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If you can't get high enough in the mountains in Gosau, both in winter and in summer, then head to the Krippenstein. The ski area is part of the Dachstein-West ski pass.  In summer, the middle station is the starting point for two of Austria's most famous caves, the Bear Cave and the Krippenstein Ice Cave, as well as a small museum. From the mountain station, but also from the middle station of the cable car, there are various hiking trails as well as the spectacular view of Hallstadt and Lake Hallstadt from the "Five Fingers". In winter, the Krippenstein is particularly popular with ski tourers and off-piste skiers. For "freeriders", the spectacular descents are among the "freeride hotspots" in Europe.  I, for one, hardly miss a day of skiing without having been on the Krippenstein and having a drink at the Gjaidalm (see entry "Gjardalm").

Arrival: from Gosau in the direction of Hallstatt and then on towards Obertraun. Shortly before Obertraun, turn right to the valley station of the Krippenstein cable car.

The sun is still shining in Gosau, between 18 and 25 degrees every day. Great! But just 55 minutes away by car is the valley station of the Dachstein massif above Ramsau. Right at the mountain station there are two groomed cross-country ski trails, which are not only used by the numerous national teams from various countries for their first snow training, but can also be used by us "normal and amateur cross-country skiers". And with the very best snow and a magnificent panoramic view over the entire Dachstein massif all the way down to Lake Altausee.

Now we're almost waiting for the first snow in Gosau too. A few more days at least, then everything has to be winterised. At 25 degrees it feels a bit strange.

Late, but all the more intense... : we are now discovering the lakes of the Salzkammergut in a completely different way! We have bought kayaks!

Whether at Lake Hallstatt, Lake Altauseer See or Lake Vorderer Gosausee (just to name three examples), we have discovered new places to swim that we had no idea about before. There are suitable access points to each of the lakes. In Alteaussee, for example, at the free public swimming pool or at Lake Hallstatt directly at the end of the Gosauzwang when travelling towards Bad Goisern.