The family-friendly Heilbronner Circular Trail is particularly ideal for families and children who like walking. The extensive trail lends itself to comfortable walking across its entire length and there are plenty of things to explore along the trail for young people in particular.
For a comfortable ascent, the Krippenstein cable car transports visitors up over the steep cliff walls where they can enjoy magnificent views of the karst formations. With a bit of luck, one or more chamois may also be visible grazing on the delicate mountain herbs. Once at the mountain station, a karst educational trail leads along a well-marked route to the Heilbronn cross.
On the way to Heilbronner cross you meet on the edge of the hiking trail the Dachstein shark, a new attraction on the Heilbronner Circular trail, that gives a glimpse into the prehistoric past of the Dachstein massif. From the mouth of the Dachstein shark you haven't only a brillant view, it is also a sought-after photo point :-)
From Dachstein shark the hike continues to Heilbronner cross and leads towards the Hirzkarkogel, past a wide range of vegetation species to the valley station of the cable car section III. From here, you can either continue an additional 5 minutes and enjoy a well-deserved rest and a tasty organic snack at the Gjaid Alm hut or take the cable car back on the Krippenstein.
Starting point = mountain station Krippenstein (section 2)
Endpoint = valley station Gjaid (section 3)
Walking time = approx. 3 hours
Difficulty = easy hike, suitable for children
Starting point for the hike at the Heilbronner circular trail is the mountain station Krippenstein (cable car section 2). The karst educational trail leads over the Dachstein shark on the Heilbronner cross to the valley station Gjaid (cable car section 3, from here you ride back comfortable by cable car to the Krippenstein.
The Heilbronner circular trail is well-suited for less experienced hiker and children due to the low incline of trail.
What is the point in a visit to the summit cross without leaving behind an entry in the logbook? You will also find a ‘summit book’ at the Heilbronn Cross – those who come after you will enjoy reading your entries!