Dachstein Krippenstein in Salzkammergut – Day trip from Salzburg

Everyone flocks to Hallstatt as a day trip from Salzburg, but few visit the other UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s close by: Dachstein Krippenstein! Packed with history, natural wonders, and spectacular views, it is the perfect destination in the Austrian Alps.

About Dachstein Krippenstein in Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut is a region of mountains and lakes in Upper Austria, characterized by the fairytale-like towns of Hallstatt and Salzburg, alpine landscapes, and underground salt mines. Salt, or ‘white gold’ in that era, was THE trade item for the Habsburg Monarchy. The name Salzkammergut translates to “Estate of the Salt Chamber”,  signifying its status within the kingdom.

Krippenstein is a limestone mountain in the Dachstein Mountain range. Because of its high altitude, Dachstein Krippenstein offers a vast variety of activities depending on the season. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a nature lover, family, or outdoor enthusiast.

READ MORE: Exploring the City of Mozart with the Salzburg Card

Getting to Dachstein Krippenstein from Salzburg

From Salzburg Hbf (main railway/bus terminal), take Bus 150 to Bad Ischl; journey time is around 2 hours. The earliest bus departs at around 6am. Make sure you check the bus schedule ahead of time!

Note: One-way bus fare is €10.55 per person (price in 2017). Pay the driver when you get on the bus.

From Bad Ischl, take the train to Obertraun Dachsteinhöhlen Bahnhof. This scenic train ride takes around 30 minutes.

Tip: You can buy tickets online in advance for €5.30 per person. If you’re returning from Hallstatt, make sure you buy your return ticket at Bad Ischl because there is only ONE machine at the Hallstatt train station.

Pro-Tip: Just get the OBB app if you have data on your phone! This allows flexibility in your itinerary; you can buy tickets as you go without having to worry about missing trains/buses or lining up for machines and ticketing counters.

Once at Obertraun Dachsteinhöhlen Bahnhoftake Postbus-line #542 to “cable cars, ice caves, 5fingers, etc”. One-way bus fare to Dachstein from Obertraun is €2.10 per person (price in 2017).

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Schönbergalm Nature Park

Things to do at Dachstein Krippenstein

Important Note: The first cable car takes you up to Schönbergalm Nature Park. You must register for the cave tours at the counter! You’ll be given a number and start time for your tour of the Ice Cave and Mammut Cave.

Caves: Ice Cave, Mammut Cave, Koppenbrüller Cave

You can explore not one, not two… but THREE caves! Koppenbrüller Cave is the youngest and most family-friendly of the three. It’s especially dramatic during snowmelt and heavy rainfalls.

With almost 70km of the underground labyrinth explored, Dachstein’s Mammut Cave is the 30th longest and 31st deepest cave in the world. Throw on some overalls, head torch, and a helmet for an adventure through humongous cave passages and rock cathedrals.

The most popular Ice Cave offers spectacular ice sculptures, light effects, and art installations. Musical Ice Concerts feature international musicians in the cave every August. Visitors have the opportunity to experience crystal-clear sounds in a unique concert hall!

Tip: It’s cold in the caves so dress warmly!

Tip: Get the “Audioguide App Hearonymus” on your phone since it can be hard to hear your guide in the caves; it’s available 7 languages.

READ MORE: Where to stay in Salzburg

Recreational Sports: Hiking, Paragliding, Freeride Snowboarding/Skiing

The family-friendly Heilbronner Circular Trail takes 3 hours to complete, due to its gentle incline. It offers incredible views of the Hallstatter Glacier, with plenty of information boards, fossils, and the Dachstein Shark along the way.

Geology lovers will enjoy the Nature Trail, a themed walk where you’ll discover rocks, plants and animals of the region. The altitude difference varies between 140-330m depending on which route you take. Up for an adrenaline rush? Challenge the new via ferrata, available in varying levels of difficulty from novice to pro.

Tip: Weather changes quickly in the alps. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, make sure your phone is fully charged, and bring protective gear against the sun, rain, and cold, snacks, and lots of liquids!

