Heilbronner circular trail
- pets allowed
- Suitable for families
- Suitable for groups
The Heilbronner Circular Trail is a very family-friendly, well-developed karst trail that leads past the Dachstein Shark and the Heilbronner Cross.
The family-friendly circular trail at over 2000 m altitude
From Obertraun (510 m) take the Dachstein Krippeinstein cable car to conquer 1,600 metres in altitude. At Krippenstein (2,100 m) you can overlook the incredibly wide Dachstein plateau.
From the mountain station of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car, the well-maintained path leads over hilly terrain, which is densely overgrown with dwarf pines.
After a 45-minute walk you will reach the Dachstein Shark, the newest attraction on the Heilbronner Circular Trail. It is especially popular among the smaller hikers, because you can climb into the shark and admire the beautiful landscape through its mouth. The Dachstein Shark therefore quickly became a popular photo point.
After a further 45 minutes the circular trail takes you to the Heilbronner Cross. This cross reminds you of the Dachstein tragedy at Easter 1954, when 10 students and 3 teachers from Heilbronn died during a weatherstorm when hiking in the Dachstein massif.
Continue in a western direction - past the Hirzkarsee - to Krippeneck to the Gjaid station of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car (another 1.5 hours). Take a further 15-minute walk to refresh yourself on the sunny terrace of the Gjaid Alm. Afterwards you will return to the valley with all three sections of the cable car over the Dachstein Krippenstein!
Our tip: Make a stopover at the Dachstein Krippenstein. Take another 2 hours and visit the 5Fingers viewing plattform and the World Heritage Spiral. You can enjoy magnificent views of the karst formation.
Reward yourself afterwards with a small break in the Lodge at Krippenstein or in the Mountain Restaurant Dachstein Krippenstein.
Federal road B158 direction Bad Ischl
in Bad Ischl driveway onto Salzkammergut Straße B145 in direction to Bad Goisern, Hallstatt and Obertraun, in Obertraun turn right direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
A1 motorway exit Regau on Salzkammergut Straße B145 direction Gmunden, Bad Goisern, Hallstatt and Obertraun, in Obertraun turn right direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
A9 motorway exit Liezen on B320
in Trautenfels turn onto Salzkammergut Straße B145 via Bad Aussee to Obertraun, in Obertraun turn left direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
A10 Tauernautobahn to exit "Eben im Pongau", from there via Annaberg, Gosau and Hallstatt to Obertraun, in Obertraun turn right direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
get off at the bus station “Obertraun Dachsteinseilbahn"
from Linz/Salzburg to Attnang-Puchheim, change to train to Stainach-Irdning
or from Stainach-Irdning Zug direction Attnang-Puchheim
get off at train station "Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen", from there 45 min to walk or change to the bus
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: 300
- Parking area for disabled: 5
- Bus parking space: 10
free of charge
- Suitable for groups
- Suitable for schools
- Pets allowed
- Suitable for teenagers
- Suitable for seniors
- Suitable for single travelers
- Suitable for friends
- Suitable for couples
- Suitable for children
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