A day on the Dachstein - Dachstein Glacier

Dachstein mountain massif


A day on the Dachstein

From indescribable views to unique nature experiences, a day on the Dachstein offers an unforgettable day.

The impressive mountain landscape on the Dachstein is truly breathtaking. With its peaks and rugged cliffs, this place offers unparalleled beauty. From the Dachstein massif you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and lakes. The clear mountain air and the silence of nature offer space for relaxation and recreation.

Dachstein gondola valley station in winter
Dachstein gondola valley station in winter

The approach to the Dachstein

You can get to the valley station of the Hunerkogelbahn, also known as the Dachstein Gletscherbahn, in different ways. The cable car is located in Ramsau am Dachstein in Styria, Austria.

By car, you can easily get there via the A10 and the B320. There is plenty of parking directly at the valley station. If you travel by public transport, the Ramsau region offers a well-developed bus service that connects the different regions. The nearest bus stop to the valley station of the Hunerkogelbahn is called "Dachsteinseilbahn".

Once arrived, the way to the Hunerkogelbahn is well signposted. The modern cable car, which can accommodate up to 60 people, takes visitors comfortably and safely to the top station at 2,700 metres above sea level. The gondola ride to the top station already offers a first taste of the breathtaking panorama that awaits visitors on the Dachstein. The ascent takes about 6 minutes and is an experience in itself.

During the ride up, you have an impressive view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the valley far below. On clear days, the view reaches as far as the Hohe Tauern in the south.

Once at the top station, a breathtaking panorama of the Dachstein glacier and the surrounding peaks opens up. This is also where you will find the Hunerkogel restaurant, which is located at an altitude of 2,700 metres, making it one of the highest restaurants in Austria. The restaurant's spacious terrace offers a fantastic view of the glacier and the surrounding mountains. The menu of the Hunerkogel restaurant offers a varied selection of Austrian and international dishes. The traditional Styrian cuisine, prepared with regional ingredients, is particularly recommended.

Dachstein Skywalk Mountain Station
Dachstein Skywalk Mountain Station

Discover the Dachstein Glacier

Sky Walk

The Sky Walk on the Dachstein Glacier is an experience not to be missed. Suspended 250 metres above the abyss, this viewing platform offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks and valleys. The glass construction lets you experience the feeling of floating above the world while enjoying the spectacular panorama. On a clear day, the view extends to the distant peaks of the Hohe Tauern and the glittering lakes of the Salzkammergut. 

Ice Palace

Located in the heart of the glacier, the Ice Palace takes you on a journey into an icy world of sparkling crystal and frosty beauty. Upon entering the Ice Palace, you feel as if you are in another world, surrounded by massive ice formations that refract the light in a variety of blue hues. Guided tours of the palace offer the opportunity to learn more about the geology of the glacier and admire the spectacular ice sculptures created by local artists. Every season the Ice Palace presents new works of art.

Dachstein Caves Ice Palace
Dachstein Caves Ice Palace

Hiking on the glacier

On the Dachstein glacier you can ski and snowboard all year round. The glacier area also offers various hiking trails that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Alpine panorama.

Visit to the Dachstein Ice Caves

This fascinating ice and karst cave is an absolute must for every Dachstein visitor. On a guided tour you can admire the constantly changing ice and the mighty limestone formations.

Via ferrata

The Dachstein is known for its variety of via ferratas. From easy to extremely difficult, there is something for everyone. 

Wildlife observations

Despite the barren conditions at the height of the Dachstein, it is home to a variety of animals. These include golden eagles, marmots and various species of butterflies and beetles.

The Dachstein Suspension Bridge

is not for the faint-hearted, but offers an incomparable view of the Alps. In good weather, you can even see as far as the Czech Republic and Slovenia!

Dachstein Suspension Bridge
Dachstein Suspension Bridge

Visit to the Dachstein Museum

The Dachstein Cave World Museum is also worth a visit. Here you can trace the impressive history of the region's development and learn more about the mysterious world beneath the earth.

Culinary delight

After a day of adventure on the Dachstein, you can stop off at one of the many huts and inns in the region. They offer traditional Austrian cuisine, often with ingredients from the region.

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