Sport through Salzkammergut:

Mountain tours on the Dachstein.

Bergtour Dachstein

Sporty mountain climbers will also find something to suit their needs on the Dachstein thanks to the numerous Alpine tours on offer. Long and challenging routes are always worthwhile because some of the best views of Inner Salzkammergut and some delicious treats served at the mountain huts can be enjoyed at the end! You will find awsome suggestions here:

Dachstein walk
Altitude difference approx. 1,300 m, proposed hiking route approx. 12 km incl. ascent and descent, walk time approx. 10 hours in total
From Obertraun, take the Dachstein-Krippensteinbahn railway to the Gjaidalm, where this challenging walk begins. The tour takes around 2 days. We climb up to the Wiesberghaus (approx. 2.5 hrs) where various you can spend the night if you wish. The next day – early in the morning – we watch the sun rise en route to the Simonyhütte. The route is steep and challenging and takes around 1.5 hours. Here we find ourselves at the foot of the glacier at over 2,200 m. After a rest, we start the journey back (3 to 4 hours) via the Zirbengrube to the Gjaidalm  and the cable car station (note the times of the last valley descent!)

Obertraun Sarsteinhütte (1,650 m)
Altitude difference approx. 1,100 m, proposed hiking route approx. 7 km incl. ascent and descent, walk time approx. 6 hours in total.
The ascent starts at the Catholic church in Obertraun. At the cemetery at the top, we turn off right and follow a woodland trail to the Brettstein (beautiful valley views over Obertraun). We then follow route no. 692 (there is only a marked trail on the Sarstein!) via the Almriedl to Brindlleiten where we have the first views of the Hoher Dachstein. After approx. 2 hours walk, we reach the Goiserer viewing point and an hour later the Sarsteinhütte hut in Obertraun, a hut for self-catering guests run by a nature organisation in Obertraun. The hut is only open at weekends in summer in case of good weather. For further information please contact Roland Hinterer, cell phone number +43.680.236 86 73.

You can then walk on to the Hoher Sarstein (approx. 1.5 hrs) or cross the Sarstein to Bad Goisern (an additional 2.5 hrs – plan your return transfer from Bad Goisern). The annual mountain festival on the Sarstein takes place on the last Saturday in August!

Modereck (2,002 m)
Altitude difference approx. 250 m, proposed hiking route approx. 9 km for entire route, total walk time approx. 3 hours.
We will again use the Gjaidstation as the starting point for this walk. The majority of the walk leads along route no. 616 (the route to the Guttenberghaus). This is a well marked climb between cliffs and mountain pines. Pay attention after an hour of hiking as around this time you will see a small climb to the left. We turn off here and after a few minutes reach a hill where a small hut is visible. This small hut is nevertheless used as a shelter for sheep shearers. The Modereckhütte hut is a place where we are completely alone in this magnificent Dachstein world. It is located at 2002 m and is the highest located hut on the Dachstein massif. The old part alongside the hut dates from the 16th century!

‘Am Stein’ – Plateau crossing
Altitude difference uphill approx. 430 m, downhill 1,050 m, hiking route approx. 12 km, full walk time approx. 7 hours
We will again use the Gjaidstation (1,770 m) as the starting point for this walk. The majority of the walk leads along route no. 616 (the route to the Guttenberghaus). This is a well marked climb between cliffs and mountain pines. Although the climb sometimes takes uphill and downhill turns, we slowly gain altitude and the terrain becomes barer and craggier. After approx. 4 hours, we reach the highest point on our walk at the Feistererscharte at 2,198 m above sea level and climb the narrow cliff path for another half hour to 2,146 m down to the Guttenberghaus. Here we can enjoy a well-deserved rest! We have crossed the Dachstein plateau from North to South and continue the descent. The terrain is craggy and scree-based in parts. Steep winding trails lead through the Feisterer cirque and downhill. After an hour, we are at around 1,500 m and it takes just another half an hour to reach the Lärchbodenhütte hut at 1,406 m. Since we are likely to be tired by this point, it’s fortunate it’s only another hour downhill until we reach the Pension Feisterer guesthouse at 1,150 m. From here, we travel by taxi to Schladming station and begin the return journey home – tired but content!