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Gosau - Moments of Bliss

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Enjoyment always comes first during a holiday in the Gosau Valley: No matter if in the saddle, on "Shank's pony", on the wall, on two planks or in the grove. In Gosau, in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, there is always something going on whatever the season! Picturesque "Glücksplätze" (places of happiness) and plenty of events ensure the right mix. Sometimes up, sometimes down! But always with lots of lifeblood. Let yourself be surprised! See you in the Gosau Valley!

Traffic news
19.9. - 13.10.2022
Salzkammergut Railway closed in autumn

For all those who would like to travel by train to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein this Autumn. Please note: From 19th September 2022 to 13th October 2022, the entire railway line between the stations "Bad Goisern Jodschwefelbad - Stainach Irdning" will be closed due to construction and renovation work

All Change!
Bus instead of Train

A rail replacement service has been set up for travellers during this period. Buses will then take passengers to, among other places, Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun.

Stops at a glance

Getting on/off options for rail replacement services in the World Heritage area of Bad Goisern am Lake Hallstatt / Gosau:
Bad Goisern Jodschwefelbad railway station (B145) Bad Goisern market square Nearby: Bad Goisern town centre / local history museum / Hand.Werk.Haus

  • Steeg-Gosau railway station (forecourt)
    Transfer options in the direction of Gosau / Gosautal / Gosausee
  • Obersee (Municipality of Bad Goisern)
    Between the stops "Steeg-Gosau" and "Obersee" there will be a call taxi during the construction works (19.09. - 13.10.2022). You can reach the taxi operator, Taxi Rastl, at the following telephone number: +43 (0) 6131 542. Registration at least 60 minutes before departure.
    Meeting points Steeg-Gosau railway station (forecourt) and at the stairway to the Obersee stop.
  • Hallstatt & Obertraun:
    Hallstatt Lahn (bus terminal)
    Nearby: Town Centre / Salzwelten
    Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen Train Station (forecourt) Obertraun Gasthaus Koppenrast Nearby: Koppental & Koppenbrüller Caves

  • Special service for travellers
    Timetable for rail replacement services
    09.09.2022 - 13.10.2022
    All information in one compact PDF file
    Download & print now



Please note
“Ostuferwanderweg” (East Shore Hiking Trail) Latest
Information for hikers and bikers
No return options by train in autumn

Dear hikers and bikers, please note that the railway line along Lake Hallstatt will be closed from 19th September 2022 to 13th October 2022 due to construction and renovation work.

Bus Instead of Train

During this time, there are no return options by train.
The station "Obersee" is also affected. The railway has arranged a rail replacement service for this period.
Return buses are available from the stops "Traun-Brücke" in Steeg / Bad Goisern and "Resort" in Obertraun.

Path is open!

Another note: The hiking trail and also the cycle path are passable during the period of construction work. The Seeraunzn restaurant is open.

Questions about the ferry service?

It is not yet clear whether the ferry will operate between Hallstatt town and Hallstatt train station during the period in question. According to information provided by the ferry operators “Hallstättersee Schifffahrt” on 2nd August 2022, there will probably be a limited ferry service.
Questions? If you have any questions on this subject, please send them directly to:

  • Special service for travellers
    Timetable for rail replacement services
    09.09.2022 - 13.10.2022
    All information in one compact PDF file
    Download & print now



Rundfahrtschiff fahren!
Lake Hallstatt Shipping Latest
No ferry traffic from mid-September to mid-October 2022
Tours ships will still run!

Dear Guests & Hikers

Please note that between 19th September 2022 and 13th October 2022 there will be work on the rail network of the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB). During this period there is a rail replacement service between the "Goisern Jodschwefelbad" and "Stainach Irdning" train stations.

No train - no ferry!

During this period the ferry service between the landing stages "Hallstatt Bahnhof" and "Hallstatt Markt" is suspended. There will be no ferry service!

