Kayaking and Canoeing on Lake Hallstatt in Austria - © Outdoor Leadership

Kayaking and Canoeing

Each paddle stroke offers a new perspective

Ahead the bow waves lap, left and right gargle the swirls that were set by the paddle in the water. The eyes wander from the towering 2000m high Krippenstein to the mighty Sarstein, and all gloomy thoughts sink into the crystal clear water. Numerous bathing area, such as the one in Untersee (Bad Goisern), the tranquil bathing island in Hallstatt or the leisure centre in Obertraun invite you to take a spring into the cool waters.

Hikers snug “Seeraunzn“

© OÖTourismus/Erber | Restaurants & Ausflugslokale in der UNESCO Welterberegion Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut: Seeraunzn am Ostuferwanderweg des Hallstättersees.


Wed, Jun. 3, 2020 09:00 — 12:30 Gosaumühle Parkplatz,

On Lake Hallstatt there is an almost endless variety of impressions, which are accessible from a kayak: Practically from any point, the emerald green mountain lake looks different. This is due to on one hand the numerous bays and the mountain scenery, and on the other to the numerous large and small streams that feed the lake crystal clear waters.

But also on the eastern shore of the fjord-like lake you will always find excellent small places and corners to “set anchor”: for example, the “Goiserer Platzl”. Whoever wishes to make a stop here can let their culinary pleasures run free in the adjacent restaurant destination "Seeraunzn".

A day in a kayak on Lake Hallstatt does not cost much, but it brings a lot of fun and impressive experiences, from dreamlike mountain and landscape panoramas to encounters with water birds of all kinds. With a little luck you can even see the odd fish jump right in front of your bow!

How do storm warning beacons work?

Whether you’re out in a rental boat from one of the numerous rental agencies on Lake Hallstatt or underway in your own vessel, there is always a potential for storms or high waves on the lake. Storm warning beacons call attention to the weather conditions in the area. The storm warning beacons (an orange, blinking spotlight) are positioned in the north and south so that at least one signal is visual from any point on the lake. In this manner, water enthusiasts can be immediately warned in the event of strong winds or storms. You should be aware of and heed the respective signals. A quickly rotating light signifies an approaching storm. You should leave the water immediately! A slowly rotating light means that a storm can arise at some point in the near future. You may remain on the water but stay close to shore. Should you find yourself in a dangerous situation, call the emergency number 130. Your boat rental agency is available to answer additional questions. We hope you have a memorable and safe outing on Lake Hallstatt. 

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