Seewand fixed rope course

The dizzying heights of the World Heritage region:
Seewand fixed rope course

It takes 4 to 6 hours to complete the climb, and those seeking to undertake the challenge must be in excellent condition, and carry all the necessary safety and climbing equipment. The via ferrata is available from the end of June to the middle of October. With an altitude difference of almost 800 metres and its exhilerating views towards Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and the entire Inner Salzkammergut region, this climb is certainly the greatest of its kind in Austria. Start out from the large car park by the "Kesselgruende" public bathing area half way between Hallstatt and Obertraun. Here there is an information board which displays essential information and some practical tips. A footpath leads to the Hirschaualm (approx. 40 mins) where the ascent begins.

Huts in the Dachstein hiking world

Simonyhütte / Simony hut

Hallstatt / Obertraun | Simonyhütte: Nestled picturesquely at the foot of the Dachstein, with a beautiful view, the refuge is located 2,203m above sea level, amidst the impressive mountains of the Dachstein plateau.

» Simonyhütte

© Kraft | Simonyhütte in der Dachstein Wanderwelt in Hallstatt / Obertraun bei einem Wanderurlaub in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Lodge on Mount Krippenstein

Obertraun | ‘Lodge am Krippenstein’: Nestled in the fulminant scenery of the Dachstein hiking world, this modern mountain lodge is a dream for walkers, families with children and sun worshipers.

» Lodge am Krippenstein

© Rosifka | Lodge am Krippenstein in Obertraun.

Schilcherhaus on the Gjaidalm

Obertraun | Gjaidalm: Here you will find what you have often sought in vain elsewhere ... Relaxation - Tranquillity - Nature – Rest in a charming alpine landscape on the Dachstein plateau

» Schilcherhaus auf der Gjaidalm

© Kraft | Schilcherhaus auf der Gjaidalm in der Dachstein Wanderwelt in Obertraun

The terrain you encounter throughout this very challenging adventure is almost entirely solid rock, apart from one green section in the middle. At the far end of this green section there is a small cave which is practical for sheltering from the weather and for bivouacs. If you otherwise wish to take a short break, there are some wonderful places along the rock wall with stunning views to admire. When you have at last conquered this very challenging third of the route, itis time to reward yourself with a snack and time to enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views.

The final section is a gentle, marked trail, which takes about 40 minutes, and covers part of the Dachstein plateau. This leads you to the Gjaidalm, a catered mountain hut which is famous for its "Kaiserschmarrn", a local sweet specialty. You can then take the Dachstein World Heritage Cable Car back down to the valley.

Safety on the rock face

In recent years rock climbing has developed encouragingly strong and each year inspires more and more people. Its versatility means you get a taste of everything: whether hard tracks in the Boulder room or indoor climbing hall, long routes with alpine ambience or leisurely tours on a sunny cliff - in climbing, regardless of age, everyone finds their individual conditions. Safety guidelines play an important role in enabling you to enjoy this fascination to the full. The best advice for "correct" climbing in the Salzkammergut region can be found here.

Information at a glance

  • Builder and year of construction: 2003
    Hike to Entrance: ca. 60 min
    Descent ca. 2:30 h
    Climbing meters: 1.350 m
    Altitude: 750 m
    Town or village: Hallstatt
    Drying time after rainy days: 2 days
    You must use the latest safety equipment if you climb a ferrata - at least harness, ferrata-set and helmet. Editor, property owners, ecommenders, builder and sustainer are not liable for accidents of any kind.

  • Enquire about snow fall/how much snow there is in the area you will be visiting
    Consider taking snow shoes to make your arrival on the Gjaidlam easier!
    Avoid climbing if stormy weather is on its way. Lightning storms can endanger your life!
    Always carry proper equipment and bring a light rope with you for your safety.
    Pack sufficient refreshments and snacks
    Ensure you are carrying plenty of drinks
    Be aware of the latest return to the valley by cable car (17.00 in peak season; 16.30 at all other times!) It takes 3.5 to 4 hours to walk back down to Obertraun.
    Equipment hire, escorted climbing tours and climbing courses:

  • Builder and year of construction: 2003
    Hike to Entrance: ca. 60 min
    Descent ca. 2:30 h
    Climbing meters: 1.350 m
    Altitude: 750 m
    Town or village: Hallstatt
    Drying time after rainy days: 2 days
    You must use the latest safety equipment if you climb a ferrata - at least harness, ferrata-set and helmet. Editor, property owners, ecommenders, builder and sustainer are not liable for accidents of any kind.

  • Contact Schilcherhaus (Schilcher hut) on the Gjaidalm
    Michael Haid
    Winkl 31
    4831 Obertraun
    Austria
    Telephone Hut: +43 (0) 6131/596
    Mobile: +43 (0) 680/3253138
    E-Mail: service@gjaid.at
    Homepage: www.gjaid.at
    Location: Schilcherhaus on the Gjaidalm in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt at 1738 meters above sea level. A 10 minutes’ walk from the mountain station Krippeneck (3rd section of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car).
    Opening times: May to October and December to April. Detailed information regarding opening times and prices can be found on the homepage of the Schilcherhauses on the Gjaidalm
    Amenities: Room for 20 people (four-bed rooms or double rooms) and 100 mattress dormitory
    Facilities: toilets, wash room, hot showers, sauna, central and group room