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Introducing Obertraun

More low-key than Hallstatt, this broad settlement offers great access to the Dachstein caves. It’s also a good starting point for hikes around the lake, or more strenuous treks up to the caves themselves and beyond through alpine meadows. Signs from the train station point the way to the cable-car station and ice caves. The trail (No 16) to the caves is a stiff 2½-hour hike from the valley station.