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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!

Corona Special
Entry & Testing:
Important things to know before your holiday

A look at the most important things that you need to know before your holiday in Austria and thus also in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

A warm welcome

From gastronomy and accommodation to leisure activities: Austria ended the lockdown in mid-May 2021 and tourist travel is finally possible again! Austria's hosts are looking forward to welcoming you.
For your safety, special protective measures will apply during summer 2021.
FFP2 masks are part of good manners in indoor areas accessible to the public, such as in public transport, museums, in shops or in cable cars. Austria is top for the number of Corona tests carried out. We not only regularly test your hosts, but also make the testing infrastructure available to our guests.

Everything about entering Austria

Since May, the obligation for quarantine for entry from countries classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) as green, orange or light red is no longer applicable. For entry from light red countries you need a recent test, a vaccination certificate or proof of a passed corona infection. Details are still being worked out. As soon as they are made available, you will find them on our page with all information about your entry. Please bear in mind that not only the Austrian regulations are relevant, but also the measures of your home country, especially with regard to your return journey.

  • (PCR test) not older than 72 hours
  • (Antigen Rapid Test) not older than 48 hours
  • Vaccination certificate or an antibody test for those who have recovered
  • Entry without a test result: a test must be carried out at the latest 24 hours after entry at your own expense

Online form for entry to Austria and
the World Heritag Region of Hallstatt

Since February 2021, according to the current entry regulation, travellers are required to register online. You can find more information on registration at the following link - there you will also find the form for online registration:

This is how the "entry tests" work

Visit a restaurant, the cinema, the theatre ... All the leisure activities that one would not want to miss out on, even whilst on holiday, are possible again! For your safety, a so-called “entry test” is always necessary wherever many people come together in a confined space. This means: You need proof of a current negative test, vaccination or of a recovery from a corona infection.


Test Stations on Holiday

Dear readers, for cable cars and sights around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley, the rules applies: Vaccinated. Tested. Recovered. We have summarised for you below, the most important testing opportunities in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, the Gosau Valley, Obertraun and Bad Ischl. Please register online or by phone.

Test Stations for Bad Goisern and Gosau

  • Gosau Cultural Centre near the swimming pool

    Test times
    Monday and Wednesday
    16:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    By appointment only, by phone or via the homepage of the “Baumhaus” pharmacy in Bad Goisern
  • Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
    Pharmacy in the “Baumhaus”

    on the Salzkammergut B145 main road near the Spar supermarket
    Test times
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
    14:00 p.m. - 18:00 hrs.
    8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
    By appointment only, by phone or via the homepage of the “Baumhaus” pharmacy in Bad Goisern

Test Stations for Hallstatt and Obertraun

  • Sonja Gapp
    Doctor’s Practice Hallstatt / Obertraun
    Consultation hours Praxis Hallstatt
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
    17:00 – 19:00 hrs.
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
  • Subject to changes

Test Stations in Bad Ischl

Important information about the openings on May 19th

3G applies to all tourism businesses: guests have access if they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.
In order to avoid waiting times, please come to the catering trade already tested.
(No test requirement in retail and when picking up in restaurants because less than 15 minutes)

Upper Austria Tourism:
Opening rules WKO:

Valid tests:
1. Negative PCR test (valid for 3 days)
2. Negative antigen test from test street, pharmacy, etc. (valid for 2 days)
3. Negative controlled self-test (valid for 2 days)
4. School tests for access also apply to children

5. New from 19.5. Recognition of living room tests using a QR code (valid for 1 day): In addition to the five test kits per person from the pharmacy to date, every household will receive a pack of 20 test kits per month including QR codes from May 18th. Take a picture of the QR code and your negative test result. The confirmation will be sent by email or SMS. This is recognized as an entry test for 24 hours.

Vaccination: Proof by means of a vaccination certificate, vaccination card or printout. Valid from the 22nd day after the first vaccination.
Recovery: separation notice (up to 6 months after recovery), antibody test (up to 3 months nG)

Tests for domestic and foreign guests

  • Please arrive with a test in your pocket (for foreign guests a corresponding test certificate is required when crossing the border)
  • Rapid antigen tests can be carried out in public test stations (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
  • Self-test under supervision in the municipalities (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
  • Self-tests and living room tests with QR code or official registration (valid for 24 hours; attention: this test does not apply to border crossings) - Austrian guests, including those from other federal states, can bring these tests with them from home and also use them on vacation. They apply throughout Austria.
  • Please note: rapid antigen tests in pharmacies are only available for Austrians with an e-card (valid for 48 hours)
  • Point of sale tests are an "emergency solution" for companies to test guests who cannot show a negative COVID-19 test (valid only in this one company)

 6 free test centers

  • Kongresshaus: daily 8:00 -12: 30 & 13:00 16:45.
  • Hospital: Mon-Fri: 6-7: 45 a.m. and 4-7: 45 p.m., Sat. + Sun .: 9:00 – 14:45
  • Rathaus (Pfarrgasse 11, 2nd courtyard): Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00 to 13:00. and 17:00 to 19:00, registration information will follow.
  • Spa pharmacy , Tel. 0800-220 330
  • Marien-Apotheke , Tel. +43 (0) 6132 26 929
  • Esplanande pharmacy : +43 (0) 06132 234270
  • Registration for free testing at:
    Telephone: 0800-220 330 ( 7 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • You will receive the test result after approx. 25-30 minutes.
    Without registration, there may be waiting times.
  • Contact
    Trinkhalle Bad Ischl
    Corona Test Station

    Auböckplatz 5
    4820 Bad Ischl
    Phone: +43 (0) 732-7720-0
    Impfhotline: 0800-555 621
  • Trinkhalle Bad IschL
    Corona Test Station
    Test times

    From 08.06.2021
    Monday - Saturday
    08:00 - 17:00 hrs.
    Sunday and Holiday closed.
  • Subject to changes!

