Events in winter

There’s a lot going on in winter!

When winter gradually sets in over the Salzkammergut at the end of November, it will be cosy at numerous events around the Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley. Even in winter there is a lot going on: World Heritage Advent, “Glöcklerläufe”, Gosau hot air balloon week, family events both on and off the slopes and much, much more. We have summarised below, the best events in the winter for you. We wish you a relaxing winter holiday in the Salzkammergut.

Event series in winter

Culinary events

Here you will find a list of the best culinary events around Lake Hallstatt. From ‘down to earth’ to sophisticated. An indulging holiday for all your senses

» Food & Drink around Lake Hallstatt

©OÖ.Tourismus/Erbe / Essen & Trinken in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

The Neuwildenstein Stately Home

Bad Goisern | Hand.Werk.Haus: Still not found any souvenirs from your vacation? Then why not take a look at Hand.Werk.Haus Goisern in the town's centre. Here you will find a large selection of unique handicrafts "Made in Salzkammergut" for all occasions.

» The Neuwildenstein Stately Home

World Heritage Advent in Austria

Around Lake Hallstatt: Be enchanted by the numerous events of the World Heritage Advent. Some of those events have attracted way beyond the region since many years. So just be enthralled by those highlights of the advent.

» World Heritage Advent in Austria

Guided snowshoeing tours

You love extraordinary, original nature experiences? Then, you absolutely should try snowshoeing. Discover nature with snowshoes on your feet.

» Guided snowshoeing tours

© OÖ.Tourismus/Röbl | Schneeschuhwandern im Salzkammergut

A Procession of light and sound

Bad Goisern & Obertraun: The "Glöcklerlauf" is a time-honoured local tradition on 5th January 2017. This is hardly surprising, as it is believed that the illuminated head decorations and the ringing of the bells bring good luck into the community in the coming year!

» Glöcklerlauf - A fascinating, traditional event

Carneval season on Lake Hallstatt

Carneval or ”Fasching” who it´s called in the Salzkammergut – in no other part of the country is the Fasching season so exuberantly and zealously packed with time-honoured traditions and fancy dress parades than here in the Salzkammergut.

» Fasching in der Welterberegion Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut

The Sound of Hallstatt

Under the motto "The Sound of Hallstatt", the world-famous lakeside town presents itself from its musical side. You can expect a varied musical program during your holiday in Hallstatt.

» The Sound of Hallstatt

Veranstaltungen in Hallstatt im Salzkammergut: Dieses Kultur-Event findet im Rahmen der Konzert-Reihe “The Sound of Hallstatt“ statt.


Date: Sun, Feb. 25, 2018
Ort:  Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl
The daily skating pleasure in the fairytale winter landscape with skate rental. I must go there!


Date: Sun, Feb. 25, 2018 , 07:30
Ort:  Dachstein-Krippenstein-Seilbahn, Winkl 34 4831 Obertraun
For all ski tourers: Early Bird cable car rides onto the Krippenstein in Obertraun. Every weekend and public holidays at 7:30hrs.


© Kraft | Early Bird Fahrten auf den Krippenstein in Obertraun

Date: Sun, Feb. 25, 2018 , 09:00 — 16:30
Ort:  Hornbahn Talstation, 5442 Rußbach
Open daily! From 17th December 2017 to 3rd of April 2018.


© Tourismusverband Russbach

Date: Tue, Feb. 27, 2018 , 09:45
Ort:  Talstation Hornspitzlift Gosau, Gosau
Winter hike with Betty: Every Wednesday during your holiday in Gosau.


© OÖTourismus/Röbl | Winterwandern mit Betty

Date: Wed, Feb. 28, 2018 , 09:45
Ort:  Talstation Hornspitzlift Gosau, Gosau
Winter fun for the whole family in around 3 ½ hours on the deep snow covered Zwieselalm in Gosau.


© OÖTourismus/Röbl | Winter in Gosau: Schneeschuhwanderung “Dachstein West“

Date: Thu, Mar. 1, 2018 , 09:00
Ort:  Tourismusbüro Gosau, Gosau 547 4824 Gosau
Five hour tour in upland moor high over the Gosau valley. On the trail of solitude. Winter hike to “Glücksplatz” (place of happiness)


)c) Pixeleo | Veranstaltungen im Winter in Gosau & Gosautal im Salzkammergut:  Schneeschuhwanderung “Naturerlebnis Löckermoos“. Winterwandern bei Ihrem Urlaub in Gosau.

Date: Fri, Mar. 2, 2018
Ort:  Seecafe Strandbad Obertraun, 4831 Obertraun
All information about the frosty event. In addition an overview of free accommodations. A cool event on the way to becoming a hot cult.


© Pixeleo | port-Veranstaltungen und Evets im Salzkammergut: Eisschwimmen in Obertraun am Hallstättersee im Rahmen des “EisCups“ in Österreich.

