Trek Notes - Austria

Dachstein Circular hike

Dachstein Circular hiking tour 2011 - 11 days

„World natural and cultural heritage region"
Since 1997 the 2995m high Dachstein carries this title awarded by the UNESCO together with the village Hallstatt and the inner Salzkammergut.

Requirements and general information
During the tour round the Dachstein you are mostly in high alpine terrain. Adequate mountain gear: ankle-high boots, functional clothes, rucksack, food & water, rain & sun protection, first-aid kit, mobile phone, possibly hiking sticks as well as stamina and fitness are necessary. Signing every hut-book eternalises your tour. The walking distance per day is planned at around 5 to 8 hours. The paths are well signposted but sometimes the markings can still be covered by snow. Hence, it is imperative that you take your maps and the Dachstein hikers book with you. Guidance by an experienced hiking guide on request!

The carrying out of this tour is dependent on weather conditions! Alternative walking routes are alwayspossible.

Route description
Day 1: Individual arrival in Gosau by the Dachstein. Overnight stay in a ***Hotel in Gosau. If you arrive early perhaps there is time to visit of the Welterbemuseum, the bone house or the Catholic Church with the gothic winged altar. Small craft shops invite you to have a look around and watch how the ceramicist or the craft of glass grinding works. In the shop Janu you walk on a glass floor over excavations and find out more about the history of this famous place.
Day 2: Cable car up to the Zwieselalm, hike to the Hofpürglhütte (approx. 4-5hours) Overnight stay in the Hofpürgelhütte
Luggage transfer from Gosau to the Türlwandhotel in Ramsau where you spend the third night (luggage - hut sleeping bag - for the night in the Hofpürgelhütte has to be carried by yourself!)
Day 3: High altitude hike from the Hofpürgelhütte to the Dachstein Südwandhütte (approx. 5 - 6 hours), descent to the Türlwand and overnight stay in a *** hotel in Ramsau by the Dachstein.
Luggage has already been taken to the hotel on the second day and waits for the hikers here.
Day 4:Enjoy your first, well-deserved relaxing day in Ramsau. Take advantage of the Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card (you will get some information about its advantages in the hotel)
Day 5:Ascent with the Dachstein Gletscherbahn cable car from the Türlwand hotel (by the valley station) to mountain station Hunerkogel - walk along the glacier to Gjaidstein and further to the Guttenberghaus (approx. 3 - 4 hours), Overnight stay in the Guttenberghaus.
Luggage transfer from the Türlwand to the Steiner Haus where the sixth night is spent
(Luggage for the night in the Guttenberghaus has to be carried by yourself)
Day 6: High altitude hike from the Guttenberghaus over the plateau "Am Stein" and the Grafenbergalm to the Stoderzinken (approx. 6 - 7 hours). Overnight stay in the Steiner Haus in Gröbming.
Luggage has already been transferred to the hotel on the fourth day and awaits the hikers
Day 7: Hike from the Stoderzinken over the Notgasse (500m long rock gorge with up to 2000 year old chiselled rock paintings) to the Viehbergalm and over the Hochmühleck to the Steinitzenalm. Overnight stay in hut Steinitzenalm. (or descend to Bad Mitterndorf approx. 7-8 hours).
Luggage transfer from Hotel Steiner Haus to the hut or hotel in Bad Mitterndorf.
Day 8: Descent from  to the Steinitzenalm to Bad Mitterndorf. Then train to Bad Aussee where you start your hike. On the way from Bad Aussee to Hallstadt (Koppental Path) we recommend a visit to the Koppenbrüllerhöhle cave. Further over the Obertrauner Höhenweg path to the boat station, then over the lake to Hallstatt (approx. 5 - 6 hours). Overnight stay in a ***hotel in Hallstatt
Day 9: Enjoy your second day of rest in the World Heritage village Hallstadt. Tour through the mammoth and ice caves, unlimited use of all three parts of the Krippenstein cable car, voucher for a non-alcoholic refreshment (0,25ml), memory photo in the Valley Station. Overnight stay in a *** hotel in Hallstatt
Day 10: With the cog railway from Hallstatt Lahn to the entrance of the Hallstätter Salzwelten salt mine (Tip: visit the Salzwelten Hallstatt and follow the man in the salt!), further along the brine pipeline to Bad Goisern. Ascent by foot to the Goiserer hut. (hut sleeping bag required - approx. 7-8 hours)  
Luggage transport from Hallstatt to Gosau.
Day 11: From the Goisererhütte over the Iglmoosalm to Gosau (approx. 3 hours). Overnight stay in a *** Hotel in Gosau
Luggage has already been transferred to the hotel and awaits the hikers
Additional nights can be booked upon request


  • 10 Overnight stays with alpine breakfast (6 Gasthöfe/hotels, 4 huts)
  • 1 Trip with the cable car Zwieselalm
  • 1 Trip with the Dachstein Gletscherbahn cable car
  • 1 Trip with the boat from Obertraun to Hallstatt
  • 1 All inclusive card for the Dachstein Erlebniswelten adventure
  • 5 Luggage transfers (2 pieces - every further piece € 5,--)
  • 1 Hiking map
  • 1 Dachstein-Tauern book
  • 1 x Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card
  • 1 x Train from Bad Mitterndorf to Bad Aussee
  • 1 x Ascent with Salt mountain railway

July 1st -15 October 2011

Arrival daily from July 1st till September 27th. Upon request during October because some huts have restricted opening times from October.

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