Please note

Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time.
We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.

Your editorial team.

A brief explanation of the green pass

Entry into Austria is only permitted to those who have been vaccinated against Corona, have recovered or have tested negative. They then have access to gastronomy, tourism or sports. A green passport should support this ... This document, which is issued digitally, is a QR code. This is stored on your smartphone phone. The pass is used to store data such as proof of a corona vaccination, evidence of a negative test or whether someone is considered recovered. If you don't have a smartphone, you can also print out the pass. Austria wants to offer and introduce the green pass from June.

What do I need for Cable Cars & Co.?

Proof of being tested, vaccinated or recovered, applies in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut to the following excursion destinations and cable cars, among others:

  • Funicular to the Skywalk in Hallstatt
  • Archaeological excavations Sports shop Janu
  • Salzkammergut Hand.Werk.Haus in Bad Goisern
  • Hallstatt ossuary
  • Hallstatt World Heritage Museum
  • Gosaukammbahn to the Zwieselalm
  • Hallstatt Salt Mine
  • Cave worlds Dachstein Krippenstein
  • Dachstein Krippenstein
  • Cable car to the summit and the Five Fingers
    Koppenbrüller cave
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Accommodation booking options


If you have any questions on these topics, please contact the staff at Tourism Information.

Please note

Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time.
We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.

Your editorial team.


Sights at a Glance

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.

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.

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.

Experiences for the Whole Family

Advanture park ”Primeval Forest” in Gosau

Giant insects, Pterosaurs, mammoths and many other prehistoric animals await you in the family adventure park - a unique experience for young explorers!

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.

Family events

The Nature and Mountain Adventure World offers many exciting adventures with plenty of things to explore and lots of exercise. And the kids will not be the only ones standing in awe at the Adventure World of Koppenbrüller Cave.

Special Moments

Guided hike 'Kasraos' on the Zwieselalm in Gosau

The walk to the Zwieselalm starts with magnificent views of the Dachstein peak and the surrounding mountains. From here, it’s on to the traditional Rottenhofhütte. Here different cheeses are made in summer

“Yodeller” brass music in the Gosau Valley

The small Kalvarienberg (Mount Calvary) Church in Gosau provides a stunning background to this musical event—a melodious holiday occasion with exceptional panorama views. It promises to be a unique local experience that you’ll never forget!

Counting sheep in Gosau

Experience an unforgettable day on the Iglmoosalm in Gosau! Drive up on the slow train, experience sheep mustering, delicious Alm delicacies and a musical program on the last Saturday in September.

Everything for Mountain Fanatics


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.

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!

Breakfast in an Alpine hut

Enjoy a special kind of breakfast. Take a seat and breathe in the early morning fresh air. Surrounded by pure alpine life, accompanied by the gentle ringing of cowbells, hereyou will find the ideal conditions to start your day

Hike with musical entertainment

The Zwieselalm offers all friends of folk music a musical highlight: all five participating lodges will be putting on live music all day.


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.

Canyoning around Lake Gosau

Der Abenteuer- und Funfaktor beim Canyoning ist beeindruckend hoch und die Abwechslung ist riesig. Abseilen, Sprünge ins Wasserbecken, auf Wasser geformten Rutschbahnen gleiten und wandern durch eine beeindruckende Natur.

Rock Climbing

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.

Everything About World Heritage

History & World Heritage

Since living memory it was the salt which provided the wealth for the Inner Salzkammergut. The salt is the basis for the typical ancient customs and interesting cultural peculiarities.

School Project Week in the World Heritage region

School trips usually require a lot of organisation: lengthy phone calls, complicated price tarifs... When you book with us, however, this is not the case. Everything is organised all in one go!

Heritage Museum - A journey through time!

Discover your own personal Hallstatt period on a journey through history - from the Stone Age to the present day in the World Heritage Museum Hallstatt. History does not get any more exciting - come with us!

Service & Information

Salzkammergut Experience Ticket

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 information Gosau

nformative 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 Salzkammergut-region.

News from the World Heritage

Here you will find information for hikers, train travelers, motorists and much more. In addition to the following latest news, we will keep you up to date via our Twitter channel.

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.

Vacations in the Snow – A Winter Preview

Dachstein West ski region: Gosau

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 Week 2020

Mid-January people will look up to the skies for a very different reason 30 to 40 brightly coloured hot air balloons will take to the skies, creating a magnificent display against a backdrop of snow laden trees and stunning mountain scenery.

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