Places of happiness: Gosau Lacke - © Kraft

Places of happiness: Gosau Lacke

Relax and enjoy

There are many “Glücksplätze” (places of happiness) in the Salzkammergut region, but the little body of water situated between the front and rear Gosau lakes, called “Gosaulacke” is certainly one of the most beautiful energetic places in Gosau – especially in autumn. The small pool of water is shallow, and only experiences a very small permanent inflow from the Launigg karst spring and the small Brandsee. But when the snow melts or after heavy rains the Gosaulacke can be filled by the overflowing Hinterer Gosausee and then runs itself into the nearby Vorderen Lake Gosau. In dry periods however, the small lake whose water quality varies between excellent clear and turbid, disappears. Here you can just sit back and unwind.

Our tip: A hike to “Glücksplatz” Gosaulacke can be combined perfectly with a tour to the Hinterer Lake Gosau.

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!

Warning: Closed trails
Better to know before you go

Hiking trails in the Salzkammergut can be closed for various reasons. To help you prepare for your hike, we have set up a page with current road closures in the region. This will help you get to your destination without any detours or stress. Click here to visit the page...

Heavenly Perspective

Lace up your hiking boots, load up your backpack and hit the trail! Enjoy gorgeous natural surroundings, charming architecture and friendly people as you wander down idyllic lanes and paths. The daily grind gets left behind and your head becomes as clear as the air in the high alpine landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Along the well-marked paths, you will find the ideal conditions for escaping the monotony of everyday life. Whether you’re a passionate mountain hiker or a nature enthusiast, traveling alone or with the entire family, you’ll enjoy scaling our regional peaks. In our comprehensive route planner, you’ll discover a variety of suggestions for creating your ideal hike. You can pick up a detailed hiking map at one of the four tourist offices of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region. Each map describes favourite routes for exploring Hallstatt, Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. We hope you’ll have a wonderful time discovering the wonders between our mountains and lakes!


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