Simony Hut: So close to heaven!

A mountain hut with a long history

The Simony Hut (2206 m), near the Hallstatt glacier, was built in 1877 by Vienna ÖAV (Austrian Alpine Association) in honor of Prof. Simony and from the start of alpine tourism has served as a refuge for those who wish to conquer the Dachstein. Those who would like to hike to the Simony Hut, in the UNESCO World Heritage region, can choose between several hiking paths. Here we have decided on the two most beautiful climbs.

From Hallstatt to the Simony Hut

The Dachstein-Reitweg serves as the Most important approach from Hallstatt-Echerntal, via the Tiergartenhütte and the Wiesberghaus. It is a well prepared and perfectly Safe route. It is well marked, No. 601, and leads into the glacier region. After the Wiesberghaus, we haue a comfortable 1'/z hours' walk.

There is a glorious view over the whole Dachstein plateau and the Krippenstein, Hirlatz, Ochsenkogel, Taubenkogel and Gjaidstein with, naturally, the Dachstein itself soon appearing. The dwarf-pines become fewer and fewer. Up the steep climb to the Simonyhütte is bare rock and snow-fields which remain throughout the summer. After several Serpentine bends, which are cleverly built into the steep rock, one safely reaches the Simonyhütte. Around 100 metres below the rescue hut we passed the so-called 'Simony-Hotel'. This emergency accommodation served the great Dachstein explorer, Prof. Simony, as a holt-hole. A few metres higher is the Simonyhütte and the Dachstein Chapel, which was erected in 1914 - the highest House of God in the northern Alps. A fabulous view opens an to the Hallstatt Glacier, which sweeps below, and to the little glacier lakes in the massive Dachstein ice-field which lies before us. In summer the ice has a grey-green lustre and mang of the feared glacier crevices are visible. A half-hour excursion to the glacier is worthwhile. Ideal terrain is to found near the Simonyhütte for learning the basics of alpine mountain climbing over rock and ice. Many mountaineers take theirfirst steps here toward Safe climbing. Experienced mountaineers are always an hand at the Simonyhütte for training and accompaniment. Depending an our commitment to time, we must return or take accommodation for die night.

Current weather view

Webcam Mount Krippenstein on Lake Hallstatt

Impressions from the Dachstein Hiking World and Free Sports Arena Krippenstein: View from the top station to the Dachstein glacier during a vacation in the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region around Lake Hallstatt in Austria.

Webcam Webcam Mount Krippenstein on Lake Hallstatt

Should we not wish to climb the Dachstein an this Occasion, we should return an the path we came on, reaching the clearly marked turn-Off within 45 minutes, to the Gjaidalm which will take afurther three hours. The descent is at first steep; we pass many stones that haue been formed by the glacier, and even some bearing ammonite fossils. Various species of gentian and other rare alpine flowers accompany us an the path, rewarding us for our effort. On a constantly undulating path we reach the Gjaidalm. From there we can take the Dachstein Gable-Gar down to Obertraun. Naturally, one can reach the Simonyhütte in the reverse direction.

From the Gjaidalm to the Simony Hut

With the second variant we take the Krippenstein cable car up to the Dachstein hiking world on the 2000 metre high Dachstein plateau. We conveniently take all three sections of the cable car to the Krippeneck station. From here we walk on a track down to the Schilcherhaus on the Gjaidalm. From there we follow a well-signposted path leading west in the direction of the Simony Hut and Wiesberghaus. After about 45 minutes, the path divides. We follow the sign up a steep slope.

The path again divides at the end. We turn left. From here the path takes several turns and after around 45 we reach the Simony Hut. The hike from the Gjaidalm to the Simony Hut takes about three hours. Sure-footedness, mountain boots and a goof head for heights are all prerequisites for this variation.

Sunrise for connoisseurs

When the night comes to an end and the first rays of the new day are about to appear, the lodge host brews the first early morning coffee and the aroma of freshly grounded beans can be smelt - then it's time to turn back over and sleep until the rich Alpine hut breakfast is ready. Or you just get out of the cosy warm sleeping bag, squeeze into your trousers, pull on your shirt, lace up your hiking boots and grab your camera. Now the time has come for the perfect start into the new hiking day. Because in front of the Simony Hut, at the foot of the Dachstein, a first class sunrise awaits you. An unforgettable experience when the warm sun rays immerse the mountain peaks of the Dachstein in the warm light of the early morning. Whoever starts so an atmospheric day, has also deserved an extensive breakfast : A rich buffet with fresh coffee, cold meat specialties, fruit spreads , cereals and delicious farmer´s bread as perfect start into the new day. A nourishing breakfast, a breathtaking view over the Dachstein plateau and thousands of impressions , this is how the new hiking day invites you on to a hiking tour, right through a unique feast for the eyes : The Dachstein hiking world in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut .

