Ebensee is a great base for exploring the Austrian Lake District (Salzkammergut).
Surrounded by mountains and lakes, the area is great for both winter and summer activites for all the family.
Traunsee (Lake Traun) is the deepest lake in Austria and strikes an imposing image with its eastern flank dominated by rocky crags. Ebensee sits on its southern shore. Here you can enjoy a wealth of watersports or sit and watch as kite surfers jump out of the water and boats sail on past.
The two smaller lakes of Langbathsee are ideal for swimming in the summer time or ice skating when they freeze over. The lakes are protected areas and their water is known for its drinking quality. You can find plenty of places to stop by the water and relax with a picnic or have a swim. There are walking paths round both lakes and in winter skiers can be found here making the most of the cross country skiing trails. The lake of Langbathsee has a stunning mountain backdrop and is often used for TV adverts and films.
From Ebensee you can also walk to the Rindbach Waterfall and Gasseltropfstein Cave or hire a bike and cycle to the lake of Offensee, where again the waters will tempt you in for a swim in summer. The Salzkammergut has 76 lakes in total, so there are plenty to explore!
As well as walks around Ebensee and the lakes, there are lots of walking trails up on our local mountain (the Feuerkogel), with fantastic views over the surrounding area. You can see lakes dotted around below you and the Alps stretching out into the distance before you. It feels like you are on top of the world!
For a taste of some of the area nearest the Rosenhof please browse our gallery below and if you like what you see, come and check it out for yourself whilst staying at the Rosenhof.
Leaving Ebensee by bike, foot, car, train or boat there are some great places to visit on a day out, such as:
The historic ceramic town of Gmunden on the northern shore of Lake Traun where you’ll find the strange museum of Sanitary Objects! On route you can stop at the picturesque hamlet of Traunkirchen to enjoy views over the lake.
The thermal spa town of Bad Ischl where past Austrian Emperors spent their holidays. Visit the famous Kaiservilla, treat yourself to a delicious cake in Café Zauner and spend the afternoon relaxing in the therapeutic waters of the Thermal Spa.
UNESCO world heritage site of Hallstatt and the fantastic interactive salt mine exhibition.
St Gilgen on the shore of Wolfgangsee where the “Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music” can (almost) be heard!
Obertraun and the ice caves.
Gosau and its spectacular lake.
The city of Salzburg where you can visit Mozarts birthplace, take a boat trip down the river Salzach, go up in the funicular railway to the Hohensalzburg Fortress for views over the city, visit the Zoo, have fun at Hellbrunn Palace and the famous water fountains (watch out for the practical jokes they play on you!), check out the Stiegl Brewery Tour while trying some of their beers and end the night at a Sound of Music concert.
Linz, the capital of our county, Upper Austria. Take a walk in the Botanical Gardens (among the most beautiful in Europe), visit the Castle Museum, enjoy a river cruise on the Danube, shop till you drop on the second busiest shopping street in Austria and then rest your weary feet in the largest main square in Europe whilst enjoying a slice of the famous Linzer Torte (the oldest cake recipe in the world!). You could also visit the Postlingberg which sits above Linz and is accessible via the steepest mountain railway on the continent.