Wanna take panoramas to new heights? Try tandem paragliding! With an altitude of more than 1,500m from the takeoff and landing sites, Dachstein Krippenstein is among the most impressive flying areas in the Alps. It is also home to the world-famous safety training centre for paraglider pilots.

In the winter, Dachstein Krippenstein transforms into a hot spot for powdery freeride and off piste. Make sure you go with a guide unless you know the routes like the back of your hand!

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Viewpoints: 5fingers, WeltNATURerbeblick, Dachstein Shark

Imagine the views 2000m up in the Austrian Alps! WeltNATURerbeblick is wheelchair accessible, giving everybody a chance to enjoy Dachstein’s magnificent views.

Millions of years ago, the Dachstein massif was engulfed by the ocean. The Dachstein Shark pays homage to the pre-historic shark that once lived here. You’ll find this attraction 30 minutes into the Heilbronner Circular Trail.

The most thrilling 5fingers offers a sweeping panoramic view of Salzkammergut and Lake Hallstatt. Lean over one of five platforms that jets out to test your fear of heights. We even saw some dudes rappelling down the mountain from the platform!

What about food?

There are two restaurants on the mountain: Restaurant Schonbergalm after the first cable ride up, and Mountain Restaurant at the summit.

We’re always skeptical about restaurants up in the mountains (*cough ski resorts in BC*) because the food is meh and overpriced. That is not the case here, though! Taste and prices are on par with what you’d find in Salzburg. And oh, the ribs are fingerlickin’ good!

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How much are tickets to Dachstein Krippenstein?

Prices vary from €30 – €44.40, depending on the ticket combination. The Panorama ticket (€30) gives you access only to the viewpoints, whereas the All-Inclusive ticket (€44.40) allows you to explore ALL the attractions.  All tickets include the cable car ascent and descent.

Note: Check this page for current tickets and prices.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Dachstein Krippenstein for hosting our visit. As always, our opinions are honest and our own- we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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Regardless of how expensive data plans are in Canada we can’t not have them, even if it means a measly 4GB a month.  Don’t even get me started on roaming charges! We usually bum WiFi off restaurants and hotel lobbies when we’re traveling but Mickey D’s and Starbucks aren’t always around. When we found out we could have unlimited data in Europe we were alllll over it.

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HIPPOCKETWIFI delivered the pocket-sized device to our hotel in London. It came in a cute pouch along with an emergency SIM card, charging cable, instructions card, and prepaid return envelope. We loved our Hippo so much we even sang a jingle whenever we pulled it out! It saved our butts so many times that we owe our flawless trip to this little guy:

  • Staying in touch with our families 24/7
  • Never getting lost with Google Maps while on our road trip
  • Making dinner reservations at hard-to-book restaurants
  • Booking ferry and train tickets on the go (barely made it back to Salzburg from Halltstatt)
  • Posting on social media to stay in the loop
  • Checking operating hours for attractions and restaurants
  • Emailing and calling brands for travel arrangements
  • Sending our #1 biggest fan (Mama Ko!) daily photos and videos so she can live vicariously through them
  • Checking bus, train, and ferry schedules
  • And the most important of all… researching the best spots for food!
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almost got stranded in Hallstatt.. barely made the last ferry/train back to Salzburg

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not once did we get lost on our Montenegro road trip!

Unlimited data in Europe with HIPPOCKETWIFI

What’s included in the plan?

You’ll get unlimited high-speed 4G LTE network in Europe, express delivery, prepaid return envelope from an European country, 24/7 support, and no hidden fees. Up to 10 devices can be connected simultaneously.

Note: Hippo works in 40 European countries; see this page for the complete list.

How do I rent one?

Place an online order before you go. You can have your pocket WiFi mailed to your first stop in Europe or delivered to your home (if you live in the US or Canada). Alternatively, you can pick it up from over 25,000 stores and post offices in Europe.

How much does it cost?

Prices start at 11.90€/day for 3-5 days, 10.90€/day for 6-9 days, 9.90€/day for 10-13 days, and 8.90€/day for 14+ days. Refer to this page for current pricing.

What’s the battery life?

When it’s fully charged the batter will last 6 hours of usage. It automatically turns off when it’s not in use to conserve battery.

