The old 'Seethaler' refuge, also known as the 'Dachsteinwarte' can be found at an altitude of 2741 metres in the Dachstein-massif. It is the highest cabin in the Dachstein-Tauern region. The dramatic location in close proximity to the regions highest summit, the 'Hoher Dachstein', surrounded by a glacier, and directly situated at the steep cliffs, is entirely unique. The old Seethaler refuge was constructed in 1929, and offers shelter, simple food, and rooms to stay in for weary travellers. During the summer season, keen mountaineers and tourists alike, enjoy hiking across the glacier, to enjoy the spectacular view locally known as the 'almost 3000s'. The refuge is closed throughout winter as there is so much snow that the building is completely buried under. One can only see the roof ridge of the old cabin in winter. The new 'Dachsteinwarte', meant as a replacement for the old refuge, arrives in a precarious time with the rising tension between the preservation of the alpine scenery and the increasing commercialization of the Alps. The new shelter seeks to open a dialogue between the environment, and the mountaineer. The central themes of the dialogue revolve around the question of construction in such sensitive ecosystems as chalk massifs, the thought that went into the construction, as well as the sustainability and independence of the refuge itself in this nature reserve.