The dachstein, reflecting in the lake and therefore looking even more impressive, the Gosaukamm, which towers above and snow on the mountain tops all year long – that’s how i would describe the lake in Gosau (Gosausee)
Last summer a friend of mine was asking me if i’d like to go for a climb at the Gosausee, which lies a 1 1/2 hour drive from my hometown in the mountains. After arriving there, i was deeply impressed by the beauty of nature finding there and so i decided to go there with a friend of mine coming over from hungary last weekend. Going there in winter is absolutely worth it, all the snow is turning the lake to a stunning winterwonderland with reflections of the mountains in the not-iced parts of the lake.
Actually there are 2 lakes called Gosausee (vorderer und hinterer – front and back), but i’ve only been to the first one. There’s also a very small lake called “Gosaulacke” between the two lakes, which is only filled with water in spring.
Experiencing the Gosaulakes
In the summertime the area is very beautiful with all the green colors, some nice weather and a bit of snow on the mountain tops. You can talk a walk around the lake (i think it’s around 1 hour), or going up the mountain by gondola and enjoying the view from above.
Last weekend (end of march) the snow isn’t gone yet, because the lake lies around 900m above the sealevel. The lake also didn’t have that much water like in summer, but it will be filling up when the snow starts melting.
Climbing at the Gosausee
I’ve been there twice for climbing on a via ferrata, once we’ve been doing the “Laserer-Alpin-Klettersteig”, which is located above the lake and it is not that difficult. In case you want to do that, you should be free from giddiness, because it’s a weird feeling, only seeing the dark lake underneath you. If you’re really interested in the sporty thing in climbing, you should go there very early (at around 7?) – the day we were doing that climb, it was filled with a huge amount of people when we were coming down at around 9 and there are families and untrained climbers doing that via ferrata there as well.
The second via ferrata wasn’t impressing me that much – it was actually the most boring one i ever did, because you have to walk through some bushes and it’s not that much of climbing. The view is fantastic, though, specially at the mountain top.
Hiking at the Gosaukamm
I’ve never been in this area for hiking, but when we were going down the mountain after our climb up the Gosaukamm we met a lot of hikers and i think it is worth it – the view is fantastic. If you want to go for a hike at the Gosaukamm, take good shoes with you, because the way is full with small stones where you might fall easily, if you’re not wearing proper shoes.
I would prefer travelling there by car (i’m not sure if there’s a bus going up there). Coming from the highway from direction Linz, you get off the highway at Regau, driving along the Traunsee to the Hallstättersee, where you’ll have to turn right to go to Gosau. The lake is some kilometres from Gosau to the mountains, but you can’t miss it – there’s only one street and it’s signposted everywhere.
Have you ever been to Upper Austria or to the area around the Dachstein? Are you a climber, walker or do you prefer to just enjoy the stunning nature? Comment below :) If you have any questions or need help planning a trip to the Gosausee, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.