The World Heritage Village Obertraun is small but beautiful. It is situated on the shores of Lake Hallstatt and surrounded by unspoilt nature. The village is located in a valley along the mouth of the River Traun, and is surrounded by high mountains. The most striking feature of the area is the Dachstein Krippenstein (2 100 metres) which stands guard over the valley and is a paradise for outdoor activities. From Obertraun you can quickly and easily reach the Dachstein Caves and walk around beautiful, magical, energy-giving locations such as the Lake Koppenwinkel or the Koppenbrüller Cave. Also, it is only a short distance to the cooling waters of the lake and to the ski resort!
- Obertraun has a population of 745 and borders directly on to the south-eastern shore of Lake Hallstatt. The settlement is located at an altitude of 533 metres, and behind it towers the Krippenstein (2 100m)
- Attractions include: boat landings for trips on Lake Hallstatt, cycle hire and the Krippenstein cable car
To this day
- St Nicholas crosses the lake each December to Obertraun in a special boat known as a “Fua”
- The heraldic animal of Obertraun is the bear in remembrance of the skeletal finds of a cave bear from the early Stone Age
In the past
- Many woodworkers lived in Obertraun, and felled trees to build the Brew house in Hallstatt. The River Traun and Lake Hallstatt provided “drift water” for timber transportation
- The corridors of the Dachstein Caves were once formed by an underground river. Due to ice and climate changes, gigantic caverns have been formed in the mountain.
- The Dachstein KrippensteinFreesports Arena is an Eldorado for the free rider community
- A very popular attraction is the eleven kilometre long ski run with a difference in height of 1500 m.
- The Lake Koppenwinkel – a magical place said to have energy-giving powers