Totes Gebirge


The southeast side above the Stodertal

The Dead Mountains are a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps in the Eastern Alps. It is a plateau mountains in the northern Styria and southern Upper Austria, between Trauntal in the west and in the east Stodertal.

  • 5.1 huts
  • 5.2 Fern-/Weitwanderwege

Location and landscape

The Dead Mountains is attributed to the Limestone of the Northern Alps.

The name probably derives from the heavily karstified and mostly barren plateau. The Dead Mountains is low in the west, there are in high valleys of 1400-1600 m above sea level through pine, larch and pine dominated mountain forest. Partial are still large pastures available ( Augstwiesen Alm, Wildensee ). To the east the mountains are higher and without vegetation. The masses of water through rain and snow percolate quickly in karst system so that the mountains, especially the eastern part, is considered arid.

Politically, the 1130 km ² area is distributed to the districts of Gmunden, Kirchdorf an der Krems and Lienzen.

Adjacent Mountain Ranges

The Dead Mountains bordered by the Alpine Club classification (AVE ) to the following other mountain groups in the Alps:

  • Upper Austrian Alps (north-east )
  • Ennstaler Alps ( to the east)
  • Rottenmanner and Wölzer Tauern ( to the south)
  • Dachstein Mountains (southwest )
  • Salzkammergut Mountains ( to the west)

Outline and mountains

The main mass of the mountain is divided into Schoenberg group and central plateau, which are separated by the Wildenseelinie. The Warscheneck, separated by the salt climbing line, partly to the Dead Mountains ( AVE ), partly independently calculated.

Central Plateau:

  • Priel group
  • Woisinggruppe
  • Southeast solid


  • Schoenberg group ( Wildkogelbahn )
  • Warscheneck


  • Loser Augsteck group ( north Altausee )
  • Grundlseer mountains ( Altausee -Bad Aussee)
  • Radling - Rötelstein Turks Kogel group ( Bad Aussee - Salza )
  • Lawinenstein Krahstein - Roßkogel group ( Salza Gimmingbach )

With 2515 m the Great Tide Pool is on Upper Austrian or with 2389 m the Great High box on page Styrian the highest elevation. Other well-known peaks are Spitzmauer ( 2446 m), Schermberg ( 2396m ), Rotgschirr ( 2261 m), Elm ( 2128 m) and Schoenberg ( 2093 m). The Schoenberg bears this name only from Bad Ischl side of the Ausseeer side as viewed from the south it is called Wild Mountain.


Embedded in this limestone massif are numerous mountain lakes such as

  • Almsee
  • Altausseersee
  • Augstsee
  • Elmsee
  • Gleinkersee
  • Grundlsee
  • Kammersee
  • Lahngang lakes
  • Offensee
  • Ödsee
  • Toplitzsee
  • Wildensee


Limestones and dolomites form the bulk of the main mass of the mountain. This originated in the seas of the Mesozoic, especially the Triassic and Jurassic period about 210-135 million years.

With the many karst sinkholes, shafts, carts and caves were formed as the Gasselhöhle ( stalactite and show cave ), the salt oven cavity or the small ice cave on Schoenberg. The black moss Kogel cave system in Altausee is about 97 km long, icy 1104 m deep and partially. In total there are in the Dead Mountains more than 600 known caves and shafts. The longest cave is the Schönberg- cave system in the western part of the Dead Mountains with a measured length of 135 km at a depth of 1061 m.


Despite the sparseness of this area is known for its Kalkflora ( with the endemic Archduke Johann sprouts ) and stocks of black and red deer. In the area of ​​Albert Appel house there is a large forest cover, the Henarwald.

Nature Reserves

Large parts of the Dead Mountains are under strict environmental protection. The area, the largest protected areas are located in Styria: Dead Mountain West and Dead Mountains east. The two protected areas cover a large part of the high plateau to Styrian side ( in the municipalities of Altausee, Grundlsee, Tauplitz, Pürgg - Traut Rock, Woerschach, Weissbach bei Liezen and Liezen ). In Upper Austria, there are four smaller nature reserves: Warscheneck North, South Warscheneck Purgstall - Brunnsteiner Kar, Warscheneck South Stubwies, Warscheneck South Wurzeralm.

Sport, tourism and development

Ski resorts can be found in the Styrian part in the Tauplitzalm (southwest) and to a lesser extent also on the Loser (west ) and in Upper Austria at Hinterstoder (northeast) and on the Wurzeralm. Currently, a ski area between the ski resorts Wurzeralm and Hinterstoder is under discussion. This, however, would pass through the launched in 2008, nature reserve, and is therefore heavily criticized by alpine clubs and conservation organizations. In summer, the Dead Mountains is quite popular with hikers and climbers, are known as the exceedances of Hinterstoder to Bad Ischl and Ebensee and the ascent of the Great Priels from the north or the south-east. When Liezener hut has been held since 1925 every year on the first Sunday in August, the mountain Turnfest Liezener hut with athletics competitions held.

The following list provides an overview of all the important mountain huts in the Dead Mountains, located among which are mostly alpine huts, but also other huts Alpine Club, as well as by private individuals.

  • Albert Appel-Haus (1660 m)
  • Almtalerhaus (714 m)
  • Dümlerhütte ( 1495 m)
  • Ebenseer Hochkogelhaus ( 1558 m)
  • Hochmölbinghütte (1685 m)
  • Ischler hut ( 1369 m)
  • Lambacher hut ( 1438 m)
  • Leist hut (1640 m)
  • Liezener hut (1767 m)
  • Linzer Tauplitz house (1645 m)
  • Loser Hütte ( 1498 m)
  • Prielschutzhaus ( 1420 m )
  • Pühringerhütte (1637 m)
  • Rinner hut ( 1473 m)
  • Schermer hut ( 1560 m)
  • Spechtenseehütte ( 1060 m)
  • Theodor Karl Holl -Haus ( 1605 m)
  • Welser hut (1740 m)
  • Wildenseehütte (1525 m)
  • Wurzer hut ( 1373 m)
  • Zellerhütte (1575 m)


The Via Alpina, a cross-border long-distance trail with five sub- paths through the whole Alps, also passes through the Dead Mountains.

The Purple Trail Via Alpina runs with 6 stages by the Dead Mountains:

  • Stage A26 runs from Spital am Pyhrn to Zellerhütte.
  • Stage A27 runs from the Zellerhütte to Hinterstoder.
  • Stage A28 runs from Hinterstoder to Prielschutzhaus.
  • Stage A29 runs from Prielschutzhaus to Pühringerhütte.
  • Stage A30 runs from the Pühringerhütte to Loserhütte.
  • Stage A31 runs from the Loserhütte to Bad Goisern.