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Enjoy Salzkammergut in the winter

Winter activities off-piste and off the beaten track

A horse-drawn sleigh ride in Gosau
A horse-drawn sleigh ride in the Gosau valley ©Christian Pfandl

The most beautiful aspects of winter can be enjoyed in many different ways in the wonderful mountains of the Gosau valley. Enjoy sun and snow as far as the eye can see with your family or as a couple, be it sedately with a horse-drawn sleigh ride or actively with ice skating. Alongside skiing, off-piste activities provide fun and variety on your winter holiday.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides

Gliding through the Gosau valley's snowy landscape in a horse-drawn sleigh awakens almost nostalgic feelings. Several providers will be happy to take you on a romantic ride in the fresh winter air in Gosau. Listen to the horses' soothing snorting and the little bells while you watch the Gosau valley's scenery passing by wrapped up in a blanket. We at Hotel Sommerhof will be happy to put you in touch with one of the businesses and organise your horse-drawn sleight ride for you.


It's not just the locals who can compete with curling, guests are also welcome to have a go. The traditional winter sport is practised on specially created lanes, for example you will find the opportunity for curling right next to Hotel Sommerhof (depending on the weather). All you need to get started is a few players, a curling stone for each person and a stave (material is available at Hotel Sommerhof).

Ice Skating Bad Ischl
Ice Skating Bad Ischl ©Daniel Leitner Photographie

Ice skating

Adults are happy to become kids again when ice skating. There is an outdoor ice rink available for a fun excursion onto the ice in Bad Goisern (approx. 19 km) and in Obertraun (approx. 20 km), there is also the Kaisereis outdoor rink in Bad Ischl (approx. 27 km). Spin round a few laps on blades surrounded by the stunning winter scenery – great recreational fun for all ages in winter time and time again.

Tobogganing and sledging

Who doesn't enjoy whizzing down into the valley fast on a toboggan or sledge? You can experience a traditional tobogganing on the 1,300 metre long toboggan run in Hintertal that is floodlit at night. You can hire toboggans from the Gosau tourist office.

A family winter holiday at Hotel Sommerhof

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the snowy outdoors during your winter holiday in the world heritage site of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. You are welcome to obtain information about the snow conditions and detailed advice for your activities from us at Hotel Sommerhof. Contact us and send us a no-obligation enquiry!