Via ferrata Donnerkogel

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Starting place: 4824 Gosau
Destination: 4824 Gosau

duration: 3h 30m
length: 1,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 470m
Altitude difference (downhill): 34m

Lowest point: 1.582m
Highest point: 2.054m
difficulty: difficult
condition: difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

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The via ferrata on the "Donnewrkogel" is accessible from the middle of June till the middle of Oktober.

The via Ferrata Donnerkogel featuring the "Ladder to heaven" is definitely one of the most beautiful ferratas in the Salzkammergut

The attraction stairway to heaven here in Gosau at Dachstein, is part of the via ferrata Donnerkogel, which is between the Zwieselalm Area and the summit of the Donnerkogel.

The hike to the via ferrata is not long it just takes about 15 Minutes from the top station of the Gosaukammbahn, the climb itself takes between 3 and 4 hours depending on you speed and experience in climbing via ferratas.
Total time with descent between 5 and 6 hours.

The via Ferrata is graded C/D, very difficult, on the via Ferrata scale, climbers have to be experienced when doing it. Hiking down from the top of Donnerkogel will last for about 1 ½ hours. If you are a beginner, it is definitely recommeded for you to take a guided tour, by one of our mountain guides.

Route description via ferrata Donnerkogel

1st stage: From the entrance, climb briefly to a corner (B/C). A beautiful traverse of slabs (A/B) leads to a straddle (B/C). This is followed by the steep and challenging "Kaiser-Verschneidung" (C/D), one of the two key sections. Then left onto an earthy strip (A and A/B) and to another, somewhat more difficult slab traverse (C). Around a corner it goes to the "Enzianwand" (B/C). The trail leads up through the mountain pines in a zigzag course and then to a saddle on the left. There is an emergency exit (down on the right). The "Ziehkögelgrat" (max. A/B) is reached via two ladders (B, briefly C in between). At the end of the 1st stage there is another emergency exit (down to the right).

2nd stage: In the section "Long live the hunt" you first cross to the left (A/B). This is followed by some ladders laid on the ground (A). Another traverse (A) is followed by some upturns (B). After the "Gamsband" (A) you have to climb down a bit in the earthy-slippery terrain (A/B). Then the long traverse climbs again (A/B, short section B/C) and meets the 40-metre giant ladder. At the ladder, you can exit to easy terrain and bypass the "Donnermandl" or climb down to the descent path (emergency descent). The highlight is of course the 40-metre giant ladder, on which you can climb directly over to the "Donnermandl" easily (B) but very exposed and therefore considered by many to be more difficult.

Stage 3 without the giant ladder: After a short walking area (emergency descent to the right), there is a short traverse (A/B and C) and the steep and very exposed ascent - where the 40-metre giant ladder also docks with the "Donnermandl" - (first C/D, then easier) to the "Donnermandl" (1,920 m). This is the second key section of the climb (this must also be mastered by giant ladder climbers). Afterwards, briefly climb down into a saddle (B). The 3rd stage can also be bypassed.

Stage 4: Quite steep up the former "Preuß route" via the northwest ridge (C). Soon the ridge becomes flatter and wider (B). The exit is reached after overcoming individual steep steps (A/B and A).

Safely on the via ferrata!
Tour planning:

  • A requirement for every climbing tour is an accurate tour planning with a via ferrata guide and map.
  • Pay attention to the levels of difficulty of the via ferrata and do not overestimate your ability!
  • Find out about the weather situation and the current conditions for the ascent and descent.
  • Draw up a timetable for the ascent, via ferrata, descent and always plan a time reserve for possible emergencies.

Note in bad weather:

  • Via ferrata routes are dangerous in bad weather, as the wire rope anchorages can become lightning rods.
  • Information on the current Dachstein weather can be found at Dachstein weather forecast.
  • In spring, you have to reckon with leftover snow on the via ferrata.

Make sure you use the right equipment:

  • Check your equipment for safety defects before every climbing tour!
  • The complete climbing equipment consists of: Helmet, chest harness, seat harness and carabiners, via ferrata gloves, climbing shoes and suitable climbing clothing.
  • Take emergency equipment with you: First aid kit, bivouac sack, mobile phone!

