Place of happiness: Hiking through Gosau upland moor - © OÖ.Tourismus/Röbl

Places of happiness: Löckernmoos & Wildfrauenloch in Gosau

Relaxation in the upland moor

This name originated from a legend – for it is said that on “Vorderen Grubalm” there once lived wild (‘wild’ is here to be understood as ‘shy’) virgins in a crevice - the so-called "Wildfrauenloch " (wild woman hole). Here is where they hung their clothes out to dry in the sun. At harvest time, they came down to the valley to help the farmers with their work. In fact, the whole of the Löckernmoos, with the small Löckernsee lake in its romantic location at around 1,400m above sea level, in the middle of an upland moor, could be referred to as a place of happiness in Gosau.

Absolute solitude and silence characterize this meditation place. Lie down, open your eyes and watch the clouds in the sky. Listen to the birds, the gentle breeze and feel the power of the millennia-old moor beneath you. Sink deep into the cushions of moss and get one with nature. The spiritual site Löckersee is located on the 10,000 years old Löckermoos moor above the ‘Schleifsteinbrüche’ (grindstone quarries) in Gosau, amid mountain pines and heather bushes.

Heavenly Perspective

Lace up your hiking boots, load up your backpack and hit the trail! Enjoy gorgeous natural surroundings, charming architecture and friendly people as you wander down idyllic lanes and paths. The daily grind gets left behind and your head becomes as clear as the air in the high alpine landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Along the well-marked paths, you will find the ideal conditions for escaping the monotony of everyday life. Whether you’re a passionate mountain hiker or a nature enthusiast, traveling alone or with the entire family, you’ll enjoy scaling our regional peaks. In our comprehensive route planner, you’ll discover a variety of suggestions for creating your ideal hike. You can pick up a detailed hiking map at one of the four tourist offices of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region. Each map describes favourite routes for exploring Hallstatt, Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. We hope you’ll have a wonderful time discovering the wonders between our mountains and lakes!

Tips: Hiking in autumn

Autumn is here! Hooray! The most beautiful hiking season of the year! However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when hiking, especially at this time of year.

  • Plan tours properly.
  • Start early. Especially for high alpine hikes.
  • Attention: It gets dark early!
  • If you are staying overnight in a hut, register in good time by telephone.
  • Do not miss the last cable car ride down the mountain when on mountain tours.
  • Information on the current operating times of the cable cars in connection with a hike can be found below under "Information at a Glance".
  • Check snow conditions. Because at this time of the year the first snow can already fall in the high mountains.
  • We have summarised further important safety tips below.
  • We wish you an unforgettable hiking autumn in the Salzkammergut.

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Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

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