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    Lechtaler Alpen / Tyrol

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Homberger

    Austria’s Top 10 Summit Platforms

    Nothing quite beats the feeling of reaching a summit and looking down at the world. It is a feeling of freedom, of thrill, of exhilaration – and Austria’s summit platforms are the best places to experience it.

    1. Dachstein Mountain, Upper Austria/Styria

    Located centrally within Austria on the border of Upper Austria and Styria, Dachstein mountain stands at 2,995 metres (9,826 ft) high. And yet, reaching its summit is not as difficult as one might think: From the town of Ramsau am Dachstein, take a cable car up to 2,700 metres (2,296 ft) and watch the green pastures below turn into rugged rocks, as the lift passes by craggy cliffs. Right next to the mountain station, the first of four spectacular viewpoints awaits: the Dachstein Sky Walk.

    Dachstein mountain

    Dachstein mountain

    Austrian National Tourist Office

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    2. Pyramidenkogel Platform, Carinthia

    Located in Carinthia in Austria’s sunny south, the corkscrew-like Pyramidenkogel is the highest wooden viewing tower in the world (100 m or 1,312 ft). The best part: you can take an actual slide back down.

    View of Carinthia from Observation Tower Pyramidenkogel

    View of Carinthia from Observation Tower Pyramidenkogel

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Markowitsch

    3. Hohe Wand Sky Walk, Lower Austria

    Set within the Hohe Wand nature park just an hour outside of Vienna, this observation deck offers long, panoramic views, and a feeling of limitless freedom.

    Hohe Wand Sky Walk

    Hohe Wand Sky Walk

    Lower Austria Tourism / Robert Herbst

    4. Adlerhorst Viewing Platform, Tirol

    Situated along the Eagle Walk, Tirol’s award-winning long-distance hiking trail, Adlerhorst viewing platform is modelled on an eagle’s nest and made from wrought-iron metal. Here, on top of Gschöllkopf mountain, a 360-degree view awaits. Great as a destination for hiking trips!

    Adlerhorst viewing platform

    Adlerhorst viewing platform

    Achensee Tourismus
    Viewing platform Adlerhorst

    5. BIG 3 in Ötztal Valley, Tirol

    Sölden in the Tirolean Ötztal valley is home to no less than three mountains over 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) – the “Big 3”. Cable cars will take you to viewpoints on each of the three peaks, where you’ll be able to see as far as the Italian Dolomites in the south and the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain) in the north.

    the village Sautens in the Ötztal valley

    the village Sautens in the Ötztal valley

    Ötztal Tourismus / Rudi Wyhlidal

    6. Kitzsteinhorn Mountain, SalzburgerLand

    Two hours from the city of Salzburg, a year-round world of snow and ice awaits: Located at 3,000 metres (9,843 ft), the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the “Summit World 3,000” have amazing views and experiences in store: Take a guided hiking tour or go tobogganing in the middle of summer!

    Top of Salzburg, Kitzsteinhorn

    Top of Salzburg, Kitzsteinhorn

    Kitzsteinhorn

    7. Top of Tyrol, Stubai, Tirol

    Glacier summit platforms tend to offer spectacular views, but the Stubai Glacier is taking it one step further: Located at 3,210 metres (10,532 ft), its Top of Tyrol viewing platform makes you feel like you’re suspended in air and has views of 109 (!) mountains that measure above 3,000 m (9,842 ft).

    Stubai - Tirol

    Stubai - Tirol

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Wolfgang Zajc

    8. Coral Viewing Platform, Tirol

    The Triassic Park in the Steinplatte region of Tirol is dedicated to the primordial ocean that covered the land here 200 million years ago. Fittingly, the local viewing platform is shaped like a coral, one of the fossils commonly found in the area. If you’re rather safety-conscious, stay on the non-transparent coral-branch parts of the platform, but if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, step out onto the large-meshed grid between the branches.

    near Koessen /. Mountain:Steinplatte  / Tyrol

    near Koessen /. Mountain:Steinplatte / Tyrol

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Homberger

    9. Top Mountain Star, Tirol

    Perhaps the best place to have a cocktail with a view: The futuristic, glass-enclosed Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is not just a viewing platform, but also a stylish restaurant and bar.

    Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

    Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

    Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann
    Obergurgl

    10. Glocknerblick Viewing Platform, SalzburgerLand

    The Glocknerblick Viewing Platform in Bad Gastein (1.5 hours from the city of Salzburg) gives you a stunning view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner. Be sure to visit Europe’s highest suspension bridge on the way there!

    Viewing Platform Glocknerblick in Bad Gastein

    Viewing Platform Glocknerblick in Bad Gastein

    Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH

    Bonus: Austria’s Top 4 City Views

    Donauturm Tower in Vienna

    Have a coffee in Vienna’s highest revolving restaurant and enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

    Vienna from above
    Beautiful sunset in Vienna

    Beautiful sunset in Vienna

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Filmspektakel.at
    Vienna, Austria

    “Sinnesrausch” Path in Linz

    An unusual, interactive art walk high above the city that offers both superb views and an immersive experience.

    Linz from above
    Höhenrausch circuit in Linz

    Höhenrausch circuit in Linz

    Linz Tourismus
    Höhenrausch Linz

    Nordkette Mountain in Innsbruck

    From Innsbruck's city centre, take a 20-minute cable car ride up Nordkette mountain and marvel at 360-degree views.

    Innsbruck from above
    Nordkette cable car - Seegrube

    Nordkette cable car - Seegrube

    Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner

    Pfänder Mountain in Bregenz

    Take the Pfänderbahn lift to get unrivalled views of Lake Constance and 240 (!) Alpine peaks in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

    Lake Constance from above
    view to lake Constance from mountain Pfänder

    view to lake Constance from mountain Pfänder

    Vorarlberg State Tourist Board / Roman Horner