Alpine platform in Austria

This item appears on page 31 of the September 2021 issue.

On Krippenstein mountain, near Hallstatt, Austria, the 5fingers Observation Deck offers views of Hallstatt and the Hallstättersee from nearly 7,000 feet in elevation. Each “finger” of the deck points in a slightly different direction, and one finger has a reinforced-glass floor suspended 1,300 feet over the mountain.

The 5fingers deck is accessed via an easy trail from the Krippenstein cable car station, the end point of section 2 of the cable car system that begins in the town of Obertraun. A “panorama” ticket, which includes round-trip passage on all three cable car sections and access to all Krippenstein trails, costs €34 (near $41), adult, or €31, senior.

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