Start the day travelling through the famous Salzkammergut (Lake area) to Hallstatt known as the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut, passing many local villages on route which introduce you to the local area. On arrival in Hallstatt it is hard to know where to start, perhaps with a mountain train ride up to the entrance of the World’s Oldest Saltmines, from here a great view down onto Hallstatt, giving you both a magnificent view and helping you understand how Hallstatt started life.
Take a leisurely lakeside walk seeing how the houses above you cling onto the mountainside ,pass by the Mullbach waterfall which allowed Hallstatt somewhere to grow. A visit to the local museum is also interesting as it was finds in this area that led to the naming of the years between 800 BC – 400 BC as the Hallstatt period, a term now used worldwide. A must see place includes the ‘Bone house’ behind the Catholic church, proving an interesting view into local family life.
We then travel back via Abtenau and Russbach to Gosau, where the Gosau lake is located. This lake is famous for it's beatiful view onto the Dachtsein Mountain Area.