ICCHP 2014

14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

July 09-11, 2014; Pre-Conference July 07-08, 2014

Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis; 2, Rue de la Liberté, 93200 Saint-Denis; France

Mountain Attack - July 12th, 2008

Hallstaetter See Glacial Cave (1) Glacial Cave (2) Cable Cars


During an on-site inspection, we decided to change the program of our tour into the high mountains. We will visit Hallstatt at the beginning, before noon, to have an even more spectacular sight to lake Hallstatt, the church / graveyard and the "Gebeinhaus". Look and digest the following pictures, we took from Hallstatt and the rest of the beautiful scenic surrounding in our photo gallery. All transfers will now be in a comfortable coach... And yes, even now there is snow up there! Come back soon!

Photo Galleries (flash-only)


After the efforts of ICCHP we would like to provide you with an unforgettable event: The 2008 Mountain Attack.
Together we will explore the admirable mountainside of the "Dachstein World Heritage Region" from the outside AND inside.

- You may register to this event while registering to ICCHP 2008 at https://secure.icchp.org/tool/index.htm
- This event is not included in the general participation fee.
- Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer this very special getaway for 70€ per person.
- There is only a limited number of places for this event!

The program includes:
- Transfer (bus) from and to Linz
- Visit to Schönbergalm, tour to the cave museum and the "Simony" houses (fully accessible to wheelchair users)
- Visit to the Giant Ice Caves (please get in touch if you are a wheelchair user and want to take part in this part of our event and note the requirements and informations given in the detailed plan below)
- Lunch at restaurant Schönbergalm
- Visit to "Weltnaturerbeblick" - a stunning and ravishing scenic spot (fully accessible)
- Visit to Hallstatt and tour through its historical center

Simonyhuette_Museum    New accessible Cable Car

The region Dachstein - Salzkammergut is not only famous for its most impressive panorama, the giant ice caves or because it is one of only a few spots in Europe selected to become a UNESCO World Heritage Region - the whole "touristic product" Dachstein has been "redesigned" to the highest (possible) extent of accessibility within the last months.
From information and webpages over cable cars to catering - only partners able and willing to contribute to the trend-setting thoughts and strict regulations were invited to contribute to this project "Barrier-Free in the High Mountains" that runs until May 2008.

We will go by train from Linz to Obertraun (see map below) and start our endeavour at Schönbergalm, where we leave the cable car and get the most impressive panorama of Hallstatt, lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountains with snow peaked summits - don´t forget cameras and video-equipment!
From here, we reach the cave museum, the "Simony" houses and - after some refreshments - an english-spoken, guided and accompanied tour to selected parts of the Giant Ice Caves installed for our group... 
More detailed, we plan the following:

  • Bus Linz to Hallstatt, short walk through the historic center and by the most beautiful waterfront
  • Bus transfer to the base station of the cable car
  • Transfer with cable car to Schönbergalm
  • Visit to Schönbergalm and tour to the cave museum and the "Simony" houses (fully accessible to wheelchair users)
  • Visit to the Giant Ice Cave (stairs with 800 steps, good walking skills / equipment required) - please get in touch if you are using a wheelchair and want to take part!
  • Lunch at restaurant Schönbergalm
  • Transfer with cable car from Schönbergalm to upper station and short walk to a scenic panorama spot ("Weltnaturerbeblick" - fully accessible)
  • Transfer with cable car to base station
  • Bus transfer to Linz

If you need additional information, please send a short note to icchp@aib.uni-linz.ac.at!

Panoramic View of the Dachstein Region Logo World Heritage Region

Additional information to the "Dachstein Welterbe Region / Dachstein World Heritage Region"


Human activity in the magnificent natural landscape of the Salzkammergut began in prehistoric times, with the salt deposits being exploited as early as the 2nd millennium BC. This resource formed the basis of the area’s prosperity up to the middle of the 20th century, a prosperity that is reflected in the fine architecture of the town of Hallstatt.

Dachstein and the Giant Ice Caves

Adventures in a labyrinth of ice filled caverns!
Discoverers of the caves in 1910 told "You enter gigantic chambers, carved out by powerful glacial streams, and are overwhelmed by enormous ice formations and monstrous figures. The largest ice caves in Europe have just been discovered!" 400 caves (150 km in total) have already been excavated in the Dachstein region.

In 1997, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/806) decided to inscribe this site "considering that the Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut alpine region is an outstanding example of a natural landscape of great beauty and scientific interest which also contains evidence of a fundamental human economic activity, the whole integrated in a harmonious and mutually beneficial manner..."

Panorama scenic spot

Another source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoher_Dachstein) characterizes the Dachstein World Heritage Region as follows:
The "Dachstein" is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states. Parts of the massif also lie in the state of Salzburg, leading to the mountain being referred to as the Drei-Länder-Berg ("three state mountain"). The Dachstein massif covers an area of around 20×30 km with dozens of peaks above 2,500 m, the highset of which are in the southern and south-western areas. Seen from the north, the Dachstein massif is dominated by the glaciers with the rocky summits rising beyond them. By contrast, to the south, the mountain drops almost vertically to the valley floor.

The geology of the Dachstein massif is dominated by the so-called Dachstein-Kalk ("Dachstein limestone"), dating from Triassic times. In common with other karstic areas, the Dachstein is permeated by a rich cave system, including some of the largest caves in Austria, such as the Mammuth-Cave and the Hirlatz-Cave. Another significant tourist destination is the Eisriesenhöhle (Giant Ice Cave). The Dachstein is famous for its fossils, including megalodonts; the "Linzer Weg" leads over many such fossils, which are referred to as "Kuhtritte" ("cattle footprints").

Glaciers are uncommon in the Northern Limestone Alps, and those on the Dachstein — the Hallstätter Gletscher ("Hallstatt glacier") , the Große Gosaugletscher ("great Gosau glacier") and the Schladminger Gletscher ("Schladming glacier") — are the largest, as well as being the northernmost and the easternmost in the whole of the Alps. Several smaller ice-fields also exist, such as the Kleine Gosaugletscher ("lesser Gosau glacier") and the Schneelochgletscher ("snow-hole glacier"). The glaciers are retreating rapidly, and may disappear entirely within 80 years. The Hallstatt glacier withdrew by 20 m in the year 2003 alone.<

New and accessible cable cars to Krippenstein 

ICCHP is a series of biannual scientific conferences in the field of ICT/AT for people with disabilities run in co-operation with the Johannes Kepler University, Linz and the Austrian Computer Society

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