From the Gosau-Hintertal to the Hinterer Gosausee (2 ½ hours)
From the Gosauschmied inn in Gosau-Hintertal, hike on the signposted panoramic trail to Gosausee into the valley until the Urzeitpark, then continue along a sidewalk along the road until you can branch off to the right from a parking spot. Now it goes on a beautiful trail on many steps directly up to the Vorderen Gosausee (937 m). From there you have the famous view of the Dachstein mountain, Mitterspitz and Torstein with the Gosaugletschern.
Continue on either left on a forest road or right over a trail to the end of the lake. There, continue flat past the Niedere Holzmeisteralm and a hunting lodge, where you can see the small Gosaulacke on the right. As a result, the broad trail gradually increases and you get to the magnificent Hinterer Gosausee, which is located at 1160 m. Near the ascent there is the mostly managed Hohe Holzmeisteralm, which invites you.
From the Hinterer Gosausee to the Adamekhütte (3 ½ hours)
On the south bank of the Hinterer Gosausees begins the rather shallow former Reitsteig (dates back to the Imperial aera), which overcomes the very steep rocky flank in many bends. You pass the remains of the former coarse stone hut, where the terrain becomes flatter and you come to the High Riedel, where the marked trail to the Simonyhütte branches off to the left. Now it is not far to the already visible from afar Adamekhütte, which towers at 2196 m. This belongs to the Alpine Association Austria.
Many prominent figures have explored this region: nobles like Archduke Johann and Empress Elisabeth, scientists such as Friedrich Simony, poets and authors like Nikolaus Lenau, painters like Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, musicians and composers such as Johannes Brahms. Did they ever think that hiking in the Salzkammergut might have no end? That they could tramp from one lake to the next and then onward to yet another? Day by day along the shores of crystal-clear waters? Week-long excursions through quiet valley forests, over sunny alpine meadows and up mountains fuelled by the anticipation of the next destination? Further information…
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!