Austria, Dachstein – Rocky Giant
Autumn is already there in Lower Austria. The autumn is linked with wine. There are over 100 Lower Austrian towns preparing celebrations.
There is a beautiful plateau which makes the majority of the massifs area. The top peaks of Dachstein are, beginnig in the west, Torstein (2 948 m), Hohes Kreuz (2 837 m), or the highes of themt Hoher Dachstein (2 995 m) etc. The highest and very steep summits are situated on the south of the massif. Hoher Dachstein is surrounded by glaciers on the northwest and northeast. Icy white carpet on the west is called Gosaugletscher (Gosau glacuer) and the one on the east is Hallstätter Gletscher. The mouth of the Schladminger Gletscher stretches up to Koppenkarstein. There are two ski tows, and a snowpak. In the snowpark you can find a huge jump which often Czech athletes train on. And you can ski there any time. Skiing is a great experience in the begining of November. However, the small area for slope skiing will quickly get on your nerves (especially when you are used to endless Alpine slopes). Cross-country skiers will love it there for there are two circuits. There are different pass prices. Cross country skiers pay little bit less.
K ledovci Schladminger Gletscher vede z jihu jediná lanovka Dachstein Südwandbahn is the only cable car which gets you to Schladminger Gletscher glacier from the south. It is, of course, the easiest means to get there regardless if you have skis to ride down the slopes or just intending to enjoy the vista. A return ticket for the cable car costs 36 euros during the summer months. In case you want to visit other beautiful tourist attractions (Ice Palace or a hanging bridge) you need to add 8,5 euros to it. The hanging bridge as well as the Ice Palace are near the top station of the cable car. Maybe you would prefer to rather climb the peaks of the southern summits. No problem. There are secured trails (klettersteig) along which you can get to the glacier (you need to carry climbing equipment, however). Yet there is a problem. Once you stand at the edge of the ridge and you know that you need to get back to your car at the bottom station of the cable car you must know there is now trail you can get there on foot. So, you will need to ride the cable car. Be ready to pay 22 euros for a one-way ticket. And be there on time for the last cable car cabin departs at 5.30 p.m.
In Obertraun town in the north, you can step in onto a cable car which gets you to Dachstein – Dachstein Krippenstein. It gets you up to 2060 meters. There is a stop in the middle of the route which is worth to step off to see one of local natural phenomenna – the Ice Cave or the Mamoth Cave. You can buy the ticket when buying a cable car ticket at the bottom station (the cost for a cable car and one entrance to one of the cave is 31 €). When you buy the ticket you will be directed to a window where an employee will write you down to what group you belong to and where you need to go to begin your tour with. Enjoy.
GPS: 47°32'35.9"N 13°41'25.7"E
Text and photos: Martina Brožková
Austria is a typical mountain country mostly consisting of the Eastern Alps. Austrian Alpine terrain is typical for vast mountain ranges divided by deep valleys and mountains steeply declining to valleys.
Winter vacation usually means skiing, but a suitably combined sport and exploring interesting places can make us even more interesting leisure time. The ideal conditions for such an enjoyable vacation are the SalzburgerLand - large ski resorts near the stunning historic city, you just want to go there!
Maintained slopes, snow covered landscape, amazing vistas, mountain air, cozy cabins – all of these are ingrediends for an unforgettable winter vacation.
The highest peak of Dachstein is called Hoher Dachstein. It is a massive mountain rising to 2 995 m. You can find it above sleep southern slopes. You can reach the glacier are below the summit either by walking from the northwest (usually from Adamek Hütte and Simony Hütte). You will go along ferratas along the southern slope. Or you can take the Südwandbahn cable car (as we mentioned in our previous articles).
We are at Südwandblick, a resting area at 2510 meters. We have just written our names into the summit book of records. Now we can go on and we are still not at our final destination. Through C/D section we got atop a terrace at high altitude. There you can barely reach rope on the wall separating you from the abyss (if you are not tall). The trail from here is, however, easy. The height however is awesome.
Der Johann is the king of all Dachstein ferratas (klettersteig). This is thanks to its location, difficulty and the lenght. It easy to access. Red dots mark it all the way. I tis recommended to park your car at the bottom station of the Dachstein Südwandbahn cable car. Once there, set off to the righ along the cables in the direction upwards to Südwand Hütte. You get under the cables when the trail swerves westards. In 40 minutes of walk you get to beautiful stone paved trail. However, you just go around it. By following the directions you will move in the northwest direction and there you board the klettersteig after an hour of walk.
The northwest of Dachsteinu is characteristic for raising slightly. There are also glaciers. You can’t get to the top no other way than going on your own (there are no cable cars). The western part of Dachstein has only one large mountain cabin Adamek Hütte (2 196 m n. m.), ke které se nejlépe dostanete od Gosausee (10 minutes by car from Gosau village). I tis a beautiful lake great for taking a swim shielded by two thousand meters high mountains in the south.
Dachstein massif can be accessed from any direction. There are many advantages to every of them. The most popular are cable cars (we told you about them in the first part of the series). Dachstein Südwandbahn is a cable car in the south. It takes you almost one kilmoeter up above the clouds in just ten minutes. There is a restaurant at the upper cable car station. You can find it on the top of Hunerkogel mountain.
The winter is here but there is not much snow in our country. If you are not satisfied with our pistes covered with artificial snow then go to the Alps.
Everybody who loves skiing the region of Schladming-Dachstein is the thing. Situated in the heart of Austria (Styria) the region has many events to offer as well as perfect downslopes as well as cross country tracks. But this is hardly everything!
In case you are looking for a more complex ferrate then visit Drachenwand in the Austrian Alps. To get grandiose look over Mondsee and Dachstein you need to be physically fit, have inner strength and experience. Thanks to this you will enjoy your climb up the Dragon Wall (Drachenwand) and also the view of the Alps.
Lets see one of the most beautiful via ferrates in the Alps. Calm surface of blue salt Traunstein lake is beneath you guarded by the Julian Alps. Dachstein bows in the distance, Totes Gebirge and Bohemian Forest are in the distance. This is Traunstein.
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