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Dachstein Salzkammergut

With its Giant Ice Cave, Mammoth Cave and viewing platforms, the Krippenstein near Obertraun is one of the attractions not to be missed during your visit to the Salzkammergut.

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.

NEW: In 2018 the Giant Ice Cave was re-staged! You can expect cave bears, a suspension bridge and a new light and sound show!


Stunning views

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.


The following photo gallery can be navigated with the arrow keys (left, right).

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.


The Krippenstein in 360°

To the Dachstein Salzkammergut panorama tour


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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Dachstein Tourismus AG

Winkl 34,  4831 Obertraun am Hallstättersee
Tel: +43 50 140
Fax: +43 50 140-12 300