|• Mayor||Gerhard Gamsjäger (SPÖ)|
|• Total||113.4 km2 (43.8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||767 m (2,516 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||16/km2 (40/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Location and General Information
Gosau is situated along the Gosaubach stream in the Salzkammergut region. The center of the town is at an elevation of 767 (2,516'). 58.9% of the municipality is forested.
At the southern end of Gosau there is a road leading to the Vorderer Gosausee, a lake with a scenic view of the Dachstein.
Gosau is one of the few Lutheran communities in Austria with about 71% of the population being Lutheran.
The valley around Gosau was settled in the 13th century by monks from St. Peter's Abbey in Salzburg. Timber production for the salt mine in Hallstatt was a major industry. In 1490 the town became part of the Principality above the Enns River. The area was repeatedly occupied by the French during the Napoleonic wars. When the Republic of Austria was formed in 1918, Gosau became part of the federal state of Upper Austria. In 1938 the area was annexed by the German Reich along with the rest of Austria, and Gosau became part of the "Gau Oberdonau," only to be returned to Upper Austria when the Republic of Austria was reconstituted in 1945.
In the past timber production and salt mining in neighboring Hallstatt have historically been the major industries in Gosau. Today, tourism is the main source of income, although raising livestock, mainly cattle, is also an important economic activity.
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