Lechtaler Alpen / Tyrol

Österreich Werbung / 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

Niederösterreich Werbung / 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

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

Österreich Werbung / 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

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 Tourismus / Roman Horner