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
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.
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.