Photo oppor­tu­ni­ties at Lake Gosau

In this blog post, I intro­duce you to a beau­tiful photo loca­tion in Austria: the Gosausee. In my eyes, it is one of the most beau­tiful land­scapes in Austria and ther­e­fore a favou­rite desti­na­tion for me as a photo­grapher. The calm waters of the lake, surrounded by the maje­stic moun­tains of the Hohe Tauen, make the lake a spec­ta­cular place to take unique photos. 


Shots from my first visit were taken with the Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 35 mm f1.8.
Shots of my second stay with the Sony a7III + Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G OSS.

So to take wonderful, breath­ta­king pictures in the moun­tains, you don’t need much!

Mirrored | Sony a7III + Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 86 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO 160

Our visits so far

Last late summer we visited the beau­tiful lake in the Salz­burg region for the second time. Our first visit was a hike around the Gosau­kamm, where we descended from the Adamek­hütte down to the two Gosausee lakes on the last day. The last visit, was as part of our family holiday. With our 1 1/2 year old daughter, we walked around the front Gosausee and took the gondola up to the Gosau­kamm­bahn and visited the Sonnenalm.

Sunrise in Austria | Nikon D7000 (APS‑C) + Nikkor 35 mm f.1.8 @ 35 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec., ISO 100

The Gosau­kamm Round Trip

For the circum­na­vi­ga­tion of the Gosau­kamm, we recom­mend using the over­night accom­mo­da­tion at the Gablonzer Hütte, Hofpür­gel­hütte and Adamek­hütte. Depen­ding on the routes you take, the 4 stages add up to a total of approx. 33 km and over 2000 m of alti­tude. You will be rewarded with breath­ta­king views and beau­tiful landscapes.

Stage 1: Ascent or moun­tain railway

Those who have a not too long journey can test their leg muscles directly on the first day with the ascent to the Gablonzer Hütte. If you arrive late and are worried about getting there in time, it is best to use the Gosau­kamm cable car and save yourself about 3 km of walking and 600 m of ascent. In either case, the starting point is one of the many parking possi­bi­li­ties at the end of the Gosau­see­straße, or the moun­tain station of the Gosaukammbahn.

Morning in the Dach­stein Moun­tains | Nikon D7000 (APS‑C) + Nikkor 35 mm f.1.8 @ 35 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO 100

Stage 2: From the Gablonzer Hütte to the Hofpürglhütte

Freshly invi­go­rated the next morning, you hike on the side of the Gosau­kamm facing away from the Gosausee from the Gablonzer Hütte to the Hofpürgl­hütte. Depen­ding on the route, you can walk over the ridge (very deman­ding with clim­bing passages) or around the ridge. We are plea­sure hikers and decided on a high trail with a great view, which involves about 10 km and 500 m of altitude.

Inside the clouds | Nikon D7000 (APS‑C) + Nikkor 35 mm f1.8 @ 35 mm, f/4.5, 1/320 sec., ISO 100

Stage 3: From the Hofpürgl­hütte to the Adamekhütte

On the most pano­r­amic stage from Hofpür­gel­hütte to Adamek­hütte, of all places, we unfort­u­na­tely had a bit of bad luck on our circum­na­vi­ga­tion and for most of the day we walked in the clouds, looking for our way over stony paths in hard scree. In this approx. 9km long stage with almost 1000m of alti­tude diffe­rence there is a tech­ni­cally deman­ding and at the same time dange­rous section. Here you should defi­ni­tely be fit enough and not set off recklessly.

Above the clouds in the Dach­stein moun­tains | Nikon D7000 (APS‑C) + Nikkor 35 mm f1.8 @ 35 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec., ISO 100

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Stage 4: Descent past both Gosausee lakes

The last stage leads over approx. 12 km and almost no ascent down past both Gosausee lakes. This stage is rewar­ding for the exer­tions of the previous days with its beau­tiful land­scape. The weather also helped us to enjoy the last day and the end of the hike. Here I took one of my earliest port­folio shots “Above the clouds in the Dach­stein mountains”.

Blue Pearl | Nikon D7000 (APS‑C) + Nikkor 35 mm f1.8 @ 35 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec., ISO 320

Easy day hike for families

With the birth of our little daughter, such multi-day tours became less attrac­tive. Instead, we keep looking for nice day hikes that are quite easy to master with a hiking stret­cher or, if neces­sary, a pram.

The easiest variant: circum­na­vi­ga­tion of the front Gosausee lake

The easiest option, and easy to do with a pram, is to walk around the front of the Gosau lake. This is an easy 4.5 km walk that can be completed in 1.5 hours. So there is plenty of time for photo­graphers to take pictures.

Alpine pasture at Gosausee | Sony a7III + Sony FE4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 94 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec., ISO 250
Drift­wood | Sony a7III + Sony FE4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 105 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO 320

Great day tour: up to the rear Gosausee and back

If you want to fill your day a little more, you can hike to the back Gosausee and back again. At the end of the day, you will have hiked a little over 10 km and almost 300 m of alti­tude gain, and if you carry your child in a carrier, you will be exhausted.

Off to hike | Sony a7III + Sony FE4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 59 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec, ISO 100
Gosausee circum­na­vi­ga­tion | Sony a7III + Sony FE4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 66 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 1600

Alter­na­tive day tour

We had decided on some­thing diffe­rent and ther­e­fore took the Gosau­kamm cable car to the moun­tain station, after we had previously walked around the front of the Gosausee. At the moun­tain station there are also all-terrain prams that you can borrow free of charge. This is perhaps a valuable tip for all parents. Once at the top, you can use some hiking trails to the Sonnenalm and enjoy the view of the Gosau­kamm and the Gosausee from there.

Entlang des Gosau­kamms | Sony a7III + Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 94 mm, f/11, 1/400 Sek., ISO 160

Photo oppor­tu­ni­ties at Lake Gosau

Around Lake Gosau there are many motifs for great land­scape shots. Espe­ci­ally on cloudy days or directly after rain, exci­ting dramatic shots can be taken. If it is reason­ably calm, the great reflec­tions of the water alone provide motifs on the oppo­site shore. Take a stan­dard focal length or tele­photo with you. I probably don’t need to mention that there are many photo­gra­phic oppor­tu­ni­ties in the moun­tains around the Gosau­kamm. But even if you can’t walk that far, a ride on the Gosau­kamm cable car is inte­res­ting to take some pictures from there.

Contrasts of the moun­tain world | Sony a7III + Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 85 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 100


All in all, Lake Gosau offers a wealth of oppor­tu­ni­ties for photo­graphers to take unique photos. So what are you waiting for? Pack your camera and explore the Gosausee!

Reflec­tions | Sony a7III + Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G OSS @ 105 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec., ISO 320

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