© Panorama of Gosau in Winter (Photo: www.360perspektiven.at)
Panorama of Gosau in Winter (Photo: www.360perspektiven.at)

Holiday Region
Dachstein Salzkammergut


Woodcutter museum

Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

The wood-cutters museum in Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt not only shows its visitors in the old so-called “Holzknechtstube” how the wood farmhands had lived and worked, it also explains the enormous importance of the raw material wood for the Salzkammergut.

The wood-cutters museum

An old Salzkammergut so-called “Holzknechtstube”, the “Dürrenholzstube”, was removed in the Weißenbachtal in 1977 and repositioned by the Bad Goisern hometown club in the Müllnerwäldchen of Bad Goisern, close to the city center. The building made of round wood in which the workers had their bed, the so-called "Grat", is now a museum.
It was furnished with old equipment and tools and illustrates with pictures and other objects the arduous and dangerous work as well as the deprived life of the wood farmhands, far away from romantic clichés.
However, the museum not only shows how the wood farmhands lived and worked, it also explains the enormous importance of the raw material wood for the Salzkammergut and shows the great role that forestry had and has for this region.
Until today events in the wood-cutters museum takes place for example to the "Goiserer Gamsjagatage". On these festive days, the famous “Holzknechtnocken” are prepared with love by the ladies of the traditional “Goldhauben” community. Then it smokes again like it did back then from the time-honored "Rauchkuchel".

The wood farmhands

Since the approach routes were far too long, the wood farmhands had to start walking to the high-altitude workplaces on Sunday afternoon. The wood farmhands lived and worked away from their family in the so-called “Holzknechtstuben” in the forest during the working week.
The spartan wood farmhands had their food supplies for the entire working week with them. This usually consisted of flour, lard and bacon. At the large open fireplaces, everyone cooked their own strong, high-calorie dishes such as “Holzknechtnocken” and other strong dishes from lard.

Learn more about the traditional food, the crafts and customs of the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Experience a 360° panorama tour through Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt…

June 1, 2023 till September 30, 2023
Thursday till Sunday - 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 a.m.

Closed from October to May
Special tours can be arranged by phone +43 6645513661.

  • by arrangement

Closing day
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday

504 m

Accessibility / arrival

The Bad Goisern woodcutter museum is located in the "Müllnerwäldchen" in the center of Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt near the outdoor pool and the park. The parking lot of the outdoor pool Bad Goisern can be used for parking.

by car
from Salzburg:
Exit Thalgau via federal road B158 towards Bad Ischl, in Bad Ischl drive onto Salzkammergut Street B145 towards Bad Goisern
from Linz:
Exit Regau via federal road Salzkammergut street B145 towards Gmunden and Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern
from Vienna/Graz:
Exit Liezen via federal road B320, in Trautenfels drive onto Salzkammergut street B145 towards Bad Goisern
from Villach:
Tauern motorway to exit "Eben im Pongau", via B166 Pass Gschütt federal road through Gosau, at the Gosaumühle junction turn towards Bad Goisern

by train
Attnang-Puchheim - Stainach-Irdning lines
stop train station Bad Goisern 

keep to the left - past the Parkbad Bad Goisern and then left again towards the Müllnerwald.
by bus
Bus 542 (Bad Ischl - Gosausee) - stop Bad Goisern Mitte/B145 
on foot in the direction of the Kurpark - over the bridge in the direction of the Müllnerwald.

Detailed information on the respective train and bus times can be found at https://www.oebb.at/en/ (train) and https://www.postbus.at/en (bus).

  • Parking space: 50
Parking fees

free of charge

Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
  • Toilet facility
  • Guided tour
General price information

Adults € 5.00
Children € 2.50

Payment methods
Other payment methods
Cash payment
Discounts (Age-related / Groups)
  • Groups
    from 6 persons
    Adults: € 3.00
    Children: € 2.00
Discounts (Memberships)
  • Salzkammergut Sommer-Card
    Price with SommerCard
    Adults € 4,00
    Children € 2,00
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Suitable for teenagers
  • Suitable for seniors
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Suitable for children
  • Summer

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Woodcutter museum
Auskeiweg 11
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Phone +43 6135 8961
mobile +43 664 5513661

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Mr Kustos Robert Zahler
Auskeiweg 11
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Phone +43 6135 8961
mobile +43 664 5513661

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Auskeiweg 11
AT-4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee


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