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The Ausseerland

There is no limit on the diversity of the surroundings.

Some prefer to truly indulge their soul, some deepen into a book or let their thought fly over the lake. 


The others use the infinite possibilities of sport.

In the water, at the land, in the forest and on the mountain.


Some guests make daily excursions to the nearby surroundings with destinations such as Salzburg, Hallstatt, Bad Aussee, the Dachstein glacier and a lot more.


And there are visitors, who just enjoy the feeling of home and immerse themselves in the cultural diversity of the Ausseerland. Cultural events that attract visitors year-round.

The last oasis of authentic traditions, which are naturally lived by the locals.


The Grundlsee is the largest lake in Styria, Austria. It is called "The Styrian Sea". A swimming lake of the finest kind, full of pure drinking water. The Ausseerland is an Austrian nature & culture treasure -  this idyll is hard to beat. People and nature harmoniously combined.


This variety of lakes and mountains are embedded in the world-renowned  Salzkammergut with its unique nature.


Holiday - as they should be. In a region that authentic and full of unique nature.


more time

for sports

to relax

for nature

Mountain - Idyll

Backenstein, Sarstein, Loser, Grimmig, Rotgschirr, Mitterberg, Trisselwand, just to name some of the famous mountains surrounding the Elfenhaus.

Right behind the house. Whether demanding hikes, relaxed hut hikes, lake hikes or interesting  art walks. The Ausseer mountains and lakes offer unspoilt nature. From spring to autumn it may happen that a friendly mountain chamois is looking over your shoulder, while taking a mountain hike.

In autumn  you can hear from far the impressive tube of deers within their mating season and comes back to the Elfenhaus with a basket full of forrest mushrooms and berries. You may also cross some mountain saddle with your mountain bike in spring. In winter, ski tours attract to discover unspoiled mountain peaks.

Sports - Idyll 

At all seasons:  Spring - summer - autumn -  winter, you can be active at the Grundlsee in the Ausseerland region. Comfortable active up to demanding active. You decide what, how and when it should be. Whether independently or with expert guidance. Local rent shops, sports schools and guides are available. And later in the Elfenhaus just jump into the lake to refresh and go to the private sauna.

Spring - Summer - Autumn

  • Hiking and theme walks 

  • Guided hikes

  • Climbing and rope climbing park

  • Para gliding

  • Swimming 

  • Stand up paddling

  • Kajaking

  • Rowing

  • Rowing

  • Sailing and windsurfing 

  • Whitewater paddeling

  • Fishing 

  • Golf

  • Mountainbiking

  • E-Biking

  • Fast road biking

  • Horseback riding

  • Crossbow shooting

  • Stock sports

  • Yoga by the lake

  • Lake running

  • Nordic walking

  • Tennis 


Winter- sport

  • Ice skating on the frozen Grundlsee

  • Cross-country skiing in the idyllic Gössl at the Grundlsee

  • Skiing 

  • Ski area Loser - Altaussee (FIS-downhill run, fun-park, Apres Ski)

  • Ski area Tauplitz, Bad Mitterndorf (a freeride paradies) 

  • Ski touring

  • Cross-country skiing in Altaussee and Bad Mitterndorf

  • Snow-shoe hiking

  • Sledging and night sledging  

  • Curling

  • Ice climbing

  • Sleight rides


  • Spa at the Narzissenbad in Bad Aussee (swimming, wellness, fitness)

  • Thermal spa Grimmingtherme in Bad Mitterndorf (swimming, wellness, water slide for children)

  • Thermal spa Heilbrunn



  • Tennis + squash

  • Bouldering

  • Bowling 

Austrian culture - Idyll

The Ausseerland is just completely authentic. Traditions and culture are firmly embedded in the run of the season and lively lived by locals and guests. Daily and yearly. In addition to many small and large events which take place throughout the year, there are also numerous places of interest, museums, cultural objects, and more, which express these strong bonds with their home area. Intimate music performances, concerts, and readings take place. Everything always of high quality and authenticity.

Worth seeing are also special handcraft shops. Hand-printed fabrics, crips for Christmas, Dirndl and Lederhosen, traditional tailors and made to order. All known across the borders. And always a good gift to yourself or your loved ones. 


Experience the whole cultural year


  • Unique carnival - the so-called fifth season in Aussee  (Maschkera, Ausseer Flinserl, drum women) 

  • Ski flying  world cup at the  Kulm

  • Local Easter traditions

  • Ausseer Jazz spring

  • Daffodil festival with a procession of beautifully decorated boats at the Grundlsee

  • Cultural summer Aussee 

  • Gössler Kirtag celebration

  • Burning mountains celebration

  • Vienna state opera-ballet  in Aussee

  • Altausseer Kirtag celebration

  • Contemplative  Ausseer Advent (Christmas market, Krampus run, cribs exhibition)

  • and a lot more

Excursions - worth seeing 

In the immediate vicinity several UNESCO World Heritage places are waiting for a half day or day visits. 

A total of 18 large and small lakes, countless mountain peaks, a glacier, three large ski areas, and much more is here to explore the surrounding area. 

A vacation is much too short to even come close to experience only part of it. You definitely have to come back to explore more. 

Top destinations close to the Elfenhaus

(only 5 min to max. 1 hour by car)

  • Bad Aussee

  • Altaussee

  • Hallstatt - World Heritage  

  • Bad Ischl - Imperial city 

  • Salzburg - home of the famous Salzburg festival, Sound of music and much more

  • Dachstein glacier - World of Experience

  • Bad Mitterndorf, Tauplitz

  • Bad Goisern

  • Admont - Benedictine Abbey



Choice of local attractions

  • Boat trip on the Grundlsee, Toplitzsee und Altausseersee

  • Legendary Toplitzsee - you know the story of the lost gold

  • Salt mines and their "salt worlds"

  • Rustic mountain huts

  • Loser panoramic road

  • Kumitzberg - pilgrimage place

  • Culture museum Bad Aussee

  • Lookout at  Tressenstein

Our Elfenhaus guest information and your hosts will provide a lot of detailed information and first hand gems.

The Ausserland was also the film location for recent Hollywood blockbusters. A perfect spot for wild nature scenes with lots of emotions. For example: 

"The Monuments Men", a 2014 movie with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. 

"James Bond 007 - Spectre" a 2015 movie with Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes and Monica Bellucci.

Postcard - Idyll 

The Ausseerland area was always a point of attraction for tourists, artists, writers, nobles and big industrialist. But the center were always the locals, the Ausseer, who preserved and developed their home with a lot of caution and passion. They took care that the Ausseerland remained an unspoiled and almost surreal Idyll.

A jewel. A constant in changing times. A lot of scenic places are truly timeless.  

Beginning with the Austrian  archduke Johann who started his love story with Anna Plochl here, to the famous actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer ("Out of Africa"),

writer Alfred Komarek,

writer Barbara Frischmuth, painter Rudolf von Alt, 

historian and publicist Paul Lendvai, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, just to name a few,

up to several Austrian industrial dynasties, have found their first or second home here. 


Within the last 100 years, a lot of postcards from the Ausseerland had happy senders. 


A destination which is rich in tradition.

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