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Ramsauer Klettersteig

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    Photo: Tourismusverband Schladming-Dachstein, Herbert Raffalt
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This is the classic Via Ferrata in the Dachstein region, and also a perfect warm-up tour for the Dachstein when starting at the Guttenberhaus.


Distance 11.1 km
10:00 h
290 m
1,783 m
2,720 m
1,136 m

For the approach from the Dachstein Mountain station, through the Rosmarie Stollen over the Edelgries Glacier, we recommend crampons in the morning (in hard snow conditions).


Usually, the route starts at the Edelgrießhöhe, but you can start at either end. This impressively scenic Via Ferrata crosses summits and rock towers to the Gruberscharte in a breathtaking experience.

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Update: January 17, 2022
C difficult
Highest point
2,720 m
Lowest point
1,136 m
Best time of year
1:30 h
Climbing length
2,300 m, 5:30 h
3:00 h

Safety information

Hiking Via Ferrata routes is a demanding sport in rugged terrain. For your safety, please observe the following rules: 


Via Ferrata routes are demanding and require a good level of fitness, no hight vertigo and sure-footedness. 

Always use a helmet and, a Via Ferrata kit to attach yourself to the safety rope. Many mountain rescue missions are a result of carelessness and bad weather conditions. 

Many routes require most of the day. When planning a tour, always include the possibility of a sudden change of weather. Be prepared: carry spare clothing and a good stock of food supplies. 

Always show respect towards fellow mountaineers. Inform them about possible dangers if need be. 

Take care of our environment. Only take photographs and memories with you - leave no trace.


Alpine Emergency Numbers

Mountain rescue              140 

Euro Emergency Call       112

Tips and hints


Dachstein Gondola's Bottom Station (2,628 m)


Guttenberghaus - Feistererhof

Turn-by-turn directions

Access: from the Dachstein Gondola’s base station, walk along the marked path to Edelgrießkar, until you turn right to the Edelgrießhöhe at an elevation of about 2.230 m, reaching the ridge after a further 250 metres. Follow the marked path to the beginning of the steel rope.

Descent: from Gruberscharte, hike to theGuttenberghaus hut and along the Königsetappe down



all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Schedule of the Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe:

Getting there

Arriving from the west:
From the west you can take the Munich-Salzburg motorway, continuing on the Tauern motorway (A 10) until the Ennstal junction. From here take the Ennstal A-road (the B 320) for around 30 km into the Schladming-Dachstein region, then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off.

Arriving from the north:
From the south-east take the Pyhrnautobahn motorway (A 9) to the Liezen junction and then the Ennstal A-road (B 320) into the Schladming-Dachstein region. Then take the Ramsau am Dachstein turn-off.


Parking lot at Gasthof Edelbrunn or at the bottom station of the Dachstein cable car


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Recommended maps for this region:

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Via Ferrata Equipment

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Wolfgang Ebel
September 01, 2014 ·
Zeitangabe stimmt nicht!! Nach etwas suchen nach den Wegweisern an der Talstation der Bergbahn, haben wir uns nach unserem GPS Gerät gerichtet. "Unser" Weg verlief etwas oberhalb des eigentlichen, aber der Zustieg zum Edelgrieß ist echt schön und ein Erlebnis. Wir hatten einen sehr schönen Tag erwischt. Doch nun zu meinem eigentlichen Problem, die Zeit. Ich würde sagen, dass ich ein Durchschnittlicher Sportler und habe schon viele Bergtouren und Klettersteige gemacht. Also nicht unerfahren. Ich war auch bei der Angabe der Länge und der zu bewältigen Höhenmeter etwas skeptisch. Wir waren zu zweit unterwegs und das nicht unbedingt langsam. Wir haben über den ganzen Steig 8 Personen überholt. Wir haben auf der hohen Gamsfeldspitze und der Scheichenspitze jeweils ca. 15 Minuten Pause gemacht. Auf dem Gutenberghaus ca. 1,0 Stunde sowie Unterwegs einige normale und notwendige Trinkpausen. Unsere Gesamtgehzeit betrug 9.22 Stunden. Also bleibt eine Gehzeit von 8 Stunden!!! Die in der Beschreibung angegebene Zeit kann bei weitem nicht stimmen. Die ersten die wir überholt haben waren bis zum Gutenberghaus ca. 9,5 Std unterwegs. Der Abstieg folgte auch noch. Fazit: Sehr schöner Steig der durch seine Länge schwer wird, Vorsicht nicht selbst überschätzen.
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When did you do this route? August 18, 2014
zum Schmiedstock
Photo: Wolfgang Ebel, DAV Sektion Pforzheim
Weg zur Scheichenspitze
Photo: Wolfgang Ebel, DAV Sektion Pforzheim
Das Edelgrieß
Photo: Wolfgang Ebel, DAV Sektion Pforzheim
Ausblick über´s Tal zur Planai
Photo: Wolfgang Ebel, DAV Sektion Pforzheim
Da steckt die Bergstation drin
Photo: Wolfgang Ebel, DAV Sektion Pforzheim

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zum Schmiedstock
Weg zur Scheichenspitze
Das Edelgrieß
Ausblick über´s Tal zur Planai
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C difficult
11.1 km
10:00 h
290 m
1,783 m
Highest point
2,720 m
Lowest point
1,136 m
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