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Spectacular Summit Platforms

Those with a head for heights are greatly rewarded in the Austrian Alps with views you could only dream of. From viewing platforms to suspension bridges and panorama bars, it's worth making that trip up the mountain.

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Dachstein Sky Walk

The Dachstein Sky Walk has been called "the most spectacular outlook platform in the Alps". Situated at 2700m and constructed at the edge of a 250m vertical cliff of the Hunerkogel, it has the most outstanding panoramic 360-degree view of the southern wall of the mighty Dachstein mountain and some of the most beautiful summits in the Alps. Just a few steps away from the Sky Walk you will also find the spectacular suspension bridge and the "stairway to nothingness".
www.derdachstein.at

 

Big 3, Sölden

From Sölden in Ötztal, you have easy access to three surrounding peaks above 3000m - the so-called Big 3. On two of them, viewing platforms have been erected, which give sight to an infinite number of peaks in the surrounding mountains.
www.soelden.com


Top of Tyrol, Stubai Glacier

Summit platforms usually offer a spectacular view, but the Stubai Glacier took this one step further with its Top of Tyrol viewing platform, suspended in air and accentuating the image of the mountain.
www.stubaier-gletscher.com


Gipfelwelt 3000, Kitzsteinhorn

The Kitzsteinhorn summit station is not only the highest point of the SalzburgerLand region at 3029m, comfortably accessible by cable car, it is also a highlight Alpine experience. It is here that you will find Gipfelwelt 3000 with its summit restaurant, national park gallery, a cinema showing impressive images of the mountain world, an ice arena and of course Salzburg's highest observation platform.
www.kitzsteinhorn.at


5fingers, Dachstein Salzkammergut

This spectacular viewing platform reaches out like a hand over a 400m drop. By stepping out onto one of the 5fingers (the five platforms), each in a different design, you can put your head for heights to the test and enjoy unique views over Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and the inner Salzkammergut region.
www.dachstein-salzkammergut.com


The Coral on the Steinplatte

Near the village of Waidring in the Tirolean Pillersee Tal, you will find the so-called Coral viewing platform. It hovers nearly 70m above the abyss, taking the shape of a coral. Thanks to the composition of the branches, even the faint-hearted can take a step out. They are non-transparent and thus provide a firm ground to stand on. The more daring, however, can take a walk across the large-meshed grid between the branches, risking a peek through the completely transparent glass surfaces. That will make those adrenaline levels rocket - to 1600m to be precise!
www.steinplatte.co.at


Airrofan Sky Glider and Adlerhorst Viewing Platform, Achensee

A giant viewing platform is enthroned on the Gschöllkopf at 2039m - the Adlerhorst. Shaped like an eagle's nest it provides a 360° panorama of the Achensee, Karwendel mountains, Zillertal Alps and to the lower Inntal. Those craving an adrenaline rush can take it a step further and get airborne on the Airrofan Sky Glider, reaching speeds of 85 km/hr.
www.achensee.info


Top Mountain Star, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

At 3080m above sea level in the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl mountain world next to the peak of the scenic Wurmkogl sits the eye-catching Top Mountain Star, a viewing platform, panorama bar and real architectural attraction.
www.obergurgl.com


Glocknerblick Lookout Platform, Gastein

The Glocknerblick Lookout Platform (meaning "Glockner view") lives up to its name, giving a stunning view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. On the way there you can also cross the 140m-long suspension footbridge.
www.gastein.com