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Introducing Obertraun

Quieter, 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. Obertraun has a free grassy beach area with a small waterslide, a children’s play area and boat rental.