The Dachstein with its mighty, sunny southern-facing walls is one of the most impressive mountain personalities in the Alpine region. The almost vertical rock walls tower almost 1,000 metres above the deep green alpine pastures of Ramsau am Dachstein and attract not only hikers and mountaineers but also numerous artists who are inspired by this unique landscape. The traverse of the Dachstein Glacier to the Guttenberghaus with wonderful panoramic views as far as the northern and southern borders of Austria is one of the most beautiful tours in the Eastern Alps.
This tour takes us through two impressive landscapes that could not be more different. First, we cross the Schladminger Glacier with a view of the wide expanses and ridges of the "Am Stein" landscape, a karst area of about 20 km², which at first glance consists of bone-dry rocky knolls and barren pits with a few grass oases and mountain pines. Along the way, fossilised Dachstein shells and sinkholes are our companions. But, as is so often the case, a closer look at this landscape reveals something astonishing. Year after year, as soon as the snow has melted, an unbelievable plant world awakens between the razor-sharp Karren rocks and sinkholes: alpine bushes and gentians, cabbage florets and anemones provide lush flower carpets here on the Dachstein.
After taking the Dachstein Gondola up to the mountain station, you will have some time to enjoy the views from the ‘Sky Walk’ and the suspension bridge. Your views reach from the Großglockner across the Karawanken to the Styrian-Slovenian mountain range in the south and, the wine regions in the east.
Follow the path to Guttenberghaus, towards Gjaidstein and stay to the left of the drag lift. You can use the snow poles, the coloured marking on the rocks and the cairns for your orientation. To your right are the steep rock walls of the Koppenkarstein, to your left the Gjaidstein and far back on the horizon lies the gorgeous mountain range of the Totes Gebirge and the Grimming.
Passing the summit of the Landfriedstein and Eselstein, you will reach the Feistererscharte, where 2 paths will cross. Path no. 616 leads across high-alpine terrain Am Stein to the Krippenstein in the north of Dachstein’s plateau and, the path no. 616 to the already visible Guttenberghaus (Tel. +43 664 3022956) with its alpine pastures and meadows, 1000 m below the hut. You can look forward to excellent Styrian cuisine and beautiful views of the Schladminger Tauern.
Now you have to decide which direction you will take on stage 2: Stage 2 – North Route or Stage 2 – South Route?
Be careful: Do not combine Stage 1 and 2 on one day. The total length of 20 km may be misleading as the windy and rocky terrain with its ascents and descents make this path too strenuous to complete on a single day!
Arrive a few days early and stay at least 2 nights in an establishment that is also a Sommercard business of the Schladming-Dachstein holiday region. By staying overnight and at the same time getting in the mood for the hiking tour, you receive the Sommercard with which all hiking buses and the ascent with the Dachstein glacier cable car can be used free of charge.
Accessible by train and bus.
Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at
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