Mount Krippenstein - © Kraft

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 & unforgettable mountain moments: Mountain Moments 2024

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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

Simony Hut: So close to heaven!

© Kraft | Simonyhütte in der Ferieregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

Hike to the Wiesberghaus

© Kraft | Wandern zum Wiesberghaus in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut in Österreich

Hiking to the viewing plattform ”5Fingers”

© Kraft | Wandern zu den 5 Fingers & Pionierkreuz

Hiking trail “Margschierf” on Mout Krippenstein

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

Hike to the ice cave in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt

© Dachstein AG | Wanderung zur Eishöhle

Hike to the Zwölferkogel in Obertraun

©Osborne / Wanderung auf den Zwölferkogel in Obertraun

Mountain huts in the Dachstein hiking world

Simony hut (Simonyhütte) Hallstatt

© 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

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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.

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!

Warning: Closed trails
Better to know before you go

Hiking trails in the Salzkammergut can be closed for various reasons. To help you prepare for your hike, we have set up a page with current road closures in the region. This will help you get to your destination without any detours or stress. Click here to visit the page...

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