeiten rund um den Hallstättersee und das Gosautal sind unzählig und sowohl für erfahrene Wanderer als auch für Familien mit Kindern geeignet. Für jeden ist etwas dabei! Also, liebe Bergfreunde, viel Freude beim Wandern in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Information at a glance

  • Tour Information: “Vorderer” Lake Gosau
    Departure Point: Car park of Gasthof Gosausee
    Level of Difficulty: Easy
    Distance: 4.00 km
    Hiking Time: 1-1.5 hours
    Trail Conditions: Forest and gravel path
    Equipment: Hiking boots, sport shoes, or other sturdy shoes
    Appropriate for families with prams/strollers
    Special Features: Wonderful views of the Dachstein Glacier. Family-friendly loop trail. Also appropriate for prams. A hike around Lake Gosau surrounded by its world-famous mountain backdrop offers a plethora of natural wonders.

  • Note for bikers:
    The trip around the Vorderen Lake Gosau, to the "lucky place Gosaulacke" and the Hinteren Lake Gosau, is not allowed by bicycle. There is a traffic ban! The ride to Ebenalm in Gosau on a mountain bike, a few meters along the left bank of the Vorderen Lake Gosau is permitted! Thank you for your understanding!

  • Please note:
    On this hiking trail, it is mandatory that dogs are kept on a lead. For further information, please contact the local tourist office or the local authorities. Thank you for your understanding!

  • Note for bikers:
    The trip around the Vorderen Lake Gosau, to the "lucky place Gosaulacke" and the Hinteren Lake Gosau, is not allowed by bicycle. There is a traffic ban! The ride to Ebenalm in Gosau on a mountain bike, a few meters along the left bank of the Vorderen Lake Gosau is permitted! Thank you for your understanding!