Kleine Gjaidstein

  • Dachstein summits from K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy
  • K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy
  • Koppenkarstein (and klettersteig) from K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy
  • Cable car, Schladminger Tauern, from K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy
  • Dachstein summits from K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy

Key information: Kleine Gjaidstein

  • This small peak behind the main Dachstein summit ridge has stunning views of the heart of the peak are and is a fun climb.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest5
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 1hr+
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,734m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy


The mighty Dachstein are a sheer crown of dramatic jagged limestone peaks and cliffs rising to almost 3,000m on its south-western rim.

Kleine Gjaidstein is a small peak behind the main summit ridge near the cablecar top. It has stunning views of the heart of the highest area and is a fun climb of an hour+ there and back (more with view stops) with some cables or iron stepped sections. But you won't be alone.

You can take a klettersteig (via ferrata) on to the larger Gjaidstein peak along the ridge.

Have a look at TripAdvisor- you should get good, current views on places to stay, eat etc in the area.

Walking in Austria - Kev Reynolds for Cicerone: more than 100 walks in the Austrian Alps, including in the Dachstein. As usual, an inspiring book, packed with valuable information, including good detail on the routes. As Austrian maps are good, it has less on each walk that some other Cicerones, but that is fine. Recommended. Find relevant books on Amazon.

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Cable car, Schladminger Tauern, from K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy

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Dachstein summits from K Gjadstein - © William Mackesy...

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