What should we do today?
From Krippenstein to Hallstatt: holiday excursions for the whole family
Pippi Longstocking sang "What should I do today?!" in her cartoon series - and each time she experienced a new adventure. The same will happen to you on a summer family holiday near Hallsatt in Upper Austria. The Gosau Valley and its alpine surroundings offer so many excursion destinations that they could fill an entire travel guide. We present some of the most exciting and worth experiencing here.
Dive in, everyone!
Lake Gosausee is a real natural spectacle and the ultimate photo hotspot. A walk around the glittering Gosausee is a MUST. Those who visit the lake can also wonderfully combine the detour with a trip up the mountain with the Gosaukamm cable car and a (pram) hike to the Zwieselalm.
The World Heritage Site
When does a place deserve the title of "UNESCO World Heritage Site"? For example, when it is called Hallstatt and is bursting with cultural treats. Stroll along the houses close to the rock, float across the turquoise-blue Hallstatt Lake in a boat, stop at the market square or visit the legendary ossuary. Hallstatt is only 15 minutes by car from our hotel!
Thrilling journey through time
Take the Salzberg cable car up and the slide back down, and you'll travel back 7,000 years: to the time of tunnels and galleries, miners and white gold. Hallstatt is home to the oldest salt mine in the world with salt lakes, VR room and many other highlights for all the family. A must on your holiday in Gosau!
So close to heaven...
What is it like to be face to face with the mountains, to get a little closer to the sky and to float above a sparkling blue lake? You can find out on the Skywalk Hallstatt. It is part of the Salzwelten and offers breathtaking views of the World Heritage site.
A mountain that literally has it all! Two mysterious caves are waiting to be explored on the Krippenstein: the ice cave with its bizarre formations and the gigantic Mammut cave. Back out in the fresh air, the spectacular high plateau of the Dachstein Glacier and a marvellous view to the Lake Hallstatt awaits you.
Be an emperor for a day
Who wouldn't want to stroll through Sisi's Kaiserpark and feel like royalty at her summer residence? In Bad Ischl you can crown your royal excursion with a carriage ride and a stroll through the town or enjoy sweet delicacies at the Konditorei Zauner confectionery. If you wish, the Katrin cable car will take you up to the alpine pasture with the same name, from where even the youngest can manage a summit climb.
At Lake Wolfgangsee or also at Lake Fuschlsee, things get adventurous. If you don't want to dive straight in yourself, you can do a round of tyres or try your hand at waterskiing. Off into the blue!
You'd like to be on top?
So you should visit lake Wolfgang with its stunning mountain Schafberg. By ship you will explore the three famous towns St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang and Strobl and at least you take the funicular Schafbergbahn to be on top of the region and enjoy the 7 lakes view.
Onwards and upwards!
It has never been so nice to lose the ground beneath your feet... On the treetop path in Gmunden you walk high above the forest floor towards the highest point of the observation tower. It rises some 39 metres into the air and offers unique views of Lake Traunsee and Gmunden.
On your mark, get set, go!
Tobogganing in summer? Why not? Abtenau’s summer toboggan run lets you speed down the track on the Karkogel mountain from May until October. Leave your car at the free car park at the valley station of the Karkogel cable car. The comfortable gondola will take you in just a few minutes right up to the start of the toboggan track, where aerodynamic yellow summer toboggans await brave riders!
Events in the region
From the daffodil festival in Ausseerland to the Corpus Christi procession at Lake Hallstatt and the Kaiserfest in Bad Ischl: The Salzkammergut always has an event ace up its sleeve. Around the year, tradition is lived and shared in the region. Alpine pastures, Alpine Advent or the Glöcklerlauf? The choice is yours!