Gosau is a natural gem in the heart of the Dachstein Salzkammergut. Gosau at Dachstein is a place like no other, stretching as it does over more than 14 kilometres as far as the Gosau Lakes. From here there are stunning views of the Dachstein glacier. Gosau is the perfect destination for those who love the mountains, for cyclists and families, and those who love to get close to nature. In summer, just as in winter, visitors can soon be high in the mountains or on one of the extensive high mountain pastures. Down in the valley you will come across many, many picture-perfect houses, hotels and inns. Above all, there is a strong sense of space and lots of fresh air. Perfect for relaxation or fun in the great outdoors.
- Gosau am Dachstein has a population of 2266. Their homes are spread along the 14 km long valley which covers a total area of 113 square kilometres.
- Facilities include cable car stations in summer and in winter too. The Gosau Land Train operates in summer.
- Time-honoured traditions remain a way of life and include sheep gathering, driving the cattle down from the high mountain pastures and “Hoizfian”- horses pulling carriage loads of wood for the winter.
- 71% of the population are Protestants. Gosau am Dachstein has a very interesting religious history which has included numerous protests and other noteworthy events.
In the past
- The discovery of fossils, to this day, is evidence that 250 million years ago, Gosau lay at the bottom of the sea. 25000 years ago, the valley was covered by huge glaciers.
- Gosau got its name back in the year 1231. Parts of Gosau are today recognised as World Natural and World cultural Heritage sites
- Gosau is part of Upper Austria’s largest ski resort - the Dachstein West
- Throughout the Gosau Balloon Week, the sky is full of hot air balloons
Tip for Gosau visitors
An easy hike along the Gosausee offers incomparably beautiful views of the Dachstein and the surrounding mountains.