Across the karst plateau

Nature Trail

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.

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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

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

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

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
    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.

  • 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.