The endless expanse of the Dachstein massif from inside – the giant Cave is one of the largest karst caves in the world impresses with its size, variety of shapes and spectacular artistic installations – something you would never expect to see beneath the
Please read Info for Krippenstein and Zwieselalm Season start on 19th May 2021
Due to the current situation - "keyword Covid19" - the start of the season at the Cave Worlds and the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car in Obertraun, as well as the Gosaukammbahn on the Zwieselalm in Gosau have been postponed.
The new season start date is 19th May 2021. The Koppenbrüller Cave will also start the 2021 summer season at this time.
Note for all ski tourers: The running time for the early morning rides on the Krippenstein has been extended. You can find more info here.
A final note: The cable cars on the Feuerkogel in Ebensee and the Grünberg in Gmunden also start the new summer season on 19th May 2021.
COVID-19 information Summer season 2021 #safetogether
Ensuring the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. The following measures, guidelines and code of conduct apply for the summer season 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations introduced by the Austrian Federal Government. These rules and actions are for the wellbeing of our guests and staff. We will continuously assess and adjust them as circumstances require. Measures & general information The Dachstein Krippenstein cable cars in the Salzkammergut
In accordance with the current regulations introduced by the Austrian Federal Government, cable cars are classified as a mode of public transport and are therefore subject to public transport regulations. Therefore, the following measures and guidelines apply:
Wearing of a FFP2 mask is mandatory in the queuing area, in boarding and alighting areas, and when riding cable cars as well as in all enclosed spaces and in any areas where it is not possible to comply with minimum social distancing regulations. FFP2 and FFP3 masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted, as they do not protect your surroundings.
FFP2 masks can be purchased for € 2.00 at all ticket counters.
Arrangements in boarding areas: We will arrange queuing areas in a way that avoid groups of people standing close together wherever possible.
Minimum social distance: The legal requirement to maintain a social distance of 2 meter from other people does not apply in cable car cabins/gondolas.
Maximum occupancy: The capacity in the closed cable car cabins / gondolas will be reduced by 50% due to legal requirements. Please note: Wearing a FFPS mask is mandatory!
Disinfection measures: We ventilate o ur cable car cabins/gondolas and regularly disinfect them using cold fogging machines. We also regularly clean and disinfect all public areas.
Hand hygiene: We have installed numerous hand disinfection stations throughout our cable car facilities
Journey times: None of our cable cars have a journey time of more than 10 minutes
Customer contact: Staff who come in direct contact with customers always wear face coverings.
Cashless payments: All of our ticket counters accept cashless payments.
Information: Information is provided on numerous info screens, posters, etc. throughout the area of the valley and mountain station of the cable cars and the caves.
Please respect our COVID-19 safety measures. We will adjust these measures as needed and in accordance with any changes in the law or regulations issued by the Austrian Federal Government. By taking these necessary precautions, you are protecting yourself, other guests and our staff. Thank you for your cooperation! Staying safe together Freesports Arena Dachstein Krippenstein in Obertraun/Upper Austria
We ask guests to act responsibly and use common sense in the hiking area and in public areas so that everyone stays safe and can enjoy themselves. Please follow the measures listed below order to protect yourself and others: Mouth and nose protection (MNP)
Wearing a FFP2 mask* without without an exhalation valve is mandatory in the following areas:
around ticket counter in queuing areas, boarding areas, alighting areas, and throughout the journey on all cable cars outdoors where it is not possible to maintain the minimum social distance of 2 meter in all enclosed spaces *Mask requirements: from 14 years: FFP2 mask is mandatory 6 - 13 years: MNP (face covering / protective mask) is mandatory until 5 years: no MNP required
Minimum social distance
Please observe the legal minimum social distance of 2 meter from people not in your party In cable car cabins/gondolas maintaining the minimum social distance of 2 meter from other people is not a legal requirement
Practice good hygiene
Please observe general hygiene rules such as regularly washing your hands Do not shake hands when greeting others If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into the crook of your arm or into a tissue We have installed numerous hand disinfection stations throughout our cable car facilities Please observe general hygiene rules such as regularly washing your hands
Ventilate where possible
We take care to make sure there is sufficient ventilation in cable car cabins/gondolas and in buildings To assist us, please open the windows of cable car cabins/gondolas during your journey where possible
If you don’t feel well, don’t hike
If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, stay at home or at your accommodation Contact the local health authorities by dialling 1450 for further advice (diagnostic clarification)
Follow instructions: Please follow any health recommendations and all instructions issued by our staff Install the “Stopp Corona” app: We recommend that guests install the Austrian Federal Government’s “Stopp Corona” app, which functions anonymously By acting responsibly, you protect yourself and everyone else
Please respect our COVID-19 safety measures. We will adjust these measures as needed and in accordance with any changes in the law or regulations issued by the Austrian Federal Government. By taking these necessary precautions, you are protecting yourself, other guests and our staff. Thank you for your cooperation! FAQs: Important questions & answers COVID-19 safety measures in the summer season
Where do I need to wear a mouth and nose protection (MNP) - FFP2 mask? Wearing a FFP2 mask is mandatory in the queuing area, in boarding and alighting areas, and when riding cable cars, in all enclosed spaces and in areas where it is not possible to comply with minimum social distancing regulations.
