Dachstein hiking world

The Dachstein Krippenstein cable-car

This rewarding plateau circular trail is particularly suitable for families with children fond of hiking. On the recently adapted wide hiking trail many features arouse curiosity and travelling with baby buggies is possible all way. To reach the starting point you go up by cable car (Dachstein-Krippenstein ropeways) and while hovering high above rugged rock faces and distinctive karst patterns, you might even catch a glimpse on a chamois. The karst trail starts at the top station and leads on a well marked route across the massif to the Heilbronner Cross. A trip to the ‘cattle footprints' is particularly rewarding as they demonstrate that the massif once was the ocean floor of the primeval Tethys sea. Past the Hirzkarkogel and plenty of informative boards you will make your way back to the starting point of the tour. The last and only ascent may also be overcome by cable car (3rd section).

A mountain experience with great views

The beautiful Salzkammergut is ideally suited for hiking tours of all difficulty levels and the Dachstein mountain plateau in particular offers a wide range of hiking routes for all the family – from exciting walks with disabled access to mountain tours lasting several hours at 3,000 m!

The Dachstein world of hiking offers endless enjoyable hiking routes from the Koppental valley of the river Traun to the mountain plateau of the Dachstein with its many peaks in addition to challenging mountain and climbing tours. Perfectly accessible educational trails extend from the Obertraun valley station to the glacier region at 3,000 m, combining exciting information about the surroundings with a relaxed hiking atmosphere.

In the mountains as in the valley, visitors can enjoy a wide range of gastronomy ranging from restaurants with all-inclusive offers to down-to-earth inns and traditional mountain huts, the ideal places to stop off for some rest and relaxation. So drop by and enjoy a snack!

Hiking trails

Hiking in Autumn Program 2017

The Obertraun “Hiking in Autumn Program” includes hiking tours ranging from 500 m to 2100 m above sea level from August to October 2017. Autumn time is hiking time! Come and join us in the “Mount Dachstein Hiking World”.

» Obertrauner Wanderherbst – Hiking in Autumn Program

© Kraft

Simony Hut: So close to heaven!

Hallstatt / Obertraun: The hike to the Simony Hut below the mighty Dachstein glacier, is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Salzkammergut. Recommended is the gorgeous sunrise - just a dream!

» Simony Hut: So close to heaven!

© Kraft | Simonyhütte in der Ferieregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

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

Heilbronn Circular Trail

Obertraun | World Heritage hiking world on the Krippenstein: The mountain plateau hike for the whole family with the new attraction for young and old: the eight meter long walk-in ice age shark.

» Heilbronn Circular Trail

© Hoermandinger | Eis-Hai auf dem heilbronner Rundwanderweg in Obertraun

The karst nature trail

Twenty signposted stations tell the story of the evolution of the karst landscape in the ”Dachstein Hiking World” in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

» The karst nature trail

Hiking to the Hut Adamek in Gosau

Gosau | Adamekhütte  (Adamek hut): First the way to the Adamekhut seems to be an easy walk along the lake Gosausee. But then, an exhausting hike to the hut follows.

» Hiking to the Hut Adamek in Gosau

Wanderurlaub in der Welterberegion Hallstatt / Dachstein Salzkammergut: Impressionen von der Adamekhütte in Gosau | © Gapp

Hiking to the viewing plattform ”5Fingers”

Fantastic views of the Salzkammergut region! 1/2 hour to the summit Easy trail alt. 2,109 metres on the top of Mount Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt.

» Hiking to the viewing plattform ”5Fingers”

© Kraft | Wandern zu den 5 Fingers & Pionierkreuz

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.

» Across the karst plateau

Hiking trail “Margschierf” on Mout Krippenstein

The bride Karstlehrpath leads trough a real "lunarscape"on Mount Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. Hiking duration around 6 hours.

» Hiking trail “Margschierf” on Mout Krippenstein

© Kraft |  Wandern im Salzkammergut in Österreich: Margschierf-Wanderung auf dem Dachsteinpleteau

Mountain 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

Current weather view

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.

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!

Information 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.

  • Free Internet access: Wi-Fi hotspots in the valley station, the Schönbergalm (1st Section), mountain station (2nd Section) and the Gjaidalm (3rd section) of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car in Obertraun, make it possible.