For distance hikers & explorers

At 2206m above sea level, the Simony Hut is also the starting point for exploration tours and further hikes in the Dachstein massif. For example, you can reach the foothills of the Dachstein glacier in an hour, and in about 20 minutes you could bathe in the ice-cold water of Eissee lake - or simply just cool the feet. An unforgettable experience! Whoever wants to continue walking after a night at the Simony Hut, we recommend the hike to the Adamek Hut. The tour takes about 6 hours and is therefore a wonderful day excursion. From the Adamek Hut you can then descended to the Hinterer Gosau lake.

Whatever you decide, the fantastic Dachstein hiking world offers unlimited opportunities for hikers in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. We wish you a lot of fun when hiking in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Austria.

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!

More time to enjoy!

To save you unnecessary searching on various websites, we have summarised all relevant information about this tour for you below: contact details, opening times, travel times of cable cars, links to public transport and much more. In this way, you get all the information at a glance and have more time to enjoy the breathtaking mountains of the Salzkammergut.

Information at a glance

  • Hiking time: Approximately 6 or 3 hours respectivly, depending on the descent variant
    Starting point: Hallstatt Echerntal or Krippeneck (cable car) Gjaidalm Dachstein hiking world ( Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt )
    Hiking equipment: Sturdy footwear ( hiking boots ) for this high alpine hike and rain gear. Eventually also a sleeping bag for the night in the hut.
    Special notes: High alpine and unique scenic hike into the glacier foreland below the Hohem Dachstein mountain. The climbs are steep and rocky in some places, but without problems in dry conditions. Do not attempt in fog or snow!
    Altitude: Simony Hut ( 2206 m )
    Suitable for children over 10 years (hike via the Wiesberghaus )
    Refreshments: Schilcherhaus on the Gjaidalm , Wiesberghaus , Simony Hut
    Important Note : If you have decided to hike to the Simony Hut or the Wiesberghaus in the Dachstein hiking world in Obertraun on lake Hallstatt , then please pay attention to the last descent of the
  • Dachstein-Krippenstein cable car from the Gjaidalm . Ask at the beginning of the tour for the ´”letzte Gondel !“ You can reach the customer information of the Dachstein Tourism AG also by phone under +43 (0) 50 140
  • Contact Sionyhütte (Simony hut)
    Simonyhütte (ÖAV - Sektion Austria)
    Host: Christoph Mitterer Lahn 48
    4830 Hallstatt / Austria
    Phone: +43 (0) 680 219 6374
    Homepage: Simonyhütte
    Altitude: Simonyhütte (2206 m)
    GPS: 5261738 / 396344
    Cabin style: Open from May to October and from December to April (see homepage for details)
    Cabin style: Open from May to October and from December to April (see homepage for details)
    Facilities: 42 beds, 94 sleeping places in the dormitory, toilet facilities, large dining room serving hot food and drinks - home cooking, Wi-Fi
    Accommodation: open from May to October for hikers. Detailed information on accommodation, opening times and prices can be found on the homepage of Simony in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.
  • Opening times
    Daily open in summer season 2017:
    Section I | Schönbergalm 29.04. - 29.10.2017
    Section II | Mountain station Krippenstein 29.04. - 29.10.2017
    Section III | Valley station Gjaid 10.06. - 29.10.2017
    First cable car ascent at 8.40 hrs. from valley station Dachstein Krippenstein!

    Please note! Last mountain ascent - from valley station Dachstein Krippenstein
    to Dachstein ice cave - section I
    29.04.-09.06.: 15.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 15.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 15.00 hrs.
    to Mammut cave- section I
    29.04.-09.06.: 14.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09: 14.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 14.00 hrs.
    to Lodge am Krippenstein - section I, II (Top of the mountain)
    29.04.-09.06.: 16.30 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.00 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 16.30 hrs.
    to Gjaid Alm - section I, II, III
    Please note! Last valley descents!
    Section I - from middle station Schönbergalm
    29.04.-09.06.: 17.10 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.40 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 17.10 Uhr
    Section II - from mountain station Krippenstein
    29.04.-09.06.:17.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 17.00 hrs.
    Section III - from valley station Gjaid
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.20 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 16.50 hrs.

    Special weekend rides!
    Always on Sat and Sun! On the weekends of 23th of September to 29th of October 2017:
    Special cable car ride to later hour in autumn! hikers can enjoy the day at the Dachstein Salzkammergut even
    cable car section III: Gjaidalm 17:46 hrs.
    Cable car section II: Krippenstein 18:00 hrs.
    Sable car section I: Schönbergalm 18:10 hrs.
    Note: Special valley descent will only take place on Saturday and Sunday and the Austrian bank holiday, 26th October 2017.
  • 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.