Via ferrata ascent:

  • You should only climb via ferratas if you are familiar with your equipment and know how to use it.
  • Partner check before you start! Check each other's equipment to make sure it is complete and correctly fitted.
  • During the climb, always keep an eye on the weather, your physical condition and the time schedule.
  • Watch out for other climbers and plan time for overtaking.
  • You can also find important tips for tour planning and behaviour on the via ferrata in the "Alpenvereinaktiv-App".
  • Don't subordinate everything to the entry in the summit book or the completion of a tour - have the courage to break off or turn back!

In case of emergency call the mountain rescue under 140

Download the via ferrata guide of Bad Goisern, Gosau at Dachstein, Hallstatt and Obertraun.

Experience a 360° panorama tour on the Zwieselalm…

Starting point: Zwieselalm-Gosaukammbahn
Destination: Zwieselalm-Gosaukammbahn

Details - climbing mount
  • difficulty acc. to Kurt Schall: difficult (C)
  • Hop off description: Access about 30 minutes from the Gosaukamm cable car mountain station on trail 611 to the "Törleggsattel", from here descend a few metres to the entrance on the left.
  • Hop on description: From the summit of the "Großer Donnerkogel", descend trail 628 and follow the markings to the "Törleggsattel", from here follow trail 611 to the Gosaukamm cable car mountain station.
  • duration climbing mount: 3 h
  • duration Descent: 2 h

The Donnerkogel via ferrata with the Himmelsleiter is open throughout the summer months and accessible in dry and sunny weather.

Accessibility / arrival

by car
from Salzburg:
Motorway exit Golling via B162 Abtenau and B166 to Gosau

from Linz:
Motorway exit Regau on Salzkammergut street B145 towards Gmunden and Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern, in Bad Goisern turn right onto B166, at the Gosaumühle junction turn right towards Gosau

from Vienna/Graz:
Motorway exit Liezen on the B320, in Trautenfels turn on Salzkammergut street B145 to Bad Aussee, turn on Koppen street through Obertraun and Hallstatt, at the Gosaumühle junction turn left towards Gosau

from Villach:
Tauern motorway to exit “Eben im Pongau”, via the B166 Pass Gschütt federal road to Gosau
by train
Attnang-Puchheim - Stainach-Irdning lines
Arrival by train in "Steeg / Gosau" then continue with bus 541/542 in the direction Gosausee
By bus
Bus 470 (Abtenau - Gosau) direction Gosau, stop Gosau Abzw. Pass Gschütt
Bus 541/542 (Bad Ischl - Gosausee) direction Gosausee, stops Haltestelle: Gosau Klaushof, Gosau Bärnausiedlung, Gosau  Ressenbachweg, Gosau Vordertal B166, Gosau Ramsau B166, Gosau, Gemeindeamt, Abzw. Pass Gschütt, Gosau Wirtsweg, Gosau Leitenweg, Gosau Schüttmannweg, Mittertal b. Gosau Ort, Mittertal, Hornspitzlift, Hintertal b. Gosau Falmbach, Hintertal b. Gosau Mühlradl, Hintertal b. Gosau Ort, Hintertal b. Gosau Madlgasse, Hintertal b. Gosau Schmiedweg, Hintertal b. Gosau Freilichtmuseum,Hintertal b. Gosau Zwieselalmbahn (Panoramajet), Hintertal b. Gosau Gosaukammbahn
Detailed information on the respective train and bus times can be found at (train) and

  • Parking space: 200
  • Parking area for disabled: 4
  • Bus parking space: 4
Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
General price information

Prices for the Gosaukammbahn can be found at

  • Free entry
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
Other special suitabilities

Only climbable at very good weather conditions.

Most economical season
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.

Via ferrata Donnerkogel
Dachstein Tourismus AG
4825 Gosau

Phone +43 5 95095 - 20

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Starting place: 4824 Gosau
Destination: 4824 Gosau

duration: 3h 30m
length: 1,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 470m
Altitude difference (downhill): 34m

Lowest point: 1.582m
Highest point: 2.054m
difficulty: difficult
condition: difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Climbing mount

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