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 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”.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.!
- 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.
Dachstein Tourismus AG
Winkl 34 4831 Obertraun am Hallstättersee Austria
Phone:+43 (0) 50 140
Fax +43 (0) 50 140-12 300
- 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