Across the karst plateau
First of all…
The following hike is a high alpine hiking tour. Mountain experience, stamina, sure-footedness and good preparation are the best prerequisites for a successful and safe day trip. Please do not attempt it wearing sports shoes, normal street shoes or flip-flops! This ensures nothing will get in the way of an adventurous hike. Still have questions? For more safety tips, click here ... And now enjoy reading about this tour.
Nature hike at its finest
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. Along the trail karst patterns highly impress as well as the wide variety of fauna and flora and the easternmost glacier of the Alps. The convenient Dachstein Nature trail features catered mountain lodges (locations where both culinary refreshment and accommodation is offered) within 2 hours walking distances from each other.
The surrounding nature reserve is part of "Natura 2000", the ecological network in the territory of the EU, and of World Heritage site "Hallstatt-Dachstein-Salzkammergut ". The convenient trail, 8 km long, is suitable for everyone and introduces to distinct local features via informative boards containing texts about geology, fauna and flora common to the plateau.
Nature Trail on Mount Krippenstein
Tip from the Editorial Team
Mobile Phone Reception in Alpine Terrain
On this hiking tour you will be in high alpine terrain. Although the mobile phone reception is widespread in Austria, there can still be so-called dead spots in some places. Here are a few important tips for mountain hikers.
You should bear this in mind:
- Carry your mobile phone on your body: Ready to hand!
- Always keep your mobile phone fully charged.
- Take a small power bank with you (additionally charged battery).
- Inform hosts and friends about this tour in advance.
- Also inform them of the exact route.
- You can find more information on emergency calls and tips on "Safety in the mountains" here...
We wish you an eventful hiking day in the Salzkammergut!
Your editorial team
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!
Rest stops & other offers
Mountain Adventures in Obertraun
Obertraun | Krippenstein: 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.
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
The Glacier Garden of Hallstatt
Tour of discovery tour to a stony relic from the last ice age. An excursion tip for the whole family of about 2 to 3 hours. A natural experience in almost any weather
Mountain restaurant Dachstein Krippenstein
Obertraun | HEvent location Dachstein plateau at 2100 m: Mountain restaurant Dachstein Krippenstein.
Events along the way
Breakfast in an Alpine hut: Gjaidalm in Obertraun
Jul. 1 - Sep. 30, 2023 09:00 — 11:00 Gjaidalm, Obertraun
"Obertraun Mountain Moments 2023": Full moon Trip by Dachstein-Krippenstein-Cable Car
Tue, Aug. 1, 2023 19:00 — 22:30 Dachstein-Krippenstein-Cable car, Obertraun
"Obertraun Mountain Moments 2023" Sunrise on the Krippenstein with Alpine Breakfast
Sat, Aug. 19, 2023 05:15 — 09:30 Dachstein-Krippenstein-Cable car, Obertraun
"Obertraun Mountain Moments 2023" Religious worship on the Krippenstein
Thu, Oct. 26, 2023 10:30 Heilbronner Chapel, Obertraun
Available accommodation for your hiking holiday in the Salzkammergut
Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.