5 Fingers (Austria)
|Elevation||2,108 m (6,916 ft)|
|Location||Upper Austria, Austria|
5 Fingers is a free viewing platform on the Krippenstein that was named "5 Fingers" by virtue of its hand-like hand shape.
The "fingers" are about 12 feet long and were built over a chasm of about 400 m (1200 ft) depth. The viewing platform can be reached through a walk of less than 20 minutes from the Krippenstein station of the Dachstein cable car line.
At the first finger (from left to right) a metal frame was assembled, so visitors can take a framed photo of themselves as a souvenir.
The second finger was equipped with a glass bottom which allows to look down into the abyss below.
The third finger is shorter than all others and is not accessible all the way. It has a kind of springboard and symbolizes the freedom of the mountains.
The fourth finger has a hole in the floor that allows a free view into the abyss.
At the fifth finger a telescope is available free of charge.
The observation deck is illuminated at night until midnight and can therefore be easily seen with the bare eye as far as the towns of Hallstatt and Obertraun.
- http://www.dachsteinwelterbe.at/index.php?id=41 most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps (German)