Mount Krippenstein - © Kraft

Dachstein hiking world

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Info for Krippenstein and Zwieselalm
Season start on 19th May 2021

Due to the current situation - "keyword Covid19" - the start of the season at the Cave Worlds and the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car in Obertraun, as well as the Gosaukammbahn on the Zwieselalm in Gosau have been postponed.

The new season start date is 19th May 2021. The Koppenbrüller Cave will also start the 2021 summer season at this time.

Note for all ski tourers: The running time for the early morning rides on the Krippenstein has been extended. You can find more info here.

A final note: The cable cars on the Feuerkogel in Ebensee and the Grünberg in Gmunden also start the new summer season on 19th May 2021.

COVID-19 information
Summer season 2021 #safetogether

Ensuring the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. The following measures, guidelines and code of conduct apply for the summer season 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations introduced by the Austrian Federal Government. These rules and actions are for the wellbeing of our guests and staff. We will continuously assess and adjust them as circumstances require.
Measures & general information
The Dachstein Krippenstein cable cars in the Salzkammergut

In accordance with the current regulations introduced by the Austrian Federal Government, cable cars are classified as a mode of public transport and are therefore subject to public transport regulations. Therefore, the following measures and guidelines apply:

    Wearing of a FFP2 mask is mandatory in the queuing area, in boarding and alighting areas, and when riding cable cars as well as in all enclosed spaces and in any areas where it is not possible to comply with minimum social distancing regulations. FFP2 and FFP3 masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted, as they do not protect your surroundings.

    FFP2 masks can be purchased for € 2.00 at all ticket counters.
     
    Arrangements in boarding areas: We will arrange queuing areas in a way that avoid groups of people standing close together wherever possible.
     
    Minimum social distance: The legal requirement to maintain a social distance of 2 meter from other people does not apply in cable car cabins/gondolas.
     
    Maximum occupancy: The capacity in the closed cable car cabins / gondolas will be reduced by 50% due to legal requirements.  Please note: Wearing a FFPS mask is mandatory!

    Disinfection measures: We ventilate o ur cable car cabins/gondolas and regularly disinfect them using cold fogging machines. We also regularly clean and disinfect all public areas.
     
    Hand hygiene: We have installed numerous hand disinfection stations throughout our cable car facilities
     
    Journey times: None of our cable cars have a journey time of more than 10 minutes
     
    Customer contact: Staff who come in direct contact with customers always wear face coverings.
     
    Cashless payments: All of our ticket counters accept cashless payments.
     
    Information: Information is provided on numerous info screens, posters, etc. throughout the area of the valley and mountain station of the cable cars and the caves.

Please respect our COVID-19 safety measures. We will adjust these measures as needed and in accordance with any changes in the law or regulations issued by the Austrian Federal Government. By taking these necessary precautions, you are protecting yourself, other guests and our staff. Thank you for your cooperation!
Staying safe together
Freesports Arena Dachstein Krippenstein in Obertraun/Upper Austria

We ask guests to act responsibly and use common sense in the hiking area and in public areas so that everyone stays safe and can enjoy themselves. Please follow the measures listed below order to protect yourself and others:
Mouth and nose protection (MNP)

Wearing a FFP2 mask* without without an exhalation valve is mandatory in the following areas:

    around ticket counter
    in queuing areas, boarding areas, alighting areas, and throughout the journey on all cable cars
    outdoors where it is not possible to maintain the minimum social distance of 2 meter
    in all enclosed spaces
    *Mask requirements:
        from 14 years:     FFP2 mask is mandatory
        6 - 13 years:         MNP (face covering / protective mask) is mandatory
        until 5 years:        no MNP required

 
Minimum social distance

    Please observe the legal minimum social distance of 2 meter from people not in your party
    In cable car cabins/gondolas maintaining the minimum social distance of 2 meter from other people is not a legal requirement

Practice good hygiene

    Please observe general hygiene rules such as regularly washing your hands
    Do not shake hands when greeting others
    If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into the crook of your arm or into a tissue
    We have installed numerous hand disinfection stations throughout our cable car facilities
    Please observe general hygiene rules such as regularly washing your hands
     

