© Foto Salzkammergut Tourismus, Kerschbaumer Katrin; Almkogel-Wanderung mit Blick auf den Mondsee
Ein junger Mann und eine junge Frau stehen am Gipfel vom Almkogel und blicken auf den Mondsee. Das Paar ist von hinten zu sehen. Am Bildrand ist die Drachenwand, im Hintergrund ist der Irrsee.

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© Hirschsteig mount Drachenwand © TVB Mondsee-Irrsee
Dangerous mountain path to mount Drachenwand.

Important information
decent via ferrata

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The Drachenwand via ferrata is one of the most popular in the Salzkammergut. At the same time, the combination of the demanding ascent and the dangerous alpine descent makes it a very serious affair for climbers. Due to the beautiful view of the Mondsee during the ascent and on the summit, the Drachenwand via ferrata is a must-do for many via ferrata climbers.

What many do not know: once you have reached the summit, you have not yet managed the via ferrata. A descent is waiting for you, in which you have to cover a total of 650 vertical meters and in which you must not make a single mistake over a difference of 500 vertical meters.
If you make a mistake there, it can have serious consequences.


The Hirschsteig (the only way to descend from the via ferrata) is an alpine climb of the highest level of difficulty. Surefootedness and a head for heights are basic requirements for starting on the via ferrata!


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Unfortunately, climbers die every year on the descent. The main reason is overconfidence, the thought "I have already done the via ferrata, nothing else can stop me ...", poor condition and lack of equipment. Please spare our operations organizations, especially the great volunteer members of the mountain rescue service in Mondseeland, from these stressful operations.

Please estimate at least 4 hours for your tour. Last access to the via ferrata is 5 hours before sunset. Do not undertake the tour when it is wet.

The via ferrata is not suitable for children under the age of 14 or beyond that without sufficient alpine experience!

Our hiking guides Birgit and Christian Gamsjäger

The two certified hiking guides Birgit and Christian take you into our nature and tell you all sorts of interesting facts about the fauna, flora and the history of the region.
In addition to the scheduled dates, individual hiking and mountain tours are possible for you, your family and your friends on request!