Hiking to the viewing plattform ”5Fingers”

Fantastic views of the Salzkammergut region!

The ascent from the valley is made easy by the largest cable-car in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut - the Dachstein Gable-car with its three stages. It opens for us an imposing lookout peak an the north-east flank of the Dachstein. The ascent in the gondola is overwhelming. Quietly slipping past dwarf-pines and rockfaces we reach the Berghaus Krippenstein within a few minutes. The gondola driver will often point out chamois looking for food an the rockfaces. The Berghaus Krippenstein comprises not only the cable-car, but has a restaurant. In the winter the Krippenstein is besieged by countless ski tourists, because it is in a wonderful ski region served by several Lifts.

A ten-kilometre 'Ski-Autobahn' is among the loveliest runs in the northern Alps. But we wish to Nike to the summit of the Krippenstein. Lovely, safe paths haue been laid. Benches for resting haue been placed everywhere. The summit itself can be reached by everyone within a half-hour. It is about 20 minutes to the The 5fingers viewing platform and the Pionierkreuz (Pioneer Cross) that Stands slightly below the summit, erected next to a marvellous lookout terrace. From here we haue breathtaking views of the Hallstatt Lake region. But the huge massif of the Toten Gebirge

Our tip: When we have enough time, we can ride on the third stage of the cablecar, reaching the Gjaidalm upper terminal in ten minutes - it takes two hours on foot. The Krippenstein summit is a favourite starting point for paragliders and hang gliders.

Mout Krippenstein in Obertraun live!

Webcam Mount Krippenstein on Lake Hallstatt

Impressions from the Dachstein Hiking World and Free Sports Arena Krippenstein: View from the top station to the Dachstein glacier during a vacation in the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region around Lake Hallstatt in Austria.
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Webcam Webcam Mount Krippenstein on Lake Hallstatt

Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

More time to enjoy!

To save you unnecessary searching on various websites, we have summarised all relevant information about this tour for you below: contact details, opening times, travel times of cable cars, links to public transport and much more. In this way, you get all the information at a glance and have more time to enjoy the breathtaking mountains of the Salzkammergut.

Information at a glance

  • Tour and route information
    Viewing plattform 6Fingers / Pioneer Cross
    Duration: 1/2 hour to the summit
    Starting place: Cable car station Obertraun
    Difficulty: esay
    Panoramic view: Great panorama to Lake Hallstatt
    Paths covering: Hiking trail
    Most economical season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
    Huts: Lodge on Mount Krippenstein / Gjaidalm (hut) / Mountain restaurant Krippenstein

  • Opening times
    Daily open in summer season 2017:
    Section I | Schönbergalm 29.04. - 29.10.2017
    Section II | Mountain station Krippenstein 29.04. - 29.10.2017
    Section III | Valley station Gjaid 10.06. - 29.10.2017
    First cable car ascent at 8.40 hrs. from valley station Dachstein Krippenstein!

    Please note! Last mountain ascent - from valley station Dachstein Krippenstein
    to Dachstein ice cave - section I
    29.04.-09.06.: 15.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 15.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 15.00 hrs.
    to Mammut cave- section I
    29.04.-09.06.: 14.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09: 14.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 14.00 hrs.
    to Lodge am Krippenstein - section I, II (Top of the mountain)
    29.04.-09.06.: 16.30 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.00 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 16.30 hrs.
    to Gjaid Alm - section I, II, III
    Please note! Last valley descents!
    Section I - from middle station Schönbergalm
    29.04.-09.06.: 17.10 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.40 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 17.10 Uhr
    Section II - from mountain station Krippenstein
    29.04.-09.06.:17.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 17.00 hrs.
    Section III - from valley station Gjaid
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.20 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 16.50 hrs.

    Special weekend rides!
    Always on Sat and Sun! On the weekends of 23th of September to 29th of October 2017:
    Special cable car ride to later hour in autumn! hikers can enjoy the day at the Dachstein Salzkammergut even
    cable car section III: Gjaidalm 17:46 hrs.
    Cable car section II: Krippenstein 18:00 hrs.
    Sable car section I: Schönbergalm 18:10 hrs.
    Note: Special valley descent will only take place on Saturday and Sunday and the Austrian bank holiday, 26th October 2017.