Ventilate where possible

    We take care to make sure there is sufficient ventilation in cable car cabins/gondolas and in buildings
    To assist us, please open the windows of cable car cabins/gondolas during your journey where possible

If you don’t feel well, don’t hike

    If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, stay at home or at your accommodation
    Contact the local health authorities by dialling 1450 for further advice (diagnostic clarification)

General

    Follow instructions: Please follow any health recommendations and all instructions issued by our staff
    Install the “Stopp Corona” app: We recommend that guests install the Austrian Federal Government’s “Stopp Corona” app, which functions anonymously
    By acting responsibly, you protect yourself and everyone else

Please respect our COVID-19 safety measures. We will adjust these measures as needed and in accordance with any changes in the law or regulations issued by the Austrian Federal Government. By taking these necessary precautions, you are protecting yourself, other guests and our staff. Thank you for your cooperation!
FAQs: Important questions & answers
COVID-19 safety measures in the summer season

Where do I need to wear a mouth and nose protection (MNP) - FFP2 mask?
Wearing a FFP2 mask is mandatory in the queuing area, in boarding and alighting areas, and when riding cable cars, in all enclosed spaces and in areas where it is not possible to comply with minimum social distancing regulations.

What counts as a MNP mask?
Wearing of a FFP2 mask is mandatory without exception.

What arrangements are in place in queuing areas?
We will arrange queuing areas in a way that avoid groups of people standing close together wherever possible. Wearing a mouth and nose protection (MNP) with an FFP2 mask  is mandatory in all queuing areas.

How many guests are allowed in cable cars and gondolas?
The capacity in the closed cable car cabins / gondolas will be reduced by 50% due to regulatory requirements. Wearing a FFP2 mask is mandatory! We regularly disinfect cable car cabins/gondolas.

What arrangements are in place regarding face masks when using chairlifts, T-bar lifts and magic carpets? FFP2 mask!
Wearing a mouth and nose protection (MNP) with an FFP2 mask is mandatory both in queuing areas and while using the lift facilities.

Are gondolas/cabins ventilated during transport?
We take care to make sure there is sufficient ventilation in cable car cabins/gondolas and in buildings. Cabins are ventilated as effectively as possible when in operation. Please ventilate your cabin during your journey by opening the windows.

What arrangements are in place for enclosed spaces?
Wearing a mouth and nose protection (MNP) mask is mandatory and the minimum social distance of 2 metre must be observed in enclosed spaces.

Where is disinfectant available?
We have provided disinfectant dispensers at numerous points in cable car buildings.

What measures are in place for cable car staff who have contact with customers?
All staff who have direct contact with customers either wear a face covering (protective mask) or are physically separated from guests by specific protective arrangements (i.e. perspex shields).

What regulations are in place for restaurants in the mountains?
Separate regulations are in place for restaurants (including those up in the mountains). These regulations are published [in German only] at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at and are implemented by each establishment.

Test Stations on Holiday

Dear readers, for cable cars and sights around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley, the rules applies: Vaccinated. Tested. Recovered. We have summarised for you below, the most important testing opportunities in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, the Gosau Valley, Obertraun and Bad Ischl. Please register online or by phone.

Test Stations for Bad Goisern

  • Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
    harmacy in the “Baumhaus”
    on the Salzkammergut B145 main road near the Spar supermarket

    Test times

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
    14:00 p.m. - 18:00 hrs.
    Saturday
    8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
    By appointment only, by phone or via the homepage of the “Baumhaus” pharmacy in Bad Goisern


Test Stations for Gosau

  • Contact
    Klaus Kritzinger
    Doctor MD
    Vordertalstrasse 32
    4824 Gosau
    Austria
    Phone: +43 (0) 6135 82 15
  • Office hours
    Klaus Kritzinger
    Doctor M.D
    Monday - Wensday
    13:00 hrs.– 15:00 hrs.
    Friday
    12:00 hrs. – 14:00 hrs.

