Seewand via ferrata
Seewand via ferrata – level of difficulty D–E
One of the most challenging via ferratas in the whole of the Alps with a breathtaking view over Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and Inneres Salzkammergut. With an average climbing time of 4–6 hours and elevation gain of almost 800 m, this is reserved for climbers with an excellent level of fitness. The starting point is the car park next to the Kesselgründe swimming area between Hallstatt and Obertraun, the entrance is via the Hirschaualm (approx. 40-minute hiking trail).
The via ferrata is accessible from the end of June to mid-October. The very challenging climb runs almost entirely in compact rock except for a green section in the middle. At the top end of this green section there is a little cave that is suitable for bivouacs and as protection against the weather. There are wonderful spots on the rock face with magnificent views for smaller breaks. Having overcome the top still very challenging third, you finally reach the descent where you should reward yourself for your efforts with a snack and enjoy the stunning panorama at the same time.
It finishes with a leisurely, marked, approx. 40-minute hike over part of the Dachstein plateau to the Gjaidalm with catering, which is famous for its superb "Kaiserschmarrn" sweet dish. Afterwards, you can take the Dachstein World Heritage cable car back down to the valley.
Please note the following points:
- Get information about the snow conditions in the tail area
- Take your snow boots with you so you can reach the Gjaidalm without any problems!
- You should not start out at all if there is a storm approaching; with lightning strikes there is danger to life!
- Bring suitable equipment and a light rope with you for safety
- Take plenty of breaks
- Make sure you drink plenty
- Note the time of last cable car down to the valley (5.00 p.m. in the peak season, otherwise 4.30 p.m.)! Walk down to the valley: 3.5 to 4 hours
You can find a detailed description of the via ferrata supplied by bergsteigen.at here.