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“A great place to visit, if you pick the right time”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Skywalk Dachstein

Skywalk Dachstein
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Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria
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“A great place to visit, if you pick the right time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

This is not a cheap excursion if you go at the wrong time of year.

During the ski season it is covered by a Ski Amade pass but if you don't have one or you go out of season it is expensive. Unless of course you go in The Summer Card Season and are staying at a Summer Card Partner establishment in The Schladming/Dachstein Region when it is free. The downside is during high season everyone wants to go there.

I have been lucky and have never queued for more than 20 minutes but I do go regularly and time it right.

So what is new? Well there are new Gondolas to take you up to the glacier. The one on the right looking up has provision for a limited number of people to ride on the roof. I've done it and it's fantastic. The other one has a glass panel in the floor which initially isn't noticed by everyone and makes for some amusement when they do notice it. The Old Faithful that is The Skywalk is still there and provides stunning views from 2700m looking in a southerly direction. There is also a walk way around the whole of the outside of the Gondola and restaurant complex providing stunning panoramic views. New in 2013 is the Suspension Bridge (which you can get bouncing nicely) and the glass stairs to nowhere. Not for the feint hearted. I had the feeling as I descended that I would trip and be over the edge :-). I don't visit the Ice Palace as it doesn't appeal and I understand mild weather has taken its toll. It will have to be completely rebuilt soon.

The Chuffs (local birds) provide entertainment and appreciate a tasty treat.

Would I go if I had to pay. Probably once to say I had but it would not be a regular treat due to the cost. If you are a keen skier and want to ski for most of the year it is ideal. In winter it can be stunning and on a clear day with no haze the views are amazing. In The Summer Card Season it is a must do activity in the area but be prepared for long queues during high season. You are going for the scenery. If you are expecting more you will be disappointed

It is no good going when the cloud is on The Dachstein. You won't see a thing. Cloud lower down isn't a problem and makes for some stunning scenery in its own right. Even broken cloud whipping around the glacier and Hoher Dachstein makes for a spooky scene. All year round the sun up there is very strong and you must protect against it.

There is now an easy walk down on to the glacier and a covered moving pavement to bring you back to the gondola station

I should also mention that the restaurant does very good freshly prepared food and is no dearer than most other places in the area.

It is only right I declare my interest. I own a Summer Card Partner B&B in the area but have no direct links to the attraction and this is an honest appraisal of it.

Visited February 2014
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Burlington, Canada
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“Awesome Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

We rented a car from Salzburg and the hour drive was beautiful but once we arrived at Dachstein Glacier, and paid the 34euros each to take the state of the art, cable car to go up up up, higher than the birds in the sky, it was totally worth The Once in a Lifetime view! The bridge and stairway were an awesome experience!!!! The ice palace was good but a lot smaller than we imagined! The restaurant was awesome, great menu and delicious, and average pricing:-) Very excited we made our way there during our visit to Austria from Canada!

Visited March 2014
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London
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“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

We went to Dachstein Ice Palace from Schladming. The bus and cable car ride came to over €50 per person. The views from the skywalk (which is a viewing platform) are stunning as is the restaurant. The ice palace is really disappointing, poorly signed, extremely slippery with cables everywhere. The sculptures are sub standard. Make sure you check weather as this trip is only worth the expense on a clear day. Come here for the views but not the ice palace.

Visited February 2014
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“Interesting attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

We happened to visit here on a very cloudy day and in fact it was snowing. Unfortunately did not have any views but i am sure that on a clear day it would be great. The stairs to nowhere are an unusual attraction here. I loved being out here in the falling snow even without the view!

Visited January 2014
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“Ski on a glacier in the middle of summer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

We went skiing on the Dachstien glacier in July and it was awesome! What a treat! The ride up on the cable car was beatiful we had clear blue and sunny skies and fluffy clouds. You can fell the altitude so skiing fast is not an option at first - more slow and steady and enjoy the beauty and the fact that you get to glide along on real snow in July! There are two modest alpine runs with drag lift and a half pipe and small jumps but I was there for the nordic ski trails. It was stunning to be up that high in the sunshine and look down to the green valley below. It was hard work with altitude and wet snow but it was snow in July so can't complain. There is a nice outdoor cafe to sit and take the beauty in and rest and watch if you are not there to ski and there is the sky walk with allows for amazing photo and great views to the valley below. In the summer if you stay in a local hotel you get a discount on local attractions and transport. I loved being able to ski in summer and the beautiful views but the village itself is worth a stop even if you don't go up to the glacier. Nice restaurants and real Sound of Music feel.

Visited July 2013
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