Golden Autumn in the Mountains

Autumn in the World Heritage Region

A brilliantly-coloured landscape with forests of striking red and orange. Whoever spends his holiday in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut can look forward to a rich program of amazing hikes, incomparable tourist sites and culinary events. The highest mountain peaks are already covered with snow. The sky is a deep blue, and the temperatures are mostly still pleasantly warm, and the last few raspberries can be savoured. Overhead, paragliders take advantage of the autumn breezes for one final flight. Time to get out and enjoy the outdoors before the winter snows arrive.

The crystal clear autumn air provides the perfect condition for mountain views from the Krippenstein in Obertraun or the hiking region of the Zwieselalm. In addition to panoramic mountain tours, autumn in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut offers visitors a wealth of activities: unforgettable autumn hikes in Obertraun, fascinating themed tours through the village of Hallstatt and pure mountain meadows in Gosau and the hiking region of Dachstein West.

Tourist Attractions and Day Trips

In autumn, there’s a lot to discover! The mountains and valleys offer so much to explore: magical caves for mountaineers, centuries-old mining tunnels with a fantastical trip through time. Take a side trip to idyllic Bad Ischl or an unforgettable day excursion to the Grünberg on Lake Traun. Along the crystal clear lakes of the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut, there’s always something new to discover. Don’t miss out on these amazing attractions!
From free-time activities high up in the air or firmly planted on the floor to excursions with children or day trips to a regional spa, we provide travel tips for all types of active holidaymakers. Embark on a journey of discovery in the Salzkammergut!

Mountain Adventures in Obertraun

Obertraun | Krippenstein: Discover the fairytale world of the Ice cave and follow in the footsteps of the cave researchers through the Mammut Cave and Koppenbrüller Cave. Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins on the 5fingers viewing platform.

» Mountain Adventures in Obertraun

The Gosau Lake Experience

Gosau | Breath-taking glacial views, rustic alpine huts, challenging fixed-rope climbing routes, sensational water settings—a travel destination with endless possibilities!

» The Gosau Lake Experience

The World Heritage museum of Hallstatt

How did the people of Hallstatt live in the past? How did they earn their crust? The answers to these and other questions will be provided on a journey through time of the extra class in the heart of Hallstatt. Open all year!

» World Heritage Museum Hallstatt

Hallstatt Salt Worlds

Hallstatt | Salt mine: On the trail of the "Man in Salt" in the oldest salt mine in the world. Going through tunnels which have been hand dug by people over 3000 years ago. A Family Experience!

» Salzwelten Salt Mines of Hallstatt

Hiking in Autumn

The mountains surrounding Lake Hallstatt and in the Gosau Valley have many visages. In early summer, the slopes and meadows are adorned with the flowers of the Alps—with especially the alpine rose displaying its magnificent splendour. In summer, visitors can expect verdant mountain pastures. The autumn mountains are wrapped in golden light. In our wide range of hiking tips, visitors will find information about the most beautiful hiking tours in Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun as well as popular mountain huts, numerous distance hiking paths, short trips for late sleepers and much more . . .


You will be spellbound by the magic world of the Dachstein and the other landmarks in the Inner Salzkammergut. Explore the most beautiful spots of this region on numerous small romantic paths and trails or on comfortable and well developed hiking trails.

» Hiking

Hiking in Autumn Program 2017

The Obertraun “Hiking in Autumn Program” includes hiking tours ranging from 500 m to 2100 m above sea level from August to October 2017. Autumn time is hiking time! Come and join us in the “Mount Dachstein Hiking World”.

» Obertrauner Wanderherbst – Hiking in Autumn Program

© Kraft

The “Dachstein Salzkammergut hiking friends“

Planning a walking holiday? Stay in accommodation owned by members of the Hiking Friends organisation, and you will want to come back again!

» The “Dachstein Salzkammergut hiking friends“

© Kraft | Kompetenz-Gastgeber “ Wanderfreunde Dachstein Salzkammergut“

Hiking with Betty

The guided tours will lead you to the most beautiful places around Lake Gosau and Lake Hallstatt. Betty will give you unforgettable moments!

» Hiking with Betty

© Jehlde | Wmit Betty in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

Colourful light shows

Tranquillity, as you have never experienced it before. Get up early in the morning, before sunrise and stand in front of the hut and be immediately surrounded by the unspoilt nature of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Birds sing the first song of the day. Cowbells ringing in the distance, enjoy your morning coffee on the hut bench while tasting the fresh air - that's what people from all over the world find fascinating about a magical overnight stay in a hut in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut. Relax your eyes and gaze into the distance, forget everyday life, soak up the rays of the sun, feel the wind on your skin and just unwind. So have we filled you with desire? What are your criteria for a hut night?

Colourful autumn event

Autumn is the time for hiking. However, numerous other events are very popular with autumn holidaymakers in the Salzkammergut. Here you will find the highlights from September to November.

» Colourful autumn event

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!

Experience a magnificently active autumn

Experience something different—try a new sport! A wide variety of athletic activities await you in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut. Take advantage of the picturesque September and October for your active autumn holiday. How do biking, paragliding, Nordic walking or rafting sound? Do something good for your body and get out into nature! Gather new strength and energy for daily life. The autumnal atmosphere of Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley is ideal for an active holiday in the Salzkammergut. Pleasant temperatures and gorgeously colourful nature—is there anything more beautiful?

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing has become very popular in region Dachstein-Salzkammergut over the last number of years. And no wonder – there thousands of cliffs, bluffs and crags for climbers to test their skills.

» Rock Climbing

Mountain Bike Tours

You want to bike at the most beautiful places? Well, then you have no other alternative than the Salzkammergut – no matter in what shape you are, how fast you want to go, how old you are! The tracks around the fascinating Dachstein promise no stress, breathless fun, healthy exhaustion and a mental incitation.

» Mountain Bike Tours

Paragliding at Krippenstein mountain

Flight vacation | Paragliding from Krippenstein/Obertraun - 2100 meters above sea level. This is a wonderful flying area with a fantastic panorama

» Paragliding at Krippenstein mountain

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!

» Nordic walking around Lake Hallstatt

Holidays around Lake Hallstatt

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.

Pedal pushers conquer the World Heritage

The UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, between the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt and the enchanting Lake Gosau, at the foot of the mighty Dachstein glacier, offers many opportunities for cyclists. In addition there are numerous e-bike trails available in the region. For e-bikes is the new trend within the bicycle market. For hundreds of thousands they are the new alternative to the car, whilst for others they are an excellent way to enjoy and explore the more mountainous regions. A big hit is the ‘Ostuferradwanderweg ‘ (east bank trail), which leads from the idyllic UNESCO World Heritage town of Hallstatt to Obertraun and then on to Bad Goisern. The return trip to Hallstatt can be accomplished with the pleasure boat "Goisern II" from Steeg. The e-bike trails in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut are perfectly aligned with the target audience of leisure cyclists. Numerous rental and battery exchange stations will guarantee an unforgettable cycling holiday between mountains and lakes.

In the UNESCO World Heritage tegion of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, autumn is no boring uninviting transition period between the glories of summer and winter. Autumn is an amazingly diverse season with a plethora of exciting activities. Enjoy a stimulating autumn in Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun!

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