Dachstein Südwandhütte

With Anna and Johann on the Dachstein

difficult Via ferratas · Ramsau am Dachstein

Tour characteristics
Distance: 6.25 km
Duration: 4:23 h
Ascent: 1562 m
Descent: 571 m
Best time of year
The tour

According to the romantic relationship between the “Styrian Prince” Archduke Johann and Anna Plochl, the daughter of a postmaster in Aussee, those two are forever united in the eternal rock of the Dachstein. The via ferrata Anna is a scenic and enchanting route from the Südwand hut to the entry point of the Johann route. Its entry point is at an elevation of about 1,800 m, the top at about 2,100 m.


„Der Johann“, definitely comparable to the long via ferrata routes of the Dolomites, is one of the Alps’ most beautiful protected climbing paths. This is why it is also one of the most popular routes in Austria. The main difficulties are along the lower rock face, but there are also some passages along the upper part, in the area of the “große Rampe”, that require full concentration and an excellent fitness level! Also in the upper part, there is the danger of falling rocks. The entry of the Johann is considered to be its crux, and many a mountaineer already had to turn back. More than 700 metres of steel cable and 250 iron pegs lead you through this extremely difficult rock wall. The view of the Lower Tauern and the Dachstein south face is incredible. The exit is right at the Seethaler hut.

Turn-by-turn directions


Approach: From the Dachstein gondola bottom station, hike along the well-marked trail about 30 minutes to the Dachsteinsüdwand hut (1871 m). At the hut, follow the signposts for “Perner Weg” (don’t follow the signs for „Johann Klettersteig“). Once on the Perner Weg, follow the signposts “Anna Klettersteig”.

Descent: Or you take the approach for the Johann (about 40 minutes), or you keep climbing and take the Johann up to the Seethaler hut. From there, you take the gondola back down to the bottom station.



Approach: Hike along the well-marked path from the Dachstein gondola bottom station for about 30 minutes to the Dachsteinsüdwand hut. Follow the path hiking down for a few minutes, then, after about 100 metres, turn right following the signpost „Johann Klettersteig“. There are protections along this path already, but often under the snow. Alternatively, you can choose the Anna route as approach.

Descent: From the Seethaler hut, hike down southeast-bound across the Hallstatt glacier to the Dachstein gondola top-station. If you have missed the last gondola-descent, take the via ferrata „Hunerscharten-Klettersteig” to hike down (about 1.5 h).

Getting there

Arriving from the west:
From the west you can take the Munich-Salzburg motorway, continuing on the Tauern motorway (A 10) until the Ennstal junction. From here take the Ennstal A-road (the B 320) for around 30 km into the Schladming-Dachstein region, then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off.

Arriving from the north:
From the south-east take the Pyhrnautobahn motorway (A 9) to the Liezen junction and then the Ennstal A-road (B 320) into the Schladming-Dachstein region. Then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off.

Schedule of the Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe: www.rvb.at


Parking lot at the bottom station of the Dachstein glacier

Bottom station Dachstein glacier
Summit station Dachstein glacier

Nur bei Schönwetter und sehr guter Kondition (Kraft für 3 Klimmzüge).

Klettersteigen ist ein anspruchsvoller Sport inmitten herrlicher, rauer Natur. Bitte beachten Sie einige Regeln zu Ihrer Sicherheit:

* Klettersteig-Touren sind kraftraubend und erfordern Kondition, Schwindelfreiheit und Trittsicherheit.

* Unbedingt immer ein Klettersteigset und einen Helm verwenden und im Sicherungsseil einhängen. Viele Bergrettungseinsätze sind
auf Leichtsinn und schlechtes Wetter zurückzuführen.

* Viele Touren sind ganztägig. Unbedingt immer die Möglichkeit eines Wetterumsturzes in die Tagesplanung miteinbeziehen. Vor allem bei der Kleidung und dem Proviant beachten.

* Stets rücksichtsvoll verhalten. Andere Klettersteiger respektieren und über Gefahren informieren.

* Sorgsam mit der Natur umgehen!


Bergrettung 140

Europa Notruf 112


Weather forecast

in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Dull throughout the day with light snowfall every once in a while.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Light snowfall ending in the morning, then slowly becoming sunny during the day.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.

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