5 Fingers (Austria)

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5 Fingers
5 fingers.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 2,108 m (6,916 ft)
Coordinates 47°31′27″N 13°41′32″E / 47.52417°N 13.69222°E / 47.52417; 13.69222Coordinates: 47°31′27″N 13°41′32″E / 47.52417°N 13.69222°E / 47.52417; 13.69222
Location Upper Austria, Austria

5 Fingers is a free viewing platform in the Dachstein Mountains of Upper Austria, on Mount Krippenstein. It was named "5 Fingers" by virtue of its hand-like shape.

It has been called the "most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps."[1] The individual fingers, which are approximately 4 m (13 ft) long fingers, are built over a precipice of about 400 m (1,300 ft) depth.

The viewing platform is less than a 20-minute walk from the Krippenstein Station of the Dachstein cable car line.


• On the first finger (from left to right) a metal frame has been mounted, so that visitors can take a framed photo of themselves as a souvenir.

• The second finger is equipped with a glass bottom which allows visitors 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 springboard at the end, 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. It can be easily seen with the bare eye as far away as the towns of Hallstatt and Obertraun.


  1. ^ "5fingers". Dachstein Salzkammergut. Retrieved 2014-10-26.

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