Gosausee

Gosausee

The Salzkammergut region had been high on priority list since I had helped my parents their Europe trip a few years back. So I set off for Gosausee. Took the bus to Bad Ischl(bought a weekly pass for 36EU), then took another one to Gosausee(12 EU for a return ticket), the total journey was a little more than 3 hours. The Bad Ischl to Gosausee journey was pretty interesting, and I wish I could have walked a little, there were rocky mountains all over, and a gushing river and plenty of waterfalls everywhere. And I was alone in the bus for most of the time!!

The first sight of the Gosausee was very impressive, although there were no snow peaks visible, the low clouds and fresh snowfall was breathtaking. The walk around the lake was invigorating, the forest was brilliant and the lake was clean and green. Had a quick lunch at the Gasthof Gosausee, a kaiserschmarrn and a really good tomato soup. Took the bus to the Gosau village, got down somewhere in between. I would suggest getting down near the brook, and making the long walk(maybe 5 km) towards the church, I regret missing the brook. The Gosau village was a showstopper, the meadows, houses, reindeer farms, all wet and washed by the rain is definitely among favorite experiences. And right when I reached the church the church bells started ringing..now that was quite a moment!! And not a soul in sight. I wonder how beautiful the place would be when the sun shines. Gosau is pretty much the kind of place where I would like to stay for a weeks(and do nothing?). But then I had to bid farewell to this amazing place, a long journey back to Salzburg. Dinner I guess was again at the Cafe Costa, a pasta, which was kind of ok.

Gosau Village.

Gosau Village.

Close to the Gosausee

Close to the Gosausee

Gosausee

Gosausee

Gosausee

Gosausee

Gasthof Gosausee

Gasthof Gosausee

Gosau Village.

Gosau Village.

Gosau village.

Gosau village.

Reindeer farms at Gosau village.

Reindeer farms at Gosau village.

Gosau village.

Gosau village.

6 thoughts on “Gosausee

  1. Wow this looks like such a stunningly beautiful place and what a great visit you had there. We are in the process of planning 10 days each in Austria and Switzerland and I think we might have to add this to our itinerary. Thank you for sharing you wonderful experience.

  2. Hi Ashwin,

    I am planning to be at Salzburg for 5 nights and honestly seeing your post I thought of adding this place in our itinerary. I will be at Hallstatt one of the day and planning to be spend the 2nd half of the day now in Gosausee. I am trying to gather as much info possible from different site, but I guess its better to check with you regarding my doubts. I got the info as how to travel to Gosausee, my question is the how to reach the Gosau village, the picture you have put up. Also are you aware as when does the last bus leave from Gosausee. Many thanks

    • I think doing gosausee and Hallstatt in a day is a little difficult. Unless you stay in gosausee for the night which is a good idea. I think you’ll have to look up the timetable for the bus since it varies from weekdays to weekends.the gosau village is about 20 minutes before gosausee, you can get down when you see the church. And get a day pass for the bus so you can get on and off the bus.the walk from the village to the lake is a long but beautiful one, I would actually stay there.

  3. Hi Ashwin, thanks for your reply. I am not planning to visit the salt mine at Hallstatt. Mostly will reach by 10 am and post lunch leave. Do you still think it is not possible to include gosau. Please do give me your suggestion, I will replan the day accordingly. Thanks

    • You mean just the village? If yes, then it should be possible, but do have a look at the bus timings, and leave as early as possible from salzburg. But in any case, you aren’t getting enough time at either places. So I would recommend spending a day each, with halstatt you could combine dachstein caves as well. The views from the salt mine are good actually.

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