What counts as a MNP mask? Wearing of a FFP2 mask is mandatory without exception.
What arrangements are in place in queuing areas? We will arrange queuing areas in a way that avoid groups of people standing close together wherever possible. Wearing a mouth and nose protection (MNP) with an FFP2 mask is mandatory in all queuing areas.
How many guests are allowed in cable cars and gondolas? The capacity in the closed cable car cabins / gondolas will be reduced by 50% due to regulatory requirements. Wearing a FFP2 mask is mandatory! We regularly disinfect cable car cabins/gondolas.
What arrangements are in place regarding face masks when using chairlifts, T-bar lifts and magic carpets? FFP2 mask! Wearing a mouth and nose protection (MNP) with an FFP2 mask is mandatory both in queuing areas and while using the lift facilities.
Are gondolas/cabins ventilated during transport? We take care to make sure there is sufficient ventilation in cable car cabins/gondolas and in buildings. Cabins are ventilated as effectively as possible when in operation. Please ventilate your cabin during your journey by opening the windows.
What arrangements are in place for enclosed spaces? Wearing a mouth and nose protection (MNP) mask is mandatory and the minimum social distance of 2 metre must be observed in enclosed spaces.
Where is disinfectant available? We have provided disinfectant dispensers at numerous points in cable car buildings.
What measures are in place for cable car staff who have contact with customers? All staff who have direct contact with customers either wear a face covering (protective mask) or are physically separated from guests by specific protective arrangements (i.e. perspex shields).
What regulations are in place for restaurants in the mountains? Separate regulations are in place for restaurants (including those up in the mountains). These regulations are published [in German only] at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at and are implemented by each establishment.
Test Stations on Holiday
Dear readers, for cable cars and sights around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley, the rules applies: Vaccinated. Tested. Recovered. We have summarised for you below, the most important testing opportunities in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, the Gosau Valley, Obertraun and Bad Ischl. Please register online or by phone.
Test Stations for Bad Goisern
Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt harmacy in the “Baumhaus” on the Salzkammergut B145 main road near the Spar supermarket
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 12:00 hrs. 14:00 p.m. - 18:00 hrs. Saturday 8:00 - 12:00 hrs. By appointment only, by phone or via the homepage of the “Baumhaus” pharmacy in Bad Goisern
Contact Pharmacy in the “Baumhaus” Bundesstrasse 112
Important information about the openings on May 19th
3G applies to all tourism businesses: guests have access if they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered. In order to avoid waiting times, please come to the catering trade already tested. (No test requirement in retail and when picking up in restaurants because less than 15 minutes)
Valid tests: 1. Negative PCR test (valid for 3 days) 2. Negative antigen test from test street, pharmacy, etc. (valid for 2 days) 3. Negative controlled self-test (valid for 2 days) 4. School tests for access also apply to children
5. New from 19.5. Recognition of living room tests using a QR code (valid for 1 day): In addition to the five test kits per person from the pharmacy to date, every household will receive a pack of 20 test kits per month including QR codes from May 18th. Take a picture of the QR code and your negative test result. The confirmation will be sent by email or SMS. This is recognized as an entry test for 24 hours.
Vaccination: Proof by means of a vaccination certificate, vaccination card or printout. Valid from the 22nd day after the first vaccination. Recovery: separation notice (up to 6 months after recovery), antibody test (up to 3 months nG)
Tests for domestic and foreign guests
Please arrive with a test in your pocket (for foreign guests a corresponding test certificate is required when crossing the border)
Rapid antigen tests can be carried out in public test stations (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
Self-test under supervision in the municipalities (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
Self-tests and living room tests with QR code or official registration (valid for 24 hours; attention: this test does not apply to border crossings) - Austrian guests, including those from other federal states, can bring these tests with them from home and also use them on vacation. They apply throughout Austria.
