Holidays Dachstein Salzkammergut

Dachstein-Salzkammergut holidays

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.

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Walking & Hiking Dachstein Salzkammergut

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  • The Ostuferwanderweg is a convenient and inviting route along Lake Hallstatt, from Bad Goisern to Obertraun or vice versa. The walk may be combined with a boat trip.
  • The Soleleitungsweg is a special highlight for those interested in history. The underground tour follows the brine pipeline through the salt mine, which has been in use up to the present day.
  • The Dachstein Krippenstein mountain lifts take walkers and hikers to the trailheads of innumerable tours in the Dachstein Salzkammergut area. Krippenstein, for instance, offers access to the well-known Heilbronner Rundwanderweg trail.
  • Dachstein Mountain itself is the focus of the Dachstein Rundwanderweg loop trail. Explore the mountain in the course of eight legs of varying difficulty; in certain parts Alpine experience and a considerable level of hiking routine may be required.

Freeride Dachstein Salzkammergut

(c) Dachstein-Salzkammergut / Leo Himsl
  • Freeriding in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut ski region: fluffy snow neets deep blue sky! Snowboarding and wedeling down on unbeaten slopes in the Krippenstein Freeride Arena in Obertraun - a real paradise for powder snow fans.
  • The ultimate Krippenstein Freeride Arena boasts about 30 kilometers of deep snow off-piste routes, comprising also Upper Austria’s longest top-to-bottom ski route covers 11 kilometer.
  • Hundreds of square meters in high Alpine terrain promise unlimited fun and action for freeriders. Additionally, the Krippenstein boasts a varied outdoor program and fantastic extreme sport events.
  • The Krippenstein Arena was awarded an absolute freeride hot spot by the "SnowPlanet" magazine, mentioned in the same breath with St. Moritz, Arlberg and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

2 Lakes in Dachstein Salzkammergut

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    Size: 13.5 km² Beach: Sunning Lawn Village: Hallstatt Region: Salzkammergut
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  • Size: 0.52 km² Village: Gosau Region: Salzkammergut
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Information on the region

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

Welcome to our World Cultural and Natural Heritage Region! The Inner Salzkammergut is an idyllic holiday destination, all year round. With all its magical charms, you will never want to leave!

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!

The Dachstein Region has benefitted from a thriving tourist industry for more than a thousand years. 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!
Welcome to our World Cultural and Natural Heritage Region! A magical winter wonderland. The Inner Salzkammergut, with its long history of cultural tradition, is a haven for winter sports! Enjoy a romantic winter holiday in beautiful surroundings! For those who enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding in breathtakingly beautiful, natural surroundings,we have more than 180 kilometres of piste suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Each year, the Dachstein West and Dachstein Krippenstein ski regions attract many thousands of visitors, both national and international.
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!
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Travel Route & Address

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Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut
Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut
Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt, Obertraun
Kirchengasse 4
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee, Austria
Dachstein Salzkammergut Upper Austria