© Family hike to the Lake Koppenwinkl (photo: RudiKainPhotografie)
© Family hike to the Lake Koppenwinkl (photo: RudiKainPhotografie)
The easy hike to the Lake Koppenwinkl is perfec for families and also suited for pushchairs. (photo: RudiKainPhotografie)

Family vacation
Enjoy time together


Whoo-hoo... I can't wait to go on holiday with my mum, dad and brother Klaus. How much I am looking forward to it! My family and I have visited the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut many times and we already know the area pretty well. But you know what? Each time we experience new adventures. It's so exciting!

An because Maria and her family know the places Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt, Hallstatt, Obertraun and Gosau at Dachstein so well, here are her holiday tips for you and your family. Maybe Maria will inspire you to explore the region yourself and ahve a great time together.

Summer holidays with the family


Klaus and I like hiking a lot. You see so much. Mom and Dad always tell us stories about the animals we see. And when we are finished with the hike, we can order a "Kaiserschmarrn" at the hut together. Sooo delicious!


Where can I rent hiking equipment for children?


In the tourist office in Gosau at Dachstein you will find the Best of Wandern Testcenter, where you can rent hiking boots, walking sticks, snowshoes, etc... for adults.

Especially for toddlers there are also child carriers available.

Children's carriages can also be borrowed free of charge from the mountain station of the Gosaukamm cable car.

So nothing keeps you from hiking with your family!




© Baby carrier in Gosau at the Best of Wandern test center (photo: Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut)
In the tourist office in Gosau you can find the "Best of Wander" test centre, where you can borrow baby carriages. (photo: Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut)
© Family hike (Photo: RudiKainPhotografie)
Family hike on Lake Koppenwinkl (Photo: RudiKainPhotografie)

Water fun

Mom and Dad have made a list so that they won't forget anything when we go swimming to Lake Hallstatt, Lake Gosau or the outdoor  swimming pools in the region. They also always say that these are almost the only lakes to which you still have free access - even to the beach resorts. That's cool, because there are slides and climbing towers in the lidoes and sometimes you can rent boats.

Here is a "bath packing list" of mum and dad (the swimming diapers are for Klaus, not for me):

  • swim trunks, bikini, swimsuit (at least 2 per child), swimming nappies, bathing shoes, swim wings, swimming goggles or diving goggles.
  • towels, picnic blanket
  • water toys: swimming noodles, swimming tyres, diving ring
  • for sensitive children: nose clamp or earplug
  • sun cream (high factor!), insect spray, parasol
  • drinks and snacks
  • possibly toys for the break from swimming
The small and the large feel at home here.
Accomodations for you and your family

Winter holidays with the family


Wuhuuu....it'll be fun again. In winter we always go on holiday for one week.  In Gosau, Dachstein West, there are so many lifts and also a separated slope only for kids called the "Freyland". There I also learned to ski. Klaus tries it this year in Obertraun, at the "Krippipark" at Dachstein Krippenstein. There we will sleep for the first time in a hut. I'm so looking forward to build a snowman!

And we always go tobogganing! The last time I went with dad, Klaus with mom. Of course dad and I were faster. Mom always brakes so much. This year dad and I also try cross-country skiing.


© Build a snow man in our Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut
Our ski resorts offer a lot for families: easy runs, ski schools, children's park


I love horses! That's why we always take a sleigh ride. Klaus and I always have to put on a lot of clothes so that we are not cold. But the horse-drawn sleigh man always gives us a blanket which is so warm. Mom and Dad are always amazed how beautiful the winter landscape is in the Dachstein Salzkammergut.