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Summer in Salzkammergut

Discover summer activities in Salzkammergut

Water sports - Hiking - Cycling - Archery - Tennis

There are more than 70 lakes to discover in the Salzkammergut: in the valley and on the mountain. With perfect drinking water quality, they invite you to swim, snorkel, dive and relax. Numerous water sports activities are on offer for adventurous days. You can cool off not only in the numerous lakes and bodies of water, but also in the mountains, which can be explored on foot, by bike or by cable car. In the forest, you can find peace and quiet while archery on the 3D course. You can work off your energy playing tennis in the Dachsteinhalle next to the hotel.

Sports Activities

on the mountain, in the forest, at the sports field

There is also plenty to discover away from the lakes in spring, summer and fall. Explore the mountains by mountain biking, the forests by cycling, walking and archery or work off your energy on the numerous tennis courts nearby. Especially for Vitalhotel Gosau hotel guests, the first hour of tennis in the associated Dachsteinhalle is free of charge. E-bikes and Nordic walking poles are also available for hire at reception.  


Discover our bike paradise directly from the Vitalhotel: Over 200 km of approved forest roads, transformed into an 800 km network of tours for mountain and gravel bikers: from legendary Dachstein tours to leisurely tours along the lakes and through forests. 
E-bikes and cycling maps are available at the reception.


Find your happy places in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut. From leisurely walks around Lake Gosau or along Lake Hallstatt, to summit conquests on the surrounding mountains - over 300 hiking trails await you here. Tour recommendations and Nordic walking poles are available at reception!


Enjoy archery in the great outdoors: train at the shooting range in the garden of the Vitalhotel Gosau and explore the exciting 3D archery courses in Bad Goisern or Zloam. These are only 15 and 40 minutes away by car respectively. In Bad Goisern you can get advice in the specialist store for archery equipment.


At the Vitalhotel Gosau you can work off your energy in the indoor tennis hall: the first hour of tennis including equipment is free for guests. Alternatively, you can use the outdoor tennis courts in Gosau right next to the hotel. You will find further opportunities to play in Bad Goisern (15 min.) or Obertraun (20 min. drive).

Water Activities

on & in the water

More than 70 lakes and bodies of water, waterfalls and streams in the Salzkammergut provide the perfect way to cool off in summer. Leisurely swimming days, exciting snorkeling and diving trips or adventurous water sports activities await you.


Lake Gosau, Lake Hallstatt, Lake Grundlsee, Lake Altaussee, Lake Wolfgangsee and Lake Attersee are all just a few minutes' drive from Gosau. Find your favorite swimming spot at the numerous crystal-clear lakes.

Water Sports

Stand-up paddling, water skiing, rafting, canyoning, canoeing, a boat tour or simply renting a boat and exploring the lake in comfort - the Salzkammergut lakes offer everything for fun in the water.


Sport and fly fishing in the midst of breathtaking mountain scenery from May to October: the crystal-clear waters contain extensive stocks of native fish such as whitefish, char, trout and pike.


An abundance of fish, crystal-clear water and visibility of up to 20 m make diving in the Salzkammergut an unforgettable experience. Discover the underwater world of Lake Gosau, for example.

… where summer has so many facets

Gosau is a natural jewel in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region that no hiker, biker or winter sports enthusiast should miss. All year round, head out into an enchanting mountain and lake landscape. Move around, breathe deeply, recharge your batteries: mountain biking, gravel biking or enjoying the hiking trails, stopping off at huts and alpine pastures, experiencing Lake Hallstatt and Lake Gosau - this is how active holidaymakers imagine their days off. Relaxation is the order of the day in the vitality oasis, the massage institute and the lovingly designed hotel garden. The tennis hall and the Technogym fitness studio provide an extra dose of sport.

The Vitalhotel Gosau is not only called Vitalhotel, but also an ideal place to get body and soul going. In summer, over 300 signposted hiking trails lure you out to meadows and alpine pastures, to mountain peaks, waterfalls and mountain lakes. Excellent via ferratas for every level at the Gosau reservoir and numerous mountain bike trails inspire mountain lovers. E-bikes can be rented directly at the hotel. An excursion to the famous Gosau grindstone quarries or to the primeval forest is enjoyed by the whole family. The proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hallstatt and the Cultural Capital 2024 Bad Ischl provides cultural variety in the holiday programme. The festival city of Salzburg is within easy reach. The Gosau fishing pond, within walking distance, as well as four golf courses within a 50-minute drive round off an active leisure programme.