Date: Fri, Mar. 2, 2018 , 10:00 — 23:59
Ort:  Narzissen Vital Resort, Pötschenstr. 172 8990 Bad Aussee
An evening full of pleasure! Epicurean delicacies, take a bath at candlelight, delightful diversion program


© Narzissen Bad Aussee | “Sole, Mond & Sterne“ im NarzissenBad Aussee

Date: Fri, Mar. 2, 2018 , 13:15
Ort:  Panorama-Jet , Gosau
On the trail of the magic of the white landscape during and unforgettable winter hike. Do not forget to register in time.


© Röbl/OÖ Werbung | Veranstaltungen im Winter in Gosau & Gosautal im Salzkammergut:  Schneeschuhwanderung “Genieß die Natur“  In der Skiregion Dachstein West. Winterwandern bei Ihrem Urlaub in Gosau.

Date: Fri, Mar. 2, 2018 , 20:00 — 22:00
Ort:  Tourismusbüro Gosau, Gosau 547 4824 Gosau
A very special winter experience. A leisurely evening walk through Gosau to the ”Kalvarienberg“ in torchlight. Please register in time!


© Putz | Fackelwanderung durch das Gosautal

Date: Sat, Mar. 10, 2018 , 09:00 — 16:00
Ort:  Skiregion Dachstein-West , Gosau
Nine days of "full-on fun" in mid-March: Carve over freshly groomed slopes from eight, every day you'll find the best offerings and rustic ski huts with live après-ski music. Let the fun commence!


© Erber

Date: Fri, Mar. 16, 2018
Ort:  Lodge am Krippenstein, Winkl 52 4831 Obertraun
Guided tours with overnight accommodation on the Dachstein plateau. From 16th to 18th March 2018. A dream! Only with registration.


© Bichler |  Veranstaltungen bei Ihrem Winterurlaub im Salzkammergut in Österreich:  Geführte Schneeschuhwanderungen mit Barbara Bichler von der Lodge am Krippenstein in Obertraun am Hallstättersee.

Date: Sat, Dec. 1, 2018 , 13:00 — 18:00
Ort:  Heimatmuseum Gosau, 4824 Gosau
Simple, lively, colourful and traditional: Gosau "Bergweihnacht" - A Christmas Market Experience an incomparable Christmas trip to Gosau!


Date: Wed, Dec. 5, 2018 , 18:00 — 23:00
Ort:  Hallstätter Marktplatz und in den idyllischen Gassen, Marktplatz 4830 Hallstatt


© Kraft | Traditioneller Krampuslauf Hallstatt

Date: Wed, Dec. 5, 2018 , 19:00
Ort:  Gemeindeplatz Obertraun, Obertraun 180 4831 Obertraun


Date: Fri, Dec. 7, 2018 , 17:00
Ort:  Marktplatz Bad Goisern, Marktplatz 4822 Bad Goisern
700 "Krampusses" and demons, St Nicholasses and good angels will assemble once again in the market square in Bad Goisern for this annual event.


Date: Sat, Dec. 8, 2018
Ort:  Hallstätter Marktplatz, Marktplatz 4830 Hallstatt
Authentic customs, living traditions and a touch of romance in December. Experience an incomparable Christmas trip to Hallstatt!


Date: Sat, Dec. 15, 2018 , 10:00
Ort:  Hand.Werk.Haus, Rudolf-von-Alt-Weg 6 4822 Bad Goisern
Over 20 of our most talented artists proudly present their products both inside and in the courtyard at the Neuwildenstein stately home.


Date: Mon, Dec. 31, 2018 , 19:30
Ort:  Seehotel Grüner Baum, Marktplatz 104 4830 Hallstatt
Kulinarischer Jahresausklang mit farbenprächtigem Feuerwerk im historischen Ortszentrum von Hallstatt - direkt am See.


Date: Sat, Jan. 5, 2019 , 16:45
Ort:  Gemeindeplatz Obertraun, Obertraun 180 4831 Obertraun


Date: Sat, Jan. 5, 2019 , 20:00
Ort:  Marktplatz Bad Goisern, Marktplatz 4822 Bad Goisern


Date: Sat, Jan. 12, 2019 , 08:00 — 10:00
Ort:  Gosau, 4824 Gosau
Starting point of the balloons: Directly on the Gosauseestraße between Vordertal and Mittertal in Gosau. Parking available! Every day between about 8:00 and 10:00.


© Kraft

Date: Wed, Jan. 16, 2019 , 19:00 — 22:00
Ort:  Gosau, 4824 Gosau
The majestic giants light up the winter night sky and create interesting choreographed lights, one or two passing over the fascinated crowds below.



Enjoy a gentle tour

The winter in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has many facets - also a very tranquil one. As a nature lover, you can enjoy the snowy winter landscape around Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley at its most romantic. Many prepared winter hiking trails invite you to relax, marvel and enjoy the snow-covered landscape. The smooth, soft crunching of the snow, the wintry silence and the magnificent winter scenery all have magical power. Numerous winter trails are even located right on the doorstep of your hosts and together with the thermal spa offerings they make a perfect combination for a great winter vacation around Lake Hallstatt. See you in Austria!

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