In the region of the natural beauties Hallstättersee and Dachstein a top hiking experience with various beautiful trails awaits you, right in the heart of the Salzkammergut. The Hohe Dachstein is located as 'Drei-Länder-Berg' at the intersection of the Austrian provinces of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria. For centuries, landscape painters have been attracted by the rugged karst landscape, the light grey rock walls and the deep blue mountain lakes. Today, the picturesque landscape attracts not only painters and photographers but also hikers and mountaineers. And since 1997 it has been official: UNESCO has declared the mountains of the Dachstein massif a World Heritage Site.
The steeply sloping limestone walls pose great challenges even for experienced mountaineers and rock climbers. But our hikes prove that families and leisurely hikers in the Dachstein Mountains can also have a good time.
Numerous well-prepared hiking trails lead along the mountain slopes, through quiet valleys to glittering mountain lakes. Thanks to two mountain cable cars, you can easily overcome countless meters of altitude and thus have enough energy to explore the unique landscape and enjoy the magnificent views of the surroundings.
On top of the Krippenstein you have a phenomenal view of the Dachstein massif, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Thanks to the Dachstein cable car, you can set the 1,600 vertical meters back from Obertraun at lightning speed and enjoy the view up here in peace and quiet.From the mountain station it is only a short distance to the Krippenstein, where you will find the panorama platform of the Weltterbespirale. A little further along the path you come to the 5Fingers viewing platform with the World Heritage view of Lake Hallstatt. But this platform is not for the faint-hearted and only for giddiness-free hikers: Like an outstretched hand the 5Fingers protrude over the abyss and from the fingertips you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.If you've seen enough of the panorama, it's back to the cable car and down to Obertraun. Of course, if you like, you can also join the circular hike to Heilbronner Kreuz.Prices and departure times of the cable car can be found at dachstein-salzkammergut.com/de
The Gosauseen belong with the Dachsteinpanorama to the most beautiful lakes in the entire Dachstein mountains. The two lakes are bordered by the high cliffs of the Gosaukamm and from the beginning of the hike you can see the Hohe Dachstein towering at the end of the valley. This gorgeous view has also inspired countless artists, as many paintings can attest.The hike runs along the entire route on a comfortable gravel road and starts at the Vorderen Gosausee. You walk along the northern shore, from where you have the better view of the valley. Past the small Gosaulacke you soon reach the Hinterer Gosausee, which is fed by underground springs and meltwater from the Dachstein massif.After a leisurely rest at the Gasthaus Hohe Holzmeisteralm, the route goes back to the starting point.
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The Hochmoor Löckernmoos is a magical place. You can discover countless animal and plant species that grow and thrive in the Dachstein massif only at this point. The damp soil is dotted with cottongrass, juniper and blackberry hedges.The hike starts at the Schleifsteinhauer huts, which you can reach in about two hours from Gosau. From there, the trail leads over wooden footbridges in the middle of the moor and to the picturesque Löckernsee. Here you also have a great view of the rugged Gosaukamm with the distinctive peak of Bischofsmütze. At the end of the round trip you can take a rest in the Badstubnhütte before you start the return journey to Gosau.If you want to save the two-hour ascent, then in summer you can take the Gosau tourist train to the "Schleifsteinhauerhütten" on Tuesdays and Sundays. It is a tractor with a large trailer, which brings you up the mountain comfortably. You can book your ride in the slow train by the tourist office in Gosau on +43 5 95095-20.
On this hike, you come very close to the high mountains and there is hardly a better place than the Hütteneckalm to enjoy the view of the Dachstein.Although there are two short, rocky passages on the hike, it is perfect for families with brave children.The tour starts at the car park next to the Berghof Predigstuhl. On a forest road you climb up to the Rossmoosalm and follow the path into a light mountain forest.At a hut branches off the narrow Jubiläumssteig and it goes over rugged rocks and over the thinly vegetated slope to Hütteneckalm.After a long rest, the route now heads back towards Rossmoosalm. The path leads you through the rocks of a landslide. From the Rossmoosalm it goes the same way back to the starting point.
This leisurely hike takes you on pram-capable paths from the mountain station of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car in a loop to the cable car station Gjaid. On the way you can expect beautiful views of the rocky landscape of the Dachstein massif.The trail leads you from the mountain station on the Krippenstein through sparse pine forests to the Heilbronner Kreuz. Here you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the rugged nature.From the cross, continue downhill to the Gjaid station of the cable car. With the gondola it goes first to Krippenstein and then with another stop on the Schönbergalm down to Obertraun.If you like, you can still make a detour to the airy viewing platform 5Fingers at Krippenstein.Prices and departure times of the cable car can be found at dachstein-salzkammergut.com/de
The picturesque Echerntal with the roaring Waldbach, the steep cliffs and the picturesque Hallstatt was a special attraction for landscape painters.This theme trail leads you from the small town of Hallstatt up to the Waldbachfall. Along the way you will find numerous information boards, on which the paintings of the famous painters are displayed.The tour starts at the parking lot 2 of the Salzbergbahn and leads on quiet paths through the historic settlement of the Echerntals. Soon after, you will slowly rise and have a look at an important natural monument: the glacier garden has been sanded by glacier water over the past 12,000 years. Numerous glacier pots have formed in which water collects after heavy rains.Even before you reach the forest creek, one of the most beautiful vantage points awaits you at the world heritage site Hallstatt. The valley opens up below you and gives you a view of the small town and the blue lake.After a short, last climb you reach the forest stream, which flows here in a narrow ravine in waterfalls in the direction of the valley. The hiking trail leads you down the roaring waters and finally you walk across the green meadows back to the starting point.
The hike up the Hohe Kalmberg is a true summit tour. Thanks to well-developed hiking trails, you can also enjoy the beautiful view on the summit as a lowland hiker.The tour starts at the trail car park Trockentann on the edge of Ramsau. Already from here you can see the Goiserer hut high up on the mountain. On a comfortable forest road, it goes through a clear whale steadily uphill and after a short serpentine section you reach the Goiserer hut.After a short rest on the cozy hut, it takes about 45 minutes to reach the summit of the high Kalmberg. From there you have a great panoramic view of the Goisertal, the Gosau Valley and the Dachstein.Then it goes back to the Goiserer hut and on the trail over the so-called knee down to Hochmuth. From there you hike back to the starting point on a comfortable way.