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September 2020

Nothing quite beats the feeling of reaching a summit and looking down at the world. It is a feeling of freedom, of thrill, of exhilaration – and Austria’s summit platforms are the best places to experience it.

1. Dachstein Mountain, Upper Austria/Styria

Located centrally within Austria on the border of Upper Austria and Styria, Dachstein mountain stands at 2,995 metres (9,826 ft) high. And yet, reaching its summit is not as difficult as one might think: From the town of Ramsau am Dachstein, take a cable car up to 2,700 metres (2,296 ft) and watch the green pastures below turn into rugged rocks, as the lift passes by craggy cliffs. Right next to the mountain station, the first of four spectacular viewpoints awaits: the Dachstein Sky Walk.

Dachstein mountain

Dachstein mountain

Austrian National Tourist Office

Unmissable Dachstein Highlights:

  • Dachstein Sky Walk Sitting at 2,700 metres (2,296 ft), the Dachstein Sky Walk offers breathtaking 360-degree views. On the horizon, you’ll see stunning mountain ranges that include Großglockner – Austria’s highest at 3,789 metres (12,431 ft) –, Hochkönig, and Großvenediger mountains.
  • The Stairway to Nowhere At times, there will be a bit of queue to climb down the Stairway to Nowhere’s 14 steps. From there, you’ll reach a glass platform that gives you a clear view of what’s below and all around you: pure nature.
  • Austria’s Highest Suspension Bridge One of the newer attractions on Dachstein mountain, this suspension bridge is 100 metres (328 ft) long, weighs 63 tonnes, and was built from 30,000 parts. Below your feet, a 400-metre (1,312 ft) drop might make you a bit queasy.

  • 5fingers Viewing Platform Made up of 5 different platforms protruding over a 400-metre (1,312 ft) drop like a hand (hence the name), 5fingers has fantastic views over the region’s lakes and valleys. One of the “fingers” is made of glass – not for the faint of heart!
  • Dachstein Sky Walk Sitting at 2,700 metres (2,296 ft), the Dachstein Sky Walk offers breathtaking 360-degree views. On the horizon, you’ll see stunning mountain ranges that include Großglockner – Austria’s highest at 3,789 metres (12,431 ft) –, Hochkönig, and Großvenediger mountains.
  • The Stairway to Nowhere At times, there will be a bit of queue to climb down the Stairway to Nowhere’s 14 steps. From there, you’ll reach a glass platform that gives you a clear view of what’s below and all around you: pure nature.

2. Pyramidenkogel Platform, Carinthia

Located in Carinthia in Austria’s sunny south, the corkscrew-like Pyramidenkogel is the highest wooden viewing tower in the world (100 m or 1,312 ft). The best part: you can take an actual slide back down.

View of Carinthia from Observation Tower Pyramidenkogel

View of Carinthia from Observation Tower Pyramidenkogel

Austrian National Tourist Office

3. Hohe Wand Sky Walk, Lower Austria

Set within the Hohe Wand nature park just an hour outside of Vienna, this observation deck offers long, panoramic views, and a feeling of limitless freedom.

Hohe Wand Sky Walk

Hohe Wand Sky Walk

Lower Austria Tourism

4. Adlerhorst Viewing Platform, Tirol

Situated along the Eagle Walk, Tirol’s award-winning long-distance hiking trail, Adlerhorst viewing platform is modelled on an eagle’s nest and made from wrought-iron metal. Here, on top of Gschöllkopf mountain, a 360-degree view awaits. Great as a destination for hiking trips!

Adlerhorst viewing platform

Adlerhorst viewing platform

Achensee Tourismus Viewing platform Adlerhorst

5. BIG 3 in Ötztal Valley, Tirol

Sölden in the Tirolean Ötztal valley is home to no less than three mountains over 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) – the “Big 3”. Cable cars will take you to viewpoints on each of the three peaks, where you’ll be able to see as far as the Italian Dolomites in the south and the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain) in the north.

the village Sautens in the Ötztal valley

the village Sautens in the Ötztal valley

Ötztal Tourismus

6. Kitzsteinhorn Mountain, SalzburgerLand

Two hours from the city of Salzburg, a year-round world of snow and ice awaits: Located at 3,000 meters (9,843 ft), the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the “Summit World 3,000” have amazing views and experiences in store: Take a guided hiking tour or go tobogganing in the middle of summer!

Top of Salzburg, Kitzsteinhorn

Top of Salzburg, Kitzsteinhorn

Kitzsteinhorn

7. Top of Tyrol, Stubai, Tirol

Glacier summit platforms tend to offer spectacular views, but the Stubai Glacier is taking it one step further: Located at 3,210 metres (10,532 ft), its Top of Tyrol viewing platform makes you feel like you’re suspended in air and has views of 109 (!) mountains that measure above 3,000 m (9,842 ft).

Stubai - Tirol

Stubai – Tirol

Austrian National Tourist Office

8. Coral Viewing Platform, Tirol

The Triassic Park in the Steinplatte region of Tirol is dedicated to the primordial ocean that covered the land here 200 million years ago. Fittingly, the local viewing platform is shaped like a coral, one of the fossils commonly found in the area. If you’re rather safety-conscious, stay on the non-transparent coral-branch parts of the platform, but if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, step out onto the large-meshed grid between the branches.

near Koessen /. Mountain:Steinplatte  / Tyrol

near Koessen /. Mountain:Steinplatte / Tyrol

Austrian National Tourist Office

9. Top Mountain Star, Tirol

Perhaps the best place to have a cocktail with a view: The futuristic, glass-enclosed Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is not just a viewing platform, but also a stylish restaurant and bar.

Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Ötztal Tourismus

10. Glocknerblick Viewing Platform, SalzburgerLand

The Glocknerblick Viewing Platformin Bad Gastein (1.5 hours from the city of Salzburg) gives you a stunning view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner. Be sure to visit Europe’s highest suspension bridge on the way there!

Viewing Platform Glocknerblick in Bad Gastein

Viewing Platform Glocknerblick in Bad Gastein

Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH

Bonus: Austria’s Top 4 City Views

Donauturm Tower in Vienna

Have a coffee in Vienna’s highest revolving restaurant and enjoy 360-degree views of the city. Vienna from above

Beautiful sunset in Vienna

Austrian National Tourist Office / Filmspektakel.at Vienna, Austria

“Sinnesrausch” Path in Linz

An unusual, interactive art walk high above the city that offers both superb views and an immersive experience. Linz from above

Höhenrausch circuit in Linz

Höhenrausch circuit in Linz

Linz Tourismus

Nordkette Mountain in Innsbruck

From Innsbruck’s city centre, take a 20-minute cable car ride up Nordkette mountain and marvel at 360-degree views. Innsbruck from above

Nordkette cable car - Seegrube

Nordkette cable car – Seegrube

Innsbruck Tourismus

Pfänder Mountain in Bregenz

Take the Pfänderbahn lift to get unrivalled views of Lake Constance and 240 (!) Alpine peaks in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Lake Constance from above

view to lake Constance from mountain Pfänder

view to lake Constance from mountain Pfänder

Vorarlberg State Tourist Board

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Gemeinsam Wandern

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Tourismusverband St. Johann in Salzburg

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