Rock climing in Hallstatt: Seewand fixed rope course - © Outdoor Leadership

Seewand fixed rope course

The dizzying heights of the World Heritage region:
Seewand fixed rope course

It takes 4 to 6 hours to complete the climb, and those seeking to undertake the challenge must be in excellent condition, and carry all the necessary safety and climbing equipment. The via ferrata is available from the end of June to the middle of October. With an altitude difference of almost 800 metres and its exhilerating views towards Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and the entire Inner Salzkammergut region, this climb is certainly the greatest of its kind in Austria. Start out from the large car park by the "Kesselgruende" public bathing area half way between Hallstatt and Obertraun. Here there is an information board which displays essential information and some practical tips. A footpath leads to the Hirschaualm (approx. 40 mins) where the ascent begins.

The terrain you encounter throughout this very challenging adventure is almost entirely solid rock, apart from one green section in the middle. At the far end of this green section there is a small cave which is practical for sheltering from the weather and for bivouacs. If you otherwise wish to take a short break, there are some wonderful places along the rock wall with stunning views to admire. When you have at last conquered this very challenging third of the route, itis time to reward yourself with a snack and time to enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views.

The final section is a gentle, marked trail, which takes about 40 minutes, and covers part of the Dachstein plateau. This leads you to the Gjaidalm, a catered mountain hut which is famous for its "Kaiserschmarrn", a local sweet specialty. You can then take the Dachstein World Heritage Cable Car back down to the valley.

Safety on the rock face

In recent years rock climbing has developed encouragingly strong and each year inspires more and more people. Its versatility means you get a taste of everything: whether hard tracks in the Boulder room or indoor climbing hall, long routes with alpine ambience or leisurely tours on a sunny cliff - in climbing, regardless of age, everyone finds their individual conditions. Safety guidelines play an important role in enabling you to enjoy this fascination to the full. The best advice for "correct" climbing in the Salzkammergut region can be found here.

Further via ferratas on the Krippenstein

Dachstein Krippenstein Via Ferrata

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Family via ferrata "Little Bear" in Obertraun

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