Opened via ferrata

Holiday resort Opened via ferrata Details
Ramsau am Dachstein 15 from 15
Status Via ferrata Difficulty Info

The Kali climbing path was set up especially for children. Kala and Kalo are secured climbing routes for youngsters, but adults will find them demanding, too, but you can easily bypass Kali’s most difficult passages. Kalo is great for via ferrata training and just a hop away from Kala, which climbers on Kalo can switch to anytime.

Access to Kali: from the car park at the old mill ‚zur alten Getreidemühle‘ take a right and hike along the trail. After a few minutes, you’ll reach the entry point. Access to Kala & Kalo: from the car park ‚zur alten Getreidemühle‘ take a left and hike up the scree slope to the starting point. 

Descent: walk along the Nature Theme Trail, pass by the Pension Concordia, walk down to the Ramsaubach brook and follow the Hofrat-Gruber path back to the car park. 

Caution: for these via ferrata routes, there are ziplines, which can only be used with an experienced guide and a brake cable (“breaker”). Without the breaker, riders will crash into the trees at high speed, which could be fatal.

Hias is a beautiful via ferrata route in the Silberkar gorge, named after the man who built it. The terrain has been skillfully used in constructing the via ferrata, which is shown by two beautiful rope bridges and a couple of tricky passages across the rock walls. 

Hias climbing route is close to the valley and easy to get to through the Silberkar gorge. The Silberkar hike is great for a day out for all the family: some may enjoy hiking through the gorge, others might venture along the protected climbing path.

Access: from the car park, walk up to the entrance of the Silberkar gorge (maintenance fee for adults and children). Follow the path along the first wooden ladders until you reach a flat passage with a bench, yellow information board and rock blocks. From here, you’ll see the first rope bridge.

Descent: at the end of the via ferrata, follow the red markings. Take a left and hike back down to the gorge. Alternatively, take a right up to the Silberkar hut and hike further on to the Siega via ferrata route.

Please note: the gorge is privately owned by the Erlbacher family. The maintenance fee is used to fix the path after avalanches.

The Rosina via ferrata is the most demanding one in the Silberkar gorge. The gorgeous views across the surrounding mountains, however, will certainly compensate for this tour de force. The constructor of this protected climbing path, Hans Prugger, has created a vertical masterpiece, which heads straight up – after crossing a rope bridge – from the gorge waterfall to the exit. 

With no hiking passages or ledges for a break, you need a lot of upper-body strength to get from the entrance to the top.  Combining Hias, Siega, and Rosina via ferratas routes a perfect day out, with a break at the Silberkar hut to ease the day’s activities away.

Access: pass via ferrata Hias’s entrance and hike up the gorge to the next rope bridge. Entry to Rosina is along the gorge path.

Descent: from the exit, head up the footpath for about 15 minutes until you reach the hiking trail. Take a right to the Silberkar hut or to the Siega climbing path. From the Silberkar hut, make your way back down the gorge.

Please note: this is a demanding via ferrata route (unrelenting C/D). The difficulty grade is the same as Hias; however, with no break points, this protected climbing path has to be taken even more seriously.

The Siega via ferrata through the Karwand rock wall was opened at the end of July 2008. Over two weeks of construction, 260 metres of steel cable and numerous pegs were mounted. The classic sports via ferrata does without modern elements, such as rope bridges. The route is named after Siegmund, the owner of the Stangalm.

Access: through the Silberkar gorge (maintenance fee) to the Silberkar hut. Follow the Zugang zum Klettersteig Siega C/D signpost behind the hut. A steep passage leads up the hill to the entrance, which you reach after passing by an info board to your right.

Descent: from the exit, follow the small path to trail no. 619, which leads you back to the start.

This climbing path, secured by metal foothold pegs and bars, was constructed in June 2012. Sinabell’s beautiful, southwest-facing rock wall lies in the shade during the morning hours, and in the afternoon, it lights up with sun shines.  At the summit, an alpine meadow filled with flowers and grazing sheep invites you to take a break with wonderful views across the mountaintops down to the Großglockner.

Access: the Sinabell south face rises east of the Guttenberghaus hut. Follow the path winding up to the Feisterscharte. When you are beneath the rock falls of the Sinabell, turn right to the entrance.

Descent: from the the Sinabell summit, hike down the back of the mountain across the meadow to the Feisterscharte. The path is marked with stone cairns and red dots. Follow the path back to the Guttenberghaus hut. 

