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Am Mittwoch kann sich in den Tälern Hochnebel und Nebel recht zäh halten. Außerhalb der Nebelzonen scheint meist ungetrübt die Sonne.
The Dachstein suspension bridge is open to visitors
In recent years the Dachstein glacier has become firmly established as one of the most popular attractions in the Alps. Highlights such as the Dachstein Ice Palace and the Dachstein Sky Walk plus a host of opportunities for outdoor pursuits mean there is no shortage of things to do. And from 3 July visitors will be able to enjoy their natural surroundings from a unique vantage point: a suspension bridge in a higher location than any other in Austria. Truly breathtaking views across the mountains and down the precipitous rock face are guaranteed.
Technical director Karl Höflehner, who oversaw this spectacular project, is delighted with the outcome: "I am absolutely delighted that we managed to reach agreement with the nature conservation authority, which means that all visitors to the Dachstein can now experience the breathtaking sensation of being suspended above the rock face as they gaze over the Alps."
The Tyrolean high mountain construction specialist HTB demonstrated the full scope of its expertise in the execution of the project. The work on the suspension bridge was at times carried out in exceptionally challenging conditions and there was certainly little sign of vertigo. "The most important thing is that the project was completed with no injuries," says Karl Höflehner.
The "stairway to nothingness" makes for an even more exciting experience. A total of 14 steps lead down onto a glass platform four hundred metres directly above the foot of the rock face.
The team is currently working flat-out to complete the "stairway to nothingness". From the end of July this attraction will also be open to guests and is sure to deliver a real adrenalin rush.
Infobox – the Dachstein suspension bridge
Idea: Technical Director Karl Höflehner / Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen GmbH
Project implementation: HTB Imst
Construction period: December 2012 until July 2013
Total length: 100 metres
Gradient: 12 per cent
The bridge is directly linked with the Dachstein Ice Palace
Price: EUR 3 for adults and young people. Children free. The suspension bridge is included in the price of a visit to the Dachstein Ice Palace.