Tip: We had it plugged in our solar backpack at all times which means we never had to worry about it running out!

More tips & info

  • If you don’t need unlimited data you can opt for 1GB/day plans
  • Rentals are available from 3-360 days
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Disclaimer: Many thanks to HIPPOCKETWIFI for providing us with a complimentary unlimited data in Europe and for making our trip flawless! All experiences and opinions are honest and our own. We wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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Exploring the City of Mozart with the Salzburg Card

So you’re planning your Salzburg adventure and want to make the most of out of your visit given only a few days. You might be wondering the same thing we did, “is the Salzburg Card worth it?” The short answer is- YES!

Salzburg, or “salt castle”, was once a powerful, independent country in the Roman Age. It was once referred to as the “Rome of the North”, given its wealth and affluence from the salt trade. Today, this baroque city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterized by its art and culture, historic center, and scenic surroundings.

Is the Salzburg Card worth it?

What is the Salzburg Card?

This card is your key to the City of Mozart. Available for 24, 48, or 72 hours, card holders receive free admission to every city tourist attraction and museum. You can also ride all public transportation for free! This includes the Festungsbahn furnicular, Monchsberg lift, Untersbergbahn lift, and Salzach River Tour. Additional discounts on cultural events, concerts, and a handful of excursions also apply.

Which card should I get? 

Because most attractions are open around 9 or 10am and close by 5 or 6pm , we recommend getting the 72hr card so you can see as much as possible. We were only able to tick off 9 of 29 freebies with a 48-hour window. The validity of your card begins with the first time it is used (i.e. 11am until 10:59am the the next day for the 24hr card).

Tip: You’ll get a handy brochure that details everything about the Salzburg Card at the time of purchase. Check the hours of operation and plan your routes and visiting times ahead!

Where can I get the Salzburg Card?

You can obtain the card from all hotels in Salzburg, tourist information offices in the vicinity, as well as the airport and HBF (main railway/bus station). Booking online doesn’t save you any money so just wait until you’re actually there.

READ MORE: Which hotel to stay in Salzburg

What are the must-see’s and must-do’s?

1. DomQuartier Salzburg: Due to its Roman Catholic influence, Salzburg was ruled by prince archbishops instead of kings. History comes alive at the former center of the prince-archbishops’ secular power, where you can tour the Cathedral and Residenz with a comprehensive audio guide.

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2. Mönchsberg Lift: The elevator takes you straight up Mönchsberg to a terrace offering the most beautiful panoramic view of Salzburg. This is a great vantage point to see Kapuzinerberg, Hohensalzburg Fortress, and Salzach (Salzburg River) altogether. There’s a also path through the forest that’ll take you to the fortress.

3. Hohensalzburg Fortress: You can either take the furnicular up (included in the Salzburg Card) or walk here from the Mönchsberg terrace. Apart from the stunning views, highlights include a fortress museum and medieval chambers, where you can get a glimpse of the courtly lifestyle of prince-archbishops. This 900-year old fortress also hosts the famous Salzburg Fortress concerts.

4 & 5: Mozart’s Birthplace and Mozart’s Residence: We’re usually not big on museums but Mozart’s Birthplace was meaningful to AS and I because of our background in classical piano (how our relationship blossomed in the first place!). The Mozart family lived here for 26 years from 1747 to 1773, when they moved to what we know today as the Mozart Residence in Makartplatz Square.

You’ll see a collection of portraits, original certificates and letters, sheet music, and items of everyday life from the 18th century. Mozart’s own violin and clavichord are also on display. The exhibition transports you back to the days of this child prodigy- it’s a must for all music and history buffs!

Note: No photography is allowed in the museum!

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6. Salzburg City Cruise: Hop on a speed boat and check out Salzburg from the river. Starting from the Makart Bridge, cruise down the river for 8km before you arrive at Hellbrunn landing. Once there, a shuttle will take you to Hellbrunn Palace within 4 minutes.

7. Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains: Marvel at the summer residence of Salzburg prince-archbishops, get soaked by the trick fountains, and snap a photo at the famous gazebo from the Sound of Music. The palace courtyard and old driveway turn into a festive Advent market during the Christmas holidays!

