Via ferrata Donnerkogel
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The via ferrata on the "Donnewrkogel" is accessible from the middle of June till the middle of Oktober.
The via Ferrata Donnerkogel featuring the "Ladder to heaven" is definitely one of the most beautiful ferratas in the Salzkammergut
The attraction stairway to heaven here in Gosau at Dachstein, is part of the via ferrata Donnerkogel, which is between the Zwieselalm Area and the summit of the Donnerkogel.
The hike to the via ferrata is not long it just takes about 15 Minutes from the top station of the Gosaukammbahn, the climb itself takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on you speed and experience in climbing via ferratas.
Total time with descent between 5 and 6 hours.
The via Ferrata is graded C/D, very difficult, on the via Ferrata scale, climbers have to be experienced when doing it. Hiking down from the top of Donnerkogel will last for about 1 ½ hours. If you are a beginner, it is definitely recommeded for you to take a guided tour, by one of our mountain guides.
In case of emergency call the mountain rescue under 140
Download the via ferrata guide of Bad Goisern, Gosau at Dachstein, Hallstatt and Obertraun.
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Details - climbing mount
- difficulty acc. to Kurt Schall: very difficult (D)
- Hop off description: Access about 30 minutes from the Gosaukamm cable car mountain station on trail 611 to the "Törleggsattel", from here descend a few metres to the entrance on the left.
- Hop on description: From the summit of the "Großer Donnerkogel", descend trail 628 and follow the markings to the "Törleggsattel", from here follow trail 611 to the Gosaukamm cable car mountain station.
The via ferrata is opened during the summer months
Motorway exit Golling via B162 Abtenau and B166 to Gosau
Motorway exit Regau on Salzkammergut street B145 towards Gmunden and Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern, in Bad Goisern turn right onto B166, at the Gosaumühle junction turn right towards Gosau
Motorway exit Liezen on the B320, in Trautenfels turn on Salzkammergut street B145 to Bad Aussee, turn on Koppen street through Obertraun and Hallstatt, at the Gosaumühle junction turn left towards Gosau
Tauern motorway to exit “Eben im Pongau”, via the B166 Pass Gschütt federal road to Gosau
Attnang-Puchheim - Stainach-Irdning lines
Arrival by train in "Steeg / Gosau" then continue with bus 542 in the direction Gosausee
Bus 470 (Abtenau - Gosau) direction Gosau, stop Gosau Abzw. Pass Gschütt
Bus 542 (Bad Ischl - Gosausee) direction Gosausee, stops Haltestelle: Gosau Klaushof, Gosau Bärnausiedlung, Gosau Ressenbachweg, Gosau Vordertal B166, Gosau Ramsau B166, Gosau, Gemeindeamt, Abzw. Pass Gschütt, Gosau Wirtsweg, Gosau Leitenweg, Gosau Schüttmannweg, Mittertal b. Gosau Ort, Mittertal, Hornspitzlift, Hintertal b. Gosau Falmbach, Hintertal b. Gosau Mühlradl, Hintertal b. Gosau Ort, Hintertal b. Gosau Madlgasse, Hintertal b. Gosau Schmiedweg, Hintertal b. Gosau Freilichtmuseum,Hintertal b. Gosau Zwieselalmbahn (Panoramajet), Hintertal b. Gosau Gosaukammbahn
Detailed information on the respective train and bus times can be found at https://www.oebb.at/en/ (train) and https://www.postbus.at/en(bus).
- Parking space: 200
- Parking area for disabled: 4
- Bus parking space: 4
- Suitable for teenagers
- Suitable for single travelers
- Suitable for friends
- Suitable for couples
Only climbable at very good weather conditions.Most economical season
Please get in touch for more information.
Via ferrata Donnerkogel Dachstein Tourismus AG
Phone +43 5 95095 - 20
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