But it’s an eye-catching new bridge and glass platform that may offer the greatest thrill of all to some visitors, allowing willing participants the chance to walk out on a ledge some 1,300 feet above the snow-covered cliffs below.
Nicknamed the “stairway to nothingness,” the platform opened to the public last week. As the Dachstein resort’s website explains, it will allow visitors to virtually “hover” above the glacial peaks, experiencing a sensation of “pure freedom.”
“There could scarcely be a more spectacular way of savouring the superb natural backdrop of the Dachstein glacier,” according to the site.
(Photo: Natdesign / Dachstein)
To reach the most spectacular point of the view, visitors with “nerves of steel” will first cross a suspension bridge, the highest of its kind in Austria. But the real test comes when they next must traverse 14 steps that descend to the glass-bottomed platform hanging in midair over the cliffs.
“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,” Dachstein technical director Karl Höflehner said.
His team spent six months building the bridge and platform, which itself was a risky proposition. "The most important thing is that the project was completed with no injuries," Höflehner said.