New unique attraction: the 40 metre long ´HIMMELSLEITER´

The new ´Himmelsleiter´ at Zwieselalm, a 40 metre long panoramic sky ladder, is the latest TOP attraction for climbing enthusiasts. Your heart will leap as you climb up the free floating ladder, taking in breathtaking views of the Dachstein glacier, the surrounding mountains and across the entire Gosau Valley.

The new ´Himmelsleiter´ was built by Outdoor Leadership under the mangement of Heli Putz and his team.

Purest climbing pleasure in Gosau and Annaberg

The Intersport Via Ferrata on the Donnerkogel offers the purest climbing pleasure to all Alpine aficionados, as well as an unforgettable Alpine adventure with a unique view over the Dachstein Glacier.

On the via ferrata, you’ll go along fixed wire cables secured with iron stirrups, pegs, and up ladders to the top of the Donnerkogel. The climbing route admittedly starts off very relaxed over the Törleck, but as soon as you approach the jagged rocks of the Little Donnerkogel (1919m) and the Great Donnerkogel (2055m), the ascent becomes a challenge even for experienced climbers!

Once you’ve made the ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastically clear view out over the Alpine world of the Inner Salzkammergut as far as the Salzburg region.

Intersport Via Ferrata route

From the Gablonzer Hütte hut alongside the Gosaukamm cable car mountain station, the route climbs up 400 m of altitude to the summit cross on the Grosser Donnerkogel in 2 stages. The climb takes around 3 hours across steep faces ranging from a medium to difficult rating. The first section is adventurous but easier – and is therefore also a real pleasure for budding professional climbers. 

  • Difficulty: C - D
  • Ascent: 3.5 hours
  • Access: 25 minutes from the cable car mountain station
  • Descent: 1.5 hours

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Donnerkogel fixed route

The course was laid over an existing climbing route by Paul Preuß, a pioneer in the Alpine climbing sport, today regarded as one of the spiritual fathers of free climbing and the best climber of his time.

The course was built by outdoor specialist Heli Putz and his team at Outdoor Leadership. With Outdoor Leadership you can even book climbing lessons!

In honour of the climbing pioneer, who died in an accident on the Gosaukamm Ridge on 3 October 1913, on 20 July 2013 at the lower station of the Gosaukamm lift the Paul Preuß Memorial was unveiled, designed by students at the technical college (HTL) in Hallstatt and constructed by the Deubler Company in Bad Goisern.