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Simony Hut


Tour and route information

  • Starting place: 4831 Obertraun
  • Starting point: Valley station of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car
  • Destination: 4831 Obertraun
  • Destination: Hut Simony
Duration: 4h 33m
Length: 13 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 653m
Altitude difference (downhill): 584m
Lowest point: 1764m
Highest point: 2191m



Panoramic view:

Great panorama

Paths covering:

  • Gravel
  • Unfixed

Most economical season:

  • Summer
The hike leads from Obertraun into the glacier forefield below the Hoher Dachstein.

High alpine and beautiful landscape hike

This high alpine hut destination is reminding of a very special explorer of the Dachstein: The geographer Dr. Friedrich Simony (1813-96), explored, described, painted and photographed the whole massif completely. He was the first person who spent a night on the Dachstein and visited the glacier even in winter. Today, a cosy place to stay and the Dachstein Chapel await you at 2 200 m altitude - directly in front of the high Dachstein and the Hallstatt Glacier.

The hiking tour in detail

The trails are steep and rocky in places, but in dry conditions there are no problems. Do not walk in fog or snow!

From Obertraun you conquer approx. 1 600 metres in altitude with the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car. You can already enjoy the beautiful karst landscape during the cable car ride.

From the cable car station Gjaid near the Gjaid Alm you walk up the way to the former Oberfeld caserne. From there follow trail No. 615 towards "Taubenkogel". At about 1 960 m altitude, a path turns off to the right and following the signpost "Simonyhütte" (Simony hut), you ascend to a hilltop with two unmissable iron poles below the "Taubenkogel".

Continue downhill through rocks to the "Untere Eissee" (ice lakes - old glacier mark on a stone). Now go right and up through the stepped eastern flank of the "Taubenriedel" into the wide basin of the upper ice lakes. Follow the way and then turn right and walk up to the Simony Hut. Marked climbing tracks lead left (east) below the rocky "Schöberl" to the western ice edge of the Hallstatt Glacier and to the "Dachstein Madonna".

The way back begins on the wide and at the beginning serpentine "Reitweg" (No. 601) - past the "Hotel Simony", a primitive walled semi-cave. From the turn-off before the "Ochsenwieshöhe", the shortest trail (No. 650) leads back to the Gjaid Alm on the right. This trail leads over a steep, rocky slope down into the "Taubenkar", then up and down between mountain pine hills to another turn-off. On the left you will reach the nearby Gjaid Alm and the cable car station Gjaid.

But it is more rewarding if you go straight on trail No. 601 to the Wiesberghaus. From there a very nice trail also leads to Gjaid Alm (No. 654). It leads you first down to the "Bärengasse". From here you climb up to a hill where trail No. 650, described above, joins in.

Hike to Hallstatt

You can also descend from the Wiesberghaus on the "classic" Dachstein trail to Hallstatt. Here you hike through forests down to the "Wiesalm" and through the "Herrengasse" to the closed "Tiergartenhütte".

The trail descends steeply before a forest road welcomes you. Maybe you make a short detour to the left to the karst source of the origin of the Waldbach. Then follow the road to the turn-off at the bridge over the "Waldbachstrub" (deep view to the waterfall). Finally turn right and follow the largely asphalted road down to Hallstatt.

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Altitude profile


Simonyhütte, Herr Christoph Mitterer
Lahn 48
4830 Hallstatt

Mobile: +43 680 2196374

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Accessibility / arrival

by car
from Salzburg:
Federal road B158 direction Bad Ischl
in Bad Ischl driveway onto Salzkammergut Straße B145 in direction to Bad Goisern, Hallstatt and Obertraun, in Obertraun turn right direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

from Linz:
A1 motorway exit Regau on Salzkammergut Straße B145 direction Gmunden, Bad Goisern, Hallstatt and Obertraun, in Obertraun turn right direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

from Graz:
A9 motorway exit Liezen on B320
in Trautenfels turn onto Salzkammergut Straße B145 via Bad Aussee to Obertraun, in Obertraun turn left direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

from Villach:
A10 Tauernautobahn to exit "Eben im Pongau", from there via Annaberg, Gosau and Hallstatt to Obertraun, in Obertraun turn right direction Dachstein Krippenstein cable car

by bus:
get off at the bus station “Obertraun Dachsteinseilbahn”

by train:
from Linz/Salzburg to Attnang-Puchheim, change to train to Stainach-Irdning
or from Stainach-Irdning Zug direction Attnang-Puchheim
get off at train station "Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen", from there 45 minutes to walk or change to the bus

Detailed information on the respective train and bus times can be found at (train) and (bus).


  • Parking space: 200
  • Parking area for disabled: 5
  • Bus parking space: 12

Parking fees

free of charge

Travelling by public transport

Route planner for independent travellers


General price information:

Here you can find the price information of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car.


  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples


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Simony Hut
Starting place: Obertraun

Duration: 4h 33m

Length: 13 km

Metres of altitude: 653m


Panoramic view: