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The Elfenhaus

Four exclusive lake apartments right on the shore of the magnificent Grundelsee. Embedded in a large private park along more than 80m bank length. A unique location with a lake and mountain panorama that could hardly be more beautiful in many ways. 


The authenticity of the world cultural heritage Ausseer-Land and lived sustainability meet award-winning design. Here, in the Elfenhaus lake apartments, you will find an oasis within the chaos of our world. Be inspired and find new pathways. Find time for yourself, time for friends, time for family. Right in the very heart of the beautiful Ausseerland.


Lots of privacy: in the middle of the Austrian Salzkammergut, your new holiday apartments are directly on the lake at the southern end of the Dead Mountains. The Elfenhaus at the Grundlsee is an idyllic, almost fairytale property, rich in history.


Open all year round, as the Grundlsee treats you with incomparable charm in all seasons. Whether swimming, water sports, hiking, culture and music, or finding comfort by the woodstove, in the private sauna or while skiing during winter.


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Das Elfenhaus


Nature meets design

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Though the surrounding natural scenery attracts all our attention, combining design, art, and sustainability matters to us. The architects from the award-winning BWM Architects redesigned the apartments with great care. A thoughtful approach to nature was essential to us.


You will feel it. Organic materials, natural wood, wool, leather, all in a cosy colour palette and a warm light concept, ensure your well-being.


“The magnificent colours of the four seasons are not only reflected in the Grundlsee but also  within the interior design. Corresponding colour themes are followed through the different areas of the apartments.” BWM Architects

Art merges with architecture  


The Gaiswinkler family is from Aussee, with local roots and at home in the world. That has always been the spirit within the Elfenhaus. Tradition and modernity united. Guests came and went to return every year, with a longing feeling and inspiration of magnificent memories throughout the year.  


For decades the artist couple Dahlke lived in the Elfenhaus, the former “Heller-Villa”, the retreat of an Austrian industrial family. Thus, world-famous artist Andre Heller spend his childhood days here. Elfriede Dahlke was an actress and a sculptor who created a unique sculpture park on the property that has been preserved to this day.


The Gaiswinkler family continues the tradition and promotes contemporary art and photography and modern architecture and design. Tradition and modernity, art and architecture merge in the Elfenhaus. 

Embedded sustainability

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While being in Aussee we recognise that our nature and humans are front and centre here. Thus, it is at our core to take care of both.

Climate and environment matter to us. Therefore we take care of our carbon footprint and sustainability: 

Electricity from our in-house photovoltaic system

Hot water prepared by solar cells on our roof

Mountain water from our own spring

Sustainable materials such as regional larch wood

Textiles made from recycled wool

Built and sourced locally and where not else possible in Europe

The regional hospitality focuses on sustainability as well. Freshly caught fish from the large, seasonal products from local farmers, all prepared by people from the community.

We also understand it as our responsibility to support the community and commit to local business. Where needed we help to mutually create a world we want to live in. 

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Coming home


Find your way home. In the evening  after an exciting day, after a cozy dinner or a walk along the lake promenade. The Elfenhaus is bathed in warm light.

Fill up the attractive stove with wood and feel the heat.


Local firewood by local foresters is located directly in front of the door. Open one of the good Austrian red wines of your host and look into the distance across the Lake. Take you time. This is pure pleasure and indulgence.


Celebrating at the Elfenhaus 

Anniversaries, birthday celebrations, family gatherings, friend's meetings, baptisms, silver weddings, Christmas with the extended family in the enchanting Ausseerland in the snow. Or just so, without any occassion.


The Elfenhaus can be rented exclusively by booking all four apartments. 

Because we are often very well booked for years, it is a good option especially from September to June.


Enjoy the large facility exclusively for your family and friends.

Getting married in the Elfenhaus


In Grundlsee  you have the possibility to celebrate your most beautiful day in the life in cooperation with the Elfenhaus.

In the music Pavilion at the lake the civil marriage and in the church overlooking the lake.

A subsequent boat trip and celebration in a traditional restaurant round off the experience.

Or intimate in a small circle directly on the shores of the Grundlsee in the Elfenhaus.

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