Alternatively, you can take the trail no. 618 (Königsetappe) and enjoy a descent through the Silberkar gorge. Pass by Jausenstation Fliegenpilz hut, and head back to the car park at Feistererhof hotel.

Please note: the approach to the Guttenberghaus hut (Austrian Alpine Club hut) from the car park at Feistererhof takes 2 to 3 hours (1000 m hd). For the alternative descent via the Silberkar gorge, there is a maintenance fee.

There are still snow fields on some ascents. Because of this it is still necessary to use ice picks and crampons!

The Ramsauer Klettersteig is the classic via ferrata. Usually, the route starts at the Edelgrießhöhe, but you can start at either end. This impressively scenic via ferrata crosses summits and rock towers to the Gruberscharte in a breathtaking experience.

Access: from the Dachstein Gondola’s base station, walk along the marked path to Edelgrießkar, until you turn right to the Edelgrießhöhe at an elevation of about 2,230 m, reaching the ridge after a further 250 metres. Follow the marked path until the protections begin.

Descent: from Gruberscharte, hike to the Guttenberghaus hut and along the Königsetappe down to the Hotel Feistererhof. Alternatively, make your way back across the Kar alpine bowl to the Edelgrießhöhe, and down to the valley along the ascent path.

The Jubiläum via ferrata was built in 1991 and leads along Eselstein’s south face. It is a varied via ferrata with passages along the ridge, very exposed spots, and some easier terrain in between. Do not underestimate this via ferrata, though. The steep cliff passages are challenging for many a mountaineer.

Access: from Hotel Feistererhof, a well-marked and occasionally steep trail winds up to the Guttenberghaus hut (Königsetappe). Keep hiking to the Gruberscharte. After about 20 minutes, at the via ferrata info board, take a right and follow the footpath along the scree slope until you reach the entry point.

Descent: hike down the narrow path at Eselstein’s east slope until you reach the marked trail. Walk along Feisterscharte back to the Guttenberghaus (40 min) and along the ascent trail.

Newly set up in 2016, Irg 2 is a beautiful and lofty via ferrata at the southeastern side of the Großer Koppenkarstein. The route was named after the mountaineer who accomplished the first ascent across the Dachstein south face: Georg (Irg) Steiner. The result is a classic secured climbing path which has good ‘changing spots’ for unclipping and re-clipping (or a good step or an iron peg). Crampons are highly recommended for access.

Access: from Dachstein Gondola’s top station, Hunerkogel, turn eastwards to the Hunerscharte, then head across the glacier to the top of the Austriascharte ski lift. Look for the aluminium ladder behind the lift which will take you to the entrance of the Rosmarie-Stollen tunnel. The tunnel takes you to the south side. Follow the hewn out path and hike down to the upper Edelgrießgletscher. Cross below the rock walls and start to hike north at the ridge with a stone cairn until you get to the entry point.

Descent: hike down along the secured west-ridge via ferrata (see on the Topo on top), to the Austriascharte and then back to Dachstein Gondola’s top station. Alternatively, descend on Edelgrießkar.

Access: from Dachstein Gondola’s top station, Hunerkogel, turn eastwards to the Hunerscharte, then head across the glacier to the top of the Austriascharte ski lift. Look for the aluminium ladder behind the lift which will take you to the entrance of the Rosmarie-Stollen tunnel. The tunnel takes you to the south side. Follow the hewn out path and hike down to the upper Edelgrießgletscher. Cross below the rock walls and start to hike north at the ridge with a stone cairn until you get to the entry point.

Descent: hike down along the secured west-ridge via ferrata (see on the Topo on top), to the Austriascharte and then back to Dachstein Gondola’s top station. Alternatively, descend on Edelgrießkar.

One of the Alps’ most beautiful via ferratas leads through Dachstein’s south face, up to the top of Styria’s highest mountain, Hoher Dachstein (2996 m). This route is a challenge for all ferratista, requiring excellent fitness levels. One of the Alps’ most beautiful via ferratas leads through Dachstein’s south face, up to the top of Styria’s highest mountain, Hoher Dachstein (2996 m). This route is a challenge for all ferratista, requiring excellent fitness levels. 

Via ferrata Anna is a scenic and enchanting route up to Mitterstein, but it is not to be underestimated. Its entry point is at an elevation of about 1,800 m, and the top is about 2,100 m. Climbed together, the Anna, Johann, and Dachstein Shoulder routes, form the largest vertical drop in the world.