Rundfahrtsschiff "Hallstatt" fährt!
Allerdings besteht die Möglichkeit, mit dem Rundfahrtschiff zum Bahnhof bzw. nach Hallstatt zu fahren.

Round trip ship "Hallstatt" is running!

However, it is possible to take the round trip ship to the train station or to Hallstatt.

Departure Times at a Glance
From Hallstatt Market
11:00 - 15:00

From Hallstatt Lahn
11:10 - 15:10

From Hallstatt station to Hallstatt
11:40 – 15:40

Hiking trail is open!

The Ostuferweg (East Shore path) is open for hikers and cyclists during the entire period. Please note that during this period there is only a return option by bus of the rail replacement service or the regular post bus.

Your editors wish you a pleasant holiday

Einen schönen Urlaub wünscht Ihnen Ihre Redaktion



Sights at a Glance

Dachstein West Hiking World

Here where skiers come to put their carving skills to the test in Winter, the gently rolling green meadows and mountain ridges offer fantastic views – the perfect place to enjoy a walk.

The Gosau Lake Experience

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

Hiking to Löckermoos High Moor

One of the most beautiful high moor lakes in Austria. A special natural spectacle for early risers. The sunrise over the small moor lake is unique. An unforgettable experience on your hiking holiday in Gosau! Fascinating impressions for all hiking enthusiasts! Also easy to get to with the slow train.

Children’s’ playground in Gosau

Great variety of fun such as swings, sandpit, children's cable car, beach volleyball court and much more. In the middle of the Gosau Valley.

Autumn offers & popular hikes

Golden Autumn in the Mountains

Discover the gorgeous colours of autumn in the World Heritage region. It’s time for spectacular mountains, breathtaking sites and culinary delights. You will find it all during your autumn holiday in the Salzkammergut!

Historical tour of Gosau

A short hike for the whole family. With many stations worth knowing. A great tour even on rainy days!

Heilbronn Circular Hiking Trail

Feel freedom. Leave everything behind. Just let your mind wander. At 2000 meters through the unique karst landscape. Climb into a shark’s jaws and live to tell the tale.


Auf Schusters Rappen das Gosautal entdecken. Die perfekte Wanderung bei fast jedem Wetter. Für alle, die wenig Lust aufs “Kraxeln“ haben. Easy-going von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute. Garantiert!

Sights in the Salzkammergut

Top Sights

There is so much to discover in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Old mines, mighty cave worlds or spectacular glaciers at romantic lakes - a paradise for cultural- and nature lovers.

Salt mine in Hallstatt

Feel the magic of bygone days and immerse yourself in a magical realm of glistening salt crystals, mysterious mine tunnels, where history comes alive.

Ice Cave in Obertraun

Multimedia shows, cave bears and rope bridge: The completely reconstructed Dachstein Giant Ice Cave offers you the chance to embark on a breathtaking adventure through rock and ice. .

Large skull collection

Visit the ossuary of the Catholic Church of Hallstatt. Here, skulls and skeletal bones of the deceased are stored - the majority of the skulls are artfully painted and labeled.

Event calender & Highlights

All Events at a glance

What's going on in the Salzkammergut? All events at a click. Our event calendar at a click. From conventions to concerts. From nature to culture. Here you will find events in Obertraun, Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau or Bad Ischl. From tradition to hiking. The choice is yours!


See and experience more 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!


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.

Slow train Gosau

A special experience for both young and old alike. Slowly and unhurried through the Gosau Valley - time is irrelevant.

Holiday for body and soul

Switch off and recharge the energy of life - this is the goal of many hikers and nature lovers who visit the numerous “Glücksplätze” (Places of happiness) each year around Lake Gosau - whatever the season or weather!

Via ferratas in the Gosau Valley

The most popular via ferratas in the Salzkammergut

Rugged rock faces, ridges and turrets - the magical fascination can be felt immediately. Whether you are a newcomer, an experienced mountaineer or a passionate climber – you will find it around Lake Hallstatt.

