The Krippenstein in Obertraun is well-known as a Freeride ski resort. In the summer, the area is just as popular, and is one of the loveliest places to visit in the region.
Caves and mountain view-points
With its cave systems, cable car, mountain viewing platforms an incredible network of hiking trails, visitors return to the valley having enjoyed an amazing day out, even if the weather was not kind. The underground labyrinth of narrow passageways and vast chambers fascinate vistors of all ages. The Giant Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave are accessible by cable car, and from the terminus a 10 minute walk will bring you to the entrance to the caves. The caves have their own individual charm: the Ice Caves are famous for their huge ice sculptures, and the Mammoth Caves for their vast caverns. The somewhat smaller Koppenbrüller Cave are down in the valley and are easily accessible on foot.
The Krippenstein Cable Car transports you to a point more than 2000 metres above sea level. Anyone who has been here will have told you about the breath-taking views. Two viewing platforms have been constructed to provide visitors with optimal views across the Dachstein Salzkammergut Area which is also proud to be a World Heritage Region. The World Heritage Spiral and the 5fingers are illuminated at night, and can be seen from far into the distance.
NEW! A shark („Hai“) on the Krippenstein!
An 8 metre long shark is a recently constructed „Hai-light“ on the Krippenstein in Obertraun. After a spectacular „rescue“ from Lake Hallstatt, the shark was flown directly to the summit of the more than 2000 metre high Krippenstein where he is always eager to receive visitors. From his gigantic mouth there are extensive views of the Dachstein glacier. It is a 30 minute walk approx. to the shark which is located on the Heilbronn Circular Trail.
Hiking on the Krippenstein
Asides the short trail to the viewing platforms, the Krippenstein has lots more on offer to seasoned walkers. This mountain plateau is of just as much appeal to walkers and hikers with lots of experience as to those taking their first steps. The „Walking in Obertraun in Autumn“ package offers escorted hiking tours in the Krippenstein region. This insiders‘ tip is well worth remembering as a means of discovering and exploring the many aspects of the Krippenstein area.