Access Anna: from the bottom of the Dachstein Gondola, hike along the well-marked trail to the Dachsteinsüdwand hut. Follow Pernerweg to the Anna Klettersteig signpost. Don’t follow the signs for Johann Klettersteig.

Descent: 

  • Option 1: take the access path for Johann to hike back down to Südwand hut (ca. 40 min).
  • Option 2: keep climbing along via ferrata Johann up to Seethaler hut. From the glacier, take the gondola back down. Hiking trail back down to Südwandhütte is in parts secured by iron rope.

There are still snow fields on some ascents. Because of this it is still necessary to use ice picks and crampons!

Johann is comparable to the long via ferratas of the Dolomites. It is one of the Alps’ most beautiful protected climbing paths, making it particularly popular. The main difficulties are along the lower rock face, but there are also some passages along the upper part, in the große Rampe area that require full concentration and excellent fitness. There is danger of falling rocks in the upper part.  The entry to Johann is considered the hardest part, turning many a mountaineer back. More than 700 metres of steel cable and 250 iron pegs lead you through this extremely difficult rock wall. The view across the Lower Tauern and to Dachstein’s south face is incredible. The exit is at the Seethaler hut.

Access: hike along the well-marked path from the Dachstein Gondola’s base station to the Dachsteinsüdwand hut (circa 30 min). Follow the path to the Tor down for about 100 metres, take a right following the Johann Klettersteig signpost. There are protections along this path, but they are often covered by snow. Alternatively, choose the Anna route for your approach.

Descent: from the Seethaler hut, hike southeast across the Hallstatt glacier to the Dachstein Gondola top station. If you have missed the last gondola descent, take Hunerscharte via ferrata to hike down (about 1.5 h).

The Schulter climb followed by the Randkluft path up to the top of Hoher Dachstein is probably one of the world’s highest via ferratas. It is particularly attractive thanks to the short time it takes to get there thanks to the Dachstein Gondola. However, do not underestimate it, you are on still in high-alpine territory.

Access: from the top of the Dachstein Gondola hike to the Seethaler hut, where you’ll start the ascent across the Schulter. To get to the Randkluft route, scramble for 30 minutes beneath the rock walls.

Descent: the shortest descent is the route via the Randkluft. Then hike across the glacier to the gondola top station, or take Hunerscharte via ferrata to hike back down to the valley.

Caution: danger of crevasses when ascending and descending.

Dachstein West Ridge: This is another alternative way down from the top of the Dachstein to the glacier. To reach the gondola top station, hike across Steinerscharte.

Along the Sky Walk you are literally in the sky. This via ferrata is among the most difficult of the Eastern Alps. Not only does it take a good deal of courage but it also requires considerable arm strength to scramble up.

Access: from the top of Dachstein Gondola, hike down to Hunerscharte. Follow the path until you reach the Sky Walk turn.

This is a very beautiful, not too difficult summit path that is well protected by steel cables. The top of Gjaidstein is one of the best viewpoints accessible from Dachstein Gondola. Walk along the ridge’s well-secured rocky passages, enjoying great panoramic views of Dachstein, Koppenkarstein, and the Am Stein high plateau.

Access: take the short hike down across the glacier from the top of Dachstein Gondola to Gjaidstein’s entry point. Pass the mountain rescue hut to get to the start of the secured climbing path.

Built in 2011, the Amon via ferrata is the connecting path between Adamek hut and Simony hut.

Access: from the Adamek hut, hike first towards Dachstein, then straight on to the glacier trail (Gosau glacier). Along the glacier, head to the northwest face of the Hohe Kreuz. The entry is at a cave-like niche, under a steep, water-corroded rock wall.

Descent: either take the same route out as in, or go from the top of Hohe Kreuz along the trail (marked but exposed) to Niedere Kreuz and on to Hohe Ochsenkogel, then hike down to Hohe Trog. From there, take a right to the Simony hut (about 2 hours from Hohes Kreuz) or a left to hike back to the Adamek hut (about 4 hours from Hohes Kreuz).

Please note: you can only reach the via ferrata across the glacier, which means you need glacier equipment. From the top of Dachstein Gondola to Simonyscharte across Hallstatt glacier, you can reach the entry point in about 45 minutes.
 

Status Via ferrata Difficulty Info

The easier lower part (including a ladder) is followed by a slab rock face (difficulty C/D) and a steep zigzag section (difficulty C/D) on top. For further info see topo of ferrata

Status Via ferrata Difficulty Info
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