Heilbronn Circular Trail

The most beautiful walk in Salzkammergut

The family-friendly Heilbronn Circular Trail is particularly ideal for families and children who like walking. The extensive trail lends itself to comfortable walking across its entire length and there are plenty of things to explore along the trail for young people in particular.

For a comfortable ascent, the Krippenstein cable car transports visitors up over the steep cliff walls where they can enjoy magnificent views of the karst formations. With a bit of luck, one or more chamois may also be visible grazing on the delicate mountain herbs. Once at the mountain station, a karst educational trail leads along a well-marked route to the Heilbronn cross.

New attraction: Ice age shark on the family hiking trail!

The steel shark, on the edge of the Heilbronn circular hiking trail, counts as an absolute highlight. The trail at the foot of the Dachstein is a fossil sea and on numerous information boards you can look back over a few million years to a time when, before the formation of the Alps, the Dachstein was still seabed. The ice age, or prehistoric shark, already existed millions of years ago in this area and now the shark, the Dachstein-shark has been returned to his former hunting ground. The approximately eight-meter-long "sea creature" is accessible from the inside and out of the mouth, between the teeth; you can enjoy the view of the Dachstein glacier.

The route leads towards the Hirzkarkogel, past a wide range of vegetation species and on to the valley station of the cable car section III. From here, you can either continue an additional 5 minutes and enjoy a well-deserved rest and a tasty organic snack at the Gjaidalm Hütte hut or take the cable car back on the Krippenstein.

It takes around 3 hours to complete the whole trail. The gentle incline means that the Heilbronn Circular Trail is also suited to those less used to walking. Those with sufficient energy left in their legs can take a short walk on to the Pioneer Cross and enjoy magnificent views from the 5fingers viewing platform here.

Please note!

The Heilbronner Circular Trail lead through the high mountains! The weather can change quickly, so it is essential to bring protective gear against the sun, rain and cold, your mobile phone, a small snack and enough to drink! Sturdy hiking or climbing footwear is also required!

Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

Information at a glance

  • Starting point: mountain station of the Dachstein cable car Krippenstein in Obertraun
    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: about 11 km
    Walking time: 3 hours
    Equipment: Hiking shoes, sturdy footwear
    Trail Condition: Alpine trail, gravel road
    Best time to hike: June, July, August, September, October
    Special features: pure nature at every turn through the rugged karst landscape and endless tranquility and a magnificent view over the mountains of the Salzkammergut.
    Refreshments: Lodge at Stone cribs and Schilcherhaus on the Gjaidalm Dachstein Shark: Difficulty: Easy. Walking time: approx. 30 minutes. From the mountain station along the Heilbronner circular trail. The Dachstein Shark is accessible.

  • Safety Tips for Hiking
    The best tips for tour preparation, equipment and emergency situations while hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut at a glance. Remember to play it safe!
    Should a situation arise where recuse services are required,
    you can obtain the needed help under the number 112.