The Welterbespirale on the Dachstein Krippenstein at sunset (Photo: Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut)

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Best of Wandern: Hiking holiday - equipment included

From hiking backpacks and rain jackets to hiking boots, you can test hiking equipment free of charge at the "Best of Wandern" test centre in Gosau at Dachstein.

Come by and try it out!

"Best of Wandern" is an association of 11 hiking regions in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, which offer hiking pleasure far away from mass tourism and hectic pace. For more than 13 years, the experience cooperation has been inspiring hikers throughout Europe. The special thing: In the test centres of the partner regions you can rent equipment from leading outdoor manufacturers for free and try it out on your tours.

You want to go hiking, but don't have the right shoes? Your rain jacket is leaking and you want to test some new models before buying them? Have you always wanted to know how it works with trekking poles? And which backpack fits you best?


The "Best of Wandern" test center in Gosau at Dachstein

In the "Best of Wandern" test center Dachstein Salzkammergut in the tourist office in Gosau at Dachstein you can easily try out and borrow free of charge all kinds of hiking equipment. Pick it up in the morning, drop it off again in the evening - and in between take a nice day trip in the Dachstein Salzkammergut.

And if you are interested in one or the other rented item, you will find it at the regional sports retailers. Because in the test centre itself there is no sale of the equipment.

The following photo gallery can be navigated with the arrow keys (left, right).

Available for selection:

  • Hiking boots from SCARPA
  • Backpacks, child carriers and outdoor jackets from VAUDE
  • Outdoor binoculars from ZEISS
  • Trekking poles from BLACK DIAMOND
  • The stylish walking stick "chamois" of LEBENSHILFE DETMOLD
  • EUROSCHIRM trekking parachutes
  • TAHUNA/TEASI GPS devices
  • Snowshoes from TUBBS
  • Snowline studs
  • Outdoor skirt Warmini


It is recommended to make a reservation in advance by telephone to make sure, that, for example, the desired shoe size is not already taken on the day of the hike.

Contact & Service

Tourist information Gosau
Gosauseestraße 5
4824 Gosau at Dachstein

+43 5 95095-20
+43 5 95095-74


Don’t hesitate to contact the team of local guides at the tourist board Gosau - Mathias Stieger, Michael Quell and Evelyn Peham – for any questions about Gosau and the holiday area Dachstein Salzkammergut.

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