Testen in Hallstatt und Obertraun

Test Stations for Hallstatt and Obertraun

  • Sonja Gapp
    Doctor’s Practice Hallstatt / Obertraun
    Consultation hours Praxis Hallstatt
    Monday
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
    Tuesday
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
    Wednesday
    17:00 – 19:00 hrs.
    Friday
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
  • Subject to changes

Test Stations for Bad Ischl

Important information about the openings on May 19th

3G applies to all tourism businesses: guests have access if they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.
In order to avoid waiting times, please come to the catering trade already tested.
(No test requirement in retail and when picking up in restaurants because less than 15 minutes)

Upper Austria Tourism: www.oberoesterreich.at/service/aktuelle-information.html
Opening rules WKO: www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/#lp-pom-block-2481

Valid tests:
1. Negative PCR test (valid for 3 days)
2. Negative antigen test from test street, pharmacy, etc. (valid for 2 days)
3. Negative controlled self-test (valid for 2 days)
4. School tests for access also apply to children

5. New from 19.5. Recognition of living room tests using a QR code (valid for 1 day): In addition to the five test kits per person from the pharmacy to date, every household will receive a pack of 20 test kits per month including QR codes from May 18th. Take a picture of the QR code and your negative test result. The confirmation will be sent by email or SMS. This is recognized as an entry test for 24 hours.

Vaccination: Proof by means of a vaccination certificate, vaccination card or printout. Valid from the 22nd day after the first vaccination.
Recovery: separation notice (up to 6 months after recovery), antibody test (up to 3 months nG)

Tests for domestic and foreign guests

  • Please arrive with a test in your pocket (for foreign guests a corresponding test certificate is required when crossing the border)
  • Rapid antigen tests can be carried out in public test stations (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
  • Self-test under supervision in the municipalities (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
  • Self-tests and living room tests with QR code or official registration (valid for 24 hours; attention: this test does not apply to border crossings) - Austrian guests, including those from other federal states, can bring these tests with them from home and also use them on vacation. They apply throughout Austria.
  • Please note: rapid antigen tests in pharmacies are only available for Austrians with an e-card (valid for 48 hours)
  • Point of sale tests are an "emergency solution" for companies to test guests who cannot show a negative COVID-19 test (valid only in this one company)

 6 free test centers

  • Kongresshaus: daily 8:00 -12: 30 & 13:00 16:45.
  • Hospital: Mon-Fri: 6-7: 45 a.m. and 4-7: 45 p.m., Sat. + Sun .: 9:00 – 14:45
  • Rathaus (Pfarrgasse 11, 2nd courtyard): Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00 to 13:00. and 17:00 to 19:00, registration information will follow.
  • Spa pharmacy , Tel. 0800-220 330
  • Marien-Apotheke , Tel. +43 (0) 6132 26 929
  • Esplanande pharmacy : +43 (0) 06132 234270
  • Registration for free testing at:
    Online https://ooe.oesterreich-testet.at
    Telephone: 0800-220 330 ( 7 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • You will receive the test result after approx. 25-30 minutes.
    Without registration, there may be waiting times.
  • Contact
    Trinkhalle Bad Ischl
    Corona Test Station

    Auböckplatz 5
    4820 Bad Ischl
    Austria
    Phone: +43 (0) 732-7720-0
    Impfhotline: 0800-555 621
  • Trinkhalle Bad IschL
    Corona Test Station
    Test times

    Monday - Saturday
    08:00 - 17:00 hrs.
    Sunday and Holiday closed.
  • Subject to changes!

Please note

Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time.
We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.

Your editorial team.

 

 

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

Mountain Moments 2021

© Kraft

Simony Hut: So close to heaven!

© Kraft | Simonyhütte in der Ferieregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

Schilcherhaus on the Gjaidalm

© Kraft | Schilcherhaus auf der Gjaidalm in der Dachstein Wanderwelt in Obertraun

Heilbronn Circular Trail

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

The karst nature trail

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”

© Kraft | Wandern zu den 5 Fingers & Pionierkreuz

Across the karst plateau

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

© Kraft | Simonyhütte in der Dachstein Wanderwelt in Hallstatt / Obertraun bei einem Wanderurlaub in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Lodge on Mount Krippenstein

© Rosifka | Lodge am Krippenstein in Obertraun.

Schilcherhaus on the 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!

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