Hoher Dachstein (German: [ˈhoːɐ ˈdaxʃtaɪn]) is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states. Parts of the massif also lie in the state of Salzburg, leading to the mountain being referred to as the Drei-Länder-Berg ("three-state mountain"). The Dachstein massif covers an area of around 20×30 km with dozens of peaks above 2,500 m, the highest of which are in the southern and south-western areas. Seen from the north, the Dachstein massif is dominated by the glaciers with the rocky summits rising beyond them. By contrast, to the south, the mountain drops almost vertically to the valley floor.
The geology of the Dachstein massif is dominated by the Dachstein-Kalk Formation ("Dachstein limestone"), dating from Triassic times. In common with other karstic areas, the Dachstein is permeated by a rich cave system, including some of the largest caves in Austria, such as the Mammuthhöhle and the Hirlatzhöhle. Another significant tourist destination is the Eisriesenhöhle. The Dachstein is famous for its fossils, including Megalodonts; the Linzer Weg leads over many such fossils, which are referred to as Kuhtritte ("cattle footprints").
Florian Forster | Apr 3, 2018
What a beautiful scenery, an absolute must! The peaks covered in snow will leave you in awe. Especially on a sunny day, the contrast of the deep blue sky to the grey rock and the pure snow enhance the whole experience. In winter the area looks like a white desert. Stunning! I recommend doing the 25km Dachstein Überquerung (Dachstein crossing) as a cross country ski hike. Normal alpine skis suffice (but cross country skis would be better). It is suitable for the inexperienced with moderate stamina. The gondola at the star, plus the one on the Krippenstein and the bus back is roughly €50 (April 2018).
Here goes by F&F | Nov 4, 2017
A gem in the middle of nowhere.Stunning views of the alps and lakes. Quite difficult to find but it’s all worth it once you get there. Make sure if you’re driving to validate your toll card at the ticket booth up on the mountain , so that you don’t have to pay the use of the toll roads
Nikita Lvov | Jan 2, 2018
Very cool views
Robert Mentecki | Nov 22, 2017
I found this town by accident. It's very nice.
Cliff Xuan | Aug 18, 2017
Visited in the summer 2017. Spectacular views of the mountains and lakes.
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