The Gosau Lake Experience

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.”

“Vorderer” Lake Gosau

Gosau | A picturesque mountain lake situated between the impressive Dachstein Glacier and the mighty peaks of the Gosaukamm. Experience hiking, climbing, or diving during your visit to Lake Gosau in the Salzkammergut.

» “Vorderer” Lake Gosau

© Kraft

“Hinterer” Lake Gosau

Gosau | This small, idyllic mountain lake at the foot of the Dachstein is a worthy reward (especially in autumn) after an extensive hike. Passing by the Gosaulacke (another small lake), the hike lasts approximately 1.5 hours (one way

» “Hinterer” Lake Gosau

© Kraft | Der Hintere Gosausee bei einem Ulraub in Gosau

Places of happiness: Gosau Lacke

Gosau | Small mountain lake between the two larger Gosau lakes. Especially recommended during the play of colours of autumn leaves. Here you can really let your spirit roam free!

» Places of happiness: Gosau Lacke

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

Aktueller Blick auf das Wetter

WebcamLake Gosau

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.

Webcam WebcamLake Gosau

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.

Boat rental at Lake Gosau

Gosau | Lake Gosau: Enjoy Lake Gosau, with the splendid view of the imposing Dachstein glacier, during a boat trip over the picturesque Lake Gosau.

» Boat rental at Lake Gosau

© Kraft Bootsverleih am Gosausee

Lake Gosau: Bathing with glacier views!

Gosau | Lake Gosau (Vorderer Gosausee): This small mountain lake is a nature reserve and characterised by very cold, clear water of drinking water quality. Ample parking is available at the Zwieselalm cable car station. Most fascinating: The view to the Dachstein Glacier!

» Lake Gosau: Bathing with glacier views!

© Kraft | Baden im Salzkammergut: Vorderer Gosausee

Lake Gosau Fixed Rope Route

Gosau | Laserer alpin-Klettersteig: Directly above the "Gosausee", this rock climb allows you to enjoy stunning views of the majestic Dachstein - throughout the whole day.

» Laserer Alpin Lake Gosau Fixed Rope Route

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

I want to dive

Diving | Salzkammergut: The crystal clear mountain lakes of Gosau and Hallstatt are amongst the most attractive diving areas in Europe. That is what makes diving in the Salzkammergut so appealing.

» I want to dive

‘Klackl or Seeklausalm’ on Lake Gosau

Gosau | Klackl or Seeklausalm: Alpine hut with down to earth comfort and fantastic views of the Gosau lake and the Dachstein glacier. Alpine life with water wells and cows - super idyllic!

» ‘Klackl or Seeklausalm’ on Lake Gosau

© Kraft  Klackl- oder Seeklausalm am Gosausee

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

Lake side Inn Gosausee

Spend your holiday in the beautiful mountain area in the Alps in the "Salzkammergut". Our house has been managed for decades by our family. Our commitment is to offer our guests a pleasant and relaxing stay for attractive prices with a permanent impressions. Book online now!

» Lake side Inn Gosausee

How about a winter holiday in the world heritage?

The oldest salt mine in the world, the breathtaking "Five Fingers" viewing platform, the view of snow covered Dachstein Glacier from the romantic Lake Gosau - these and more destinations thrilled millions of visitors, from around the world, who visited the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut in summer. However, also in winter, the four towns of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region - Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun – have their own special charms: Rest & Relaxation in lovingly furnished apartments and perfectly equipped hotels, fantastic winter hiking trails, unrivalled snowshoe trails, romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides and a variety of thermal baths on the outskirts of the World Heritage region. Numerous swimming pools, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms are available. Or treat yourself to one of the numerous applications such as classical or relaxing massages. Indulge yourself and enjoy the absolute tranquillity between mountains and lakes. Beautiful winter holiday in the world heritage!

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!

Information at a glance

  • 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!
  • Contact
    Tourist Office Gosau

    Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut
    Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut Geschäftsstelle Gosau
    Nr. 547
    4824 Gosau, Austria
    Phone: +43 (0) 5 95095 20
    Fax: +43 (0) 6136 / 8255

    Regular opening times
    Tourist Office Gosau

    November to April: Mon – Fri 8.30 - 17:00 hrs.
    Sat./Sun./Holiday 9.00 - 15.00 hrs
    May to October: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 18.00 hrs.
    Sat, Sun & Holidays 9.00 - 15.00 hrs.