The Welterbespirale on the Dachstein Krippenstein at sunset (Photo: Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut)

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Full Moon and Sunrise Excursions

Take a sunrise cable car trip to the summit of the Krippenstein in Obertraun at the base of the Dachstein, and experience sunrise at an altitude of 2 100 m. You will literally be lifted out of darkness.

The cable car terminus was built in the 1950s, surrounded by woodland, on a small elevation just outside Obertraun. In the darkness the headlights of the cars shine like bright lights in the woodland as nature lovers assemble in the darkness by the cable car terminus.


The little cabins ...

... of the mountain gondola sway gently as we make our way up to the summit.  On the horizon, mountain summit after mountain summit begin to glow red. As we reach 2.100 m above sea level, you might ask yourself where the word „Morgengrauen“ (morning gray) comes from. It is more like a „morning red“ which becomes stronger and brighter as the sun rises like a giant red fire ball. At this moment the sun is so bright  you can still see it with your eyes closed. If you turn your back on the sun and look towards the Dachstein, the view is equally as impressive. One by one, the summits of the Dachstein, the glacier, the Dirndln, the Koppenkarstein and many others become visible, bathed in gentle sunlight.  A new day has begun, a little cloud hovers gently over the Dachstein massif, and just behind are little shadows.


Mesmerized, ...

... nature lovers stand on the summit of the Krippenstein capturing the moment with their cameras. A perfect addition to this very special occasion is always a morning stroll to the „5fingers“or the World Heritage Spiral.

The day has only just begun, but everyone already feels a true sense of happiness.  A relaxed breakfast at the Krippensteinwith views towards the summit of the Dachstein further enhances that feeling of well-being as you carry on throughout the day.


Book your full moon excursion here!

Book your sunrise excursion here!


The best and very special present: Buy here a voucher for a full moon or sunrise ride on the Dachstein Krippenstein.



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Full Moon Excursions

For those who are not early risers but would still like to observe the transition from night to day, there are also „Sunset Trips“. Accompanied by the Obertrauner Weisenbläser brass musicians, you take a stroll to the „5fingers“ and watch as the sun slowly disappears behind the mountain summits, and the full moon, in all its glory, lights up the night sky.

The silver light from the moon is powerful enought to light up our trail back and to bathe the summit of the Dachstein and its glacier in mystic light. The walk back is truly atmospheric. Here we can sit and relax and enjoy some refreshments. The crowning glory of the evening is the ascent to the valley by Krippenstein cable car. In the sky above, the full moon is surrounded by little stars, and down in the valley, the lights from the villages of Obertraun and Hallstatt twinkle in the dark. The houses form a little trail of light across the slopes of the Sarstein and along the lake shore at the foot of the Plassen.


Contact & Service

Tourist information Obertraun
Nr. 180
4831 Obertraun

+43 5 95095-40
+43 5 95095-74


Don’t hesitate to contact the team of local guides at the tourist board Obertraun - Andrea Schwarzlmüller and Manuela Elmer – for any questions about Obertraun and the holiday area Dachstein Salzkammergut.

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Sights on the Dachstein Krippenstein

Obertraun Mountain Moments

Obertraun Mountain Moments - sunrise trip to the summit of the Krippenstein in Autumn

The special trip with the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car in Obertraun is an ideal start for hikes and mountain tours in the extensive Dachstein massif. ...
Time period: to 10.10.2020
Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
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Obertraun Mountain Moments- full moon ride to the peak of Krippenstein

Experience a unique trip with the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car at full moon in Obertraun.
Time period: to 02.10.2020
Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
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Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

The Dachstein Krippenstein cable car not only takes you to the Schönbergalm, the Dachstein Ice Caves and to the Mammoth Cave without any need to flex those muscles, it also takes you to Obertraun’s local mountain, the Krippenstein at 2100m. You don’t...

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Five Fingers

5 Fingers Viewing Platform

5fingers viewing platform This visitor attraction opened at the beginning of October, 2006. Also known as the "World Heritage View Point". Built 500 metres above ground, the viewing platform is in the shape of a hand with 5 fingers, and protrudes...

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World Heritage Spiral

Relax on the Dachstein-Krippenstein peakJust a few minutes from the mountain station for the Dachstein-Krippenstein cable car is the World Heritage Spiral viewing platform, where there are comfortable places to stop off for a rest and relaxing...

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