A glacier full of possibilities
The Dachstein, the highest mountain in Styria, impresses with its unparalleled natural scenery. Already the ascent with the panorama gondola of the Dachstein Glacier gondola is a unique experience.
After a six-minute drive you will find yourself in a natural paradise, far away from everyday life, surrounded by the rugged cliffs of the Dachstein massif with a view over Austria's mountain peaks. At the latest on arrival at the Dachstein Glacier, at an altitude of 2,700 m above sea level, the impressive mountain world provides unforgettable moments. Even UNESCO has included the Dachstein/Hallstatt-Salzkammergut region in its list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – a distinction of the highest international standing.
Attractions at airy heights
The spectacular viewing platform Dachstein Sky Walk, directly next to the mountain station of the gondola, not only provides an unforgettable view with its glass floor, but also a breathtaking deep view! Directly under your feet stretches the 250 meter vertically sloping rock face of the Hunerkogel, which otherwise can only be climbed via the via ferrata. On cloudless days you can see from the Sky Walk to the Hohe Tauern and as far as Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
Not only the Dachstein Sky Walk provides the ultimate thrill, but also the Dachstein Suspension Bridge offers you breathtaking moments with the "Stairway to Nothingness". Austria's highest suspension bridge with connection to the Dachstein Ice Palace is an attraction not to be missed. If you dare to go on the suspension bridge, your gaze falls on the 400 m deep rocks of the Dachstein mountain range below you. At the other end of the suspension bridge you then have the opportunity to stand on the "Stairway to Nothingness". Here you have the unique feeling of floating freely in the air and still being safe. In addition, the "Stairway to Nothingness" is your ideal photo point!
After the high-altitude rush, you can pay a visit to the Dachstein Ice Palace. Here, a mystical world of ice and snow awaits you deep inside the glacier. In the current exhibition "Up to the mountains" you can marvel at a helicopter, the first drag lift or an ibex. The ice sculptures were made from natural glacier ice and additionally up to 62 tons of clarified industrial ice. The Ice Palace is located just a three-minute walk from the top station of the Dachstein Glacier Lift and is open to visitors every day.
The Dachstein not only wins you over with stunning natural snow slopes for skiers and snowboarders, but also with perfectly groomed cross-country skiing trails. They are considered to be an international training centre for cross-country skiers, biathletes and Nordic combined athletes. In autumn, on peak days, up to 700 athletes from more than 25 nations gather here.
Besides the world elite, you can also find many hobby sportsmen and women on the panorama trail. You can enjoy up to 18km of the best prepared cross-country skiing trails in the middle of an unforgettable mountain landscape.
The Freeride run, the “Edelgriess“ is considered one of the nicest Freeride runs in the Alps. However, "sure-footedness" and advanced skills are necessary in order to be able to ski down the southern massif of the Dachstein to Ramsau. 1600 metres of powder snow fun in a magnificent rocky setting, with a view of the Planai and Schladming, and slopes with gradients of up to 45 degrees.
Between steep rock barriers and limestone walls there are cirques, gullies and compacted snow flanks of the Dachstein. A total of eight kilometres to Ramsau makes up this spectacular descent!
Crossing the Dachstein
Crossing the Dachstein, is popular with both locals and guests. It is one of the classic, big ski crossings in the Alps and can usually be made in late winter and spring. Austria’s National- Ski Tour is one of the most spectacular routes, where you can “discover” the UNESCO World natural and cultural heritage of Dachstein.
The run down is a 25 km long route from the Dachstein summit regions via the Simonyhütte and Gjaidalm down to the Hallstätter See Lake, 2,200 m below. To get back to the Dachstein valley station without any problems, there are Planai-buses from Obertraun to Schladming.