Located between the Wolfgangsee, Traunsee, Ebensee and Hallstättersee lakes, the Dachstein-Salzkammergut area (or: Inner Salzkammergut) comprises the villages of Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. In 1997 most of the historic, cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breathtaking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves. The Dachstein-Salzkammergut area has always attracted both active and relaxation-minded travelers thanks to charming bathing lakes and unspoiled mountain scenery. With its bizarre ice caves, varied hiking routes and the Five Fingers viewing platform Dachstein Mountain is the most popular excursion site in the area. The Schönbergalm conservation area is not only home to the Cave Museum, but also the starting point for excursions to the Dachstein Ice Cave and the Mammut Cave, and therefore a highlight for families.
Dachstein: Mountain adventure below & above ground
A visit to the ice cave will definitely change your perspective! The fascinating, subterranean world of ice and rock developed in the depths of Dachstein Mountain in the course of time. High above the Traun Valley qualified and experienced guides introduce adults and children to the highlights of the Dachstein Eishöhle ice cave, including ‘Eispalast’ and ‘König Artus Dom’. However, a holiday in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region offers unparalleled nature experience above ground as well: Visit the Five Fingers platform for spectacular views of the mountains; explore the Schönbergalm nature reserve; or walk along the Heilbronner Rundwanderweg loop trail and leave dull everyday routine behind. Your gateway to the mountains: One lift pass covers the Krippenstein Seilbahn in Obertraun and many other uphill facilities throughout the Salzkammergut. With the free Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card many local attractions are accessible for free or at discounted rates. Bad Goisern’s public beach at Lake Hallstatt lends itself to a refreshing soak on a hot summer’s day. Do not miss out on a visit to the picturesque village of Hallstatt and a cycling tour along the lakeshores.
Powder snow & outstanding skiing
Winter in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region is all about skiing. Powder snow, off-piste skiing or freeriding? – The Freesports Arena Dachstein-Krippenstein offers it all! Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities far from the madding crowds. Skiers and snowboarders appreciate the area for its 30 kilometers of backcountry skiing routes and reliable snow cover. For even more action and an extra adrenaline rush during your holiday in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region try ski mountaineering, snow-shoe touring, ice climbing or paragliding. Gosau’s Skiregion Dachstein West is especially popular among families, as it comes with 77 kilometers of immaculate slopes and many friendly mountain restaurants and cozy lodges serving traditional fare. Free ski buses operate to and from the ski area. Activities such as cross-country skiing in Bad Goisern and Gosau, or winter walking in Obertraun make for an outdoor and nature experience at a more leisurely pace. Speed kings and queens are not to miss out on the Trockentann sledge track at Ramsau.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
The Inner Salzkammergut extends from the Dachstein to Lake Hallstatt, and includes the World Cultural Heritage Resorts Hallstatt, Obertraun, Gosau and Bad Goisern. All of these neighbourhoods provide an excellent base for that perfect holiday.
Admire the reflection of the Dachstein mountain range in Lake Hallstatt, and you will be glad you chose to come here!
An inspirational retreat for philosophers, literary figures, artists and emperors.
Experience the intimate atmosphere of this beautiful region. You will feel truly at home, and once here, you will know in your heart that there is no place you would rather be!
Enjoy the fresh, clean, mountain air as you take a stroll on a beautiful winter's day. There are more than 100 km of specially prepared winter walking/hiking trails!
If you enjoy cross country skiing, there are more than 130 km of well-preserved and maintained trails, both in the valleys or high in the mountains!
Magical horse-drawn sleigh rides, good old sledging excursions with friends, merry curling contests ...... we guarantee your winter holiday will be great fun!