Across the karst plateau
The recently established Nature trail on the Dachstein plateau is an important component of the World Heritage Hiking world. This trail travels across the karst plateau and "lures" with pristine high alpine scenery. Along the trail karst patterns highly impress as well as the wide variety of fauna and flora and the easternmost glacier of the Alps. The convenient Dachstein Nature trail features catered mountain lodges (locations where both culinary refreshment and accommodation is offered) within 2 hours walking distances from each other.
Current weather view
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.
The surrounding nature reserve is part of "Natura 2000", the ecological network in the territory of the EU, and of World Heritage site "Hallstatt-Dachstein-Salzkammergut ". The convenient trail, 8 km long, is suitable for everyone and introduces to distinct local features via informative boards containing texts about geology, fauna and flora common to the plateau.
Huts on the Nature Trail
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.
Informationen at a glance
- 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
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.
- Download PDF oping times & prices 2017 (222KB)
Brochure Mount Dachstein Krippenstein
Dachstein Ice Cave - guided tours until 17:00 hrs.!
During the extended cable car operation you can enjoy the guided tour through Dachstein Ice Cave until 17:00 hrs.! Note: Last cable car ascent to reach the guided Ice Cave tour at 16:30 hrs.!
- Link-Tip: Mount Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt at a glance
5Fingers - Spectacular viewpoints of the Alps
The "Welterbespirale" viewing platform
Dachstein hiking world
Dachstein Cave world
Climbing: Dachstein Krippenstein Via Ferrata
Mountain huts: Lodge on Mount Krippenstein
Mountain huts: Gjaidalm
Mountain huts: Simonyhütte / Simony hut
Mount Krippenstein in Winter
- On the move with the Postbus
through the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.
Current timetable as a PDF download. (568KB)
- Safety Tips for Hiking
The best tips for tour preparation, equipment and emergency situations while hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut at a glance. Remember to play it safe!
Should a situation arise where recuse services are required,
you can obtain the needed help under the number 112.