News from the Mountain
More time for all mountain enthusiasts
Also this summer all "summiteers" have more time for an unforgettable mountain experience. Because from 2nd July to 5th November 2022, the cable cars on the Dachstein Krippenstein run 2 hours longer - so all mountain enthusiasts have 2 hours more time on the mountain to visit the numerous attractions or just to enjoy the unique glacier view. At 19:00 there is the last descent from 2,100 meters back into the valley. The summer season has been extended this year until 6th November 2022. The current travel times and prices can also be found below under "Information at a Glance". We wish you an incomparable experience of nature on the Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt.
Spectacular viewing platforms, breath-taking cave
Discover the fairytale world of the Ice cave and follow in the footsteps of the cave researchers through the Mammut Cave and Koppenbrüller Cave. Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins on the 5fingers viewing platform and relax with a comfortable walk to the Heilbronner Cross. The 5fingers viewing platform offers an adrenaline rush at the highest level. This is probably the most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps and reaches out like a hand over the 400 m drop. Over 5 platforms (the Five Fingers), each in a different design, you can put your head for heights to the test and enjoy unique views down over Hallstatt, the Hallstättersee lake and the inner Salzkammergut region.
The "5fingers"are the absolute highlight of the newly staged Hiking world on the Dachstein plateau and rank among the most spectacular viewpoints of the Alps.
The Welterbespirale viewing platform is certainly exciting – in addition to the fantastic views from the spectacular aluminium ‘ship’, you will also find a photo point and comfortable relaxing recliners here. Ideal for enjoyment and day-dreaming!.
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.
A wonderful world
The Castle of the Holy Grail, Parsifal Dome and King Arthur’s Dome: all of these fairytale names conceal fascinating scenes of ice and stone which you can enjoy at close range during a visit to the ice cave. Accompanied by experienced cave guides, you can explore the magical underground world of Dachstein. The spectacular ice sculptures, gigantic ice curtains and impressive giant icicles never fail to captivate with their special magic! A mystical cave of ice and rock which enchants even the youngest guests of magical cave.
Gralsburg, Parzival- und König Artus-Dom: Hinter all den märchenhaften Namen verbergen sich faszinierende Gebilde aus Eis und Stein, die Sie bei einem Besuch der Eishöhle aus nächster Nähe bestaunen können. Closed in winter!
Tours in 8 languages
Tours through the ice and mammoth cave will become even more exciting and interesting with the Audio-Guide-App! Download the free "Audio Guide for your Smartphone" using the QR code via WiFi. The points for the languages English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Czech, Italian and Hungarian can be found in the base and middle stations (access to the Cave Worlds) of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car - and if you do not have headphones for your smartphone with you, you obtain a disposable headphone for €1 at the base station. We hope you enjoy your journey of discovery through the impressive Cave Worlds of the Dachstein.
Heilbronn Circular Trail - The most beautiful walk
The family-friendly Heilbronn Circular Trail is particularly ideal for families and children who like walking. The extensive trail lends itself to comfortable walking across its entire length and there are plenty of things to explore along the trail for young people in particular. For a comfortable ascent, the Krippenstein cable car transports visitors up over the steep cliff walls where they can enjoy magnificent views of the karst formations. With a bit of luck, one or more chamois may also be visible grazing on the delicate mountain herbs. Once at the mountain station, a karst educational trail leads along a well-marked route to the Heilbronn cross.
Obertraun | Thrills and rushes of pure adrenaline out on the wire of the new ‘Dachstein Krippenstein Via Ferrata’! The new fixed rope course on the Dachstein Krippenstein, a high point for any fan of the Alps!
Join us on a journey of discovery through the Europe’s most fascinating cave worlds and learn more about life in constant darkness.
It’s not just nature lovers who will find what they are looking for in this giant Ice cave – art lovers too can appreciate this eternal world of ice: every year in August, the Parsifal Dome is transformed into a unique concert hall
Hallstatt / Obertraun Wiesberghaus: Tageswanderung am Hochplateau mit zahlreichen Weiterwandermöglichkeiten. 4 Stunden Tour ab Hallstatt, oder mit der Seilbahn auf 2000m Seehöhe und 2 Stunden durch die Karstlandschaft. Echt traumhaft!
Flight vacation | Paragliding from Krippenstein/Obertraun - 2100 meters above sea level. This is a wonderful flying area with a fantastic panorama
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.
Obertraun | HEvent location Dachstein plateau at 2100 m: Mountain restaurant Dachstein Krippenstein.
Dripstone features in the valley: Koppenbrüller Cave
The water-bearing Koppenbrüller Cave is located in the valley and can be accessed via a short walk along a secure trail by the charming Koppentraun river. Admire dripstone features which date back thousands of years and listen to the crashing of the invisible brook inside the mountain. A visit to the Koppenbrüller Cave, the youngest of the 3 Dachstein caves, offers an impressive insight into the underground waterways of the inside of the Dachstein. Pathways secured against flooding mean that guests can visit in safety, even in bad weather!
Obertraun | Koppenbrüller cave: The water-bearing Koppenbrüller Cave is located in the valley and can be accessed via a short walk along a secure trail by the charming Koppentraun river.
Colourful light shows
Tranquillity, as you have never experienced it before. Get up early in the morning, before sunrise and stand in front of the hut and be immediately surrounded by the unspoilt nature of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Birds sing the first song of the day. Cowbells ringing in the distance, enjoy your morning coffee on the hut bench while tasting the fresh air - that's what people from all over the world find fascinating about a magical overnight stay in a hut in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut. Relax your eyes and gaze into the distance, forget everyday life, soak up the rays of the sun, feel the wind on your skin and just unwind. So have we filled you with desire? What are your criteria for a hut night?
Mountain huts in the Dachstein hiking world
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.
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.
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
Rustic! Incomparable! Simply Irresistible!
Simply get away from the hustle and bustle, surrounded by nature, cowbells ringing instead of your smartphone…. Holidays up on an Alpine pasture, or in one of the many mountain huts, are becoming increasingly popular. But it is not always easy to find the "right" Alpine pasture or mountain hut. Therefore, we have compiled the most beautiful "Mountain service stations" for you, with stunning panoramic pictures and the most important information for all "newcomers" and World Heritage hikers. As it is usual in the Simonyhütte, the Adamekhütte or Hütteneckalm in Bad Goisern to greet people informally with a “Du” rather that the formal "Sie", as we say here in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut…. "Grias di"!
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.
Three discount cards for World Heritage
Do you want your family to experience the best attractions that the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region has to offer? Experience exciting attractions situated between mountains and lakes within the World Heritage region? Experience the best highlights of Hallstatt, Gosau, Bad Goisern or Obertraun? Fantastic fun at a low price await you and your family with three great potential savings: Breathtaking cable car rides, unforgettable cave adventures, perfect bathing fun and countless other recreational activities within the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut await you. Here you will find all information about the Salzkammergut Adventure Card, the magnificent summit ticket and your personal guest card. We look forward to meeting you during a fantastic holiday on Lake Hallstatt and in the Gosau Valley.