Children and Youngsters Via Ferrata in Gosau

"Max & Moritz" Via Ferrata for Children and Youngsters Chidr. The only via ferrata for children from the age of 7. Relatively easy route in two stages of about 1 hour in the Gosau Hintertal. 300 metres of pure climbing fun for the youngsters. In two sections.

Schmied Via Ferrata Gosau

Intermediate route for advanced climbers. Best climbing time for this tour is in the morning and mid-morning. The dream panorama of the Gosau valley is one of the highlights. Simply heavenly!

Mountain Climb „Großer Donnerkogel“

Conquer approximately 1100 metres of climbing and rugged mountain crags up to 400 m in height. This mountain climb is divided into three sections of varying degrees of difficulty. Brand new: 40-meter-long "Jacob’s ladder".


Take a tour by E-Bike around Lake Hallstatt and see the area from a new perspective. The bikes give you extra power and ease the strain on your joints.

Mountain biking

Whether you ride a mountain bike to achieve sporting ambitions or for pure enjoyment, the landscape around Lake Hallstatt is a bikers' paradise.

Segway in Gosau – Stand up and have fun!

Let it roll! Take the Segway through the picturesque Gosau Valley. A holiday experience for eternity. The pure holiday

Diving in the 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.

Special Moments

Guided Sea Kayak and Canoe Tours

The nature experience of summer! Daily from 1st of May to 26th of October 2022! By appointment only! Tour duration: about 3 hours.

Daily Guided Canyoning Tours

The nature experience of summer! Daily from 1st of May to 26th of October 2022! By appointment only! Tour duration: about 3 hours.

Guided Climbing Offers

Via ferrata training for beginners and advanced - guided via ferrata tours. Bookable daily. From 1st of May to 26th of October 2022. Registration is essential!

Service & Information

Salzkammergut Summer Card

For all bargain hunters. Available at any tourist office. Free for stays of three nights or more. Save on mountain cable cars or tourist sights. Pick up the Salzkammergut Card now. A good choice!

Tourist Office Gosau

Informative brochures and catalogues with great offers for any time of year can be sent to you quickly and at no obligation. We look forward to your call and will be happy to give you advice and further information personally with News from the Dachstein Salzkamm

Parken in GosauParking in the Gosau Valley

The extensive Gosau Valley, in the heart of Austria, has numerous parking spaces. Whether hiking, biking or winter sports - there is almost always a suitable parking option near you. You can find more about "Parking in Gosau" in this article.

Information - Anything you want to know – at a glance

Whether you plan on staying in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region for several days or a mere few hours, whether you travel by yourself or with friends and family – we supply detailed information for your visit in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region.

Next Winter in Gosau

Dachstein West ski region in Gosau - Winter season start on 3rd od Dezember 20022

For beginners, pleasure skiers & snowboarders: The family ski area Dachstein West will spoil you with wide, perfectly groomed slopes, modern lifts and above all beautiful huts where traditional dishes are served. The snow crunches under the ‘planks’, the bright winter sun and the magnificent landscape will put a smile on your face. See you skiing in Gosau!

“Silent Night“ in the Salzkammergut

Reflective, down to earth, delicious! Enjoy the pre-Christmas period in the Salzkammergut. A pleasure for all your senses! Where time stands still! Let yourself be enchanted. The place to be!

Alpine Christmas market in the Gosau valley

Romantic magic of Advent in the traditional open-air museum of Gosau. An experience for all the senses! A magic of variety in the heart of the World Heritage. The distinctive charm of the Alpine Christmas market will delight you!

"Hot Air Balloon Night" in Gosau

Highlight of the event is the display of hot air balloons by night. A stunning visual treat! Spectators flock to the Gosau and see how enormous flames create the hot air needed to inflate these huge, brightly coloured balloons.

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