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Climbers in the wall (Photo: www.werbegams.at)

Climbing
in the Dachstein Salzkammergut

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FAQs about climbing

What can I climb in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut?

Climbers who enjoy long multi-rope tours get their money's worth the most, but sport climbers don't miss out either. In the eternall wall ("Ewige Wand") in Bad Goisern even very strong climbers will find a challenge. Click here for an overview of the climbing routes.

Which climbing difficulties are there in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

Gosau at Dachstein, Obertraun, Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt and Hallstatt offer a great ambience for climbers of all kinds, almost all levels of difficulty are available. Especially in the countless multi-pitch routes, beginners will find their luck, these are rated on the UIAA scale. Some of the climbing gardens are rated according to the French Scale, especially on the eternall wall ("Ewige Wand") advanced climbers will find a paradise to let off steam.

How are the tours secured?

Many of the tours are super secured with drill and glue hooks. In the alpine area there are also tours that are badly secured or not secured at all, but it is best to talk to a mountain guide before such a tour.

What kind of rock does the region offer?

The region is mainly influenced by the Dachstein massif, here you will find the Dachstein limestone, which is great for climbing. This rock, known among climbers as a very high quality rock, offers a great variation.

When is the best time for climbing?

In spring and autumn the conditions are optimal, although in higher areas you have to reckon with occasional snow, in the summer months some walls can become unpleasant due to too much heat.

Are there also fixed rope routes in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

The region offers via ferratas for young and old, from beginners to professionals. In the via ferrata test area at the reservoir in Gosau am Dachstein you can try out all difficulties from A to F.  One of the most famous via ferrata in Austria is also located in the Gosau valley, the Donnerkogel via ferrata, with the impressive Himmelsleiter (only suitable for experienced climbers). In Hallstatt, Obertraun and Bad Goisern there are also varied via ferrata from easy to difficult.

Is it also possible to climb in winter?

Most of the routes and tours are not climbable in winter, especially when there is a lot of snow. However, there are some climbing gardens that are spared from wind and weather for the most part and have pleasant temperatures even in sunny weather. Here we can recommend the eternall wall ("Ewige Wand") or the Zwerchwand in Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt.