Glistening glaciers and snow capped mountain spires surround the impossibly idyllic village of Gosau. Reigning supreme at an exhilarating elevation of 700 metres, this picture of provincial perfection provides travellers with a snowy sanctuary in which to exercise and unwind. Boasting upper Austria’s largest ski resort and restaurants rich in authentic Austrian tradition, Gosau is a winter wonderland begging to be explored by outdoor sports enthusiasts.
The village’s most iconic natural landmark is undoubtedly the Dachstein Glacier, an inspiring icy ridge whose jagged edges create a scenic spectacle. Those seeking an adrenaline fuelled adventure will delight in the heart-pounding altitude of the Dachstein Skywalk, a sturdy steel bridge that protrudes out into the mountainous abyss. Courageous climbers can look down to enjoy a 250m-drop into the frozen void below.
Those seeking a more tranquil experience can venture to the shimmering shores of Lake Gosau; there is an otherworldly beauty to this wondrous water, whose mountainous surround and verdant shores provide a perfect place for relaxation. Take a traditional rowing boat out on the lake for a day to explore elusive crevices and rugged rocky outcrops.
Enjoy an authentic Austrian feast in one of the village’s most historical houses at the Gosauer Kierchenwirt; an ambient interior creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The delectable dishes are inspired by the bounteous produce from the surrounding scenery, the hearty portions of which are sure to satisfy after a long day on the slopes. (Gosau 2, Gosau 4824, Austria)