© Panoramic view of the Dachstein Salzkammergut (photo: Sven Posch / www.viewnect.com)
Panoramic view of the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut (photo: Sven Posch / www.viewnect.com)

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Place of Happiness Gritstone Quarries

Gosau, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • pets allowed
  • Suitable for groups

Valuable grindstone has been mined in Gosau for the past four centuries. Grindstone quarrying was an important source of income for the people of Gosau for around 400 years. Operations ceased in 1969. In 1989, however, ambitious local people who had inherited the right to mine in Gosau established a new company and began mining once again.

The millions of years old grindstones

Around 80 million years ago, fine particle, fossil-free sandstone formed a corrie in the cretaceous sea under which Gosau at Dachstein was situated at that time. As a result, high-quality sandstone was formed and mined for over 400 years. Most importantly, it was used to sharpen scythes and wood-working tools.

In spring each year, a layer of marl was removed. The marl protected the stone against snow and weathering. With the help of special tools, the shape of the grindstone was drawn and was subsequently chiseled out with a pick hammer. In winter the workers would transport the stone on huge sledges down to the valley. Lathes were then used to form the stone into the desired shape. The stone is still being mined today on a part time basis.This valuable grindstone is used for small machines.

For information on the sale of the gritstone please contact:
Siglinde Fasl (Badstumer) +43 664 354 77 22


Experience a 360° panorama tour through Gosau valley…

The Gritstone Quarries are accessible from June to October.

  • Can only be viewed from outside

Elevation

1300 m

Accessibility / arrival

You can reach the Gritstone Quarries with the Gosauer land train or by feet at the way nr. 644 which starts near the inn Gosauschmied.

by car

from Salzburg:
Motorway exit Golling via B162 Abtenau and B166 to Gosau

from Linz:
Motorway exit Regau on Salzkammergut street B145 towards Gmunden and Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern, in Bad Goisern turn right onto B166, at the Gosaumühle junction turn right towards Gosau

from Vienna/Graz:
Motorway exit Liezen on the B320, in Trautenfels turn on Salzkammergut street B145 to Bad Aussee, turn on Koppen street through Obertraun and Hallstatt, at the Gosaumühle junction turn left towards Gosau

from Villach:
Tauern motorway to exit “Eben im Pongau”, via the B166 Pass Gschütt federal road to Gosau
 
by train
Attnang-Puchheim - Steinach-Irdning lines
Arrival by train in "Steeg / Gosau" then continue with bus 542 in the direction Gosausee
 
By bus
Bus 470 (Abtenau - Gosau) direction Gosau, stop Gosau Abzw. Pass Gschütt
Bus 542 (Bad Ischl - Gosausee) direction Gosausee, stops Haltestelle: Gosau Klaushof, Gosau Bärnausiedlung, Gosau  Ressenbachweg, Gosau Vordertal B166, Gosau Ramsau B166, Gosau, Gemeindeamt, Abzw. Pass Gschütt, Hauptstraße, Gosau Wirtsweg, Gosau Leitenweg, Gosau Schüttmannweg, Mittertal b. Gosau Ort, Mittertal, Hornspitzlift, Hintertal b. Gosau Falmbach, Hintertal b. Gosau Mühlradl, Hintertal b. Gosau Ort, Hintertal b. Gosau Madlgasse, Hintertal b. Gosau Schmiedweg, Hintertal b. Gosau Freilichtmuseum,Hintertal b. Gosau Zwieselalmbahn (Panoramajet), Hintertal b. Gosau Gosaukammbahn
 
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
  • Parking space: 10
Parking fees

no parking fees

Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
    Food and drink available

    Badstuben hut

    Service
      Guided tour

      For a guided tour reservation is needed.

      • Suitable for groups
      • Suitable for schools
      • Suitable for kids (6 - 14 Year)
      • Pets allowed
      • Suitable for seniors
      • Suitable for single travelers
      • Suitable for friends
      • Suitable for couples
      • Suitable for children
      Season
      • Summer
      • Autumn

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      Contact


      Place of Happiness Gritstone Quarries
      Gosauseestraße 5
      4824 Gosau

      Phone +43 5 95095 - 20
      Fax machine +43 5 95095 - 74
      E-Mailgosau@dachstein-salzkammergut.at
      Webwww.dachstein-salzkammergut.at
      http://www.dachstein-salzkammergut.at

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      Tourismusverband Dachstein Salzkammergut
      Gosauseestraße 5
      4824 Gosau

      Phone +43 5 95095 - 20
      Fax machine +43 5 95095 - 74
      E-Mailgosau@dachstein-salzkammergut.at
      Webwww.dachstein-salzkammergut.at

      Legal contact information

      Gemeinde Gosau
      Gemeinde Gosau
      Vordertalstraße 30
      AT-4824 Gosau
      gemeinde@gosau.ooe.gv.at
      https://www.gosau.ooe.gv.at/
      UID: ATU23414204

      We speak the following languages

      German

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