Obertraun Mountain Experience

Däumelkogel and Heilbronn Cross

On this guided, scenic, and high alpine mountain hike on the balcony of the Dachstein plateau, we explore the karst mountains with all their facets and habitats.

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  • Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Thursday, August 12, 2021
  • Sunday, September 26, 2021
  • on demand

From the top station of the Krippenstein funicular we climb down to the Däumelsee, the only "real" lake on the karst plateau. Then we cross the heavily karstified area and head straight for the Däumelkogel, which guards the north edge of the plateau like a gatekeeper.

We follow the footpath to a rock belt, which we overcome in a short climb. A few minutes later we reach the summit marked by a cross and offering beautiful views. Back on the plateau, the footpath leads us through the richly shaped karst landscape, where we meet caves, sinkholes, karst lanes and ancient mountain pastures. Numerous protected alpine plants delight our eyes. With a bit of luck, chamois will cross our way.

At the Heilbronner Kreuz we enjoy the view of the surrounding peaks and our snack we brought with us. The square commemorates the tragic accident of 1954, when a group of students and their three teachers got lost and froze to death in a snowstorm. Finally, it goes back to the starting point very comfortably.


Location: Obertraun
Characteristics and requirements:
Moderately difficult mountain hike, partly on unmarked trails with an easy and short climbing section. Surefootedness and a head for heights are necessary. 400 meters altitude und 8.5 kilometres distance. Pure walking time about 4.5 hours
Time: 09:30 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. Uhr.
Meeting point: 09:20 a.m. at Obertraun, valley station of  the Dachstein-Krippenstein funicular
Prices: Adult 56 € (including funicular)

Special arrangements for school classes and groups on demand.**

**The maximum number of people (per guide) is based on the current Corona regulations.


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