The Salzkammergut

From Obertraun you can catch a cable car to Krippenstein (2109m), where you'll find the 5 Fingers viewing platform, which protrudes over a sheer cliff face in five differently shaped platforms (one is reminiscent of a diving board). On a clear day the views from here down across the lake are little short of magnificent; a glass floor allows you to peer directly down beyond your feet into a gaping void. It will either cure your vertigo or turn you into a blathering mess.

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Nearby The Salzkammergut attractions

1. Dachstein Caves

1.35 MILES

Climb to the Dachstein caves (Dachsteinhöhlen) and you’ll find yourself in a strange world of ice and subterranean hollows, extending 80km in some places…

2. Dachsteinsport Janu

3.36 MILES

Celtic and Roman excavations can be seen downstairs in Dachsteinsport Janu, where there's a free exhibition that gets a little kitsch at times but…

3. Weltkulturerbe Museum

3.38 MILES

This multimedia museum has a strong focus on the region’s history of Iron Age/Celtic settlement and salt mining, taking you through 26 stations of…

4. Beinhaus

3.46 MILES

This small ossuary contains rows of neatly stacked skulls, painted with decorative designs and the names of their former owners. Bones have been exhumed…

5. Salzwelten

3.88 MILES

The fascinating Salzbergwerk (salt mine) is situated high above Hallstatt on Salzberg (Salt Mountain) and is the lake's major cultural attraction. The…

6. Dachstein Eispalast

4.92 MILES

Situated in a crevice of the Dachstein Glacier along a sheer cliff face, the Eispalast creates the strange effect of walking through an enormous, hollow…

7. Kammerhof Museum

7.37 MILES

Kammerhof Museum, housed in a beautiful 17th-century building, covers local history and salt production. It also has some portraits of Anna Plöchl, the…

8. Salzwelten Altaussee

9.11 MILES

Situated near the Altaussee about 6km north of Bad Aussee, this working salt mine was the secret hiding place for art treasures stolen by the Nazis during…