The Fascination of Dachstein Mountains

We experience the fascination of Dachstein Mountains and the spirit of the UNESCO World Heritage site

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  • NATURSCHAUSPIEL "Faszination Dachstein"
  • Studentenröschen
  • Zierliche oder Zwerg-Glockenblume
  • Versteinerte Kuhtrittmuscheln
  • Versteinerte Schnecke
  • Ennstaler Silbermantel
  • Scharfkantige Felsformationen
  • Rispen-Steinbrech (Saxifraga paniculata)
  • Herrliche Nektarquelle
  • ©Betty Jehle
  • "Sturmfrisur"
  • ©Betty Jehle
  • Alpenmaßliebchen


  • July 24 / August 21 / September 4 / September 25, 2021

The Dachstein plateau is a fascinating high mountain landscape and due to its uniqueness UNESCO World Heritage. The forces of nature have created the karst area in millions of years, numerous fossils and karst shapes remain. Even today, rainwater still has an abrasive effect on water-soluble limestone. So let’s find out in detail which typical karst forms are created and how it works.

The water flows almost completely through countless cracks and crevices into the interior of the earth, the waterless surface has created a highly specialized flora that flowers particularly intensely and colorfully in the short growing season.

It is a complete contrast to the rocky desert, just like many of the Dachstein pastures that were once here. They haven’t been used for a long time, the bush is advancing, the huts have decayed or only the foundations of the huts are visible. Only the traces of a formerly flourishing alpine pasture can still be seen today, which for centuries supplied the prehistoric Hallstatt and its salt mine with alpine products.

The numerous sensory perceptions of this barren high mountain landscape inspire and fill us with strength and creativity. Like many representatives of art and science, we indulge to the magic of the landscape, which appears timeless as if it represents eternity, or to the train of clouds, which deals with the feeling of infinite freedom and the eternal longing for the distant unknown.

Afterwards you have some free time to visit the “World Heritage Spiral” on the Krippenstein or the “Five Fingers” with the breathtaking view to Hallstatt and Lake Hallstatt, as well as the exhibition “The Dachstein in Climate Change” in the Schönberg Museum.


Location: Obertraun
Family-friendly hike on trails and alpine footpaths with a few ascents and descents, sure-footedness necessary.

Time: From 09:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. Pure walking time approximately 3 hours, total duration of the tour around 5 hours; afterwards some free time, visit of the Schönbergalm Museum optionally possible. The total duration includes the ascents and descents by cable car.

Meeting point: 09:30 a.m. at the valley station of the Krippenstein cable car at the main entrance
Prices: Adult 55,50 € / Senior 52 € / Child (10 - 14 J.) 26 € / Young person 38 €
Group Rates (20 +): Adult 52 € / Child 26 € / Young Persons 34 € / Students group 35 € p.P.

Additional information: Paypal accepted. The price includes the cable car ticket. No further reductions possible for group rates.

Discounts NATURSCHAUSPIEL: Holders of the 4you-Card, Steyr Card, OÖ Family Card, OÖNcard, ÖAMTCard minus 10 percent discount (bring your ID). For members of alpine clubs (Naturfreunde, Alpenverein) the group tariff is applied (take ID card).

Individual arrangements for groups (from 7 people +).


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