8. Stiegl-Brauwelt: Check out Austria’s biggest private brewery, learn how Stiegl beers are made, and pick up fascinating tidbits about the world of beer. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to sample 3 different beers and walk away with a goodie bag (a canned beer, crackers, and a Stiegl beer mug).

Tip: Come just before lunch or dinner and enjoy your complimentary tasting flight with their delicious food!

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Imagine living in an Austrian house that dates back to the 14th century, long before Mozart was even born. Looking for a place to call home in Salzburg, we came across this charming family-run hotel. Not only is Alstadt Hotel Stadtkrug one of the most characteristic hotels we’ve stayed at, but also the most convenient Salzburg hotel.

1353 marks the year this historic building was first documented on paper. It was originally a brewery in 1492, which later became a bakery before turning into a restaurant towards the beginning of the 20th century. The Lucian family took ownership of the building in 1987 and transformed it into what we know today as Altstadt Hotel Stadtkrug.

The most convenient Salzburg hotel – Hotel Stadtkrug

Location and Space

Situated on the picturesque corridor of Linzer Gasse, Hotel Stadtkrug is steps away from the Salzach River and a stone’s throw from Mount Kapuzinerberg. Everything is within a 20-minute walk, making it the most convenient Salzburg hotel. You can reach HBF (main bus and train terminal) in 18 minutes, Mirabelle Gardens in 6 minutes, Mozart’s Birthplace in 5, Monchsberg elevator in 16, University Square in 7, and the furnicular to the fortress in 12.

Feel immersed in the Middle Ages with warm palettes, stone floors, arches and alcoves.  There’s even a rooftop patio on the fourth floor! The first and second floors carry the most charm and are kept in their original state. There is no central air conditioning because the building is protected by the City. Installing new windows or making breaking down any walls is prohibited by law!

The family also owns a ranch north of the Flachgau county. Proudly on display in the lobby is the mounted head of the owners’ first highland cattle. You can even see their grass-fed cattle roam freely on the Juhu Ranch through a webcam.

READ MORE: Exploring the City of Mozart with the Salzburg Card

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There are 7 bedroom styles: single rooms, 4 types of double rooms, and 2 types of suites. Each comes with a flat-screen TV, sitting area, and a modern bathroom. The famous Mozartkugel (chocolate pistachio balls) awaits you every day!

Note: 4- and 6-bed fully equipped rooms are also available for large groups.

Our comfort double room was extremely clean with lots of natural sunlight. Similar to many European hotels, the mattresses are separate- which means no fighting for blankets or bed space!

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Staff & Service

You know you’re in good hands at family-run hotels, and Stadtkrug was no exception! Three generations of the Lucian family live in the same building. Jessica and Dominik, daughter-in-law and son of the owners, welcomed us with open arms. That homey feeling is hard to come by when you’re on the road and we were glad to have found it here.

Other staff were friendly and helpful, especially Mohammad who always has a warm smile on his face. We learned much about the history of Hotel Stadtkrug from Günter, the General Manager and family friend of the Lucians. We felt a little sad to say goodbye to these guys!


Enjoy a variety of cheeses, cured meats, fresh pastries, and our favourite- smoked salmon, at the breakfast buffet! Hot dishes are made to order and are included in your nightly rate.

The roof garden is the perfect place to chill over a glass (or two!) of wine along with some snacks. Don’t forget to make a dinner reservation at the restaurant, where only premium local ingredients are used. Try the beef! They use only certified organic cattle from their own ranch.

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Other Tips & Info about the most convenient Salzburg hotel- Stadtkrug:

  • Rates start at $150CAD+ for single rooms, $230CAD+ for double rooms, and $280CAD+ for suites.
  • Breakfast is served between 7-11am.
  • Non-guests can also enjoy the breakfast buffet for 16€.
  • WiFi is available free of charge.
  • Shuttle service from the train station or airport can be arranged for a fee.
  • For more information and current rates, visit their official website and Facebook page.

Disclaimer: AS and I were invited guests at Alstadt Hotel Stadtkrug. All experiences and opinions are honest and our own- we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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