Via ferratas – climbing
Dachstein and Ramsau: Number One in Austria for climbing and the cradle of secured climbing routes
Overhanging rocks, truly impressive steep faces, breathtaking views across the Enns valley with Schladming, the majestic Dachstein, powerful and safeguarding at the same time: this is what the Dachstein — the best place for fixed rope climbing in Austria — has got for you. Enjoy any of the nineteen gorgeous via ferrata climbing tours starting in Ramsau am Dachstein and heading up the southern side of Styria’s highest mountain. As a reward, from the Dachstein, climbers get the clearest views stretching as far as the Czech Republic in the north and the Slovenian Triglav mountains in the south. From the Balcony of the Alps (the Dachstein Skywalk) nearby places as Planai, Schladming, Hauser Kaibling, Reiteralm, and the Lower Tauern with their peaks, seem to be within your grasp.
The Dachstein limestone is known to be a rock with perfect climbing qualities. Hikers and climbers alike find a high Alpine paradise in the Dachstein mountain area. Hiking along a via ferrata is the secured version of climbing. Such routes through rock walls are secured with fixed steel ropes and iron pins. Even less-experienced alpinists can tackle this adventure along the fascinating rock faces. The top station of the glacier Gondola at the Hunerkogel at an altitude of 2,700 m is the starting point for many a tempting tour.
Austria’s longest vertical drop: across the via ferratas Anna and Johann on top of the Dachstein
Reach the cross at top of the Dachstein via the Anna via ferrata (300 m diff. in alt.), which was set up in 2010, the Johann via ferrata (800 m diff. in alt.) and the Schulter (The Shoulder) (250 m diff. in alt.). From the access point of Anna at 1,800 m up to the top of the Dachstein (2,996 m), you conquer Austria’s longest secured climbing paths, which is also one of the longest vertical drops of the Alps with almost 1,200 metres of altitude difference.
Ramsau am Dachstein – The cradle of secured climbing paths
Ramsau am Dachstein rightly deserves to be called the cradle of secured climbing paths. The via ferrata up to the top of the Dachstein was the first one of the Alps. Created by geographer Friedrich Simony, it celebrated its 170th anniversary in 2013, also the bicentenary of Simony’s birthday.