Please note: rapid antigen tests in pharmacies are only available for Austrians with an e-card (valid for 48 hours)
Point of sale tests are an "emergency solution" for companies to test guests who cannot show a negative COVID-19 test (valid only in this one company)
6 free test centers
Kongresshaus: daily 8:00 -12: 30 & 13:00 16:45.
Hospital: Mon-Fri: 6-7: 45 a.m. and 4-7: 45 p.m., Sat. + Sun .: 9:00 – 14:45
Rathaus (Pfarrgasse 11, 2nd courtyard): Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00 to 13:00. and 17:00 to 19:00, registration information will follow.
You will receive the test result after approx. 25-30 minutes. Without registration, there may be waiting times.
Contact Trinkhalle Bad Ischl Corona Test Station Auböckplatz 5 4820 Bad Ischl Austria Phone: +43 (0) 732-7720-0 Impfhotline: 0800-555 621
Trinkhalle Bad IschL Corona Test Station Test times Monday - Saturday 08:00 - 17:00 hrs. Sunday and Holiday closed.
Subject to changes!
Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time. We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.
Your editorial team.
Cave labyrinth of superlatives
The endless expanse of the Dachstein massif from inside – the giant Mammut Cave is sure to impress with its vast size and interplay of colours – something you would never expect to see beneath the ground in of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut in Austria! The name ‘Mammut Cave’ (Mammoth cave) was chosen by explorers due to the astonishing dimensions of the underground spaces and passageways contained within this cave system. At present, more than 70 km of these passageways have been explored – around 1 km of them can be viewed during the guided tours.
This exciting tour awaits you in the Mammut Cave
During 1 hour tours of the Mammut Caves, visitors gain insight into how the caves developed and the work of the cave researchers. They learn how powerful volumes of water once gushed through the mountain as well as the problems which confronted cave researchers in the ‘Midnight Dome’ during their multi-day expeditions of the inside of the mountain. In this ‘Kingdom of shadows’, there are no boundaries to the imagination. Here, nature has created its own images from the white mountain milk and brown iron oxide, generating names such as ‘Cave Venus’ and ‘Woman with Hooped Skirt’. And finally, installations from the Linz University of Art (such as the incidence of light and cave scan projects) never fail to impress.
Art in the mountain
Light and shade in the Mammut cave – the ‘Laser scan’ and ‘Incidences of light’ installations captivate in the endless gloom of one of Europe’s largest caves. A swivelling laser beam highlights the surfaces of the cave and brings to life bizarre aluminium objects through the interplay of light and shade. Particularly impressive is the projection of a mediaeval church window which emerges from the cliff as if from nowhere. Plenty of surprises guaranteed!
The history of the Mammut Cave
The West entrance to the Mammut Cave was used as a cellar for many centuries. Poachers, once numerous in the Inner Salzkammergut area, also used the area to store any game they caught. In 1910, exploration began of the seemingly endless corridors of the Mammuth Cave from the western side. On the East side, facing the ice cave, several ice entrances were identified which were finally linked with the western section in 1914. The First World War brought a halt to the research activities. After the end of the war, the military built a route through the Mammut Cave which was then improved over the decades which followed.
Today, over 60 km of the Mammuth Cave have been researched. The impressive size of the passageways and the hope of finding one of the longest caves in Europe prompted researchers to choose this name (transl. Mammoth Cave). Over the last few years, artistic installations have made the Mammut Cave even more attractive and the Dachstein caves are now impressing visitors with their new look.
Dear "cave explorers", in "Information at a Glance" below we have listed the current running times of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car. In addition to the general operating times, you will also find the "first ride" up to the Schönbergalm to the cave worlds and the "last descent". So now it is even easier and more convenient to plan your trip to the Mammoth Cave.
Tours in 8 languages
Tours through the ice and mammoth cave will become even more exciting and interesting with the Audio-Guide-App! Download the free "Audio Guide for your Smartphone" using the QR code via WiFi. The points for the languages English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Czech, Italian and Hungarian can be found in the base and middle stations (access to the Cave Worlds) of the Dachstein Krippenstein cable car - and if you do not have headphones for your smartphone with you, you obtain a disposable headphone for €1 at the base station. We hope you enjoy your journey of discovery through the impressive Cave Worlds of the Dachstein.