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.